New program, new possibilities
In September 2018, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia approved a new undergraduate degree program in biomedical engineering at Virginia Tech.
Unlike other programs of its kind, which tend to concentrate instruction in biology and pre-medicine, Virginia Tech’s program requires six core courses in fundamental engineering principles. This approach means students will gain a more comprehensive understanding of broader engineering practice and cross-disciplinary teambuilding, which are both perceived as an advantage in industry.
The goal is that graduating engineers can be fully integrated into diverse health care teams in order to better respond to industry needs. Graduates will be primed for placement in such fields as telemedicine, health care data analytics, personalized medicine, medical robotics, and biomedical device design and regulatory practices, among others.
The first cohort of 40 biomedical engineering undergraduate students, entering the program as sophomores, will begin degree-specific coursework during the fall 2019 semester. Program cohorts will grow by 20 additional students each year, maxing out at 100 students per cohort. The first Hokie biomedical engineers will graduate with the new degree in 2022.
Check back soon for more updates on this new exciting program!
Interested in the new B.S. in biomedical engineering?
Once admitted to the Virginia Tech College of Engineering, first-year and transfer engineering students must enroll in the general engineering program through the Department of Engineering Education. After specific course requirements are complete, students will then become eligible to declare a major in one of the College’s degree-granting programs.
Only first-year engineering students who have not already declared a major will be eligible to apply to the B.S. program in biomedical engineering. Students who have already declared a major will not be able to transfer into the program.
More information and instructions on how to apply are forthcoming! Please check back frequently for updates.
If you have any questions about this exciting new offering at Virginia Tech, please contact BEAM’s undergraduate advisor:
Requirements for graduation are referred to via university publications known as checksheets. Students must satisfactorily complete all requirements and university obligations for degree completion.
A tentative checksheet for the new B.S. in BME is included below. This checksheet is subject to change but should give interested students an idea of degree requirements.