Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering
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 began degree-specific coursework in fall 2019 as sophomores. These first Hokie biomedical engineers will graduate with the new degree in 2022. The 2020/2021 academic year cohort grew by an additional 60 students, and the 2021/2022 academic year cohort will grow by 80 additional students. A fourth year of limited enrollment of 80 students will be in place for the 2022/2023 academic year due to delays in the construction of the university laboratory building.
Interested in the New B.S. in Biomedical Engineering?
The Virginia Tech Undergraduate Course Catalog provides an overview of the program and includes information about courses offered.
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 checksheet for the new B.S. in BME is included below.
Biomedical Engineering (BME)
2019-2020 (expected graduation 2022)
2020-2021 (expected graduation 2023)