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Biomedical Engineering Degree

Program Offerings

• Bachelor of science degree in Biomedical Engineering
• Master of science degree in Biomedical Engineering
• Doctor of philosophy degree in Biomedical Engineering

What does a Biomedical Engineer do?

Biomedical engineers are on the cutting edge of modern medicine. The types of work they do can vary depending on area of study. Some design and create equipment and devices, such as artificial internal organs or prosthetics. Others work in injury prevention, tissue engineering, or pharmaceutical drug delivery systems. Biomedical engineering is a basis for many career paths and graduate programs, including medical school.

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Career Outlook

This is a new degree at SD Mines and salary and job outlook information is not available.

The median salary for all biomedical engineers nationally is $85,620.

Careers

Because of the increasing possibilities brought on by new technologies and applications to medical equipment and devices, biomedical engineers are in high demand. And, as the baby-boom generation lives longer and stays active, the demand for biomedical devices, such as hip and knee replacements, is expected to increase.

The following are examples of specialty areas within the field of biomedical engineering:
• Bioinstrumentation uses electronics, computer science, imaging technologies, and measurement principles to develop instruments used in the diagnosis and treatment of medical problems.
• Biomaterials utilizes naturally occurring or laboratory-designed materials to engineer specific responses from tissues that interact with medical devices or implants.
• Biomechanics uses principles from the field of mechanics to solve biological or medical problems.
• Clinical engineering applies medical technology to optimize healthcare delivery at the point of care.
• Rehabilitation engineering uses engineering and computer science principles to develop devices that assist individuals recovering from or adapting to physical and cognitive impairments.
• Regenerative Medicine incorporates tissue engineering and research on self-healing. Tissue engineering involves the combining of scaffolds, cells, and biologically active molecules into functional tissues to restore, maintain, or improve damaged tissues or whole organs. Self-healing uses interventions and the body’s own system to recreate cells and rebuild tissues and organs.
• Systems physiology uses engineering tools to understand how systems within living organisms, from bacteria to humans, function and respond to changes in their environment.

Employers

Graduates from SD Mines with a master’s in Biomedical Engineering are employed at places like:
Amazon
Amgen
Miromatrix Medical Inc.
Freserius Medical Group
Kinetic Concepts
Qualcomm
VRL Laboratories
Others have gone on to medical and dental school

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