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Biomedical Engineering

What is a biomedical engineer?

Biomedical engineers combine engineering principles with medical and biological sciences to improve human health by understanding both the engineering needs and the medical needs for a specific problem.  They work in manufacturing, universities, hospitals, research facilities of companies and educational and medical institutions, and government regulatory agencies.  

The bachelor of science in biomedical engineering at SD Mines will be a new degree offering for Fall 2019 upon final approval by the South Dakota Board of Regents.  This degree will be interdisciplinary, combining biology and chemistry with engineering and computer science. The undergraduate degree provides a broad academic foundation from which electives provide deeper understandings in the areas of biomaterials, biomechanics, device development, imaging, and tissue engineering.

Mines currently offers a master’s and PhD in biomedical engineering.  Undergraduate students will have the opportunity to join ongoing research at Mines in areas such as cartilage repair for arthritis sufferers, biomaterial development, medical device fabrication, and drug delivery system development. Our graduates are employed by Amazon, Amgen, Miromatrix Medical Inc., Freserius Medical Group, Kinetic Concepts, Qualcomm, and VRL Laboratories.  Others have gone on to medical and dental school.

The median annual salary for biomedical engineers was $85,620 in May 2016.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of biomedical engineers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026.  Increasing numbers of technologies and applications to medical equipment and devices, along with the medical needs of a growing aging population, will require the services of biomedical engineers.

Graduates From Mines Masters Go On To:
  • Amazon
  • Amgen 
  • Miromatrix Medical Inc.
  • Kinetic Concepts
  • Qualcomm
  • VRL Laboratories
*The Biomedical Engineering program is too new for institutional career and salary data.

Internships & Co-ops

77% of Mines students gain real-world experience through internships, co-ops, and research opportunities at an average salary of over $18 an hour at 252 employers in 44 states plus Washington, D.C., the Pacific Ocean, Germany, Hungary, and India. They also shadow at medical facilities and with doctors nationwide.

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Global Experiences

Experience the adventure of international travel and apply your science knowledge to humanitarian efforts with Engineers & Scientists Abroad. Mines students have completed projects in Suriname, Chile, Mongolia, Haiti, Guatemala, Egypt, Colombia, and Tanzania.


  • Bioinstrumentation
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomechanics
  • Cellular, tissue, and genetic engineering
  • Clinical engineering
  • Medical imaging
  • Orthopedic bioengineering
  • Rehabilitation engineering
  • Systems physiology
  • Research
  • Physician

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