The Department of Biomedical Engineering began its undergraduate program within The University of Texas at Austin's prestigious top-ten ranked Cockrell School of Engineering in 2001. Offering students who excel in math and science an in-depth study of present successes and the future of medical technology and engineering, our undergraduate program prepares students for a demanding, yet highly rewarding, career.
For those entering the workforce with a bachelor’s degree, opportunities are available in the medical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology fields within private companies, hospitals, research facilities of educational or medical institutions, and government agencies. The Department of Biomedical Engineering also prepares students who further their education with M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in engineering, math, and science. Other undergraduate alumni have attended professional schools in medicine, law, pharmacy, and veterinary science.
In our state-of-the-art facility, students have access to the very latest in laboratory equipment, research facilities, and technology. Our department offers interested students the opportunity to participate in faculty research while pursuing their undergraduate degrees. Students are encouraged to apply for a variety of internships and co-op experiences as well. Additionally, our program is excited to offer several required classes during an optional Maymester Study Abroad session to better prepare students for today's global focus on engineering and medicine.
After two years of core curriculum, students choose one of three technical areas of emphasis: Biomedical Imaging and Instrumentation, Cellular and Biomolecular Engineering, or Computational Biomedical Engineering. Students may also choose to pursue a minor from another college at The University of Texas at Austin while completing their B.S. in biomedical engineering.
Roughly 100 new biomedical undergraduates are accepted into the program each year, contributing to a close-knit and world-renowned university community in the exciting city of Austin, Texas. Austin is a great place to live and work—blessed with considerable natural beauty, an abundance of outdoor activities, and a thriving arts scene. Read more about living in Austin here.
New imaging technologies are providing the ability to interrogate and manipulate living biological specimens dynamically to yield information at the molecular, cellular, and tissue levels. We believe these techniques will dramatically advance minimally invasive optical technologies and the biological questions and medical problems they are being used to address.Our department focuses on interdisciplinary research for disease detection. The emphasis is to integrate new advances in imaging science, molecular markers of disease, and novel contrast agents for translational research. Read more...
BME faculty and GSC members in Biomedical Imaging and Instrumentation
Cellular and biomolecular engineering forms the underpinning of molecular medicine. Areas that fall within the context of cell and biomolecular includes tissue engineering, the synthesis of biomaterials that modulate tissue responses, development of smart drug delivery matrices, the design of therapeutic macromolecules, gene therapy and many others.At UT, we have a core of faculty that has established an outstanding record of scientific accomplishment and technological innovation. Several successful companies have sprung out of research carried out at UT Austin by BME faculty, including Pharmacyclics, Therasense and Focal. Read more...
BME faculty and GSC members in Cellular and Biomolecular Engineering
Due to dramatic, multidisciplinary advances in molecular biology and technology, the first complete human genome is available. Advances in genomic technologies have the potential to revolutionize the way health care is practiced; however , computational advances and a new kind of biological information science are required to achieve this potential.
Conducting research at this interface of computational biomedical engineering, prognostics and diagnostics that combine clinical data with patient specific genotyping and molecular profiling have the potential to produce significantly improved choice of therapies for individual patients. Read more...
BME faculty and GSC members in Computational Biomedical Engineering