The University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Program Overview

The College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is pleased to announce the establishment of our new Department of Biomedical Engineering which offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees.

The new Biomedical Engineering Program is the core of biomedical engineering research and teaching at UMass Amherst and will leverage synergies with other departments in the College as well as with the new Institute of Applied Life Sciences (IALS), which was established in 2014 with an investment of more than $150 million from the Massachusetts Life Science Center and the University.

To realize this new department and its programs, the College will hire 12 full-time, tenure-track faculty members, including the founding Department Head.

What is Biomedical Engineering?

Biomedical engineering (BME) integrates engineering science, biology, and medicine into a cross-disciplinary field focused on improving human health and solving problems in healthcare delivery. Looking at the human body through the lens of engineering, one can apply the concepts of design, optimization, and programming to complex biological systems in order to detect, repair and treat disease, as well as to create diagnostic and therapeutic tools.