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Due to concerns regarding COVID-19, all Biomedical Engineering staff and faculty will temporarily be working remotely. 

Advising is still available via email, or through phone or Zoom by appointment only. Students are encouraged to schedule appointments through Navigate. You can also email Natalia Kolk at nkolk@umass.edu for more information. 

For administrative or financial questions, please email Lucas Iain at iain@umass.edu.  We will update this page with further details once known.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall 2020 Registration: Schedule advising appointments through Navigate

 

BME Courses & Electives

ADMISSION INTO BME @ UMASS AMHERST

In the UMass Amherst College of Engineering, enrolled students enter as PR-ENGIN, a.k.a. as pre-engineering, and will have the opportunity to declare their formal major during their sophomore year, based on a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher and successful completion of a set of predictor courses that include:  Chemistry I (CHEM 111);  Calculus I (Math 131); Calculus II (Math 132); General Physics I - Mechanics (Physics 151); Introduction to Programming (ECE 122 or CS 121); College Writing (ENGLWRIT 112); and Introduction to Engineering (ENGIN 114 or equivalent).

TECHNICAL ELECTIVES

Biomedical Engineering students must take 5 technical elective courses (15 credits) in addition to the core and required major courses (outlined in the curriculum above). Pre-approved technical electives can be found linked above, and students may complete the Alternative Elective Form to request approval for a course not on the list. Students can have no more than 3 technical electives at the 200-level, and only one of those courses may be in engineering. Please contact Natalia Kolk if you have any questions regarding this policy.

CAREER OUTLOOK AND JOB MARKET

Graduates of the biomedical engineering undergraduate degree program will be prepared for a broad range of careers, including medical equipment design and manufacturing, scientific research and development services, pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing, and work with medical professionals.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 23.1% job growth for biomedical engineers between 2014 - 2024. This growth reflects the increased medical demands of our aging population and the increased awareness of the benefits resulting from recent biomedical engineering advances (BLS website, 2015). This growth is much higher than other occupations, and jobs can be found in research facilities, regulatory agencies, hospitals or medical institutions, medical products-related companies, and manufacturing facilities. Within Massachusetts, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development’s long-term industry projection for “Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services” shows an increased employment of 27.3% between 2012 and 2022. According to the Occupational Network, the following educational levels are needed for a job in biomedical engineering: 45% B.S., 35% M.S., 20% Ph.D. Thus, there are opportunities for students with degrees from all levels.