The Catholic University of America

Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Program at CUA

Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET since 1991 and one of the first few programs to receive accreditation, CUA has a longstanding tradition and success in training undergraduate and graduate biomedical engineers for various careers for industry, research, medical school and other professional opportunities.

The program offers students an even balance between theoretical principles and hands-on design and engineering. Combined with opportunities to work directly with faculty and renown researchers in the area, students receive practical training in the field that prepares them for a lifetime of challenges in this evolving field!

Unique features of CUA's BME program include:

  • Accreditation: Accredited since 1991 by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, CUA has a longstanding tradition and success in training undergraduate and graduate biomedical engineers for various careers for industry, research, medical school, and other professional opportunities.
  • Well-rounded Education: A strong liberal studies tradition at CUA provides graduates with a broad understanding of engineering as it relates to the global marketplace.
  • Emphasis on Design: Upon arrival to CUA and during each academic year, students are given opportunities to develop and refine biomedical design skills in the areas of mechanical, instrumentation, software, and experimental design.
  • Small Class Sizes: The majority of classes have less than 20 students thereby increasing opportunities for faculty-student interaction!
  • Faculty: Faculty in BE are experts in their respective research areas and bring real-world, contemporary challenges into the classroom. Extramurally funded faculty provide internship and research opportunities not only for graduate students, but also undergraduate students.
  • Customized Curriculum: A set of four undergrad tracks help meet the individual needs and aspirations of students: pre-medical; biomechanics and rehabilitation engineering; bioinstrumentation, medical imaging and telemedicine; and biomaterials and hard tissue engineering.
  • Research collaborations: Close relationships with many metropolitan healthcare and research institutions allow students hands-on research and internship experience prior to graduation.
  • Internships: An active internship program with nearby laboratories, hospitals, and industry permit students to experience and solve real-world problems in biomedical engineering.