University of Wisconsin Madison College of Engineering
The Biomedical Student Advisory Committee (BSAC) serves as the BME student-representative organization. This group has the opportunity to participate in a dynamic exchange of ideas and solutions.

The Biomedical Student Advisory Committee (BSAC) serves as the BME student-representative organization offering a chance for dynamic exchange of ideas and solutions between students and faculty. BSAC helps foster an environment where communication between instructors and students may occur freely outside of the traditional classroom experience. Photo: Jeff Miller.

BME undergraduate experience

The Department of Biomedical Engineering offers an ABET-accredited Bachelors of Science (BS) degree in BME. The BME undergraduate degree program emphasizes engineering design in preparation for employment in biomedical industries and for graduate study.

Novel aspects of the undergraduate program include:

  • Design projects throughout the curriculum
  • Hands-on laboratories associated with each core course (Bioinstrumentation, Biomechanics, and Biomaterials)
  • Flexibility in biomedical engineering specialization areas
  • Student involvement in program evaluation and improvement (BSAC)
  • Industry cooperatives/internship opportunities
  • Study abroad opportunities
  • Honors in research
  • An option to complete an MS degree in just one year after the BS degree

Design at the heart of the curriculum

Design and close advising characterize the undergraduate program. Our students take an advising/design project course every semester during their sophomore through senior years. Our students choose a real-world biomedical engineering project from a client list composed of faculty throughout the university (particularly from medical and life sciences), by people with specific biomedical challenges, and by engineers in industry. (Submit your unmet biomedical need or project idea here.)

Each student team (typically four students) is assigned to a BME faculty member who serves as their advisor, consultant and mentor to guide them through their design project. This novel design-centered approach gives the students an exceptionally balanced education by incorporating clinical and biomedical industry issues, including human and animal study considerations, technical communications, FDA regulations, ethics, and intellectual property management.

At the end of every semester, the students present their work and prototype to the community in the atrium of the Engineering Centers Building, and in the spring they compete for the Tong Biomedical Engineering Design Award.


Our students can elect to have optional co-op experiences with local or national medical device manufacturers, hospitals or laboratories. Other options also are available for students who chose to study abroad. Many of our students actively participate in our nationally renowned Biomedical Engineering Society Student Chapter.

Master’s program option

Students successfully completing their bachelor’s degree, with an overall GPA of 3.0 or a GPA of 3.25 for the last 60 credits of their BS program, are eligible to apply for the 24-credit professional MS degree, which is intended primarily for students who do not plan to pursue a PhD degree. Students interested in obtaining a PhD or those with bachelor’s degrees from other engineering disciplines can pursue the 30-credit MS degree option.