Student studying biomedical engineering

After approval from the Maryland Higher Education Commission in January, Stevenson’s bachelor of science program in Biomedical Engineering will welcome its first students this fall. The biomedical engineering field has grown swiftly in recent years, fueled by breakthroughs in medical research and engineering technologies. It has become an integral part of efforts to deliver more effective and efficient medical care through enhanced diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, and the development of new medical technology and devices.

“Our program emphasizes critical and creative thinking in addition to developing students’ technical skills and knowledge,” said Meredith Durmowicz, Ph.D., Dean of the Beverly K. Fine School of the Sciences. “A strong foundation in basic sciences and math—including biology, chemistry, physics, and data analysis—coupled with specific biomedical engineering coursework will give our students a broad interdisciplinary background.”

The demand for biomedical engineers is expected to grow as the pace of technological innovation increases, new medical technologies and devices are brought to market, and the aging population expands. Stevenson’s program is configured to prepare students to fulfill this demand across a wide spectrum of industries such as rehabilitation engineering, medical and bioinformatics, biomaterials, and tissue engineering. In addition, the program can offer a springboard for students who want to pursue graduate studies in applied or basic research and graduate health professions such as medicine, physical therapy, and pharmacy.