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Biomedical Engineering, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #24 (WUR) Evanston, IL, United States
The Biomedical Engineering program of Northwestern University provides an education that prepares students to lead, innovate, and self-educate throughout their careers.
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The Biomedical Engineering program of Northwestern University provides students with core biomedical engineering fundamentals. Beyond the core, students take 4 electives that provide depth in a particular area or breadth across biomedical engineering. Students wishing more depth may focus on:

  • Biomechanics and Rehabilitation
  • Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine
  • Imaging and Biophotonics

Career paths

Opportunities for students to engage in career development programs within and beyond the classroom are plentiful and can be tailored to a student’s unique interests.  Students commonly broaden their perspectives by participating in one or more of the following:

  • Research - When undergraduate students conduct research in our department, it provides them with hands-on experience in modern laboratories. It also allows students to develop in-depth knowledge in a particular field in which they’re interested, and it can provide them with a glimpse at what awaits them in graduate study.
  • Co-operative Engineering Education Program (Co-op) – an opportunity for engineering students to alternate periods of academic study with full-time engineering experience in industry.
  • Study Abroad – Our students take advantage of the plethora of study abroad programs offered by Northwestern. One that is of particular interest to biomedical engineering students the Global Healthcare Technologies program, designed exclusively for engineering students.
  • Special Programs – Please see this extensive list that includes numerous certificate and minor opportunities as well as non-academic options
  • BME-focused clubs – Many students to engage with a BME-related club to provide service to the department and their peers or to extend their skills in the design of medical devices.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Mathematics
  • Engineering analysis and computer proficiency
  • Basic sciences
  • Design Thinking and Communications 
  • Basic Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application or Coalition Application*
  • Official secondary school transcript and school report
  • Counselor recommendation
  • At least one teacher recommendation
  • SAT or ACT scores†
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores‡ (ONLY required for international applicants whose first language is not English or whose schooling has not been in English)
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $75 or application fee waiver
  • Early Decision Agreement (ONLY Early Decision applicants)
  • Midyear transcript
  • Music audition (ONLY School of Music applicants)
  • Required for homeschooled applicants ONLY: 3 SAT subject tests

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Evanston

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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