Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Department: MSc in Biomedical Engineering

What is Biomedical Engineering?

You have your BS degree in one of the main engineering disciplines; chemical, civil, computer, electrical, material science, mechanical, or industrial engineering; or maybe, in biology or biomedical engineering. You learned about the fundamentals of your discipline, and more importantly you learned “problem solving.”  Now you want to apply your knowledge in an exciting manner, contribute to change and improve society, be satisfied in your work, and even save lives;  you should then consider biomedical engineering.

Biomedical engineering, most simply stated, is the application of engineering principles to human health issues.  Humans are the most complicated machine one can imagine, not exactly fitting into any one description of our engineering disciplines.  Rather it involves all disciplines and many other sciences.  It is truly an “interdisciplinary” area.  Take an artificial leg as an example.  To be a “good” substitute for a real leg, it must be strong enough (material science), must be able to carry the weight distribution (civil), must be able to turn/rotate/move (mechanical), must be compatible with tissue and blood (chemical), must be have sensors and motors (electrical), must have feedback control to balance the body (computer), and must be manufactured with reasonable effort (industrial).  No need to mention the influx of ideas/information from basic sciences such as biology, chemistry and physics to the “humble” artificial leg.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates that the median salary of biomedical engineers in the U.S. is $78,000. The BLS predicts that from 2004-2014, biomedical engineers will be in the top 30 of the fastest growing occupations and predicts employment to increase 31% during this time.

Why Cleveland?

The greater Cleveland area is a vibrant medical community with 21 hospitals and several nationally top-ranked hospitals and research institutions.  The research funding for biotechnology and biomedical industries in northeast Ohio has tripled in recent years from $50 million to $150 million.  Over $134 million has been invested in venture capital funding in northeast Ohio’s biotechnology and biomedical firms between 2001 and 2004.   Employment in the bioscience sector in Ohio has grown 64% between 1996 and 2002, compared to national growth of 31%.  Over 500 bioscience companies are located in northeast Ohio, with a total employment of 20,000.  Of these companies, 49% are listed as manufacturers/developers.  The planned Medical Mart and Convention Center in Cleveland may host up to 50 mid-size to large  medical trade shows per year.  These activities are all expected to stimulate growth in the regional biomedical device industry and thus increase the demand for biomedical engineers.  Small businesses have the greatest need for employees with solid engineering fundamentals, knowledge of application to human physiology, and skills in product design with an awareness of business issues.  Graduates of our MS BME program will be able to fulfill positions in product design, project management, research, engineering services, technical support and sales.

Program Information

Curricular Requirements

For detailed program Information please refer to the appropriate sections of the Graduate Catalog » Master's Program » Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering.

You can follow this link for a list of potential elective courses.

The typical applicant to the MS Biomedical Engineering program will have a bachelor’s degree in one of the engineering disciplines. Given the inter-disciplinary nature of Biomedical Engineering, applications for Masters studies are also open to students with baccalaureate degrees in biology, chemistry, physics, math, and related subjects. These students are required to have completed additional undergraduate coursework, including calculus through differential equations and multivariable calculus, one year of calculus-based physics, one semester of general chemistry with laboratory, and at least nine (9) credits of undergraduate engineering courses selected from a list for each MS track. A grade of B or better must be earned in each of these courses.

If you have questions, or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us at:

    BME Program Coordinator
    Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
    Fenn College of Engineering
    2121 Euclid Avenue, 455 Stilwell Hall 
    Cleveland, OH 44115-2214

    Phone: (216) 687-2569, FAX: (216) 687-9220

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Mailing Address
Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Department
Fenn College of Engineering
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Ave., SH 455
Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2214
Campus Location
Stilwell Hall Room 455
1980 East 24th Street
Phone: 216.687.2569
Fax: 216.687.9220
Jorge E. Gatica
Phone: 216.523.7274

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