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Biology & Biomedical Engineering

This is the perfect time to launch a career in the biological life sciences. We are proud of what we offer and hope you’ll check us out!

Program Overview

Biology and biomedical engineering are well positioned to remain leading fields in the coming decades. Exciting developments in health care, agriculture and environmental science will continue to be guided by discoveries made by biological scientists and engineers. If you love science and helping people, biology and biomedical engineering are perfect fields for you!

In addition to our majors in biology and biomedical engineering, we also offer biochemistry and molecular biology as a second major or as a minor. You can also prepare for a medical career through our Joint MS/MD--a collaborative program with the Indiana University Center for Medical Education in Terre Haute.

Finally, we also offer a Master’s Degree in biomedical engineering in cooperation with faculty from the Rose-Hulman departments of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physics & Optical Engineering.

Majors, Minors, and Master’s

We offer majors in Biology, Biomedical Engineering, and a second major in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. We also offer a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering.

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A Biology major can open doors to graduate studies, medical school, environmental science, and other exciting career possibilities.
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Biomedical Engineering

If you love engineering, the life sciences, and helping others, biomedical engineering is a wonderful career option. Many of our graduates find careers designing medical devices, conducting research, or even working as accident reconstruction engineers. It’s an exciting field combining the principles of engineering with the biological life sciences. 
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Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (Second Major Only)

A second major in biochemistry & molecular biology is a strong supplement to any life science program. This second major provides the background and understanding necessary to open up career possibilities in the natural and life science fields.
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Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering

For graduates with an engineering degree who wish to pursue a career in health care, a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering is an exciting choice. This program draws heavily on your engineering knowledge while applying that knowledge to the biological life sciences.

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Minor in Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Biochemistry & Microbiology

We encourage students from any major to consider expanding their knowledge of the life sciences by completing a minor in biology, biomedical engineering, or biochemistry & microbiology. The minor will expose you to entirely new career and research possibilities in an exciting and growing field. 

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Biology Minor

Biomedical Engineering Minor

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Minor


"Biology is the study of complicated things that have the appearance of having been designed with a purpose.

- Richard Dawkins, ethologist, evolutionary biologist, and author.

Career Possibilities

Our labs, classes, and research opportunities will not only prepare you for a rewarding and exciting career, but also for graduate study. Our programs include hands-on experience far beyond what is often available to undergraduates.

Check out some careers you could pursue with a Biology or Biomedical Engineering degree.

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Research Scientist

With a Ph.D., a research scientist can work in a variety of fields, from a commercial setting working with and testing products, to an academic environment conducting experiments and reporting the findings of research. Research scientists can improve products and processes, expand scientific understanding and impact real-world applications through their findings. The median annual salary for a research scientist is $77,028, according to PayScale.

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Biomedical Engineer

Biomedical engineers combine engineering principles with medical and biological sciences to design and create equipment, devices, computer systems, and software used in healthcare. Demand for biomedical engineers is projected to be far above the average profession for at least the next decade. Biomedical engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering or bioengineering from an accredited program in order to enter the occupation. Alternatively, they can get a bachelor’s degree in a different field of engineering and then either choose biological science electives or get a graduate degree in biomedical engineering. The median annual wage for biomedical engineers was $86,220 in 2015, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Medical Scientists

Medical scientists conduct research aimed at improving overall human health. They often use clinical trials and other investigative methods to reach their findings. Medical scientists typically have a Ph.D., usually in biology or a related life science. Some medical scientists get a medical degree instead of a Ph.D., but prefer doing research to practicing as a physician. The median annual wage for medical scientists was $82,240 in 2015, accoding to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Department News

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Associate Dean Kay C Dee Named Inspiring STEM Leader

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Kay C Dee

Dr. Dee earned her M. Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in biomedical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She then taught at Tulane University before joining the faculty at Rose-Hulman in 2004. She has received several honors and awards for her teaching and research, including Professor of the Year from Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. Her research interests include student learning styles, helping faculty to be most effective in the classroom and assessments of teaching and learning. She also authored the textbook An Introduction to Tissue-Biomaterial Interactions.

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Contact Us

Department of Biology and Biomedical Engineering
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
5500 Wabash Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47803