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This is the perfect time to launch a career in the biological life sciences.

BBE the Best

The biological sciences are driving ground-breaking progress in health care, agriculture and environmental science. If you love science and want to know your work is helping others, biology or biomedical engineering are perfect fields of study.


As a biology major at Rose, you'll do hands-on research in our state-of-the-art labs starting in year one. You'll work closely with our expert faculty, helping you become a seasoned researcher, developing skills relevant to working in industry. You will graduate well-positioned for the job market, a top graduate school or medical school. 

View the Biology brochure.

Why study Biology at Rose?

Watch this short video to meet Dr. Jameel Ahmed, department head, and learn more about our Biology program at Rose-Hulman.

Explore Your Passions

If a Biology program with undergraduate research opportunities and a laboratory-intensive curriculum is what you're interested in, then look no further. At Rose-Hulman you'll have the faculty support to explore your passions.


Biomedical engineers help develop solutions for treating and diagnosing disease, as well as for helping people with disabilities.

As a biomedical engineering major at Rose, you’ll have the opportunity to customize your upper-level electives to help you pursue your professional goals. Our biomedical engineering program features an extensive design component. You’ll work with skilled faculty on developing the highly sought-after skills in industry. Our program has been ranked as one of the best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

We also offer a biochemistry and molecular biology second major or minor, and many of our grads have gone on to medical school.

For graduates, we 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. 

Learn about program accreditation here.






Prepared for Success

Medical student Gary Ulrich talks about how Rose-Hulman’s biology program gives graduates a foundation for success in medicine, research and other career paths.

Science at Rose-Hulman

Scientists who are at the forefront of solving some of the world’s toughest challenges do so through hands-on research. That’s why at Rose-Hulman, we make sure you’re in the lab early and often, doing real research driven by your interests.

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.

Bachelor of Science in Biology

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

Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering

ABET_Engineering_Accreditation_CommissionIf 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. 

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (Second Major Only)

A second major in biochemistry & molecular biology is a strong supplement to any life sciences program. This second major provides the background and understanding necessary to open up career possibilities in the natural and life sciences fields.

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. 

Learn More:

Biology Minor

Biomedical Engineering Minor

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Minor

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Why Science at Rose-Hulman?

Because here, you'll do real research driven by your interests with awesome professors.

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Jameel Ahmed

Jameel Ahmed

Dr. Jameel Ahmed’s areas of expertise cover physiology and biomedical instrumentation. He has done extensive research on neural-vascular interactions in the retina, which has included measuring and observing how such variables as oxygen distribution, blood flow, and rod and cone contributions affect the workings of the retina and optic nerve. Dr. Ahmed has served as a member of the Leadership Advancement Program, which is a campus-wide effort to offer opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills. He also is active in the local community, serving on the Boards of Leadership Wabash Valley and the United Way of the Wabash Valley.

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Contact Us

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

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