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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.

Learn about program accreditation here.

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. 

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.


"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.

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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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