Undergraduate Study
Biomedical Engineering (BS)
ABET Objectives & Outcomes

Northwestern's biomedical engineering department offers two programs. Our biomedical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Student enrollment and graduation data from this program are available on the McCormick School of Engineering website. Our unaccredited medical engineering program is only open to students who are in the honors program in medical education.

Our Mission

To provide education that prepares students to lead, innovate, and self-educate throughout their careers in bioengineering and biomedical professions and industries.

Program Educational Objectives

  • Career Achievements – Using a knowledge base with a core foundation in engineering and biology, our students will be able to apply their skills to a variety of challenges in their chosen field. Our graduates will demonstrate skills such as innovation, creativity, adaptability, and critical thinking to solve problems in the biomedical industry, medicine, academia, and consulting.   
  • Professionalism – Our graduates will demonstrate leadership in their chosen fields, and make decisions that are socially and ethically responsible. Graduates will function effectively in multidisciplinary team environments and communicate to a variety of audiences.
  • Life-long Learning – Our graduates will build and expand upon their undergraduate foundations by engaging in learning opportunities throughout their careers.

Student Outcomes

The following are the student outcomes of the biomedical engineering department. When our students complete their degrees, we expect them to have:

  • The ability to apply mathematics, science, and engineering principles
  • The ability to design and conduct experiments, analyze, and interpret data
  • The ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
  • The ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • The ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • The ability to communicate effectively
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context
  • Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • Knowledge of contemporary issues
  • The ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice