Biomedical Engineering

  • GU Possibilities
    • The Biomedical Engineering Laboratory, located within the Center for Advanced Engineering, includes a KINARM robotic device with a virtual reality system used to understand how the brain controls movements. Gannon is the only university in the country to teach this system at the undergraduate level.
    • Students will gain hands-on experience using a CODAMOTION research-grade, motion-capture system that records detailed movements used in a range
      of physical activities such as running, walking or athletic applications.
    • A Lap-Mentor Surgery simulator allows students to experience and practice performing realistic virtual surgeries.
    • Faculty experts have collaborated in numerous NASA extramural funding programs, bringing real-world application to the classroom.
    • A new bio-ceramic research lab has been created to study ceramic implantable materials.

    You Will Learn

    Biomedical engineering expands traditional engineering expertise to analyze and solve problems in biology and medicine, providing an overall enhancement of health care. The role of biomedical engineers includes multiple levels of involvement, from choosing an appropriate off-the-shelf system to modification of commercial approaches,
    to the design and development of custom systems. The biomedical engineering program is directed toward the application of engineering and technology to increase the functional capabilities and quality of life for people with physical disabilities. Students will develop the necessary knowledge and skills to gain a competitive edge in the field through hands-on experience in the laboratory and in the community, and while learning various technical skills such as creating 3D-printed materials or learning coding skills to analyze movement of the human body to complete various projects and research.

    You Will Experience

    Regionally, there is an initiative to establish a biotech corridor between Pittsburgh and Cleveland. The Northwest Industrial Resource Center is working to include Erie
    in this effort. The corridor would help to establish connections between manufacturers of biomedical devices, researchers at universities and healthcare facilities to create opportunities for internships, research projects and senior design projects for biomedical engineering students.

    You Will Achieve

    Biomedical engineers work with healthcare professionals to design medical devices and equipment that enhance the quality of life for their patients by applying engineering products and process design strategies to medical problems. An undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering also provides the foundation to attend medical school, graduate school or professional degree programs in fields such as law, pharmacy and veterinary medicine. Such opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Computer systems to optimize athletic performance
    • Humanoid robots to diagnose autism
    • Human-machine interfaces that retrain muscle function in stroke patients
    • Robotic exoskeletons for impaired individuals
    • Heat and Mass transfer in the heart and lung system
    • Material science for medical implants

    You will Study

    Students in Gannon’s biomedical engineering program will learn to collaborate with healthcare professionals to design medical devices and equipment that enhance the quality of life for their patients. Some courses students may take include:

    BME 356 Motion Capture Laboratory
    Have you watched the movie “Avatar”? We use the same technology (3D Motion Capture) that they used in our lab to teach our students how to analyze human motion.

    BME 420 Biomechanics
    Is it safe to have a hip or knee replacement? How does engineering help to design a better joint replacement? How do surgeons install joint replacements? Biomechanics will help us to answer these questions.

    BME 440 Bioengineering Laboratory
    Imagine you could design and program a robot to help children with autism develop social skills. This will be one of your projects in BME 440.

    BME 465Biomedical Heat and Mass Transfer
    Do you know how a heart-lung machine takes over the functions of the heart and lungs to keep the patient alive during an open heart surgery? Or how does a dialysis machine work? You will answer these questions while learning the principles of biomedical heat and mass transfer in BME 465.


    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.

    You Will Earn

    A biomedical engineering degree allows you to work in different environments such as industry, hospitals, entrepreneurship or academia.
    Salaries in the field vary depending on the location and type of organization.

    • Starting salary: $59,000
    • Mid-career salary: $91,700
    Graduates of Gannon’s biomedical engineering program are employed at companies such as:
    • Lockheed-Martin (Ergonomics of cockpits)
    • Brainlab (Implantable deep brain stimulators for Parkinson’s Disease)
    • Talis (Service for dialysis machines)
    • Baxter Medical (Medical devices)
    • Ping (Golf equipment)
    • US ARMY (Medical devices)
     All salary information is compiled from data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics ( and/or PayScale (