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Biomedical Engineering

  • Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering
  • Erie, Pennsylvania
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  • Design the Future of Medical Devices, Prosthetics and Biomaterials with a Biomedical Engineering Degree from Gannon University

    Forge your education with your own hands by designing projects in cutting-edge laboratories beginning in your first semester. Learn from internationally renowned faculty in small classes as you explore research experiences. By the time you graduate, you will have opportunities to work alongside medical professionals on real-world health care problems, conduct research, attend conferences, publish scientific papers and participate in cross-disciplinary project design and creation.

    This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the General Criteria and the Bioengineering, Biomedical and Similarly Named Engineering Programs Program Criteria.

    • Engage in undergraduate research opportunities in a variety of industries.

    • ABET: Engineering Accreditation Comission Earn a degree that is nationally accredited.

    • Pursue engineering design projects that bring your ideas from concept to reality.

    Learn to Lead the Way in Biomedical Engineering

    • Analyze and solve problems in biology and medicine to enhance health care.
    • Apply engineering and technology to increase the quality of life for people with physical disabilities.
    • Gain a competitive edge and hands-on experience while learning technical skills such as creating 3D-printed materials or coding skills to analyze human body movement to complete various projects and research.
    • Tailor your academic learning through track options in biomechanics or bioelectrics, or a biomaterial track that incorporates a pre-health certificate.

    Experience an Exceptional Learning Environment

    The Biomedical Engineering Laboratory in the Center for Advanced Engineering includes:

    • The only undergraduate virtual reality robotic system used to study how the brain controls movements.
    • A research-grade motion-capture system to record physical activities such as running.
    • A Lap-Mentor Surgery simulator to practice performing virtual surgeries.
    • 3D printers to create composite and ceramic materials for bio-fabrication.

    Inspire Your Academic Success

    Gain real-world knowledge through key biomedical engineering courses including: 
    Motion Capture Laboratory: Use the same motion tracking technology as seen in the “Avengers” movie to analyze human motion. 
    Biomedical Heat and Mass Transfer: Learn how the principles of biomedical heat and mass transfer apply to dialysis machines and heart-lung machines to keep patients alive.
    Bioengineering Laboratory: Conduct experiments on how to safely return to sports after ACL reconstruction.

    Achieve the Possibilities

    • A biomedical engineering degree allows you to work in a variety of environments across industries, medicine and business.
    • Receive the foundational knowledge to attend medical school, graduate school or pursue professional degree programs in law, pharmacy or veterinary medicine.
    • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage is $97,410.
    • Our alumni are employed at companies such as Lockheed-Martin, Johnson & Johnson, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and more.

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Student Learning Outcomes

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies
  8. An ability to apply in depth knowledge of biology
  9. An ability to apply knowledge of statistics
Hilcia Merlos

Hilcia Merlos Biomedical Engineering

"The numerous research projects I have been a part of and led have given me valuable and indispensable insights into the biomedical research industry and workforce. These opportunities have allowed me to focus my interest in the field of biomedical engineering, as well as helped me apply the principles learned in the academic setting into real-world settings."

Rachel Grubbs

Rachel Grubbs '19 Biomedical Engineering

"Throughout my four years at Gannon, I was able to experience a lot, including being a part of the Gannon women’s soccer team and attending different academic conferences with BMES and SWE. I now work at OrthoPediatrics designing orthopedic implants for kids around the world."

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Alexis Stahl

Alexis Stahl '18 Biomedical Engineering

"Gannon provided me with an amazing support system, as well as the opportunity to build skills that have since helped me tremendously and provided me with the confidence to be successful in my career focusing on the manufacturing and development of gene therapies for rare genetic diseases."

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Arnon Ashkenazi

Arnon Ashkenazi '20 Biomedical Engineering

"Faculty truly seem to care about their students’ goals and academic achievement. I learned many of my job’s daily functions in a Gannon classroom such as designing, improving and implementing various medical devices. My degree has helped me make a difference and improve countless patients’ lives, even just two years into my professional career."

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Leyre Berganzos Fernandez

Leyre Berganzos Fernandez Biomedical Engineering

"The highlight of my academic career is the emphasis on biomedical learning, which will give me the opportunity to enter medical school."

Taylor Downs

Taylor Downs Biomedical Engineering

“As a research and development intern at Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary company, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, I was presented with opportunities I never imagined I would receive. I participated in design projects, test development and product testing on various tissues. I got to experience how my studies are utilized in a professional engineering environment.”

  • Receive hands-on learning through real-world courses, projects and valuable internship experiences that prepare you to become a professional in the field.
  • 13:1Enjoy a personalized experience inspired by Gannon’s faculty experts and a low student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1.
  • Apply for generous financial aid packages and scholarship awards.