Biomedical Engineering at Louisiana Tech University



B.S. in Biomedical Engineering


The Biomedical Engineering Department was established in 1972 and has gained respect as a leader in undergraduate education, research, and service. The Department was the seventh program to become accredited in Biomedical Engineering (1978) and draws students around the nation and the world. Approximately 50% of the BmE students are from outside the state of Louisiana.  Additionally, 50% of the BmE enrollment is female and 25% is from under-represented minority groups. The Program is known as one of the premier programs of the University and the State. The Program offers degrees through the Doctor of Philosophy and a joint M.D./Ph.D. program with LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport


Program Objectives


The objectives of our program are:


BIENOb1 (Careers): Graduates of the program will find employment as biomedical engineers or be admitted for continued study in engineering, science, business, medicine, or other professional programs. 


BIENOb2 (Skills): Graduates of the program will apply the skills obtained from the program to biomedical or other multidisciplinary fields.


BIENOb3 (Professionalism): Graduates of the program will communicate effectively, undertake professional responsibilities, and function effectively as members and leaders of multi-disciplinary teams.


BIENOb4 (Life-Long Learning): Graduates of the program will continue to develop their knowledge and skills throughout their careers.


The program provides a fundamental education in Biomedical Engineering and a specialty in one of the following areas: Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Information, or Premedicine. The B.S. curriculum consists of 134 semester credit hours, including 31 hours of biomedical engineering courses, 18 hours of other required engineering courses, 12 hours of technical electives, 11 hours of biological sciences, 18 hours of mathematics and statistics, 14 hours of chemistry and physics, and 30 hours of humanities. The curriculum culminates with a senior design project, spread over the winter and spring quarters of the senior year. The design course provides instruction in structured engineering design and enables the students to choose and solve problems using the skills and knowledge they have gained in their undergraduate careers.


Upon graduation, our students pursue a variety of career and higher education paths, including work in industry, enrollment in medical school, and enrollment in graduate school at the MS and Ph.D. level.  Graduates have also pursued other educational opportunities, such as a Masters in Business Administration and law school.




The Biomedical Engineering Program at Louisiana Tech is one of only twenty two in the United States which is accredited by The Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) and was the seventh program to achieve this goal. Graduates of the program are well prepared for taking the Fundamentals of Engineering examination. Established in 1972, the Biomedical Engineering Department remains as one of the oldest, largest and strongest such programs in the United States.


Students in Biomedical Engineering

We have been fortunate to have a number of outstanding students, many of which have continued to obtain their Ph.D. degrees in Biomedical Engineering and have strong publication records. From the class of 2005, two of our students were awarded National Science Foundation fellowships, and from the class of 2006 another of our students received this award. These awards are the premier graduate fellowships provided by the National Science Foundation, and they provide each awardee with $30,000 per year over three years.  One student from our 2007 graduate class received a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, which is provides similar support.


In the past two years, students from our program have been hired at the Bachelors level by Baxter Healthcare, Glenwood Regional Medical Center, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Hunterwood Technologies, CheckPoint, and the Government of Kuwait.


Graduates during the last two years were admitted to graduate school at Purdue, Texas A&M, Louisiana State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Virginia Commonwealth University.


Other graduates during the past two years have been admitted to medical school at LSU Medical School, LSU Health Sciences Center, University of Texas Health Sciences Center, and the University of Arkansas, Little Rock Medical School.


The program continues to attract the best students in the university, many of whom come from out of state to study biomedical engineering here.




Faculty in Biomedical Engineering