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Why Case

Innovative Education | Post-Graduation | How to Apply


Innovative Education

Established in 1968, the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve is one of the premier BME Programs in the country.  Our innovative undergraduate education program was established in 1972 with the introduction of the B.S. degree in biomedical engineering.  From the beginning, the B.S. in BME program at Case Western Reserve implemented courses that integrated engineering and biology and were taught by faculty members within department.  This integrated educational model has become the bedrock for undergraduate BME education at Case Western Reserve.  The department was built on the premise that engineering principles provide an important basis for innovation and unique solutions to biomedical problems.  Therefore, the undergraduate curriculum includes core engineering and biomedical courses couples with courses in a specialty area chosen by the student.  Additionally, students gain practical experience in the required biomedical engineering I and II laboratories.  Students learn within faculty research laboratories on campus, as well as at the many local medical facilities within walking distance, including the world-renown Cleveland Clinic.

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Post-Graduation

To ensure that our department's undergraduate educational program meets its educational objectives, we have set the following program outcomes. Within the framework of our objectives and outcomes, we feel it is important that our undergraduate program emphasize the development in our students of problem-solving skills, the ability to think independently, and the ability to assess ideas with an open mind. We expect that these qualities will be important to their success as they go on in careers in biomedical engineering, to clinical programs such as medical school, occupational therapy, and prosthetics & orthotics, professional programs like law school and business school, or to graduate school in biomedical engineering.

Specifically, the program outcomes for our department are to develop in our students:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to
    biomedical engineering problems
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
  • An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • An ability to communicate effectively
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions
    in a global and societal context
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary foe engineering practice.

How to Apply

We encourage you to contact our department while you are considering how Biomedical Engineering at Case is right for you. Please contact Gena Richmann to schedule a visit including individual meetings with faculty members. To learn more visit:

Case Office of Undergraduate Admissions