Biomedical Engineering at NIU
Bachelor of Science

Design and build technological innovations that help save lives.

Technology and medicine work together to improve people's health. Many medical conditions have become easier to manage, thanks to new equipment and procedures. If you're passionate about helping people and fascinated by technology, consider biomedical engineering. You'll learn how to apply engineering principles to the health care industry.

I decided on [biomedical engineering] because I love learning about science, and I get to work in the amazing facilities at the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology (CEET). I get the opportunity to develop projects with the other people in CEET and learn about how this field can be used to help those in need.

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What Can I Do With a Biomedical Engineering Degree From NIU?

As a biomedical engineer, you'll be sought-after by hospitals, electronic companies, manufacturing firms and other organizations. With our annual job and internship fairs, you'll be able to make valuable connections before you graduate.

Top skills reported by alumni:

  • C++ (programming language)
  • Data analysis 
  • Matlab
  • Python (programming language)
  • Research

Top fields alumni work in: 

  • Electronic manufacturing
  • Information technology 
  • Health care
  • Life sciences
  • Transportation and logistics

Career Potential for NIU
Biomedical Engineering Majors

Average mid-career salary:


Top employers include:

  • Apple
  • Abbvie
  • Baxter International, Inc.
  • GE Healthcare
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific

Job titles include:

  • Application developer
  • Biomed tech
  • Continuous improvement manager
  • Engineering project manager
  • Lab tech

Source: Steppingblocks, 2023

What to Expect as a Biomedical Engineering Major at NIU

Our program combines engineering principles with biology and chemistry. You'll get plenty of hands-on experience in our extensive laboratory facilities. By choosing one of the following tracks, you can focus your studies on your interests and goals:

  • Biomaterials
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical instrumentation, sensors and signal processing

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How We’ll Help You Succeed

Apply for free and we’ll automatically consider you for a renewable merit scholarship.

Earn your bachelor’s degree fast with our affordable tuition and fees. Any credit hours you take over 12 are free (per semester).

Prepare to thrive after graduation with personalized support from Career Services.

With our truth-in-tuition policy, you’ll get the same fixed tuition rate for four continuous years, whether you live in Illinois or another state.

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