Engineering Science - Biomedical Option

BE – Biomedical Option

Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Bioengineering is designed to bridge the gap between the life sciences and physical sciences by applying engineering concepts, methods and techniques to biology and medicine. An understanding of fundamental physiological processes using engineering methodology requires a broad background in basic engineering, sciences and mathematics. Biomedical engineers may design instruments, devices and software; bring together knowledge from many technical sources to develop new procedures; or conduct research needed to solve clinical problems. In industry, they may create products that require an in-depth understanding of living systems and technology. They frequently work in research and development or in quality assurance.

Engineering Science (Biomedical) Degree Requirements
ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission

Career Potential in Bioengineering:

The median annual wage for biomedical engineers was $88,550 in May 2018. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $51,890, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $144,350.

In May 2018, the median annual wages for biomedical engineers in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

Navigational, measuring, electromedical, and control instruments manufacturing $101,960
Research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences 93,250
Medical equipment and supplies manufacturing 83,450

Biomedical engineers usually work full time on a normal schedule. However, as with employees in almost any engineering occupation, biomedical engineers occasionally may have to work additional hours to meet the needs of patients, managers, colleagues, and clients. Some biomedical engineers work more than 40 hours per week.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Biomedical Engineers, on the Internet at (visited November 21, 2019).

ABET Statement on B.E. Engineering Science

Hofstra University is committed to excellence in all programs and actively participates in all accreditation processes. Hofstra's B.E. Engineering Science program was first accredited in 1971 and remains accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, The 2017-18 general review of the Engineering Science degree program resulted in a finding of a deficiency, curricular in nature, that requires an interim visit. Specifically, the major design experience in the biomedical option was deemed to be primarily research in nature rather than engineering design and did not incorporate appropriate engineering standards and multiple realistic constraints. This issue has been corrected with the approval of a revised syllabus by the biomedical faculty on Feb. 14, 2018. As part of our ongoing commitment to continuous improvement and accreditation, a report will be submitted to ABET by July 1, 2019.

In addition, Hofstra is in the process of designing for a 65,000-square-foot $50 million new state-of-the-art Engineering and Applied Science complex to further enhance the DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science teaching and research facilities. The administration and the faculty consider the continued accreditation of all previously accredited engineering programs to be essential to the mission of the school and the University. The school has also created new B.S. in Bioengineering and B.S. in Civil Engineering degree programs that will supersede those two options in the existing Engineering Science program.

Any questions regarding the variety of programs available in the Department of Engineering should be directed to:

Dr. Richard Puerzer
Chair, Department of Engineering

Dr. Sina Rabbany
Dean, Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science