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Biomedical engineering (BME) is a fast-growing, interdisciplinary field that integrates engineering, mathematics, medicine, and science to improve human health and quality of life. BME graduates are job-ready engineers for the medical device, health care, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical industries.

Founded in 2003, the UNC/NC State Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering is a unique collaboration between North Carolina’s two flagship universities: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University. The nationally ranked UNC Hospitals and School of Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill provide an excellent clinical environment for students to gain experience in medicine, while the College of Engineering at NC State, one of the finest engineering and computer science schools in the world, offers state-of-the art facilities for students and faculty engaged in vital areas of research and technology transfer.

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The mission of the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering is to unite engineering and medicine to improve lives. With more than 50 primary teaching and research faculty members and approximately 600 undergraduate, Master’s, and doctoral students, the Joint Department is on track to realize its ambitious vision of becoming a leader in real-world results: faculty productivity, student accomplishment, and entrepreneurial success. BME students have access to the vast resources of these world-class public universities, which includes greater opportunities for collaboration with faculty, clinicians, and students in top-ranked schools of pharmacy, dentistry, nursing, veterinary medicine, and textiles.


The undergraduate program at NC State is accredited by ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) and offers a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering. At UNC-Chapel Hill, the Joint Department offers a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical and Health Sciences Engineering and is accredited by ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology).

Along with the traditional areas of biomedical engineering, Master’s and doctoral students have the opportunity to select from five specialty areas:

  • Biomedical Microdevices
  • Medical Imaging
  • Pharmacoengineering
  • Rehabilitation Engineering
  • Regenerative Medicine

The Joint Department capitalizes on its transformative inter-institutional model by translating discoveries from the academic laboratory setting to the commercial marketplace. BME faculty and students have started 31 companies — and filed 138 patents and 366 invention disclosures.

For undergraduate program information, please contact the undergraduate program office at . For graduate program information, please contact Dr. Caterina Gallippi at 919.843.6647 or