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Students may declare the Biomedical and Health Sciences Engineering (BMHE) major as early as their first year. However, students who wish to continue in this major must apply for admission to the program. Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the program. Students should plan to apply at some point during your first year (fall, spring, or summer) as outlined below. Rising juniors may also apply, but admission to rising juniors will only be granted on a limited basis if space is available. Students who are not accepted to the program must select a different major. Please note that students who enrolled at UNC prior to fall 2016 do not have to go through this admissions process. Students admitted prior to Fall of 2016 are admitted to the joint program after completing the 5 required courses.

Students may apply to the program during the semester when they earn credit for the following courses (AP and IB credit will be accepted according to university policies):

  • CHEM 101/101L – General Descriptive Chemistry I and Quantitative Chemistry Laboratory I (C or better)
  • MATH 231 – Calculus of Functions of One Variable (C or better)
  • MATH 232 – Calculus of Functions of One Variable II (C or better)
  • PHYS 116/118 – Mechanics/Introductory Calculus-based Mechanics and Relativity (C or better)
  • ENGL 105 English Composition and Rhetoric (C- or better)

It is expected that students will be applying in the fall or spring of their first year, or at the very latest, in the summer before sophomore year. The percentage of the total class admitted per semester is outlined in the table below.

To apply for admission to the program, students must complete the following two steps:

  • Apply for a Major/Minor Change in ConnectCarolina. Specific directions are included here. Update: For the Fall Term (9/16-12/1) students should select the Biomedical Health Sci Engineering-Joint NC State option (for 2019 Spring). After submitting this request, students will receive a communication the next day with the URL to the online application site, as well as a username and PIN to login.
  • Complete an online application, including a personal statement. Students will be expected to complete all sections of the online application. Students will access their online application by logging into to the URL emailed to them the day after submitting the major change request, using the provided username and PIN. The online application has multiple sections, including:
    • Applicant Information
    • Personal Statement/Essay. Guidelines for the essay are listed below.
    • Certification
    • Application Status Review

Admission will be decided by a committee of department members, considering the applicant’s grades and essay. The decision letter will be posted to the online application system. Students accepted to the program will need to confirm their acceptance through ConnectCarolina in order for the major change to be processed. Please check the table below for significant dates.

Essay guidelines:

A single essay of no more than 300 words is a required part of the application. This essay should address the following topics:

  1. Why are you interested in biomedical engineering?
  2. What experiences have led you to choose BMHE as your intended major?
  3. What extracurricular activities have you engaged in related to biomedical engineering?
  4. What do you plan on doing with your biomedical engineering degree when you graduate?

PhotoNameTitleResearch AreaPhone
AllbrittonNancyNancy AllbrittonProfessor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering - Distinguished Professor of ChemistryBiomedical Microdevices(919) 966-2291
Ted BatemanAssociate ProfessorRehabilitation Engineering(919) 966-3944
Ashley BrownAssistant ProfessorRegenerative Medicine(919) 513-8231
Ke ChengAssociate ProfessorRegenerative Medicine(919) 513-6157
Jacqueline ColeAssistant ProfessorRegenerative Medicine(919) 515-5955
Michael DanieleAssistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering & Biomedical EngineeringBiomedical Microdevices(919) 513-2654
Paul DaytonProfessor - Associate Chair, UNCBiomedical Imaging(919) 843-9521
Bob DennisAssociate ProfessorRehabilitation Engineering(919) 843-6076
Matthew FisherAssistant ProfessorRegenerative Medicine(919) 515-5242
M. Gregory ForestProfessor of Biomedical Engineering - Distinguished Professor of MathematicsBiomedical Microdevices(919) 962-9606
Jason FranzAssistant ProfessorRehabilitation Engineering
Donald FreytesAssistant ProfessorRegenerative Medicine(919) 513-7933
Caterina GallippiAssociate ProfessorBiomedical Imaging(919) 843-6647
Michael GamcsikAssociate ProfessorPharmacoengineering(919) 513-0786
Shawn GomezAssociate Professor - Director of Graduate StudiesPharmacoengineering(919) 966-4959
Edward GrantProfessor of Biomedical Engineering & - Electrical and Computer EngineeringRehabilitation Engineering(919) 515-7016
Zhen GuAssociate ProfessorPharmacoengineering919-515-7944
Xiaogang HuAssistant ProfessorRehabilitation Engineering(919) 515-8674
Leaf HuangProfessor of Biomedical Engineering - Fred N. Eshelman Distinguished Professor and Chair, UNC School of PharmacyPharmacoengineering(919) 843-0736
He (Helen) HuangAssociate Professor of Biomedical Engineering - Director of the Rehabilitation Engineering CenterRehabilitation Engineering(919) 515-5218
Mike JayProfessor of Biomedical Engineering - Fred N. Eshelman Distinguished Professor of PharmacyPharmacoengineering(919) 843-3775
Derek KamperBiomedical Microdevices(xxx) xxx-xxxx
David LalushAssociate ProfessorBiomedical Imaging(919) 513-7671
Frances LiglerLampe Distinguished Professor of Biomedical EngineeringBiomedical Microdevices(919) 515-1049
Weili LinProfessor of Biomedical Engineering, - Radiology & NeurologyBiomedical Imaging(919) 843-8120
Jeffrey MacdonaldAssociate ProfessorRegenerative Medicine(919) 843-5154
Terry MagnusonProfessor of Biomedical Engineering - Sarah Graham Kenan Professor & Chair, - Department of GeneticsBiomedical Microdevices(919) 843-6475
Matthew MauroProfessor and Chair of RadiologyBiomedical Imaging(919)966-4238
H. Troy NagleProfessor of Biomedical Engineering & Electrical and Computer EngineeringBiomedical Microdevices(919) 515-3578
Roger NarayanProfessorBiomedical Microdevices(919) 696-8488
Harold PillsburyProfessor of Biomedical Engineering - Thomas J. Dark Distinguished Professor & Chair of - Otolaryngology/Head and Neck SurgeryRehabilitation Engineering(919) 966-8926
Gianmarco PintonAssistant Professor of Biomedical EngineeringBiomedical Imaging
J. Michael RamseyProfessor of Biomedical Engineering - Minnie N. Goldby Distinguished Professor of ChemistryBiomedical Microdevices(919) 962-7492
Gregory SawickiAssociate Professor -- Associate Director (Rehab Eng Core) -- Faculty Scholar '13Rehabilitation Engineering(919) 513-0787
Anne Marion TaylorAssistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Primary faculty - UNC Neuroscience Center and Carolina Institute for Developmental DisabilitiesBiomedical Microdevices(919) 843-8156
Mark TommerdahlAssociate Professor(919) 966-8985
Glenn WalkerAssociate ProfessorBiomedical Microdevices(919) 513-4390
Shumin WangAssistant ProfessorBiomedical Imaging
David Zaharoff(xxx) xxx-xxxx

Instructions for Transfer Applicants

Sophomore and junior transfer students who are seeing admission to UNC-Chapel Hill are required to apply through the Common Application. For additional information, visit:

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