Biomedical Engineering Concentration

Engineering majors with Mechanical Engineering Concentration study at George Fox, a top Christian college

Engineer Solutions for the Healthcare Industry

Biomedical engineers develop devices and procedures that solve medical and health-related problems by applying the principles and techniques of engineering to biology and medicine. Many do research, along with medical scientists, to develop and evaluate systems and products such as artificial joints and organs, prostheses, instrumentation, medical information systems, and health management and care delivery systems.

Ultimately, biomedical engineers work to improve human health through cross-disciplinary activities that integrate the engineering sciences with the biomedical sciences and clinical practice.

One Concentration, Two Tracks

At George Fox, students in the biomedical engineering program have the option of two tracks:

  • A medical device sequence that specializes in the design of devices used for medical procedures, and
  • A pre-physical therapy track that incorporates the chemistry and biology prerequisites needed to apply for a doctor of physical therapy program upon completion

A Broad Scope

The biomedical engineering field covers a broad spectrum. The discipline combines aspects of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, materials science, chemistry, mathematics, human biology, and computer science and engineering to improve human health, whether it be to develop an advanced prosthetic limb, an artificial heart valve, or make a breakthrough in identifying proteins within cells.

A biomedical engineer may specialize in pharmaceutical delivery systems and tissue engineering, or develop biomechanical sports equipment. Others may design surgical instruments, medical imaging systems, or create devices such as heart pacemakers or those used to automate insulin injections.

A Service-Oriented Career Path

Biomedical engineers are of service to people. They work with living systems and apply advanced technology to the complex problems of medical care. The integration of both the hands-on nature of engineering and the caregiving nature of human-centered engagement make biomedical engineering a missional pathway through which you can help meet the needs of individuals served by the healthcare industry.

In recent years, both Forbes and CNN Money have dubbed biomedical engineering as “the best healthcare career.”

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Jobs, Internships and Graduate School

Engineering majors at George Fox study at one of the West Coast's top Christian colleges

Bachelor's degree graduates earning engineering degrees are expected to be the highest paid, leading all STEM graduates, according to the 2016 Job Outlook survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Job growth for engineers is expected to rise, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, due to an infrastructure that continues to age (civil engineering), the ever-increasing demand for highly skilled computer scientists, and the ability of electrical and mechanical engineers to develop and apply new technologies. “Job prospects may be best for those who stay abreast of the most recent advances in technology,” notes the BLS.

  • Electrical Failure Analysis Engineer, Intel
  • Electrical Engineer, Boeing
  • Embedded Software Design Engineer, Tektronix
  • Semiconductor Design Engineer, Teradyne
  • Reliability Engineer, Lattice Semiconductor
  • Various engineering positions, Daimler Trucks North America
  • Mechanical Engineer, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
  • Applications Engineer, MCAD Technologies
  • Structural and Payload Engineer, Boeing
  • Development Engineer, Contech Engineered Solutions
  • Project Engineer, Anderson Construction
  • Civil Design Engineer, KPFF Consulting Engineers
  • A-dec, Newberg, Ore.
  • Teradyne, Portland
  • CUI, Portland
  • Intel, Beaverton, Ore.
  • Boeing, Seattle, Wash.
  • Lattice Semiconductor, Portland
  • HP, Boise, Idaho
  • 3D Systems, Wilsonville, Ore.
  • Tektronix, Beaverton, Ore.
  • Climax, Newberg, Ore.
  • Cascade Steel, McMinnville, Ore.
  • Biotronik, Beaverton, Ore.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • California Institute of Technology
  • University of Washington
  • Oregon State University
  • University of Georgia
  • Purdue University
  • USC
  • Texas A&M

Student Experiences

Jake Ferrier

“During my time at George Fox I’ve gained a lot of resilience and trust in my ability to push through challenges. It’s been amazing to be in a place where the professors invest in me and show me by example how to use my engineering skills to serve God and my community.”

- Jake Ferrier

Daniela Makowski

“It wasn’t that difficult for me to find a job after graduation, knowing that I had a great degree. [Employers] really knew that they could count on my education. ... The best decision I ever made was to go to George Fox for engineering.”

- Daniela Makowski

Points of Distinction

  • Outstanding faculty with a Christian worldview
  • One-on-one mentoring
  • Servant engineering curriculum
  • Small class sizes
  • Application learning environment beginning freshman year
  • Access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment
  • Real-world solutions created in collaborative teams

Why George Fox?

Christ-centered community

Our faith influences everything we do here, from the way our professors teach to the way we relate to one another and serve in the community.

Global opportunities

More than half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad, ranking George Fox among the nation's leaders in study abroad participation (U.S. News & World Report).

Small classes

Our 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you'll get to know your professors on a personal level.

National recognition

George Fox University is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university, and Forbes ranks George Fox among the highest Christian colleges in the country.