4 years
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Rapid City

About this program

Biomedical Engineering BS

What is Biomedical Engineering?

If you have an interest in healthcare but love knowing how things work, a degree in biomedical engineering from South Dakota Mines is the perfect fit for you. Biomedical engineers apply engineering principles to the fields of healthcare and biology to design life-saving medical products and processes. South Dakota Mines offers one of the only such programs in the region.

What does a Biomedical Engineer do?

As a biomedical engineer, you will be on the cutting edge of medicine and engineering with plenty of opportunities to design and develop new life-changing technologies.

The types of work you do will depend on your area of study. Some biomedical engineers design and create medical equipment and devices, such as artificial internal organs and prosthetics. You might design computer systems and software or machines for making medical diagnoses. Maybe you’ll maintain, repair, and provide technical support for such devices. Some biomedical engineers work in injury prevention, tissue engineering, or even drug delivery systems.

Admission requirements

International Undergraduate Course Requirements

The School of Mines will carefully review and consider for acceptance applicants who meet the general education requirements and the following criteria:

  • Achieve a high school GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • English Proficiency Requirement - can be viewed on our website
  • Proof of College Algebra-readiness by one of the following methods:
    • ACT or SAT math sub-score of at least 25/590
    • Completion of a college math course (Intermediate Algebra or higher)
    • Qualifying score on the Accuplacer exam

Applications from students with deficiencies are reviewed on an individual basis by the Admissions Committee. The committee considers high school curriculum (special consideration is given to math and science coursework), grades, and test scores.

*U.S. citizens and permanent residents are not required to provide an English proficiency. 

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Program content

Freshman Year

First Semester

  • Introduction to Biomedical Engineering/Lab
  • General Biology I
  • General Biology I Lab
  • General Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry I
  • Composition I
  • Calculus I

Second Semester

  • Programming for Engineers and Scientists
  • General Chemistry II
  • General Chemistry II Lab
  • Calculus II
  • University Physics I
  • General Education Goal 3 or 4 Elective(s)

Sophomore Year

First Semester

  • Biomedical Engineering Fluid Mechanics
  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Anatomy Lab
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Organic Chemistry I Lab
  • Statics
  • Differential Equations

Second Semester

  • Biomedical Technologies/Lab
  • Biomedical Physiology
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Introduction to Circuits, Machines, and Systems/Lab
  • Calculus III

Junior Year

First Semester

  • Introduction to Biomechanics
  • Department Approved Elective
  • Communication in the STEM Workplace
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • Properties of Materials

Second Semester

  • Biomedical Engineering Transport Phenomena
  • Biomedical Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Biomedical Engineering Laboratory
  • Basic Engineering Economics
  • Explorations in STEM Communications
  • General Education Goal 3 or 4 Elective(s)

Senior Year

First Semester

  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering Senior Design I
  • Department Approved Elective
  • Engineering Elective
  • General Education Goal 3 or 4 Elective(s)

Second Semester

  • Biomedical Engineering Senior Design II
  • Biomedical Engineering Elective
  • Department Approved Elective
  • General Education Goal 3 or 4 Elective(s)

Scholarships & funding

International students may seek scholarship opportunities but should be aware that many scholarships are limited to US citizens or permanent residents. South Dakota Mines does not offer scholarships specifically for international students. You must be ADMITTED by January 15 of the year you are planning to enroll in the fall semester if you wish to be considered for scholarships. Scholarships are only awarded for a start date of the fall semester. Please see the Scholarships website for information on Mines scholarships.

International students are NOT eligible for South Dakota Mines or federal loan programs and should not apply for such financial assistance. 


Total Estimated for the undergraduate I-20 — 2022-2023

  • Academic year (9 months) - $17,100
  • Living Expenses (9 months) - $10,900
  • Books & Supplies (9 months) - $ 1,200
  • Estimated Total for one academic year - $29,200

The estimate for living expenses includes only room, board, and health insurance, which is mandatory for international students. This does not include personal and transportation expenses, which you will still have. The institution estimates that you will spend approximately $3450 per academic year on personal and transportation expenses, so please be prepared for these expenses.

Career paths

Biomedical engineers are in high demand, especially in a time when new technologies are evolving quickly, and the baby boomer population is in need of equipment that will allow them to live actively longer.

Forbes calls biomedical engineering the “high-paying, low-stress STEM job you probably haven’t considered.” CNN Money named it one of the best jobs in America.

There are lots of career avenues in the field of biomedicine, including:

  • Developing bioinstrumentation used in the diagnosis and treatment of medical problems
  • Biomaterials development, which can be either natural living tissue or artificial materials. For instance, this field might include tissue engineering, biomedical implant development, drug delivery, or nano-implants
  • Physician
  • Rehabilitation engineering, which uses engineering and computer science to develop devices that assist individuals recovering from or adapting to physical and cognitive impairments
  • Biomedical scientist or researcher
  • Develop hardware and software for medical devices as a medical technology developer

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South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology was founded in 1885 to provide instruction in the region’s primary industry, which was mining. And now it includes so much more. Over the years, South Dakota Mines evolved into a leading science...

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Life at South Dakota Mines is more than books, homework, and tests. It’s robot races on the Quad, blacksmithing on Friday afternoons, late-night hangouts with friends in the dorm, and cheering for your favorite Hardrocker sports team. It’s finding “your” people – friends who geek out at the same stuff you do, whether that’s esports, robotics, fossils, or chemistry experiments. You’ll work alongside “your” people in classrooms and on student teams and organizations. At South Dakota Mines, it’s more about collaboration than competition, and you’ll never be alone in your passions and interests.


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South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

501 E Saint Joseph Street
57701 Rapid City South Dakota
United States of America

Phone no: 16053946884

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