George Fox University adds biomedical engineering to its academic offerings

February 23rd, 2018

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New program will begin in the fall of 2018 and offer the option of a medical device sequence or pre-physical therapy track

NEWBERG, Ore. – George Fox University’s engineering major will add a fifth concentration to its curriculum – biomedical engineering – beginning in the fall of 2018.

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.

The university’s Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology-accredited engineering program also offers concentrations in computer, mechanical, civil, and electrical engineering. Graduates are conferred a bachelor of science degree in engineering.

“As biomedical engineering is a people-serving profession, it aligns well with our university’s mission, which calls for students to ‘serve with passion,’” said Bob Harder, dean of the university’s College of Engineering. “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 our students can help meet the needs of individuals served by the healthcare industry.”

The new concentration will offer 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.

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.

Job prospects for biomedical engineers – and engineering graduates in general – are expected to be strong. According to a 2016 Job Outlook survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, bachelor’s degree graduates earning engineering degrees are expected to be the highest paid, leading all STEM graduates. And, in recent years, both Forbes and CNN Money have dubbed biomedical engineering as “the best healthcare career.”

For more information on George Fox’s engineering program, visit

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes among the top Christian universities in the country and is a Christian college classified by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Regional University.” Money magazine ranked it the No. 1 school in Oregon in its 2017-18 “Best Colleges for Your Money” list. More than 4,000 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem and Redmond, Ore. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, six seminary degrees, and 13 master’s and doctoral degrees.


Bob Harder
Dean, College of Engineering
George Fox University

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