Bioengineering is the discipline associated with the discovery and formulation of the design principles behind the structures and modes of operation of living matter at various length scales, ranging from biomolecules and cells to full organisms. Bioengineering is thus a highly interdisciplinary field in which the techniques, devices, materials and resources of engineers are used to address problems in biology, biomedical research and healthcare; lessons from biology are used to inspire design and inform progress in engineering. During the past 40 years, this synergy between biology and engineering has led to a wide range of molecular characterization techniques, implantable materials, diagnostic devices, sensors and designed drugs, and it has produced tools that greatly expedited research in biomedicine such as the sequencing of the human genome. Along with these practical innovations has come a rapidly increasing need for personnel with the necessary interdisciplinary skills, and undergraduate bioengineering programs have proliferated alongside the continued growth of bioengineering research.
The undergraduate major in Bioengineering is designed to provide students with both breadth and depth as well as the possibility of a focus on molecular bioengineering, cellular and tissue engineering, or physiological engineering.
It is suitable preparation for individuals seeking a career in research or industry, or pursuing advanced degrees such as Ph.D. or M.D.
Bioengineering Program Learning Outcomes
Upon graduation, our graduates demonstrate:
- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
- An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
- An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
- An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
- An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
- An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
- An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.