The bioengineering major prepares students to solve challenging problems in the medical and life sciences across a broad spectrum of engineering sub-disciplines. The degree prepares students for graduate programs in engineering or the health professions (e.g. medical school, dental school, veterinary school). All bioengineering students complete foundational courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and advanced mathematics. This basic knowledge is applied in upper-division engineering courses that stress team-based engineering design and analysis. Students in the program benefit from an interdisciplinary and well-rounded liberal arts education, enabling them to connect their work to disciplines outside of engineering. Students may also choose a concentration in cell and tissue engineering/molecular biology. The bioengineering program culminates with a design project in the senior year that builds upon ongoing faculty research, a project from the student’s internship site, or other industrial needs.
Bioengineering graduates are prepared for jobs in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, human diagnostics, bioinformatics, technology, health care, and manufacturing industries. Bioengineers who choose a minor in business administration may focus on business aspects of life science companies, startup companies, or other industries where a technical background is needed, such as consulting or management of intellectual property.