Academic Programs

The academic programs of the department of biological engineering educate and prepare next-generation leaders to advance bioscience and biotechnology via quantitative, integrative, and design-oriented analysis & synthesis of molecular and cellular biological mechanisms. This new generation of engineers and scientists is learning to address problems through their ability to measure, model and rationally manipulate the technological and environmental factors affecting biological systems.

Undergraduate Study

BE offers an undergraduate curriculum leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in biological engineering. Graduates of the program will be prepared to enter positions in basic research or project-oriented product development, as well as graduate school, medical school, or further professional study.

Graduate Study

The Department of Biological Engineering offers a PhD program—and, in certain cases, an SM degree—with two tracks, one in bioengineering and another in applied biosciences. These tracks complement one another as a reflection of the importance of approaching quantitative biological and biomedical problems from the two perspectives.

The bioengineering track educates students to use engineering principles in the analysis and manipulation of biological systems, allowing them to solve problems across a spectrum of important applications. The applied biosciences track complements the bioengineering track by focusing on understanding the interactions of organisms with chemical, biological, and physical agents from the molecular to the systems level.