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At the intersection of engineering, biology and chemistry, you’ll discover one of the fastest-growing engineering disciplines—bioengineering.

The UMass Dartmouth bioengineering program brings together the life sciences, medicine, and engineering to give you a solid academic foundation and a broad interdisciplinary approach to the field.

  • You’ll develop your critical thinking skills.
  • You’ll evaluate with a broad perspective.
  • You’ll identify and solve problems creatively.

Bioengineering is creating its own frontiers of development. You’ll join a new generation of innovators and leaders in fields with significant and growing employment opportunities including health care, public health, and biomanufacturing.

Your UMass Dartmouth education prepares you to contribute to the profession in an ethical and socially responsible manner, and to work effectively with diverse groups to further your career and to benefit society.

What bioengineers do

Bioengineering major

The undergraduate bioengineering program provides rigorous, multidisciplinary training that integrates the engineering sciences, life sciences, bio-research, and material design.

You’ll take 120 credits including:

  • 66 credits in engineering (including general, mechanical, electrical and bioengineering)
  • 7 credits in chemistry
  • 47 credits in an array of course work: Math (15), Physics (8), English (9), University Studies (15)

See degree requirements for all the details.

Advanced study opportunities

Your undergraduate degree and research experiences will prepare you for a variety of opportunities.

Unique UMass Dartmouth opportunities

  • Undergraduate Research—The Office of Undergraduate Research promotes undergraduate research, supports student-researchers, and disseminates the products of student research.
  • Center for Scientific Computing and Visualization Research—This interdisciplinary center provides collaboration opportunities and on-campus supercomputing facilities for faculty and students interested computationally-driven research that addresses the pressing needs of fields of study like modern engineering, mechanics, fluid dynamics and electromagnetics.
  • Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (formerly the Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center) —This UMass Dartmouth facility in Fall River is a business incubator. UMass Dartmouth students have educational and experiential opportunities at the facility with UMassD faculty members and start-up companies.
  • UMassD’s proximity to the Greater Boston area provides easy access to an epicenter of biotechnology/pharmaceuticals/medical devices companies.

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Success story

Tianna Edwards

Tianna Edwards '18

Tianna's story

Internship site placements

  • Acme BioTech
  • Biomedical Research Institute
  • Curexo Technologies
  • Intel
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Smith & Nephew
  • St. Jude Medical
  • Univ. of Pennsylvania

Career placements

  • Hospitals 
  • Bioresearch centers 
  • Pharmaceutical laboratories 
  • Prostheses and medical devices manufacturers 
  • Biomaterial developers 
  • Patent offices 
  • Consulting businesses 
  • Government regulatory agencies 
  • Medical information software developers 
  • Heath management services

Sample graduate schools

  • Johns Hopkins 
  • Georgia Institute of Technology 
  • University of California—San Diego 
  • Duke University 
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Prof. Qinguo Fan
Chair, Department of Bioengineering
Textiles Building, Room 218





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