Major in bioengineering
At the intersection of engineering, biology and chemistry, you’ll discover one of the fastest-growing engineering disciplines—bioengineering.
UMassD's 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 will:
- develop your critical thinking skills
- evaluate with a broad perspective
- 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, biomanufacturing, and biomedical engineering. The department also offers a BS degree in bioengineering with a concentration in biomedical engineering.
Your education will prepare you to contribute to the profession in an ethical and socially responsible manner and to work effectively to further your career and to benefit society.
Jacob Aaronson '18
Improving lives through bioengineering
- Acme BioTech
- Biomedical Research Institute
- Curexo Technologies
- Johnson & Johnson
- Smith & Nephew
- St. Jude Medical
- Univ. of Pennsylvania
Graduate school placements
- Johns Hopkins
- Georgia Institute of Technology
- University of California—San Diego
- Duke University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- 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
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) and University Studies (15)
Biomedical engineering concentration
The Bioengineering Department also offers a bachelor's degree in bioengineering with a concentration in biomedical engineering: the biological and medical application of engineering principles in healthcare.
- Capstone projects: most senior engineering students work in small teams on real-world, industry-specific challenges that demand analysis, proposals, prototypes, and solutions.
- Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship: UMassD's business incubator in Fall River offers opportunities to work with UMassD faculty members and start-up companies.
- 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.
- Internships & co-op: gain hands-on experience that will be valuable for career success.
- UMassD’s proximity to the Greater Boston area provides easy access to an epicenter of biotechnology/pharmaceuticals/medical devices companies.
UMassD's undergraduate experiences include:
UMass Dartmouth offers a great transfer experience for students who:
- have graduated from an accredited community college, or
- have earned college credits from an accredited college or university
with advanced study
Your undergraduate degree and research experiences will prepare you for a variety of opportunities:
- Accelerated BS-BNG/MS-BMEBT
- UMass Biomedical Engineering & Biotechnology (BMEBT) PhD program
- Graduate programs in engineering, the sciences, and other fields
- Medical school or other health professional programs