Major in bioengineering
At the intersection of engineering, biology and chemistry, you’ll discover one of the fastest-growing engineering disciplines: bioengineering. Bioengineering is among the fastest-growing engineering disciplines with a high demand in the medical sector.
Bioengineers design and develop devices, systems, and techniques to improve patient diagnosis, treatment, and care. They utilize biotechnology to produce personalized drugs, to make biofuels and biopolymers, to engineer tissues to replace damaged organs, to grow human tissue for drug testing, and to create new diagnostic techniques.
UMassD's bioengineering program brings together the life sciences, medicine, and engineering to provide a solid academic foundation and a broad interdisciplinary approach to the field. You will:
- develop your critical thinking skills
- learn to 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
- Biomedical Research Institute
- Curexo Technologies
- Johnson & Johnson
- Smith & Nephew
- St. Jude Medical
- Univ. of Pennsylvania
Graduate school placements
- Cornell University
- Northeastern University
- Tufts University
- UMass Medical School
- Boston University
- 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 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