Bioengineering is the integration of life sciences with engineering to develop solutions for healthcare related problems as well as to create new biology-inspired methodologies for computing, design, and engineering. The program uses a multi-disciplinary approach, deriving its strength from biology, chemistry, mathematics, and various engineering disciplines as well as computational sciences. Together, these enable the graduate to analyze, design, synthesize, and test products and processes in a variety of bioengineering areas, such as medical equipment and instrumentation, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, prosthetics, and artificial biomaterials.
This program includes an interdisciplinary approach to learning, with a curriculum that draws upon life sciences, mathematics, chemistry, physics, and computing. Employers and graduate programs highly value the combination of technical and non-technical education that our students receive, which includes liberal arts courses in economics, humanities, social sciences, and world and U.S. cultures.
Classes and laboratories are small in size and provide many opportunities for student-student and student-faculty interactions. The intensive interaction among student teams encourages the development of the strong interpersonal communication skills increasingly sought after in the workplace.
Many faculty supervise undergraduate research, and in turn, majors assist in the research efforts of faculty. The major also prepares students pursuing graduate or professional schools.
There are no additional admission requirements for this program.
Within the bioengineering curriculum, students choose among the following concentrations: bioinformatics (with computational biology); biomedical engineering; bioprocessing; and pre-medical. In addition to the requirements of a concentration area, students complete bioengineering and engineering sciences courses that include bioethics, biomedical signal analysis, and biomaterials. A senior design project represents the culmination of design integration within the curriculum. As a Miami student, you also choose a Thematic Sequence of courses in another discipline as well as a variety of foundation courses within the Miami Plan for Liberal Education.
Biomedical engineering is the fastest growing engineering discipline in the nation. A large number of bioengineering graduates enter graduate or professional schools, but those who go on to work immediately after graduation typically find employment in hospitals, universities, industry, or research laboratories. Organizations that employ biogengineers include medical device, equipment, sensor, and instrument manufacturers, clinical laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, biofuel producers, food and agriculture related companies, and biotechnology industries.
Dr. Shashi B. Lalvani, Chair
64 Engineering Building
Oxford, OH 45056