The Department of Bioengineering provides undergraduate instruction leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in bioengineering. Recent advances in the fields of biology, mathematics and physics have resulted in the development of a new field of engineering, commonly referred to as bioengineering. It encompasses the areas of biological, physiological, medical and social systems, as well as other fields in which the design, development or modification of complex, knowledge-intensive systems is a requirement. Bioengineering educates individuals in the art of product and process development for the improvement of human health and quality of life. It is a unique science-based engineering discipline that not only draws on the sciences, but engineering sciences and the liberal arts as well, so as to educate a well rounded student.
The Bachelor of Science (BS) in bioengineering is an excellent program for those considering healthcare-related careers (e.g., medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy). In addition, because of the broad distribution of engineering science courses in the Binghamton program, applications for the BS in bioengineering extend to agricultural engineering, aquaculture engineering, biomedical engineering, bioprocess engineering, biotechnology, environmental engineering, food engineering, microbial system engineering, and rehabilitation engineering. Graduates should also be employable in oversight organizations such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), medical centers, and research institutions. As a result, individuals with the skills and knowledge gained in the bioengineering curriculum will have available a wide variety of exciting career opportunities.
The bioengineering curriculum builds upon the base provided by the freshman-year engineering program in the Watson School. This first-year core curriculum provides students with a broad foundation in engineering fundamentals, natural sciences, and mathematics. Depth in bioengineering is subsequently obtained through a series of required courses, usually referred to as engineering science courses. Electives may then be used by the student to customize his or her undergraduate experience so as to obtain greater depth or breadth in bioengineering.
The educational objectives of the undergraduate program in bioengineering are to ensure that:
- Graduates are prepared for the workplace in the broad field encompassed by bioengineering.
- Graduates are prepared to pursue graduate studies in bioengineering including biomedical engineering.
- Graduates are prepared to pursue graduate studies in disciplines such as business, law or medicine.
The Department serves incoming freshmen, community college graduates and transfer students from other institutions seeking a Bachelor of Science degree in bioengineering.
Educational Mission and Goals
The mission of the bioengineering department is to advance human health and aid in the economic development of the region, state, and country by providing state-of-the-art, accessible, and affordable education at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Specifically, the department strives to train the next generation of bioengineers, cultivate leaders, and foster entrepreneurship to advance human health and well being in a new era of medicine through the integration of engineering principles, the physical sciences, and biology towards an improved understanding of biophysical phenomena, disease prevention, diagnostics, disease treatment, and health care systems.
Our students can earn a Bachelor of Science degree in bioengineering and a Master of Science and/or PhD in biomedical engineering.
Program Educational Objectives
The Bioengineering Educational Objectives describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation. Within a few years of graduation:
1. Graduates will draw upon their bioengineering foundations to perform experimental measurements, quantitative analyses,and engineering design.
2. Graduates will use state-of-the-art bioengineering tools and methods.
3. Graduates will apply problem solving abilities and multidisciplinary perspectives to understand and advance scientific discoveries and technological innovations or engage and excel in non-engineering professions such as law, medicine or business.
4. Graduates will act to improve global and human health.
5. Graduates will exhibit intellectual curiosity, creativity, leadership and continuous personal growth.
Program Educational Outcomes
There are sixteen outcomes that must be satisfied by students before graduating:
a. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
b. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
c. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
d. an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
e. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
f. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
g. an ability to communicate effectively
h. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context
i. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
j. a knowledge of contemporary issues
k. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
BU BE-specific Program Outcomes
l. evidence of professional development
m. an ability to synthesize knowledge across biology, engineering, and medicine, including an understanding of engineering principles complementary to biomedical engineering
n. demonstrated motivation toward free inquiry and creative technical expression
o. an ability to apply statistics to solve problems at the interface of biology and engineering
p. an ability to apply differential equations to solve problems at the interface of biology and engineering