Recognizing the immense promise of bioengineering and the unique position of Mizzou for a strong bioengineering program, the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) and the College of Engineering (CoE) joined forces to form the Department of Bioengineering (BE).
BE unites existing faculty and infrastructure from both colleges. CoE contributes biomedical engineering capabilities while CAFNR brings strengths in bioprocess and bioenvironmental engineering.
All faculty have memberships in both colleges.
Teaching and research programs have three emphasis areas: biomedical engineering, bioprocess engineering and bioenvironmental engineering.
The Department has a biological engineering B.S. program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology and graduate programs offering M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biological engineering. The undergraduate program is administered by CoE.
Since the establishment of the biological engineering major, undergraduate student enrollment has seen significant increases every year. We boast an outstanding undergraduate student body. The average ACT score leads Mizzou by a significant margin.
In biomedical research, the focus is on bioengineering techniques for disease detection and treatment. This involves research in biosensing, biophotonics and bioimaging, biomechanics and bioinformatics.
Research in bioprocess engineering emphasizes bioresource use. Areas of research include biological material-based products, food engineering and food safety.
In the bioenvironmental area, the emphasis is on water quality issues, including wastewater treatment, bioremediation, precision agriculture and nonpoint source pollution.