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Undergraduate Program

Bioengineering is an exciting and diverse profession with a tremendous range of occupations and opportunities; our general technical background, combined with deep understanding of chemistry and biology enables our graduates to work effectively in and to adapt quickly to many different fields.

The bioengineer is an expert at combining engineering expertise and knowledge of biochemical systems to address key challenges in health and the environment, sustainability, and processing. Our teaching and research programs reflect these challenges through our two degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering

We offer five technical expertise tracks:

  • Biomaterials
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical imaging & instrumentation tracks in biomedical engineering
  • Bioprocess engineering and bioenvironmental engineering tracks in biological engineering

and our pre-medicine track.

Our department maintains accreditation through the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), which provides accreditation services for both undergraduate degree programs (abet.org).

Undergraduate program

 

Career Outlook for Our Graduates

Our bioengineers are employed in a wide variety of industries and companies that span manufacturing, law, management, sales, medicine, regulatory agencies, hospitals, research facilities of companies, governments, and academic / medical institutions, consulting firms, etc. We encourage our students to explore the full range of job opportunities available to them; a degree in biomedical orbiological engineering from the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Missouri is merely the beginning of a lifetime of solving problems that matter - and getting paid to do it!

Our department prepares students for careers in three main areas:

Biomedical Engineering (including pre-medicine)
integrates physical, chemical or mathematical sciences and engineering principles for the study of biology, medicine and physiology. It advances fundamental concepts, creates knowledge from the molecular to the organ systems levels, and develops innovative biologics, materials, processes, implants, devices, and informatics approaches for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, for patient rehabilitation, and for improving health. Students can follow tracks in biomaterials, bioinformatics, biomechanics, and biomedical imaging & instrumentation.

Bioprocess Engineering
Involves the design and development of efficient and environmentally responsible systems to economically manufacture food, chemical and pharmaceutical products from renewable biological materials such as microbial, animal and plant cells, enzymes and appropriate by-products. The Bioprocess Engineering specialty encompasses food engineering, which covers processing, packaging and distribution of food, and is expanding into the manfacture of industrial products from renewable bio-resources. Bioprocess engineers play a key role in use of knowledge from the new biotechnology revolution to provide products that improve the quality of life, while preserving the environment through bioremediation and the abatement and proper use of wastes.

Bioenvironmental Engineering
The application of engineering principles with natural systems to sustain and manage environmental quality through proper system design, construction and management. The Bioenvironmental Engineering specialty integrates physical, biological and environmental sciences with engineering skills to develop economical methods for improving water and air quality, wastewater treatment, water management and soil remediation. Using their combined skills of engineering, environmental sciences and biotechnology, bioenvironmental engineers are well-qualified to address the issues that contribute to improved quality of life while preserving our environment.

Degree Programs and Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering (BSBE) is currently accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering (BSBME), which was approved in 2018, will go through its first accreditation cycle in 2022, also via the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Graduates are well-prepared to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam during their senior year, which is the first step towards obtaining a Professional Engineer (PE) license.

The curriculum for both degree programs encompasses basic sciences (math, physics, chemistry, biochemistry and biology), social and behavioral sciences, humanities and fine arts, engineering sciences and topics (computer science, mechanics, thermodynamics), and program core courses.

Undergraduate program

The core courses cover topics of bioengineering principles and design, including bioenergetics, biosystem modeling, biomechanics, transport phenomena in biosystems, bioelectronics and instrumentation.

A capstone design course requires students to apply the knowledge and skills they have gained by completing a design project under the direction of a faculty adviser. Technical electives allow students to have an emphasis in one of the three areas (biomedical, bioprocess or bioenvironmental engineering).

Research Opportunities

Undergraduate program

Faculty often hire undergraduate students as research assistants. This provides hands-on experiences and broadens the education for students. Research projects are in various areas of biomedical, bioprocessing and bioenvironmental engineering.

Arrangements for research assistant positions are generally made through individual contacts between students and faculty. Students are encouraged to contact the faculty working in their areas of interest. In addition, some divisions of the University provide on-campus internships for students to participate in research activities.

Our Commitment to Excellence

The Department of Bioengineering is committed to:

1. Building an inclusive, unbiased, and prejudice-free environment that
- values, respects, and welcomes all individuals with their diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives; and
- provides an environment for all individuals, including those from underrepresented groups, to excel in their academic and professional development.
2. Providing a community in which all its members (students, staff, and faculty)
- are expected to respectfully interact with all faculty, staff, students, and the public; and
- recognize the importance of having different perspectives in the classroom and beyond, which is fostered by having a diverse population of students, staff, and faculty.
3. Further increasing the diversity of our students, staff, and faculty by recruiting and retaining members of underrepresented groups, particularly those underrepresented in our college and nationwide.

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