About the Program
The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, in collaboration with the other departments of the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences and the Department of Natural Sciences, offers the Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree in the field of Bioengineering.
Bioengineering is an expanding branch of engineering that primarily deals with problems of medicine, healthcare, and in general quality of human life. It is a multidisciplinary field that combines scientific principles of biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics with the best engineering techniques developed in traditional areas (for example, mechanical, electrical, chemical, and computer engineering) and new breakthrough methods developed in recent years.
Bioengineering is a rapidly growing profession with expanding career opportunities and activities covering a wide spectrum. Bioengineers design and build medical instruments, artificial organs, prosthetic limbs, therapeutic devices, and medical imaging equipment. They help doctors to design new medical procedures and assist pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries in developing new, more efficient technologies. Finally, they find solutions for medical problems of consumer technology in the areas of safety, ergonomics, and comfort.
The undergraduate program in bioengineering provides first a strong foundation in all of the basic ingredients of engineering: the natural and physical sciences, mathematics, a comprehensive socio-economic-cultural background, the behavioral sciences, and, finally, the basic engineering sciences that begin the development of problem-solving skills.
As a new program, the BSE in Bioengineering program is currently not accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. Application for the accreditation is planned in the fall semester of 2016.
Bioengineers pursue careers in the research, design, development, testing, and manufacturing of bioengineering devices and systems, in onsite hospital or clinic operations and support, as well as in technical marketing and sales. The starting salaries recently reported for new graduates with a degree in bioengineering average in the $50,000 to $60,000 range nationally. Bioengineering is also a good undergraduate field of study for students preparing for medical school.