BSE in Bioengineering
About the Program
The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan-Dearborn 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 design technically complex experiments to learn about biological systems, organs and diseases, and help doctors to develop new medical procedures. They also work in pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, where they create new, more efficient drug development and manufacture technologies. Finally, they find solutions for medical problems of consumer technology in the areas of safety, ergonomics, and comfort.
The undergraduate program in bioengineering starts with providing a strong foundation in all the basic ingredients of engineering: the natural and physical sciences, mathematics, a comprehensive socio-economic-cultural background, the behavioral sciences, and continues with development of problem-solving and teamwork skills, engineering design, and emerging technologies.
The BSE Bioengineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
Bioengineers pursue careers at laboratories, biomedical engineering and pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, high-tech start-ups, and more traditional manufacturing, for example automotive, industries. Bioengineering is also a good undergraduate field of study for students preparing for medical school. Bioengineering students in our program have found employment, internships and continued education at numerous major corporations and top-tier graduate and medical schools.