What will I learn?

Bioengineers use tools from biology, chemistry, physics and math to solve engineering problems that arise in biological systems related to biomaterials, biomechanics and prosthetics, tissue engineering, molecular modeling, imaging, bioinformatics, nanomedicine, synthetic biology, and drug delivery. The goal of research and education in bioengineering is to advance fundamental understanding of how human biological systems function, and to develop effective technology-based solutions to the wide spectrum of societal needs in human development and disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

The Bioengineering department (BIOE) aims to graduate students who:

Enter into industry jobs in prominent companies as engineers who work in the areas of:

  • Medical device design
  • Manufacturing
  • Quality control
  • Marketing
  • And work toward the advancement of medicine

Pursue graduate studies in bioengineering-related fields such as:

  • Imaging and Sensing
  • Therapeutics
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Computational and Systems Biology
  • Biomechanics

Broaden their education by attending professional school in areas of medicine, law, and business

Maintain professional development through societal memberships and industry workshops

The curriculum includes integration of principles of biology and engineering in coursework such as biomechanics, modeling of human physiology, bioinstrumentation, and cell and tissue engineering. The curriculum is project-based and has a strong emphasis on systems-thinking as an approach to large-scale bioengineering problems. During the first and second years, students take fundamental courses introducing them to bioengineering as a field and introducing clinically relevant projects as learning experiences. The program also features hands-on laboratory courses for real-world experience throughout the curriculum. The final two years allow students to focus on a particular track of Bioengineering for further study. A year-long senior capstone design course provides experience in applying engineering fundamentals to biological problems submitted by faculty, clinicians, and industrial firms.

Which department am I in?

The Grainger College of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (128 hours)

Tuition fees
$40,146.00 (29,80,254) per year
Start date

23 August 2021, 20 December 2021


The Grainger College of Engineering

306 Engineering Hall MC 266,

1308 West Green Street,



61801, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students should complete their high school courses strong grades in these courses. English: 4 years required; Math: 3 or 3.5 years required, 4 years recommended; Social sciences: 2 years required, 4 years recommended; Lab sciences: 2 years required, 4 years recommended; Language other than English: 2 years required, 4 years recommended; Flexible academic units: 2 years required, 4+ years recommended. English language Requirements: International undergraduate students whose total TOEFL scores are 102 (TOEFL iBT) or below (*total IELTS score of 7.0 or below) are required to take the EPT. To be exempt from EPT, students must score either on TOEFL iBT: total 103 or above, and 25 or above on both speaking & writing; or on IELTS: 7.5 or above total, and 7 or above on both speaking and writing.

For international students

Students should complete their high school courses and grades

GPA: 3.73-4.00

TOEFL scores are TOEFL: 106-113

Along with the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Testing System (IELTS) can also be used to show English proficiency. The typical scores for admission are a total of 7.5 to 8, with a score of at least 6 on all 4 modules.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.