Biological Engineering Options and Minors


Biological Systems Engineering

The Biological Systems Engineering degree includesBiological or Environmental engineering options. The Biological Systems Engineer applies engineering design principles to applications in biological, environmental, and agricultural systems.  The Biological Systems engineer provides life sciences expertise to bridge the gap between engineering and the life sciences. Biological Systems Engineers work in the development of bioenergy, biotechnology, environmental quality, and food safety and security. The Biological option can be used to prepare for medical school.  For more information contact the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering.



Bioengineers bring engineering expertise to the medical field to create chemical products, sensors, medical devices, and medical imaging equipment. Bioengineers combine knowledge of physiology, materials, and kinetics to develop biocompatible prosthetics and implants. Bioengineers also develop new imaging techniques and create electronics for improved diagnostic and therapeutic instruments.

Bioengineering Option

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers a Bioengineering option. This option allows electical engineers to prepare for medical school or focus on advanced study of biomedical applications. Ongoing research in the department focuses on medical monitoring devices.  Students in electrical engineering learn about development of instruments and equipment for improving human and animal health. The department also sponsors the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMB), a student organization encouraging student engineers to explore medical and biological engineering applications.


Bioengineering Area of Concentration

Students in the Department of Chemical Engineering may select Bioengineering as an area of concentration.  Chemical Engineers with Bioengineering experience use their chemical engineering skills to develop chemical products, including polymers and fuels from biomass. The Bioengineering concentration also serves as undergraduate preparation for medical school.


Computer scientists combine biology and computer science to develop genome assembly, DNA sequencing, gene expression, protein structure, and drug design.The Department of Computing and Information Science offers a Biology minor or Bioinformatics area of concentration.


Industrial engineers study ergonomics, the physiological and psychological responses to the work place, tools, equipment and controls in order to develop more comfortable, safe and efficient work places. The Department of Industrial Engineering provides students opportunities to study and train in the application of ergonomics to the work place environment.

Secondary major in Biological Engineering

Engineering students in any discipline may complete a secondary major in Biological Engineering by taking additional courses in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, and engineering science. To learn about a secondary major in Biological Engineering, visit Student Services, 1093 Fiedler Hall.