Bioengineering at a Glance

A degree in biomedical engineering provides students with a strong foundation in engineering, mathematics, chemistry and biology. Our graduates learn how to solve complex engineering problems in medicine. Rigorous lecture courses provide students the knowledge necessary to succeed in biomedical engineering careers, medical school and graduate school. Laboratory courses engage students to solve complex biomedical engineering problems, communicate effectively and work in complex and dynamic teams. A career in biomedical engineering offers the opportunity to work in an exciting and rapidly changing technical world while directly impacting the quality of life for millions suffering from a host of medical conditions. Biomedical engineers connect teams of clinicians, researchers and traditional engineers to translate patient needs into engineering solutions.

According to Dr. Robert Rennaker, head of the department and Texas Instruments Distinguished Chair in Bioengineering:
Testing a prosthetic leg

“Few professions require individuals with the intellectual capacity, creativity, technical understanding, and social skills to succeed like biomedical engineering. The best and brightest are needed to solve the healthcare challenges facing us. Biomedical engineers working with health care providers, corporate leaders, researchers and government officials will solve these problems, making biomedical engineering one of the most rewarding and challenging careers one could choose to pursue.”

The Department of Bioengineering is housed in the new Bioengineering and Sciences Building (BSB). With more than 72 labs, BSB houses the biomedical devices unit and neuroscience on the fourth floor, bioengineering on the third floor, biology on the second floor and chemistry on the first floor. Approximately 10,000 square feet of space has been left unfinished for future needs for academic space, such as additional labs or classrooms.