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Department of Bioengineering

Advance medical and biological frontiers

Bioengineers create new biomedical technologies that result in smart, efficient, and cost-effective approaches to diagnose and treat human disease.

From developing miniaturized and implantable microfluidic devices and imaging technology for disease diagnosis, to researching how to fight "superbugs" that have become immune to antibiotics, our faculty and staff are at the forefront of bioengineering. They'll mentor you as you work side-by-side with them in their labs.

Our undergraduate program offers three tracks—Biomolecular, Pre-Med, and Medical Device—that prepare you for a wide array of careers, from law to medicine to biotech. Stay an extra year to earn a combined B.S./M.S. degree or join us for your M.S. in Bioengineering and pursue advanced study in medical devices/bioinstrumentation and molecular and cellular bioengineering.

  • Delivering the Goods

    Bioengineering undergraduate Grace Ling and Assistant Professor Bill Lu, M.D., Ph.D., are testing a new method of gene therapy that safely delivers DNA to mutated cells without using viruses for transport, as is the current norm.

    • Genentech’s Generosity Benefits Bioengineering

      Thanks to Genentech’s generous donation of an Agilent high performance liquid chromatography system, SCU bioengineering students will work on the same equipment used in the field by a world leader in pharmaceutical discovery and biotechnology innovation.

      • Opinion: Set high expectations of women engineers and they’ll meet them

        Almost every woman in engineering I’ve talked to knows the pressure of having to prove herself. She knows what it’s like to be meticulously perfect in her calculations, and to accept that regardless of her intelligence, her work will be checked again by someone who doesn’t trust her. She knows that at the end of the day, mistakes hold more weight than they should. I say almost every woman because I am one of the few that has rarely experienced this. I’m lucky. I’m an anomaly.

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