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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.

  • 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.

    • Bioengineering senior Erik Risa '17 has been accepted to the University of Washington Medical School!

      With future plans of being a neurosurgeon or neurologist, Erik fills his time at SCU with a number of activities outside the classroom: member of Tau Beta Pi (the engineering honor society) and the University Honors Program, engineering tutor, bioengineering researcher, tenor saxophone player in the SCU Jazz Band, member of the SCU Emergency Medical Services Squad, and he is a Markkula Center for Applied Ethics 2016-17 Honzel Fellow in Health Care Ethics, focusing a research project on neuroethics. Congratulations, Erik!

      • Alanna Sewalt '17

        Alanna Sewalt ’17 (bioengineering) has been chosen by the Board of Directors of the American Society of Safety Engineers San Jose Chapter and the Bay Area Environmental Safety Professionals as winner of a $1500 Fall 2016 EHS Scholarship. Congratulations!

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