A collaborative effort between the Colleges of Engineering, Health Professions, Education, and Liberal Arts and Sciences. Bioengineering integrates physical, chemical, mathematical sciences and engineering principles for the study of biology, medicine, behavior, or health. Bioengineering advances fundamental concepts, and develops materials, processes, implants, devices, and informatics approaches for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, for patient rehabilitation, and for improving health.
Fueled in large part by our aging society, the demand for bioengineers is increasing, and is expected to continue increasing for several years. Many graduates with a bioengineering bachelor of science degree go on to graduate studies, medical school, or work in industry. Employers of bioengineers include pharmaceutical companies, medical equipment manufacturers, hospitals and rehabilitation centers, and biomedical research institutes. According to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook: "Employment of biomedical engineers is expected to grow by 62 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand will be strong because an aging population is likely to need more medical care and because of increased public awareness of biomedical engineering advances and their benefits."