The Bioengineering undergraduate program (initiated in 1996 as biological engineering) provides a solid background in biology (anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology), chemistry, physics and math, in addition to the engineering sciences. Upper-level course work in bioengineering includes analysis and design of processes involving suspension and immobilized microbial cultures and the recovery of therapeutic products from bioreactors, as well as selection courses in mammalian cell culture and tissue engineering, biomedical materials engineering and cellular engineering. All students complete coursework in drug and medical device regulation as well as a capstone-design experience. Bioengineering graduates are prepared to contribute to the rapidly growing bioscience-based industries, and are able to formulate and solve problems relevant to the design of devices and systems to improve human health.
Program Educational Objectives
Alumni of the Bioengineering program will be work-ready engineers, problem solvers, responsible professionals, and interdisciplinary collaborators. Specifically, within a few years after graduation, they will have:
- obtained employment in the bioprocess and biotechnology industries and/or entered graduate studies in bioengineering, chemical, environmental, or biomedical engineering and/or gained admission to professional schools including health-professional programs and law programs;
- created value through solving problems at the interface of engineering and biology, whether in a manufacturing, research, or clinical environment;
- pursued professional development in order to fulfill their professional and ethical responsibilities, and they will have recognized and responded to evolving contemporary questions at the interface of biosciences, technology, and society; and
- created value through effectively communicating with a diverse set of professionals, and facilitating meaningful collaboration between bioscientists and other engineers.
The graduates of the bioengineering undergraduate program must demonstrate that they have:
- an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
- an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
- an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety manufacturability, and sustainability.
- an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams;
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
- an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
- an ability to communicate effectively;
- the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
- a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;
- a knowledge of contemporary issues;
- an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice;
- general knowledge of and ability to apply molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry and physiology, with extended knowledge in at least one of these areas;
- an ability to apply advanced mathematics, science, and engineering to solve problems at the interface of engineering and biology, including those associated with the interaction between living and nonliving materials and systems;
- an ability to design experiments, make measurements on and interpret data from living systems;
- an understanding of issues surrounding difference, power and discrimination in the engineering profession;
- general knowledge of regulatory issues, including pre-clinical and clinical protocols, proper documentation, and good manufacturing, laboratory, and clinical practices;
- an awareness of the business forces that impact design and decision making, such as entrepreneurship, financial constraints, profitability, and intellectual property and patent issues.
Admission to the bioengineering program
Like all undergraduate programs in the College of Engineering, the bioengineering undergraduate program consists of pre-engineering and professional engineering components. Admission to the pre-engineering program (first and second years) requires no separate application beyond that for admission to Oregon State University. Admission to the professional program (beginning of the third year) is competitive. To be eligible, you must have completed 80 credit hours. The program is "capacity restricted" and the the minimum required combined GPA for admittance was 2.9 in 2016. Moreover, all required pre-engineering courses must have been completed with a “C” or better. More information about Pro-school can be found here.
What can you do with a bioengineering degree?
- become a doctor
- create new body parts/prosthetics
- design drugs
- clean up the environment
- basic research all the way through full scale production.
In what types of industries do bioengineers work?
- Pharmaceutical Industry
- Medical Devices and Diagnostics
- Food & Beverage Industry
- Commodities Industry (shampoo, cosmetics, etc.)
- Petrochemical Industry
- Manufacture of Paper Products
More information about the program can be found on the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering Advising Page. You may also review Academic Regulations and Procedures found in the Schedule of Classes and the Oregon State University Bulletin: General Catalog. It is intended to aid students in planning and completing programs leading to a degree. The guide provides information regarding the undergraduate curriculum, professional practice, advising, admissions policies, and other vital information pertaining to the undergraduate program.
Major Requirements and Sample Plan
A listing of requirements and sample plan for the Bioengineering Undergraduate Major are published in the university's Course Catalog, updated annually.
The Oregon State University Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.