Prosthetics, robotic surgery, tissue engineering and medical imaging are just some of the areas that bioengineers in the 21st century are exploring.
Ben Wilkinson '15The interdisciplinary style of this major lets you explore different areas of the curriculum and gives you more freedom to tailor your degree to what interests you. I like the small classes and hands-on material. It's easy to build one-on-one relationships with professors who are more than happy to help with coursework, research, internships and advice."
As a Union College bioengineering major, you will be part of an interdisciplinary program that bridges engineering and the life sciences. You will learn to apply engineering principles and analytical approaches to the study of biological systems as you seek to understand how engineering devices and materials are used in biomedical applications.
Our bioengineering majors take foundation and core courses in biology, biomechanics, bioinstrumentation and biosignals. They choose from among a range of upper-level electives in these areas.
Courses in biomechanics focus on approaches to understanding the structural properties and dynamics of biological cells, tissues and systems, and of engineered devices with biological and biomedical applications. Courses in bioinstrumentation and biosignals explore how sensors are engineered to obtain useful signals from cells or the human body, which can be used in biomedical applications.
Biomedical engineers are employed in universities, industry, hospitals, research facilities, government regulatory agencies and teaching institutions. Some biomedical engineers have advanced training in other fields, as in the case of those who also earn an M.D. degree, thereby combining an understanding of advanced technology with direct patient care or clinical research.