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Biomechanics I and II
A basic biomechanics sequence covering two- and three-dimensional force systems, equilibrium and distributed forces and the kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies in planar motion with applications to human motion analysis.

Circuits and Systems I and II
Basic electrical circuit concepts and devices, and the analysis, theory and applications of circuits and systems from models and properties to filter design.

Molecular Biology of the Cell
Major topics are the nature of the gene, the mechanism and control of gene expression, the cell cycle and cell replication, the nature of the chromosomes and the mitotic process, and fundamental patterns of growth and differentiation at the cellular level.

Bioengineering Capstone Design
A capstone design experience in which students work in teams that include at least one member from each track in Bioengineering. Each team will use design methodologies and techniques to produce a complete and detailed design for a designated bioengineering client.

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Explore the interface between engineering and the life sciences.
Explore the interface between engineering and the life sciences.


See where Union takes you:
  • Research Assistant, Pediatric Oncology, Children's Hospital
  • Post Award Grant Administrator in Research Management, Partners HealthCare
  • Sales Engineer & Marketing Coordinator, Sheaumann Laser, Inc.
  • Mechanical Engineer, Aries Chemical Inc.
  • CAD Engineer, ConforMIS Inc.
  • Associate Project Engineer for Specialty Instruments, Stryker Orthopaedics
  • Mechanical Engineer, Ephesus Lighting

Prosthetics, robotic surgery, tissue engineering and medical imaging are just some of the areas that bioengineers in the 21st century are exploring.

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.

Ben Wilkinson '15

"The 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."

Ben Wilkinson '15

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.