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Bioengineering is a broad, interdisciplinary field that brings together engineering, biology, and medicine to create new techniques, devices, and understanding of living systems to improve the quality of human life. Its practice ranges from the fundamental study of the behavior of biological materials at the molecular level to the design of medical devices to assist the disabled.
Any of the existing engineering curricula can provide a good foundation for work in bioengineering. However, the engineering undergraduate needs additional education in the biologically oriented sciences to obtain a strong background for bioengineering. With such a background, the student should be able to progress rapidly on the graduate level in any branch of bioengineering. In industry, the graduate will be competent to handle engineering tasks related to biology.
The Bioengineering Minor isintended for Engineering students including students in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Students in LAS may wish to inquire about emphases in Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, Biophysics, and Physiology within the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB).
To obtain recognition for the bioengineering minor, students must register in the Office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, 206 Engineering Hall.
Please refer any curriculum questions to the Bioengineering Department Office (3120 DCL, 217-333-1867, bioengineering [at] illinois [dot] edu).
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