"No solution without a need."
Thanks to a $2 million REvolutionizing engineering and computer science Departments (RED) grant from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Bioengineering will revolutionize its undergraduate curriculum, its students' clinical and research experiences, and its faculty members' approaches to teaching. Illinois was the only bioengineering program in the country who received this prestigious honor.
With support from NSF's Revolutionizing Engineering Departments program, Illinois' Bioengineering department will shift from a “technology-focused curriculum” to a “need-focused curriculum” over the next five years. This work will include:
- Integrating clinical and research experiences — which many bioengineering students already take advantage of — much more deeply into the curriculum.
- Translating medical assessment practices — such as using direct observation and immediate feedback in tandem with more traditional tests and projects — to better unify classroom experiences and clinical experiences.
- Organizing faculty into communities of practice, helping them to learn new teaching techniques.
Major in BIOE
For a detailed look at the curriculum requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering degree, visit the Academic Catalog — Bioengineering.
The Bioengineering curriculum prepares students for industry, graduate school, and professional schools. As students progress through the general bioengineering curriculum, they will develop competencies in (1) math, statistics, and computation, (2) applied engineering techniques, and (3) specialized areas of study associated with the student’s specific bioengineering track.
View the track electives and curriculum maps here.
Length of Study
The bioengineering program is a four-year degree with an advised sequence of courses outlined in the curriculum map. Please be aware that some required core courses are only offered once per year during either the fall or spring semester and this degree will require the full four year course of study. Successful students complete this rigorous curriculum through mastery of foundational knowledge and skills taught in prerequisite courses that they apply throughout their upper-level courses.