Education Objectives and Student Outcomes

ABET Accreditation

The undergraduate program in bioengineering at Illinois is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

With ABET accreditation, students, employers and the society we serve can be confident that a program meets the quality standards that produce graduates prepared to enter a global workforce.

About ABET

ABET Accreditation

The bioengineering department at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign provides a rigorous engineering education that prepares graduates to:

  • secure and excel in jobs as engineers in industries of biotechnology, health care equipment and technology, life science tools, and pharmaceuticals,
  • pursue graduate studies in bioengineering-related fields, and 
  • pursue professional degrees in the health sciences, law, and business.

Student Outcomes

Biomedical engineering graduates will have:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Mission Statement

We strive to produce Bioengineering students that become leaders in the fields of biomaterials, biomechanics and prosthetics, tissue engineering, molecular modeling, imaging, bioinformatics, nanomedicine, synthetic biology, and drug delivery by:

  • Providing a rigorous curriculum where multidisciplinary engineering fields are combined to provide undergraduates with a breadth of understanding
  • Supplying students with the resources for undergraduate research and internships to experience real world training relating to the curriculum
  • Fostering an environment where ethical, economic, and societal constraints are realized and professionalism is emphasized


CATEGORY FALL 2021 FALL 2020 FALL 2019 FALL 2018 FALL 2017 FALL 2016 FALL 2015
Undergraduate 361 314 288 266 259 274 249
MS/PhD   94 95 92 81 75 69
M.Eng.   33 35 29 29 16 12

Number of Degrees Granted

CATEGORY 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015
Undergraduate 81 55 68 64 53 46 55
MS/PhD   12 23 25 18 21 16
M.Eng.   24 24 25 13 11 N/A


The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s bioengineering program satisfies the educational requirements for engineering licensure or certification in all of the 55 U.S. states and jurisdictions. Please go to to find your state’s requirements, resources and contact information.

You are encouraged to contact the appropriate licensing agency for your location or wherever you desire to be licensed or certified to seek information and additional guidance. Please be aware that there may be licensure or certification requirements in addition to an academic program’s curriculum.

Note: This disclosure is being made in compliance with federal regulation 34 CFR §668.43 and the State Authorization and Reciprocity Agreements Manual.