What is Bioengineering?

Bioengineering is the application of life science, physical science, mathematics and engineering principles to define and solve problems in biology, medicine, health care and other fields. 

This major will help you understand how human biological systems function. You'll also learn how to develop technology-based solutions to societal needs in human development and disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

Our Curriculum

The curriculum includes integration of principles of biology and engineering in coursework such as modeling of human physiology, bioinstrumentation, and cell and tissue engineering. The curriculum is project-based and has a strong emphasis on systems-thinking as an approach to large-scale bioengineering problems. During the first and second years, students take fundamental courses introducing them to bioengineering as a field and introducing clinically-relevant projects as learning experiences. The program also features hands-on laboratory courses for real-world experience throughout the curriculum. The final two years allow students to focus on a particular track of Bioengineering for further study. A one-semester senior capstone design course provides experience in applying engineering fundamentals to biological problems submitted by faculty, clinicians, and industrial firms.

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Courtney Ketchum

BIOE '21

Courtney is a premed student studying bioengineering at Illinois. 

“I want to use what I’ve learned as a bioengineering major to approach my career in medicine with a lens toward innovation and bench-to-bedside solutions.”

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BIOE Undergraduate Contacts

Maddie Darling UIUC Bioengineering

Associate Director of Undergraduate Programs
1240C Everitt Laboratory, M/C-278
1406 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801

Jake Spinnato, undergraduate academic advisor for the department of bioengineering at UIUC

Undergraduate Program Coordinator & Academic Advisor
1240B Everitt Laboratory, M/C-278
1406 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801

Have a question?  Don’t hesitate to reach out!  We offer both virtual and in-person advising options.

Email: bioe-ugradprograms@illinois.edu
Phone: (217) 300-8066 

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