a UIC student in bioengineering at work in the MakerSpace

UIC’s bioengineering department provides an undergraduate education in the fundamentals of both biology and engineering, allowing you to connect the two through coursework, hands-on activities, and research projects.

UIC bioengineering students choose among four concentrations:

Bioinformatics
Brings together computer science, statistics, and molecular biology to explain how genetics directly affect the function of all living things.

Biomedical Imaging
Provides ways to see inside the human body: enhancing current methods, such as magnetic resonance, ultrasound, and nuclear imaging, as well as exploring the cutting edge.

Cell and Tissue Engineering
Creates and grows biological structures that can restore human function, such as insulin production, or stimulate the body to repair injuries by regenerating itself.

Neural Engineering
Uses artificial bioelectric interfaces to create neuro-prosthetic devices such as cochlear implants, which are in use today, and a silicon retina, which is being developed.

We also will offer a full major in bioinformatics beginning in fall 2019.

Career Paths in Bioengineering

bioengineer at work in an agricultural engineering setting

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 23% growth in biomedical engineering jobs in the United States for the period ending in 2024, representing a huge leap ahead for the field. An undergraduate major in bioengineering or bioinformatics can set the stage for you to pursue careers in:

  • Agricultural engineering
  • Bioentrepreneurship
  • Biomedical information
  • Consulting
  • Dentistry
  • Medical device development
  • Medical product development
  • Medicine
  • Patent law
  • Pharmaecuticals
  • Research and development

The Engineering Career Center helps UIC undergraduates to chart their course in these and other fields.

Learn more about undergraduate study in bioengineering at UIC. Choose your degree program below: