Bioengineering Major

UIC bioengineering majors working together

A bioengineering major prepares you to work in the unique intersection where living systems and nonliving systems come together.

The natural world is an amazing, highly complex place that the bioengineering major will help you to understand. Perhaps equally amazing is the universe of approaches that human beings have identified—and are continuing to develop—to make our quality of life even better.

Studying bioengineering as an undergraduate at UIC will help you apply quantitative analysis and design to living systems and hybrid systems (which contain some living components). Many paths become open to you as a bioengineering major. Perhaps you want to become a bioengineer, designing smart replacements for tissue or bone, developing new tools for non-invasive medical imaging or diagnostics, or shaping molecules into revolutionary new drug therapies. Maybe you want to move on to medical school, dental school, graduate work in pharmacy, or law school with a focus on patent law.

No matter what part of bioengineering excites you the most, and whether you envision graduate school or industry work after graduation, the UIC bioengineering major will offer you solid preparation.

The bioengineering major is outlined in detail in the course catalog; the information below provides an overview.

Bioengineering Major Requirements

Bioengineering majors complete coursework in four categories:

Major Flowcharts

Bioengineering Concentrations

As explained above, concentrations allow you to define an area of focus for your bioengineering major. The department offers four concentrations, each of which requires that you complete a specific collection of courses. The concentration options are:

Learn more about the bioengineering major

To explore the bioengineering major in greater detail, here are some key resources:

Program educational objectives: BioE major

As part of our accreditation process, ABET asks our department to capture the overall goals of the bioengineering program. These are called our educational program objectives. They are:

  • Graduates will compete effectively and favorably with peers for positions in industry, professional school, or graduate programs, as dictated by the students’ broader goals while at UIC.
  • Graduates will remain active contributors to the field of bioengineering through professional societies, service to scholarly or technical journals, alumni activities, mentoring, contributions to education or human resources, or other activities beyond the basic requirements of their occupation.
  • Graduates will demonstrate leadership in their professions, as evidenced by scholarly and technical publication or other measure of professional productivity, including awards and honors, and advancement within the organizations in which they are employed, as appropriate to the individual career path.

Student outcomes: BioE major

Another part of the ABET accreditation process requires the department to identify the specific knowledge and skills that students are intended to have when they complete their undergraduate education. These are called student outcomes.

Students graduating from the bioengineering program at UIC will have:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. an ability to communicate effectively.
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  9. recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning.
  10. knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  12. an understanding of biology and physiology.
  13. the capability to apply advanced mathematics (including differential equations and statistics), science, and engineering to solve problems at the interface of engineering and biology.
  14. the ability to make measurements on, and interpret data from, living systems, addressing the problems associated with the interaction between living and non-living materials and systems.

In the 2019-2020 academic year, 335 students were enrolled at UIC Engineering as bioengineering majors across all class years. The department graduated 65 bioengineering majors in the academic year ending May 2019.

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