Bioengineering is an interdisciplinary field that operates at the nexus of living systems and human design, incorporating engineering principles with life science. Bioengineers create new materials, devices, and processes for medical applications and biotech industries. Their work is key to developing technologies for human health (including pharmaceuticals, drug delivery systems, diagnostic tools, implants, and imaging systems), biomaterials, and bioreactors.
Students who choose bioengineering at Oregon State University will gain a solid background in biology, chemistry, physics and math, in addition to core engineering studies and research opportunities. Advanced coursework includes biomedical engineering principles, materials engineering, and product design. All students complete a capstone-design experience that integrates drug and medical device regulation.
Our diverse faculty pursue research interests with applications in precision health, medical device development, cancer treatment, immunotherapy, drug discovery, biomaterials, cell/tissue preservation, and epidemiology. Oregon State is an acknowledged leader in bioengineering statewide. Our program’s impact is magnified through partnerships with Oregon Health & Science University and the University of Oregon.
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Oregon State University and the University of Oregon offer joint Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Bioengineering. Oregon State University also offers a Master of Engineering degree in Bioengineering.
M.S. and Ph.D. Programs
The joint OSU-UO M.S. and Ph.D. programs combine an immersive curriculum, impactful research, and targeted professional development to advance science, society, and your career.
Joint program students have full access to resources at both UO and OSU, including research facilities and collaborations, coursework, training workshops, and student groups. Ph.D. students may choose an advisor or co-advisors from the bioengineering faculty at either UO or OSU. At this time, only OSU faculty advisors are accepting M.S. students.
The design of our curriculum helps students create an academic plan that drives their research and career success. This starts with minimizing core requirements to four courses that prepare students to apply bioengineering fundamentals toward innovations that advance human health. Students then tailor their individual experience by selecting elective courses that align with their research or career goals.
While the M.S. degree includes a research project and a thesis, the M.Eng. provides students the opportunity to pursue advanced-level study without the requirement for a research thesis. M.Eng. degrees are intended as terminal degrees, not as preparation for a doctorate, and will emphasize job-related knowledge and skills. Although not required, students wishing to pursue a Ph.D. in the future are advised to pursue an M.S. degree, not the M.Eng.
M.Eng. students can design their curriculum to match their career goals. Required coursework includes the bioengineering core – Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, Modeling of Physiological Systems, and Drug and Medical Device Regulation – as well as electives selected from a wide range of course offerings in engineering, mathematics, biomedical sciences and other fields.
- Cellular and molecular bioengineering
- Modeling of physiological systems
- Drug and medical device regulations in technology development
- Innovation and entrepreneurship
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Students in the M.S. and Ph.D. projects will complete a research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Students in the joint Ph.D. program can select faculty mentors at Oregon State
University or at the University of Oregon. At this time, M.S. students can only select faculty mentors from OSU. At OSU, the Bioengineering Program has participating faculty from various disciplines across campus, enabling students to conduct advanced studies in biomaterials, biomedical devices and instrumentation, cell and tissue engineering, human performance engineering, and systems and computational biology.
The deadline to submit applications to the joint OSU-UO M.S. and Ph.D. programs is December 15 for matriculation the following fall.
The deadline to submit applications to the M.Eng. is program is May 1 for matriculation the following fall.
During the application process, among other information, you will be required to submit the following:
- Academic Records/Transcripts from each institution attended, showing graded course work for all academic work attempted or completed
- Personal Statement/Essays
- Resume/Curriculum Vitae
- Letters of Reference: During application, you will provide the names and emails of reference writers. The letter of reference system will contact each reference writer to enable them to submit a confidential electronic letter.
- A satisfactory proficiency in the English language is required for admission. M.S. and Ph.D. applicants must meet joint program language requirements. M.Eng. applicants must meet OSU language requirements.
- Application Fee - $75.00 for domestic students, $85.00 international students.
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Our undergraduate programs in bioengineering provide students with the engineering skills and knowledge they need to succeed in advanced studies and careers in biomedical, biotechnology, and bioprocessing fields. You'll take courses and labs in bioengineering topics such as BIOE 457: Bioreactors, BIOE 459: Cell Engineering, and BIOE 462: Bioseparations. All students complete coursework in drug and medical device regulation as well as a capstone design experience.
In addition to the engineering curriculum, our program provides a solid background in biology (anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology), chemistry, physics and math.
Bioengineering graduates are prepared to contribute to the rapidly growing bioscience-based industries, and are able to formulate and solve problems relevant to the design of devices and systems to improve human health.
The Bachelor of Science & Honors Bachelor of Science degree programs in Bioengineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
Program Educational Objectives
Alumni of the Bioengineering program will be work-ready engineers, problem solvers, responsible professionals, and interdisciplinary collaborators. Specifically, within a few years after graduation, they will have:
- Obtained employment in the biotechnology, biomedical, or bioprocessing industries or entered graduate studies in bioengineering, chemical, environmental, or biomedical engineering and/or gained admission to professional schools including health-professional programs and law programs;
- Created value through solving problems at the interface of engineering and biology, whether in a manufacturing, research, or clinical environment;
- Pursued professional development in order to fulfill their professional and ethical responsibilities, and they will have recognized and responded to evolving contemporary questions at the interface of biosciences, technology, and society; and
- Created value through effectively communicating with a diverse set of professionals, and facilitating meaningful collaboration between bioscientists and other engineers.
The graduates of the bioengineering undergraduate program must demonstrate that they have:
- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
- 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.
- An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
- 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.
- 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.
- An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
- An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.