Overview of Bioengineering
Bioengineering is a highly interdisciplinary field in which the techniques, devices, materials and resourcefulness of engineers are used to address problems in biology and healthcare; and lessons from biology are used to inspire design and inform progress in engineering. During the past 40 years, this synergy between biology and engineering has led to a wide range of implantable materials, diagnostic devices, sensors and molecular characterization techniques, and it has produced tools that greatly expedite the sequencing of the human genome. Along with these practical innovations has come a rapidly increasing need for personnel with the necessary hybrid skills to capitalize on them, and undergraduate bioengineering programs have proliferated alongside the continued growth of bioengineering research.
The undergraduate major in Bioengineering is designed to provide students with both breadth and depth as well as the possibility of a focus on molecular bioengineering, cellular and tissue engineering, or physiological engineering.
It is suitable preparation for individuals seeking a career in research or industry, or pursuing advanced degrees such as Ph.D. or M.D.
Areas of Research
- Stem cell tissue engineering and research
- Heart tissue, Blood Vessel tissue, Regenerative tissue
- Materials engineering based on natural phenomena
- K-12 science and technology curriculum enhancement
- Bioinstrumentation expert
- Biomaterials expert
- Cellular, tissue or genetic engineer
- Orthopedic bioengineer
- Rehabilitation bioengineer
- Systems physiologist
* Please Note: Some of these careers might require education beyond a Bachelor's degree.
Graduates of the Bioengineering program at UC Merced will possess:
- 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.
- Experience in applying principles of engineering, biology, human physiology, chemistry, calculus-based physics, mathematics (through differential equations) and statistics.
- Experience in solving bio/biomedical engineering problems, including those associated with the interaction between living and non-living systems.
- Experience in analyzing, modeling, designing, and realizing bio/biomedical engineering devices, systems, components, or processes.
- Experience in making measurements on and interpreting data from living systems.