The broad discipline of bioengineering integrates the physical, chemical, and life sciences with the principles of engineering and mathematics for a range of applications concerning biology, ecology and human health. An engineer’s ability to design and analyze systems provides a solid foundation for studying living organisms and how they interact with their surroundings – whether during a controlled bioprocess, within the human body, in our planet's natural ecosystems, or under the weightless conditions of space flight.
Numerous faculty members at CU are active in bioengineering instruction and investigations, providing exciting opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students to become involved in this highly multidisciplinary profession.
Although there is not currently a separate department of bioengineering at CU, we do offer a BS degree in chemical and biological engineering. In addition, various arrangements are available for augmenting degrees obtained in the traditional disciplines of aerospace, electrical, mechanical, and civil/environmental engineering.
Students who want to pursue a career in bioengineering should first choose a home department for their primary undergraduate or graduate studies, and then develop an academic plan incorporating elective classes that best align with their individual interests in this wide-ranging field of study. Consult with an advisor in the appropriate major department for more information.