Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering
Gain a thorough understanding of the full breadth of bioengineering by earning a Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering in the College of Engineering at Temple University. The 128 credit hour bachelor’s program emphasizes scientific theories and engineering principles used to close the gap between engineering and medicine. Students gain an understanding of human physiology, diseases and injuries in order to invent engineering solutions.
Bioengineering vs. Biomedical Engineering
Bioengineering is a vast field of which biomedical engineering is a significant subset. Bioengineering covers an array of solutions to medical and nonmedical biological problems.
Biomedical engineering applies engineering methods to design solutions solely for human medical problems, including
- designing surgical mesh, synthetic skin and other biomaterials;
- engineering high-tech prosthetics or medical devices;
- inventing improved diagnostic methods or instruments;
- repairing damaged tissues by engineering new tissue; and more.
Faculty in the Bioengineering Department at Temple teach biomedical engineering and also conduct research in that discipline.
The Bioengineering Department offers a small, supportive community in which to ask questions, explore your interests and have your ideas taken seriously. Undergraduate research and hands-on experience in bioengineering are highly encouraged. In addition, you have multiple opportunities to get to know and work closely with our internationally renowned faculty members through coursework, research projects and weekly events. Learn more about the Department of Bioengineering.
Areas of Focus
Because the bioengineering field is so vast, majors are encouraged to choose one area of study. Temple’s options include
- Bioimaging, which focuses on the design, development and uses of imaging modalities and techniques in biology.
- Bioinstrumentation, which covers the principles of designing and operating high-tech biomedical instruments and how to interpret the data they generate.
- Biomaterials, which involves the design of synthetics used in medical treatments, such as artificial heart valves or skin and surgical mesh.
- Biomechanics, which focuses on the design and development of cutting-edge biomechanical devices that support and restore mobility and dexterity, such as prosthetic limbs.
- Neuroengineering, which covers mastering the techniques that repair damaged neurological tissue or designing devices to enhance or replace it.
- Pre-Health, which prepares students to enter dental or medical school by mastering the life sciences from an engineering perspective.
- Tissue Engineering, which involves learning concepts of tissue engineering, including cells and scaffolds, and repairing diseased tissue at the cellular and molecular level.