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.

Explore the curriculum for each area of focus

Bioengineering professor and students in a classroom

Related Graduate Degrees

+1 Accelerated Degree Programs

The College of Engineering also offers accelerated +1 degree Bachelor-Master programs. Qualifying students earn a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in one five-year course of study, instead of the usual six years.

Bioengineering undergraduate majors can earn a Master of Science in Bioengineering in one year. Graduate courses taken as an undergraduate in this program are charged at the undergraduate rate. Learn more about the College of Engineering’s +1 accelerated degree programs.

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering program offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2018–2019 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $19,416.00 per year
Out-of-state: $31,512.00 per year

Laptop Requirement

The College of Engineering requires that students own a laptop for their engineering coursework by their junior year of study. Learn more about the hardware recommendation.

Our Academic Advisors

Through advising workshops, career coaching, individual appointments and walk-in advising, support services are available to all undergraduate Engineering students. Such services range from academic mentoring, career development, choosing a major, degree planning, learning support and post-graduation planning.

All academic advisors are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., to answer questions regarding General Education (GenEd), college and major requirements, and university academic policies and procedures. 

Learn more about the Center for Academic Advising and Student Affairs.


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