Bioengineering, B.S.

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Start your biomedical engineering career with a competitive edge.

Biomedical engineering sits at the junction of two of the economy’s most dynamic sectors: health care and technology. Oakland University excels in both areas, so our bioengineering degree gives you an exceptional foundation for a biomedical engineering career. With strong industry partnerships, undergraduate research opportunities, and first-class biomedical engineering labs and facilities, our bioengineering degree puts you ahead of the competition in the job market. You’ll work with the same technologies used by professional biomedical engineers, acquiring hands-on experience in bioengineering specializations such as computational biology, tissue engineering, bionics, genetic engineering, and bioinformatics. Demand for bioengineering expertise is growing at an astronomical pace, resulting in sky-high biomedical engineer salaries. With our bioengineering degree, you’ll be equipped to compete for the best biomedical engineering jobs.

Bioengineering: The Oakland University Advantage

Oakland University is located in the midst of a major biomedical engineering industry hub. National leaders in health care, computing, electronics, biomedicine, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, and other bioengineering sectors have operations in Southeast Michigan, creating opportunities you can’t find in most bioengineering degree programs.

Our bioengineering degree enables you to:

  • Make professional connections. Heavyweight players in the bioengineering industry regularly seek Oakland University’s collaboration on scientific and technical research. Those relationships create unique opportunities for you to interact with biomedical engineering pros, gain hands-on experience, connect with potential employers, and get a head start on the biomedical engineering job market.
  • Conduct undergraduate research. Two on-campus facilities—the Center for Biomedical Research, and the Institute for Stem Cell and Regnerative Medicine—are active in bioengineering research. You’ll have opportunities to collaborate with senior faculty, getting experience that helps you stand out in the job market.
  • Acquire specialized skills. Oakland University’s bioengineering degree includes five professional tracks that deepen your expertise in specific branches of biomedical engineering. You can choose among bioinformatics, biomedical engineering, computational biology, electronic devices and biosensors, and molecular engineering biology.
  • Learn from superior faculty. Our bioengineering professors combine high academic distinction with extensive industry connections and experience. Small class sizes ensure that you get plenty of faculty face time, building strong personal relationships with your instructors.
  • Showcase your ability. The bioengineering degree program concludes with an independent research or capstone project. You’ll identify the challenge, design the solution, run the experiments, and publish the data or build the prototype. 

Biomedical Engineering Careers

Rapid industry growth has produced an abundance of bioengineering job opportunities and extremely high demand for bioengineering expertise. Biomedical engineer salaries are correspondingly high. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average U.S. bioengineering salary is nearly $100,000.

Our bioengineering degree prepares you for a wide range of career options, including opportunities in subspecialties such as:

  • Bioinstrumentation
  • Biomaterials
  • Medical imaging
  • Tissue engineering
  • Genetic engineering
  • Bioinformatics
  • Orthopedics
  • Prosthetics
  • Pharmaceuticals

Bioengineering Degree: What You’ll Study

Offered jointly the the School of Engineering and Computer Science and Oakland University’s biology department, the bioengineering degree combines training in biology with depth in computation and/or engineering. A sampling of required courses includes:

  • Calculus
  • Biology
  • Human Physiology
  • Physics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Engineering graphics and AutoCAD
  • Engineering biology
  • Industrial and systems engineering
  • Electrical and computer engineering
  • Thermal engineering

You can also choose electives in one of five professional tracks: bioinformatics, biomedical engineering, computational biology, electronic devices and biosensors, and molecular engineering biology.

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    Bioinformatics Scientist

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    Bioinformatics Analyst

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