Bioengineering (5-year) Bachelor's Degree Overview
The University of Toledo offers the longest-standing, accredited bioengineering program at a public university in Ohio.
Biology is the study of living organisms. Engineers design and create machines or systems to solve problems. Combine the two, and you get bioengineering.
Bioengineers apply engineering techniques to improve the human condition and solve problems in biology, medicine, health care and other fields.
Examples of bioengineering projects include:
- Artificial hips, knees and joints
- Ultrasound, MRI and medical imaging techniques
- Harnessing organisms for chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing
Bioengineering (5-year) Bachelor's Degree Highlights
- Unparalleled co-op program. UToledo is one of just eight programs in the U.S. to require a co-op experience for all engineering students. Bioengineering students complete three semesters of paid work:
- In the biomedical device industry (developing biomedical devices and innovative health-care solutions)
- At major medical centers, such as Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic and the University of Pittsburgh (conducting cutting-edge biomedical research)
- UT’s program makes you more marketable. Our accredited program has a broad focus unique to bioengineering programs. We require undergrads to have proficiency in the three focus areas of bioengineering: biomechanical, bioelectrical and biochemical.
- A smart pre-med major. Bioengineering majors are accepted into medical school at higher rates than students with physical sciences degrees due to their technical expertise and problem-solving skills. UToledo’s bioengineering undergraduates acquire:
- Research skills valued by the best medical schools
- A technically-rigorous education that prepares them for advances in medical technologies
- All pre-medicine course work requirements integrated into the bioengineering program of study
- Bioengineering offers a variety of pre-med pathways.
- Joint Bacc2MD Pathway program with The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences. Accepted students who fulfill program requirements are guaranteed an early-admission medical school interview, no MCAT required.
- Specialize. UToledo bioengineering majors tailor their course work in specialized areas such as biomechanics, biochemical engineering, manufacturing and quality control, medical imaging, and tissue engineering. We offer state-of-the-art laboratories and classes.
The number of jobs in the bioengineering field has exploded. Employers love UT bioengineering graduates for their breadth of knowledge and hands-on co-op and laboratory experience.
Bioengineering is one of the most female-friendly engineering careers — more than 40% of bioengineers are women.
More than 60% of UToledo graduates find work in the biomedical industry. They work for such employers as:
- Medical device manufacturers
- Pharmaceutical companies
- Regulatory agencies
- Medical research institutions
The remainder of our graduates enter medical school or graduate school in engineering, business, law and other fields.
UToledo bioengineering graduates have:
- Started successful companies
- Obtained patents
- Published research articles in renowned, global publications
- Received the prestigious National Science Foundation Fellowship
- Become CEOs and directors of research and development
- Received full scholarships to medical school
- Become professors at Big 10 universities
Bioengineering (5-year) Bachelor's Degree Curriculum
Bioengineering Bachelor’s Degree Sample Courses
- Biomedical Electronics
- Biotransport Phenomena
- Bioengineering Design Project
Internship Opportunities for Bioengineering (5-year) Bachelor's Degree
UToledo is one of the only engineering programs nationwide to require co-ops. Engineering students must work for three semesters in the bioengineering field. A full-time staff member assists students in finding paid placements around the country and the world. Bioengineering students have worked at top orthopedic and medical device companies, in addition to well-known medical centers.
UT’s Department of Bioengineering is home to some of the best research programs and state-of-the-art laboratories in areas such as:
- Spine and knee biomechanics
- Biofuels and bioproducts production from biomass
- Chemical and biological sensor development