Bioengineering (Bioe) uses tools from biology, chemistry, physics, and math to solve engineering problems that arise in biological systems related to biomaterials, biomechanics, and prosthetics; cell and tissue engineering; molecular modeling; biomedical imaging and sensing; bioinformatics; nanomedicine; synthetic biology; and drug delivery.

The goal of research and education in Bioe is to advance fundamental understanding of how human biological systems function and to develop effective technology-based solutions to the wide spectrum of societal needs in human development and disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

Sample Careers

  • Medicine
  • Research
  • Forensics
  • Genomics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Consulting
  • Pharmaceuticals

Sample Courses

  • BIOE 201:  Conservation Principles
  • BIOE 205:  Circuits and Systems
  • BIOE 302:  Modeling Human Physiology
  • BIOE 414:  Biomedical Instrumentation
  • BIOE 435 & 436:  Senior Design I and II


We’ve collected stories below from some women alumni and students in BioE. Read them to learn how these engineers apply their Illinois Engineering education in their community and around the world.

Alumnae stories:

Sarah Laken

Student stories:

Lauren Passwater

Morgan Scholtes