Bioengineering, also called Biomedical Engineering, plays an important role in transforming discoveries at the intersection of engineering, the life sciences, and health care into innovative products and capabilities by applying new technologies to biomaterials, biomechanics, and biomedical instruments and procedures. Bioengineering combines engineering principles with biology and physiology from the molecular, cell, and tissue level up to the human form. Bioengineers solve problems to help improve human health and quality of life. Bioengineers can work in the medical device and biotechnology industries, in health care and research, and for government agencies, such as the FDA. In a May 26, 2010 article "What Will Be the Hot Jobs of 2018?", the Wall Street Journal put biomedical engineering at the top of its list of "jobs of the future". This ranking is consistent with the most recent predictions published by the US Labor Department that jobs in the field will grow by 62% from 2012 to 2020.
The Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering emphasizes the application of new technology to biomaterials, biomechanics, and biomedical tools and procedures. Students learn how to solve problems associated with interactions between living and non-living materials and systems. Bioengineering students complete core courses common to all engineering majors as well as specialized courses in bioengineering. With the addition of another 4-credit general biology course, graduates will meet the pre-requisites for most medical schools.
The mission of the B.S. Bioengineering degree program is to:
The B.S. Bioengineering program at FGCU is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. Total current academic year enrollment in the FGCU B.S. Bioengineering program is 180 students (official institutional numbers for program majors plus pre-majors as of the fall semester of 2013). Program graduates over the most recent prior academic year of 2012-13 totaled 13. The number of program graduates for academic year 2013-14 is expected to increase to about 25 students.
FGCU Bioengineering alumni are encouraged to join the LinkedIn Group "FGCU Bioengineering Alumni". Submit a request to join the group through LinkedIn or contact Dr. Chris Geiger, the group manager, directly.