Welcome to the Department of Bioengineering at FGCU! I invite you to explore our web site to learn more about our B.S. degree program within the U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering.
Bioengineering, synonymous at FGCU with the term "biomedical engineering," is the discipline that advances and makes use of knowledge in engineering, the life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics and medicine for the betterment of mankind. Bioengineers work to help people by improving human health through interdisciplinary activities that integrate engineering and life sciences with biomedical sciences and clinical practice. Bioengineers pursue a wide variety of careers in both public and private sectors that make use of their unique skills. For example, in the medical device and biotechnology industries, bioengineers may work to design, develop, manufacture or market new surgical instruments, implants, medical equipment, software, technologies, or therapies. Within the field of health care, bioengineers work closely with other health care professionals such as doctors, nurses, physical therapists, or rehabilitation specialists. At federal agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration, bioengineers hold important jobs in government service focused on ensuring that medical and biologic devices in our country are safe and effective. Bioengineers can also pursue advanced degrees in our field at the Masters and Doctorate level to become better qualified to undertake careers in research, working in cutting edge areas such as cell and tissue engineering, or advanced medical imaging technologies. For those students interested in professional degree programs such as health professions or law school, an undergraduate degree in Bioengineering is an excellent stepping-stone for entry into those schools and careers as well.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists Bioengineering/Biomedical Engineering as one of the top engineering careers for the next decade. Employment of bioengineers and biomedical engineers is projected to grow by 27% from 2012 to 2022. This projected growth rates is over twice the average growth rate for all professions combined in the United States.
The B.S. Bioengineering program at FGCU is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.