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James SweenyWelcome to the Department of Bioengineering & Software Engineering at FGCU! I invite you to explore our web site to learn more about our B.S. degree programs in both Software Engineering and in Bioengineering, both of which feature exceptional student to faculty ratios in our major courses.

Bioengineering, synonymous at FGCU with the term "biomedical engineering," is the discipline that advances and makes use of knowledge in engineering, the life sciences, and medicine for the betterment of mankind. Bioengineers work to help people by improving human health through interdisciplinary activities that integrate the engineering and life sciences with the biomedical sciences and clinical practice. Bioengineers pursue a wide variety of careers which make use of their unique skills. In the medical device and biotechnology industries, for example, bioengineers may work to design, develop, manufacture or market new surgical instruments, implants, medical equipment, software, technologies, or therapies. Some bioengineers work closely with other health care professionals such as doctors, nurses, physical therapists, or rehabilitation specialists. Bioengineers can pursue advanced degrees in our field beyond the Bachelor's 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. Federal agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration also hire bioengineers into important jobs in government service focused upon ensuring that medical and biologic devices in our country are safe and effective. An undergraduate degree in Bioengineering can also be an excellent stepping stone for entry into medical, dental, or other health professions, schools, and careers.

Software Engineering is the engineering discipline that utilizes a systematic approach to the development, production, operation, and maintenance of software.  Software Engineers, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, design, construct, test and maintain needed software.  Software engineers often work as part of a team that together design new hardware, software, and computing systems.  Software engineers can work for computer systems design firms, software publishers, or for computer or electronic product manufacturers. Because of the wide variety of software applications, numerous opportunities can be pursued by software engineers. They can develop software products that run on thousands of computers. They may also write programs that run on a single hand-held device. Today, the software industry makes software products to be used by most, if not all, fields, such as in banking, retail, education, social networks, the defense and gaming industries, etc. Because of this, software engineers are in high demand. Software engineers are hired by government agencies. There are also numerous software companies that develop commercial software products. Software engineers can also further their education at the graduate level in Software Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, via an MBA, etc.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists Bioengineering/Biomedical Engineering and Software Engineering as two of the top engineering careers for the next decade.  Employment of software developers is projected to grow by 30 percent from 2012 to 2020 (yielding 270,900 new jobs in the US), and job growth for bioengineers and biomedical engineers is projected to grow by 62% over the same time period.  Both of these projected growth rates are much faster than the average for all professions combined.

James Sweeney, Chair

The B.S. Bioengineering program at FGCU is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.  ABET accreditation for the B.S. Software Engineering degree will be applied for in 2015 when the first students in the program graduate (a requirement for accreditation).