Bioengineering, synonymous at FGCU with the term "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 to solve problems to help improve human health and quality of life.
Graduates of our program pursue a wide variety of careers in both public and private sectors that make use of their unique skills.
- Medical device and biotechnology industries – develop new surgical instruments, implants, medical equipment, software, technologies, or therapies.
- Health care – work closely with doctors, nurses, physical therapists, rehabilitation specialists and other health care professionals to improve patient care and outcomes.
- Government – federal agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration ensure that medical and biologic devices in our country are safe and effective.
- Pursuit of advanced degrees – Masters and Doctorate level work allow for graduates to undertake careers in cutting edge areas such as cell and tissue engineering and advanced medical imaging technologies.
- Pursuit of professional degrees – an undergraduate degree in Bioengineering is an excellent stepping-stone for entry into schools and careers focused in areas such as medicine and law.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for Bioengineering/Biomedical Engineering was $85,620 as of May 2016. Employment of Biomedical Engineers is projected to grow by 7% from 2016 to 2026.