Clemson University’s Department of Bioengineering has been widely recognized as a pioneer in the field of biomaterials science and engineering and is renowned for its leadership in biomaterials research and education. One of the oldest in the world, Clemson’s bioengineering program began in 1963 with the inception of a Doctor of Philosophy. A Master of Science was added in 1966 and a Bachelor of Science in 2006.
Clemson University is also known as the international birthplace of the field of biomaterials, the building blocks of medical devices. The Society For Biomaterials (SFB), which is the premier professional society in the field of bioengineering, began at Clemson in 1974.
Each year, the Society For Biomaterials solicits nominations for outstanding work in the Clemson Award categories: Clemson Award for Applied Research, Clemson Award for Basic Research and Clemson Award for Contributions to the Literature. The history of these awards reflects the strong ties between the Society For Biomaterials and Clemson University during the past three decades (List of past awardees). Clemson’s Department of Bioengineering is also the curator of the C. William Hall Biomaterials Documentation Center, an international database of archived documents in biomaterials.
In recent years, the Department of Bioengineering has experienced unprecedented growth in faculty, personnel, facilities and programs. Clemson has strengthened its commitment to provide a unique learning environment to students and scientists-in-training by integrating state-of-the-art research with education in cardiovascular devices and implantology, orthopaedic materials, tissue engineering, hybrid systems, biophotonics, nanoscale biointerfaces, biomolecular simulations, dental biomaterials, mechanobiology and many other emerging technologies.
The Bachelor of Science degree is offered with two concentrations: bioelectrical engineering and biomaterials engineering.
Program Educational Objectives
Graduates of our undergraduate program are expected three to five years out to:
The Bioengineering Student Outcomes require that graduates receiving the BS BioE have:
3a. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering to engineering problems
3b. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
3c. an ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs
3d. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
3e. an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
3f. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
3g. an ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing
3h. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context
3i. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning
3j. a knowledge of contemporary issues
3k. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering and computing tools necessary for engineering practice
3l. an understanding of biology and physiology and the capability to apply advanced mathematics (including differential equations and statistics), science and engineering to solve the problems at the interface of engineering and biology
3m. an ability to make measurements on and interpret data from living systems, addressing the problems associated with the interaction between living and nonliving materials and systems.
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