As medical technology has rapidly developed over the past century, the demand for qualified bioengineers has dramatically increased. Today’s bioengineers are on the job in research and development labs in all areas of medicine, from investigating the physiological behavior of single cells to designing implants using living and nonliving materials for the replacement of diseased or traumatized body tissues. Founded in 1963, Clemson’s bioengineering program is one of the oldest in the world and is known as the international birthplace of the field of biomaterials.
The B.S. in bioengineering program provides a solid background in engineering and life sciences for students who wish to pursue graduate or medical school and those seeking bioengineering careers in industry. The curriculum includes biology, biochemistry and physiology along with the applications of advanced mathematics, science and engineering to solve problems at the interface of engineering and biology.
Students may select from biomaterials or bioelectrical concentrations, which mirror the ceramic and materials engineering or electrical engineering curriculum, respectively.
Clemson provides a unique learning environment for students and scientists-in-training by integrating state-of-the-art research with education in cardiovascular devices and implantology, orthopedic materials, tissue engineering, hybrid systems, biophotonics, nanoscale biointerfaces, biomolecular interactions, dental biomaterials, mechanobiology and many other emerging technologies.
There are several research programs available to undergraduate bioengineering students, including the study of biomedical problems related to spaceflight. For more information, visit http://www.clemson.edu/ces/bioe/current-students/undergraduate/research.html.
Bioengineers find employment in industry, hospitals, research facilities of educational and medical institutions, and government regulatory agencies. The bioengineering degree is excellent preparation for graduate and medical schools.
The number of bioengineering jobs is expected to climb by more than 26 percent by 2012. Experts attribute this growth to an aging population and the demand for better medical devices and equipment.
Visit www.clemson.edu/ces/bioe for more information about the program, labs, facilities and centers.