Bioengineering (B.S.)

ABOUT

Grow human cells on aortic roots, study how replacement hips wear over time, and design implants using living and nonliving materials. These remarkable breakthroughs in technology are just a few examples of the amazing research going on in Clemson’s bioengineering labs. Through your classes and labs, you’ll gain an extensive understanding of biology, biochemistry and physiology and will graduate with the capability to apply advanced mathematics to solve the ever-increasing problems that require engineering to mix with biology. Every day, you and your professors will work side-by-side in the lab on research into how engineers — in collaboration with physicians — can support the human body to prevent and solve medical problems.

FAST FACTS

  • The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that bioengineering will see a 72 percent employment growth in the next 10 years.
  • Our internationally recognized researchers were instrumental in forming the nation’s first organization for engineering biomaterials.
  • The professional group The Society for Biomaterials began at Clemson in 1974.
  • We have numerous undergraduate Creative Inquiry research projects ranging from troubleshooting orthopedic implants to applying medical technology to the developing areas of the world.
  • Clemson’s Chapter of Alpha Eta Mu Beta offers membership to the top fifth of juniors and top third of seniors with six credits of bioengineering courses.

WHAT YOU'LL STUDY

Freshmen who major in engineering at Clemson are initially admitted into our general engineering program, where you’ll have a year to explore many different engineering disciplines, meet faculty from each of our engineering departments and discover which major fits your personal interests and talents. On the admissions application, you will apply as a general engineering major.

Once into your core bioengineering curriculum, your classes will combine a solid background in engineering with the study of life sciences. From class to the lab, research is integral to a bioengineering career, and our students are encouraged to get involved in research projects as soon as possible. Classes include the study of EKG simulation, tissue engineering of heart valves, medical technology in the developing world and orthopaedic implants — to name a few.

Bioelectrical Concentration
If you opt to go the bioelectrical route, you will become skilled in inventing, improving and maintaining the machines that allow physicians and technicians to perform procedures with greater accuracy and precision and less invasion.

Biomaterials Concentration
If you choose to specialize in biomaterials, you’ll study tissue engineering and appliances that can physically improve patient health. Some examples include artificial hips and growing new body parts with patient cells.

Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Plan
Jump-start your Master of Science in bioengineering while completing your bachelor’s. In our dual-degree program, you can apply some graduate credits to both degrees.

EXPERIENCES BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

As a bioengineering major you’ll have numerous opportunities to do research with your fellow classmates as well as our nationally known faculty. With chances to study abroad and network with professionals already practicing in the field, you’ll be more than ready for your next step after graduation.

The Undergraduate Clemson Bioengineering Society (UCBS) is a great way to network and volunteer locally as well as meet other bioengineering majors.
Take your studies abroad to research positions in Singapore, Japan and Thailand and bioethics classes in Pamplona, Spain.
Students in Medical Technology for the Developing World, a Creative Inquiry course, travel annually to Tanzania to evaluate their designs for improving neonatal care in local hospitals.
As scientists in training, you’ll spend hours doing research in our labs and working alongside our renowned faculty.
Work with surgeons on problems from the operating room — regenerative medicine, implant performance, biomechanics, cardiovascular disease and nanomedicine — at CUBEInC, Clemson’s new hospital-campus facility in Greenville.
Experiences in Undergraduate Research, Exploration and Knowledge Advancement (EUREKA!) enables incoming freshman honors students to pursue research and scholarly activities with faculty across multiple disciplines before the school year begins.

AFTER GRADUATION

Your college decision isn't really about the next four years. We get it. It's about what doors are opened by your degree and whether those opportunities are what you had envisioned for yourself. Here's a snapshot of what life after graduation looks like for some of our most recent students.

WHERE OUR RECENT GRADUATES HAVE GONE

KEY
  • 41-100%
  • 21-40%
  • 11-20%
  • 0-10%

RECENT EMPLOYERS

  • Operations Development Program Engineer

    Zimmer Inc.
  • Quality Engineer

    Poly-Med Inc.
  • Process Engineer

    Noramco
  • Production Engineer

    Baxter
  • Product Specialist

    W.L. Gore & Associates
  • Clinical Associate

    Intuitive Surgical
  • Quality Engineer

    Baxter

RECENT POSTGRADUATE STUDIES

  • Ph.D. Engineering Sciences: Bioengineering

    Harvard University
  • Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering

    Johns Hopkins University
  • Ph.D. Bioengineering

    University of Washington
  • Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering

    Virginia Tech
  • M.Eng. Biomedical Engineering

    Cornell University
  • M.S. Biomedical Engineering

    Carnegie Mellon University
  • M.D.

    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

COMMON CAREER AREAS

  • Biomedical Engineering
    • Bioinstrumentation
    • Biomaterials 
    • Biomechanics
    • Clinical Engineering 
    • Consulting
    • Law
    • Management
    • Medical Imaging
    • Medicine
    • Orthopaedic Surgery
    • Production
    • Rehabilitation Engineering
    • Research and Development
    • Sales and Marketing
    • Systems Physiology
    • Teaching
    • Tissue and Genetic Engineering

FIND OUT MORE

Have more questions or want more information? Fill out the form below, which goes directly to the following department contact. If you’d also like to receive general University information from Clemson’s admissions office, please follow the link to the right and sign up to join our mailing list.

Christopher Porter

CES Undergraduate Recruitment Director
864-656-7870
cporter@clemson.edu