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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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
Operations Development Program Engineer
W.L. Gore & Associates
RECENT POSTGRADUATE STUDIES
Ph.D. Engineering Sciences: Bioengineering
Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering
Johns Hopkins University
University of Washington
Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering
M.Eng. Biomedical Engineering
M.S. Biomedical Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
COMMON CAREER AREAS
- Biomedical Engineering
- Clinical Engineering
- Medical Imaging
- Orthopaedic Surgery
- Rehabilitation Engineering
- Research and Development
- Sales and Marketing
- Systems Physiology
- Tissue and Genetic Engineering
FIND OUT MORE
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CES Undergraduate Recruitment Director