Bioengineering (B.S.)

FAST FACTS ›

  • The professional group The Society for Biomaterials began at Clemson in 1974.
  • Clemson’s Chapter of Alpha Eta Mu Beta offers membership to the top fifth of juniors and top third of seniors with six hours of bioengineering.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that bioengineering will see a 72 percent employment growth in the next 10 years.
  • We have 14 undergraduate Creative Inquiry research projects ranging from troubleshooting orthopedic implants to applying medical technology to the developing areas of the world.
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.

CLASSES.

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.

Your bioengineering 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 graduate credits to both degrees.

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.

Internships and Research Projects:

Connect with Other Students:

CAREERS.

What are students doing at graduation?*

21%

Employed

63%

Grad School

3%

Seeking Employment

13%

Other

Where are students headed at graduation?*

Recent employers and job titles*

  • Katalyst Network Group — Business Development Specialist
  • Spectranetics  Research and Development Engineer
  • GE Healthcare — Engineer

Recent graduate schools and sought degree types*

  • Cornell University — Ph.D.
  • Rice University — Ph.D.
  • University of Texas, Austin — Ph.D.

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
*Represents only Clemson University graduates who completed Michelin® Career Center surveys from 2009 to 2011.
**Provided by the department.
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