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Department of Bioengineering

Cancer research creative inquiry project


Bioengineering Department
301 Rhodes Research Center
Clemson, SC 29634

Innovative Technology

The goal of biomedical engineering is to develop innovative technology to resolve some of the most vexing health-related problems in the world.

To achieve that goal, Clemson's Department of Bioengineering addresses intricate issues through exploration and interactive experiences, becoming a powerhouse of education and research. We are committed to educating and preparing our students for professional careers for global competitiveness and to advance health innovation and biotechnology.

The Department of Bioengineering ranks in the Top 10 for best value schools for biomedical engineering based on factors such as graduation rate, degree popularity, and total cost. The rankings underscore that students are receiving a high-quality education that remains affordable, which is a result of the faculty's hard work and dedication to giving students the best-in-class instruction and experience.



    Bioengineering Department
    301 Rhodes Research Center
    Clemson, SC 29634

    Bioengineering in the News

    Global Impact

    Backpack used during chemotherapy

    Grand Challenges

    As engineers, we like to make things - cars, planes, bridges, medical devices. To design something, however, requires that we have a plan in place and that we have identified a clear need worth solving. The goal of a needs-based design cycle is to identify unmet problems within an active system and then design innovative solutions to solve that need or problem.

    In bioengineering, the clinical environment is the perfect place to have students engage physicians and patients as stakeholders, work with them to identify issues and needs, and then design solutions to those needs. At Clemson, we prepare students to apply science and engineering principles to solve problems in biology and medicine and apply that knowledge toward the improvement of healthcare and technological development within South Carolina and around the globe.

    Our Research
    Beyond the Classroom

    Career Outlook

    In South Carolina, life sciences are the fastest-growing segment of the state's knowledge economy, with over 850 firms in 42 counties. Driven by research universities like Clemson and excellent healthcare systems, this focus generates a $12 billion annual economic impact and even more so globally.

    Approximately 53% of BIOE students attend graduate school, and 16% attend medical or other professional schools following their bachelor's degree. Our students have won Fulbright scholarships and fellowships around the country and are competitive for national awards, such as those sponsored by major professional societies.

    Common Career Areas

    • Biomaterials and Biomechanics
    • Medical Imaging
    • Medicine
    • Orthopedic Surgery
    • Rehabilitation Engineering
    • Research and Development
    • Systems Physiology
    • Tissue and Genetic Engineering
    Coworkers in medical facility
    Department Ranking

    Clemson University came in fourth among the nation's 50 best-value schools for biomedical engineering, according to a new ranking from

    Excellence in Hands-on
    Professional Development

    Clemson's Center for Career and Professional Development consistently rates high nationally for career services, internships, and co-op opportunities.

    Career Services

    Research concentrations include biomaterials, biomechanics, bioinstrumentation and cellular biology, particularly for orthopedic and cardiovascular applications.

    Academic Epicenter | Transformative Research

    Find Your Path

    Student Discovery

    The annual Clemson Bioengineering Design Symposium is a place where the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship is evident. Forty+ teams gather each May to present new devices that help treat cancer, remove tonsils and put broken bones back together, to name a few examples. With over 50% of our students going on to graduate school, many have the chance to develop those ideas further in the master's programs, with the potential to be spun out of the University into startup companies.

    For other ways to get involved in research, Clemson's Creative Inquiry allows students to take on problems that spring from their own curiosity.

    Bioengineering Academics

    Collage of BIOE research and events

    We offer Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Engineering (M.Eng.), and doctorate (Ph.D.) degrees, in addition to multiple certificate programs in Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering-related fields.

    We have campus locations across the state, with the ability to earn an M.S. or Ph.D. in Charleston through the Clemson-MUSC program. The MUSC partnership offers its students unique opportunities to pursue bioengineering research and education at a medical institution with access to clinical research and training resources and personnel.

    Harmonizing with Nature

    Research Facilities for the Global Stage

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is providing up to $13.6 million over four years for a Clemson-led project that may impact the defense and nautical industries on a global scale. Trying an innovative tack to solve an age-old maritime challenge, researchers said the solution involves working with nature by using natural marine microbes as "building blocks" to form smooth, stable biofilms that reduce drag.

    One of the advantages of Clemson's involvement is state-of-the-art facilities, like the Rhodes Engineering Research Center, that houses a scalable testbed that can mimic an unmanned underwater vehicle's operational environment, including such factors as temperature, shear forces and pressure.

    DARPA research group

    Faculty Excellence

    Award-Winning Educators

    In recent years, the Department of Bioengineering has experienced unprecedented growth in faculty, personnel, facilities and programs, with work conducted by our faculty transforming health care. Clemson University continues to strengthen its commitment to providing a unique learning environment to students and scientists-in-training by integrating state-of-the-art research with education. With a student body of over 500, students find the BIOE faculty accessible and committed to their learning experience.

    Department of Bioengineering
    Department of Bioengineering | 301 Rhodes Research Center, Clemson, SC 29634