The Bioengineering undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,


The mission of our undergraduate program in bioengineering is to provide our students with a broad and flexible education in engineering and science, as well as medically related subjects. We prepare our students to analyze, synthesize, and link knowledge at the interface of multiple technical and scientific fields, emphasizing quantitative approaches and methods – ultimately, so that they will be able to improve the understanding and control of biological processes and to improve human health. Our curriculum guides our students towards skill in creating new knowledge and technologies, as well as applying current knowledge.
Program Educational Objectives

The fundamental goal of Penn Bioengineering is to provide students with a broad, flexible curriculum that gives them experience with a wide range of subject areas and intellectual approaches, to prepare them to function creatively and independently in a diverse range of settings. A distinctive feature of Penn Bioengineering is the emphasis on experiential learning, through an extensive series of bioengineering laboratory and clinical courses as well as wide opportunity for independent study and research.

Therefore, the objectives of the Bioengineering program to graduate students who:

1. Apply the central areas of bioengineering, its underlying sciences, and related technologies in a broad range of careers in bioengineering or related fields, or who are admitted into graduate programs in engineering, science, or professional schools (medical, dental, veterinary, business, public health, law)

2. Will function at a professional level, using teamwork and communication skills and taking responsibility for self-educating themselves.

3. Will maintain a strong commitment to ethical practice with sensitivity for environmental, social, and economic contexts.

Program Constituencies Following the definition of a constituency as a “group served by an organization or institution,” we identify the groups served by Penn Bioengineering as:

-Graduate and Professional Schools

Student Outcomes

Multidisciplinary ability: ability to apply fundamental science and engineering in an integrative fashion, to effectively work and solve problems at the interface of engineering, life sciences, and medicine (ABET criteria 3a, 3b, 3e, 3d, 8)

Problem solving approach: ability to pose, identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems (ABET criterion 3e).

Problem solving methods: ability to apply diverse techniques, methods, and tools towards the solution of engineering problems (ABET criteria 3e, 3k).

Experimentation: Ability to develop an hypothesis, design and carry out an experiment to test that hypothesis; ability to analyze experimental data, and to use statistics in experimental design and analysis; ability to make measurements on and interpret data from living systems (ABET criteria 3a, 3b, 3c, 3e, 3k, 8)

Design: ability to participate in creative, synthetic, integrative activities of Bioengineering design; understanding of the engineering process and design driven research (ABET criteria 3c, 3e, 3k)

Professional orientation: ability in effective oral and written communication skills; ability for reliable independent work as well as teamwork experience; judgment and appreciation of the bigger picture; ability to recognize and appreciate ethical principles and standards; a basis in the humanities and social sciences; aspiration and habits to keep learning throughout life (ABET criteria 3f, 3g, 3h, 3i, 3j, 3k)

Student Enrollments and Graduates

Enrollment (Fall 2014): 292

Graduates (Jan-Dec 2014): 74

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