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.

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.

Student Outcomes

The Department of Bioengineering seeks to achieve the following outcomes in all of its graduates:

Learning Outcome 1: Multidisciplinary ability: ability to apply science, mathematics and engineering knowledge to effectively solve engineering problems. (ABET 3a, 3e)

Learning Outcome 2: Problem solving approach: ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems. (ABET 3e)

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

Learning Outcome 4: Experimentation:  ability to design and conduct experiments; ability to measure, analyze and interpret experimental data; ability to function in a team and to prepare and write an experimental report. (ABET 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3g,)

Learning Outcome 5: Design: ability to participate in creative, synthetic, integrative activities of bioengineering design; an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs; understanding of the engineering process and design-driven research; ability to present the design in a coherent manner, along with any global and societal contexts and impacts; ability to function as part of a multidisciplinary design team. (ABET 3c, 3d, 3e, 3f, 3g, 3h, 3k)  

Learning Outcome 6: Professional orientation:  Effective oral and written communication skills; ability to work in multidisciplinary teams; judgment and appreciation of the bigger picture and contemporary issues; ability to recognize and appreciate professional and ethical principles and responsibility; aspiration and habits to keep learning throughout life.  (ABET 3d, 3f, 3g, 3h, 3i, 3j, 3k)


Student Enrollments and Graduates 

Enrollment (Fall 2014): 292

Graduates (Jan-Dec 2014): 74

To see a list of all accredited undergraduate program enrollments and graduates, click here.