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Why Bioengineering?

• Because you enjoy facets of both engineering and biology

• Because you want to solve problems in the areas of health care, medicine, and biotechnology

• Because you want to design medical devices like prostheses, artificial organs and pacemakers and help bring them to market

Bioengineers who graduate from Lehigh University go on to work in established and emerging fields such as healthcare, biomedicine, pharmaceuticals, biomaterials and other biotechnology-related industries. They use engineering applications to address and solve challenges in the fields of biology and medicine and create usable, tangible products. Many develop and evaluate systems and devices that solve medical and health-related problems, such as artificial organs, prostheses, instrumentation, medical information systems and health management and care delivery systems.

Bioengineering allows students to combine engineering principles and the life sciences to explore opportunities and address challenges in the fields of healthcare, medicine and biotechnology.

What sets us apart

Lehigh's program offers training at the interface of engineering, the life and physical sciences and healthcare. This highly interdisciplinary program bridges rigorous training in the engineering and physical sciences with biology and bioengineering applications. Students in the program learn how biological systems work, develop analytical skills and use advanced tools in experimentation, modeling and simulation. They apply their knowledge to areas such as design, synthesis, manufacturing and healthcare while cultivating strong communication skills, innovation, creativity and problem-solving skills.

The bioengineering program complements formal instruction with opportunities for experiential learning via seminar courses, extended research with faculty members, and team-based and industry-sponsored design projects within Lehigh's Integrated Product DevelopmentĀ program. Students also participate in summer internships, Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs and Lehigh's co-op program.

Lehigh's program also allows students to choose from three tracks for further specialization:

  • Biopharmaceutical engineering, which encompasses biochemistry and chemical engineering. Topics include genomics, recombinant DNA, protein engineering, bioprocessing and drug synthesis and delivery.
  • Bioelectronics/biophotonics, which appeals to students interested in applications of electrical engineering and physics in bioengineering. Topics include signal processing, biosensors, MEMs, biochips for DNA sequencing, and laser- and fiber-based optical technology.
  • Cell and tissue engineering, which straddles the fields of molecular and cell biology, materials science and mechanical and electrical engineering. It encompasses biomaterials and biomechanics, from cells and tissue to organs and systems.