Peter Lelkes, Ph.D., Chair
Engineering Building, Room 811

Ruth Ochia, Ph.D., Undergraduate Coordinator
Engineering Building, Room 813

Goals, Objectives & Design Integration

The Bioengineering program will be able to integrate engineering science, rigorous mathematical tools and a quantitative approach to the life sciences and apply this spectrum of knowledge in an interdisciplinary fashion to provide solutions to basic and applied biological and medical problems.

This goal will be accomplished by offering to the students an integrated set of courses aimed at providing a thorough introduction to the complex and interdisciplinary field of Bioengineering:

  • Teach engineering science, analysis, and design in the context of quantitative approaches to solving life science and medicine-related problems.
  • Integrate interdisciplinary aspects of biology, physiology, and engineering within courses and design projects.
  • Emphasize the interdisciplinary nature of Bioengineering, in terms of problem solving, design, within the framework of interdisciplinary teams focusing on┬áthe dialogue between "biology-inspired engineering" and "biology as a specific arm of applied engineering principles."
  • Immerse students in key life science and medical principles, while focusing on understanding cell/molecular-level events through quantitative analysis and modeling.
  • Provide an exceptional learning environment with significant instruction by Bioengineering faculty and researchers in collaboration with experts from other fields, especially the Health Science Campus.

In this curriculum, incoming students will first and foremost be trained as solid Temple engineers, focusing on applying engineering science, design, and analysis to real life problems specifically in the areas of biology and medicine. Hands-on engineering experience will be gained through intense laboratory coursework and by solving real-life biomedical problems.

Bioengineering study leads to careers in several fields. Students may select from one of three concentration areas:

  • Bioengineering B.S.Bioe., Cellular Engineering Concentration
    Learn to build and repair functional tissue at the cellular and molecular levels. Focus on the engineering and design, development and uses of materials in biology and medicine.
  • Bioengineering B.S.Bioe., Engineering Devices Concentration
    Study the development and uses of cutting-edge biomedical devices and imaging modalities designed to control, record and analyze biological functions.
  • Bioengineering B.S.Bioe., Pre-Health Concentration
    Undertake a broad-based bioengineering curriculum that prepares for pre-med or other health science entrance tests that includes course requirements that prepare for careers in medicine or health sciences.