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About the Bioengineering Major

Q&A with Bioengineering Professor Jerome Schultz

Jerome SchultzWhat are some of the key factors that differentiate Bioengineering from the other majors at Bourns?

 “A distinctive feature of the bioengineering program is the breadth and depth of the courses. Our program offers students a comprehensive background in science that includes introductory chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, mathematics, biology, physiology, and biochemistry. In addition our core curriculum provides students with engineering skills in fluid mechanics, biomechanics, biotechnology, instrumentation, thermodynamics, biological modeling that prepare them to enter into the industries mentioned above. “

What types of opportunities are available to BCOE Bioengineering majors (i.e. internships, research opportunities, etc.)?

“Many of our undergraduates are involved with research projects of our faculty. We also have federal grants that provide some financial support for these students. Several of our students have published scientific papers with our faculty. Many other bioengineering departments also offer summer internships that are available to our students.”

What are the most common career paths for Bioengineering majors?

“National statistics show that 40% of bioengineering graduates with a B.S. degree become employed in the life science industries mentioned above. Approximately 40% go on to graduate education for either M.S. or Ph.D. degrees. We have a B.S./M.S. program that allows student to obtain an M.S. degree within one year after completing their B.S requirements. About 20% of bioengineering undergraduates go on to health careers in fields such as medicine, dentistry, and public health.”

What new initiatives or research opportunities do students in your department have the chance to get involved with?

“Biosensors, Bioseparations, Optical Nanoscale Imaging , Cell Membrane Electromechanics, Optical Tweezers, Genetic Code Expansion, Protein Design, Composite Biomaterials, BioComputation, ImmunoPhysics, Rational Drug Design, Drug Distribution in Organs, Metabolic Modeling, Bio MEMS and Microfluidics, Biomimics for Photosynthesis.”

How does the Bourns Bioengineering program compare to other top engineering institutions in quality of the research and faculty?

“Although our department is five years young, our faculty have been trained at outstanding universities. All our senior faculty have become Fellows of the prestigious American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, several fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and two of our faculty are members of the National Academy of Engineering.”


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