About us

About Bioengineering
Bioengineering applies engineering principles and practices to living things, to solve some of the most challenging problems that face our world today.

The field of bioengineering seeks to integrate quantitative and design approaches to biological systems, encompassing a range of specific disciplines from macro to nano-scales. Bioengineering, also known as Biomedical Engineering, has traditionally been a field largely driven by biomedical applications such as medical imaging, prosthetics, biomechanics and related fields. As knowledge in the biological and biophysical basis of cell function has increased, opportunities have expanded for advancing the understanding of cell and molecular scale functioning of organic matter, as well as designing applications in diverse areas of medical treatment and diagnostics, tissue regeneration and replacement, biologically-inspired devices, energy, and the environment.

Bioengineering at Berkeley 
We seek to define the new discipline of bioengineering  by concentrating on cutting-edge research and training of advanced undergraduate and graduate students to be the next leaders in the field.

At Berkeley, our research and teaching agenda has evolved into five primary areas, with many overlaps, which we consider to be foundational: regenerative medicine and therapeutic engineering, biomaterials and nanotechnology, instrumentation, computational biology and bioinformatics, systems and synthetic biology.  Our principal focus is on a broad strategy of translational bioengineering, describing our interest and emphasis on translation of developments from our laboratories into the clinic, into new companies, and into industry.

The Department of Bioengineering at UC Berkeley grants the Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees in bioengineering, and jointly grants the Ph.D. in bioengineering and Master of Translational Medicine degrees with the University of California, San Francisco.

Our History
applications graph 1998-2011Established in 1998, the Department of Bioengineering at UC Berkeley draws on the talents of a diverse group of outstanding faculty, and upon the long history of interdisciplinary bioengineering research at UC Berkeley. Prior to 1998, undergraduate education flourished as an emphasis in the Engineering Science Program. BioE graduate education was formalized here in 1983 with the founding of the UC Berkeley – UCSF Graduate Group in Bioengineering, which continues to administer our graduate program.

Student count chart 1999-2011The Department of Bioengineering was the first new department to be established within the College of Engineering in over 40 years, and has seen astounding growth in size and demand since its founding.

Growth and Excellence
The BioE graduate and undergraduate programs are continually ranked in the Top 10 according to US News & World Report. A more detailed study of graduate education by the National Research Council (NRC rankings) has placed our graduate program among the very top in the country.

The bioengineering department is part of the College of Engineering, a world-renowned program consistently ranked in the top three overall engineering schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report. UC Berkeley as a whole has been ranked as the top public university in the world.

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