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Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering

Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering


Northeastern University’s Bioengineering Program provides a broad-based, interdisciplinary engineering curriculum that offers a rigorous yet flexible education. The goal of the curriculum for the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Bioengineering is to provide students with a broad understanding of the quantitative analysis of biological systems and a deep expertise in an area of engineering of their choice.

Innovative Curriculum

Students begin their education by acquiring a common base of knowledge in engineering that includes fundamental science and mathematics; instrumentation, measurement and imaging skills; quantitative physiology; and biomechanics. In the more advanced courses, students learn to design and analyze biomolecular systems from the viewpoint of multiple disciplines, to understand the dynamical behavior of natural and synthetic bioelectrical networks, and the processing and separation of biological materials.

After completing the Bioengineering Core, students choose one of three bioengineering concentrations to focus on: Cell and Tissue Engineering, Biomechanics, or Biomedical Devices and Bioimaging. General electives are available to complement their engineering knowledge with valuable courses in the arts, languages, social sciences, public health, business, broader engineering and computer science disciplines, and related fields.

The Bioengineering curriculum culminates in a two semester-long capstone design project in the senior year. In this project, students are asked to apply their knowledge and experience to a real-world design problem and develop feasible solutions.

Accelerated Master’s degrees allow students to accelerate the attainment of the master’s degree by applying graduate credits taken as an undergraduate toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Current students apply to enroll in the Accelerated Master’s Program. With the PlusOne program, students attain their bachelor’s degree followed by a PlusOne year to complete the master’s degree.

PlusOne Program and Pathways


Experiential Learning

Experiential learning is the heart of a Northeastern education, combining rigorous coursework with hands-on experience in the classroom, in the lab, and in the field—locally and abroad. With our signature cooperative education (co-op) program, students typically gain six months of work experience integrated as part of the educational program. Both five-year, three-co-op and four-year, two-co-op program options are available.

Kritika Singh, BS, Bioengineering, is on her first co-op at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Center for Systems Biology and she is also working on a malaria project to express a difficult to express protein. Her ambition is to be a physician scientist and says co-op will definitely help her achieve that.

Program Contacts

Lee Makowski
Professor and Chair,  Bioengineering & Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Professor,  Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Affiliated Faculty,  Electrical and Computer Engineering

image and signal processing as applied to biophysical data designed to answer fundamental questions about the molecular basis of living systems, and progression of Alzheimer's Disease

Academic Advising

For support with academic questions, contact the academic advisor assigned to this program.

Admissions & Aid

Ready to take the next step? Review Degree Requirements to see courses needed to complete this degree. Then, explore ways to pay for your education. Finally, review Admissions Information to see our deadlines and gather the materials you need to Apply.