Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering

What is Bioengineering?

Bioengineering, as defined by the NIH, is "the application of life sciences, mathematics and engineering principles to define and solve problems in biology, medicine, healthcare, and other fields."

Curriculum Description

The bioengineering program at UNH is a truly interdisciplinary program where students receive training from both the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS) and the College of Life Science and Agriculture (COLSA).  Students will take classes in biology, microbiology, genetics, physiology and biochemistry from COLSA.  They will take classes in chemistry, physics, mathematics (including differential equations and statistics) and engineering from CEPS.  The Bioengineering faculty in CEPS have a broad background of training ranging from modeling physiological and biochemical processes, enzyme kinetics, to synthetic biology, biomaterials and biosensor development.  Graduates from the bioengineering program will be conversant in solving problems at the interface of biology and engineering that may arise in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, as well as medicine and biofuels.  By graduation, students will have experience measuring and interpreting data from living systems and addressing the interactions between living and non-living materials.

A minimum of 128 credits is required for graduation with the degree of bachelor of science in bioengineering.  There are ten electives in the bioengineering curriculum.  Five of the electives fulfill five of the Discovery Program requirements. The other five engineering and technical electives allow students to tailor their program to prepare for employment in the biomanufacturing and pharmaceutical industry or to work in biomedical engineering on problems of drug delivery, biomaterials, biomedical device development, etc.  Of these electives, four will be in engineering and one can be in a science, mathematics or engineering course.  With the proper choice of electives, it is quite possible to graduate with a degree in bioengineering and fulfill the requirements for application to the health professions (Medicine, Dentistry, etc.).  Students interested in pre professional health programs should see the advising webpage at http://www.unh.edu/premed-advising/

Students are required to obtain a minimum of C in CHE 501/502 and a 2.0 GPA in overall standing at the end of the sophomore year in order to continue in the major.  Study Abroad (Exchange) students are required to have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in math, physics, chemistry, and other required courses at the end of the semester prior to their exchange semester.

Starting Salaries

Among the college Class of 2014, engineering majors hold eight of the top 10 places on the list of highest-paid majors, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) April 2014 Salary Survey.

Bioengineering and biomedical engineering  graduates earned an average 2014 starting salary of $43,200.  

Source: NACE September 2014 Salary Survey Executive Summary. Data represent job functions for which the most data were reported; all data are for bachelor’s degree candidates.