You will gain a solid understanding of the neurological, muscular and mechanical functions that occur in the human body. You will learn to assess weaknesses in these functions and to design solutions—for example, build a prosthesis for a missing limb or create a new way to deliver drugs to cells.
Many of our graduates go to medical school. Our graduates are highly sought by medical equipment manufacturers and biotechnology firms.
Courses in math, chemistry and animal physiology prepare you for more advanced courses in neurobiology, biochemistry and biomechanics. Much of your education takes place in labs, where you will:
- Design instruments that measure biological functions in the biosensors lab.
- Examine body movement and function in the human anatomy and biomechanics lab.
- Understand how electricity flows as a result of your studies in the power lab.
- Use state-of-the-art design software in the computing lab.
In your senior year, you will draw on everything you have learned to solve a real-world problem. You and your classmates might design an artificial leg that lengthens as a child grows or develop an easy-to-use baby monitor to prevent sudden infant death. Present your findings at the University of Idaho Engineering Expo where future employers judge student projects.
Students are encouraged to complete an internship the summer between their junior and senior year. Many students conduct research with professors in biological and agricultural engineering.