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Degrees in Biological Engineering

Study biological systems and integrate them with fundamental principles of engineering for the purpose of designing processes and systems that influence, control or utilize biological materials and organisms to benefit humanity. Blending the study of engineering with biology, chemistry, math, and physics, the Biological Engineering program prepares you to solve engineering problems in biotechnology, agriculture, environment, natural resources, medicine and pharmaceutics. Design components, systems and processes for areas like healthcare technology, precision agriculture, sustainable bioenergy and environmental remediation. Much of your education takes place in the laboratory.

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Biological Engineering will prepare you to solve technological problems in systems that involve plants, animals, microorganisms and biological materials.

As a graduate you will produce creative and effective solutions to problems in the environment, our food supply and the interaction of living organisms in a biologically complex, interconnected and changing world. The program may be designed to prepare you for advanced biomedical or environmental engineering studies.

You will have opportunities to work with consulting and industrial firms in design, environmental control and monitoring, non-point source pollution abatement, bioremediation, hydrology and water quality control. You may also work with food processing industries in storage, product development and quality control. Other options include governmental agencies in water resources, environmental quality and environmental protection.

Biological Engineering, M.Engr.

Students in the Biological Engineering M.Engr. program gain advanced technical knowledge in biological engineering through coursework related to their specialized area of study. The program is offered for those who have a bachelor's degree in engineering or closely related science fields.

Biological Engineering, M.S.

The Department of Biological Engineering offers M.S. degree program which applies engineering principles to biological systems to address societal needs. The program is offered for those who have a bachelor's degree in engineering or closed related science fields. Students work on their M.S. thesis with specialization in one of the faculty research areas.

Biological Engineering, Ph.D.

The Ph.D. program in Biological Engineering provides an opportunity for defining an unsolved research problem in the arena of biological engineering, applying engineering principles to analyze biological systems and advance the field of study. The current research interests of the faculty in the Department of Biological Engineering include:

  • Bio-based products
  • Biofuels
  • Biomaterials
  • Bioprocessing
  • Biotechnology
  • Cell/tissue engineering
  • Climate modeling
  • Drug/gene delivery
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Liquid plasma technology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Neural imaging
  • Precision agriculture
  • Waste water treatment
  • Water management

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Biological Engineering
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 0904
Moscow, ID 83844-0904

Phone: 208-885-6182

Fax: 208-885-7908


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