List of Top Bioengineering Schools and Universities
Learn about the best schools that offer degree programs in bioengineering. Find out about program options, school rankings and courses used to rank these schools.
Bioengineering School Overviews
Top universities for studying bioengineering can be found all over the United States, but the two best are on opposite sides of the country. Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore offers undergraduate and graduate program options in bioengineering, and the bioengineering Ph.D. program is a collaboration between its top-rated medicine and engineering schools. University of California - San Diego offers undergraduate and graduate bioengineering programs. Both schools are nationally ranked.
1. Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland
Johns Hopkins University was ranked as having the top bioengineering program in 2010 and was named the 13th best national university for 2011 by U.S. News & World Report. The Whiting School of Engineering at John Hopkins University offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biomedical Engineering with four areas of focus, including systems, cellular and tissue engineering, nanotechnology and computational biology. The curriculum includes thermodynamics, linear systems and molecular biology.
The 2-year Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) in Biomedical Engineering program focuses on medicine and engineering, and is designed for those planning to pursue medicine, research and development or doctoral study. Students study the mechanics of living tissue, neuroengineering, medical imaging systems and orthopedic biomechanics, among other topics.
The 1-year MSE in Bioengineering Innovation and Design program is for those interested in the clinical, business and technical sides of healthcare innovation. Course topics include global health innovation, biomedical device design and the business of bioengineering. In addition to coursework, students perform clinical rotations in areas such as cardiology, surgery, gastroenterology, neurosurgery and interventional radiology.
Students earning the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biomedical Engineering can specialize in cell and tissue engineering, bioinformatics, computational modeling, molecular and cell systems, medical imaging, systems neuroscience and cardiovascular systems. Ph.D. students are able to enroll in the School of Medicine during the first year of the program and take coursework in molecules and cells, physiology, neuroscience, human anatomy and immunology.
2. University of California - San Diego
U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of California - San Diego 2nd among bioengineering programs and 13th among graduate schools in 2010. The school was also ranked 35th on the magazine's best national universities list for 2011. This university's Jacobs School of Engineering offers a B.S. in Bioengineering that focuses on biotransportation, bioinstrumentation, bioelectricity, biomechanics, biomaterials and organ physiology.
Students studying for the M.S. in Bioengineering combine coursework with original research; graduates often go on to pursue doctoral study. Class subjects include health, injury and disease, thermodynamics, biology of the cardiovascular system and tissue engineering.
A Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Bioengineering is available for those interested in studying the design, development, manufacturing and management of systems or products in the medical industry. Course study includes respiratory and renal physiology, biomedical imaging and artificial intelligence.
The Ph.D. in Bioengineering is typically a 5-year degree program where students take classes and perform research in areas such as genomics, bionanotechnology, bioelectronics and fluid mechanics.
Good Schools for Bioengineering
|College/University Name||Total Student Enrollment||Address||Phone Number|
|The University of Texas at Austin||50,995||Austin, TX 78712||(512) 471-3434|
|University of Washington - Seattle Campus||45,943||1400 N.E. Campus Pkwy., Seattle, WA 98195||(206) 543-2100|
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||41,674||Ann Arbor, MI 48109||(734) 764-1817|
|University of California - Berkeley||35,830||Berkeley, CA 94720||(510) 642-6000|
|Boston University||31,960||One Silber Way, Boston, MA 02215||(617) 353-2000|
|University of California - San Diego||28,418||9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, CA 92093||(858) 534-2230|
|University of Pittsburgh||28,328||4200 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15260||(412) 624-4141|
|University of Pennsylvania||24,599||1 College Hall, 34th and Spruce Sts., Philadelphia, PA 19104||(215) 898-5000|
|University of Virginia||24,355||Charlottesville, VA 22904||(434) 924-0311|
|Columbia University in the City of New York||24,230||116 St. and Broadway, New York, NY 10027||(212) 854-1754|
|Cornell University||20,633||Ithaca, NY 14853||(607) 255-2000|
|Johns Hopkins University||20,383||3400 N. Charles St., Mason Hall, Baltimore, MD 21218||(410) 516-8000|
|Georgia Institute of Technology||20,291||225 North Ave., Atlanta, GA 30332||(404) 894-2000|
|Northwestern University||19,853||633 Clark St., Evanston, IL 60208||(847) 491-3741|
|Stanford University||18,498||Stanford, CA 94305||(650) 723-2300|
|Duke University||14,350||103 Allen Bldg., Durham, NC 27708||(919) 684-2813|
|Washington University in St. Louis||13,575||One Brookings Dr., Saint Louis, MO 63130||(314) 935-5000|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||10,384||77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139||(617) 253-1000|
|Case Western Reserve University||9,738||10900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106||(216) 368-2000|
|Rice University||5,576||6100 S. Main, Houston, TX 77005||(713) 348-0000|
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