FISCHELL DEPARTMENT OF BIOENGINEERING (BIOE)A. James Clark School of Engineering
2330 Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building, 301-405-8268
Chair: W. Bentley (Prof, Chair)
Director: J. Fisher (Prof, Assoc Chair, Graduate Program Director), A. Hsieh (Assoc Prof, Assoc Chair, Undergraduate Program Director
Professors: P. Bryan, P. Kofinas, G. Payne, B. Shapiro, Y. Tao
Associate Professors: J. Aranda-Espinoza, E. Eisenstein, K. Herold, H. Montas, S. Muro
Assistant Professors: Y. Chen, C. Jewell, S. Matysiak, I. White
Lecturers: I. Villanueva
Professors Emeriti: A. Johnson
Bioengineering is a field rooted in physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology, and life sciences. Each of these areas is applied in a systematic, quantitative, and integrative way to approach problems important in biology, biosystems, medical research, and clinical practice. Bioengineering advances fundamental concepts, creates knowledge from the molecular to organ to system levels, and develops innovative processes for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. In short, bioengineering seeks to improve the health and life of humankind on many levels.
Bioengineers specialize in those products and processes made from, used with, or applied to biological organisms. In addition to engineering science and design, bioengineers study cell biology, physiology, bioinformatics, bioimaging, and biomechanics. The synthesis of engineering and biology gives bioengineers unique capabilities in our modern world.
For more information about the Bioengineering major, please visit www.bioe.umd.edu/undergrad
The Bachelor of Science degree in Bioengineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org , 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: (410) 347-7700.
The undergraduate program in the Fischell Department of Bioengineering provides students with a broad and fundamental education relating engineering with the biological sciences. The program has focuses in biomedical devices, human health, biotechnology, and ecosystems. These focuses all contain components of fundamental sciences, design, and communications skills. The students' educational achievements all contribute to enabling a wide range of career paths after graduation.
Our graduates are grounded in fundamentals that will serve them throughout their professional careers. They will have an understanding of human behavior, societal needs and forces, and the dynamics of human efforts and their effects on human health and that of our environment. With these underpinnings and abilities, we have defined several Program Educational Objectives we expect our graduates to attain in 3-5 years after graduation:
Program Learning Outcomes
Maryland bioengineers gain a broad-based education in which engineering approaches are used to understand and improve living systems and their environments. We educate students to excel in the field of bioengineering and carry out research, development, and commercialization of bioscience systems and tools that will improve the lives of people throughout the world. The specific Student Outcomes detailed by the Bioengineering Program are detailed below.
Additional Bioengineering Objectives:
Admission to the Major
Students who wish to study at the A. James Clark School of Engineering apply for admission to the University of Maryland; there is no separate application for engineering. When filling out the university application, you may choose bioengineering as your intended major. You may also apply as an undecided engineering major.
All Bioengineering majors must meet admission, progress, and retention standards of the A. James Clark School of Engineering.
Please note: If you are applying to Bioengineering as a transfer student (whether you are an internal Clark School transfer, external UMD transfer, or transferring from an outside institution), then you must complete BIOE 120 with a B- or better before you will be admitted into the department. If you wish to enroll, please send an e-mail with your UID to email@example.com . You will be will be notified by e-mail when permission has been granted.
Requirements for the Major
Following is the list of the course requirements for the Bioengineering Undergraduate Program. Each student following the course template should be able to graduate in four years. Each student will meet with his/her Faculty Advisor every semester to plan the schedule of courses for the subsequent semester. Some of the students in the bioengineering program may elect to pursue professional degrees such as Medical, Dental, Law, etc., thus they may need certain courses that those professional schools require and should discuss their plans with their Faculty Advisor. Some of these courses may count as electives towards the major. Students interested in health professions may also view the requirements at www.prehealth.umd.edu .
*Please visit www.bioe.umd.edu/undergrad/ug-technical-electives.html for a list of approved technical electives.
The Fischell Department of Bioengineering is committed to student advising and aims to provide comprehensive curricular support to all of its students towards their academic success. Students will find that at various points during their academic careers, they may need a certain kind of guidance. Students may always begin by addressing their questions to firstname.lastname@example.org , and we will point you in the right direction. Generally, advising is handled by one or a combination of the following: faculty advisor, departmental advisor, and/or college advisor.
All bioengineering majors are assigned to a faculty advisor. Students are required to meet with their faculty advisors at least once per semester. For currently enrolled majors, the mandatory advising period occurs in the weeks prior to registration for the next semester. The advising meeting with the faculty member generally covers the following: course selection for upcoming semester, four-year planning, and career goals. Students should prepare for every advising meeting by completing and updating the BIOE Advising Worksheet.
Freshmen will be assigned to faculty advisors and notified during their first semesters. All other students may contact email@example.com if they are not sure who their advisor is. For faculty contact information, please see the faculty list .
Bioengineering majors and prospective transfer students may also need to meet with a departmental (staff) advisor. Some examples of departmental advising include: Benchmarks (academic progress), planning for study abroad, C.A.R.E (academic probation), double-major/double-degree planning, graduation audit (seniors), and additional help with four-year planning.
For departmental advising, please send an email including your name, UID, and general question to firstname.lastname@example.org All students seeking advising should read and make sure that they understand the policies and requirements stated in the BIOE Undergraduate Handbook (PDF).
The Clark School of Engineering’s Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Support (UA&AS) also provides a broad range of services and support for engineering students. Some policies are the oversight of the College, so your faculty or departmental advisor may at times refer you to a Clark School advisor. For example, transfer admission/transfer credit, 45-credit benchmark review, and permission to enroll at another institution are handled by the College.
Undergraduate Research Experiences
The Bioengineering Department offers a two-year research based Bioengineering Undergraduate Honors program. Interested students should apply to the honors program in the spring of their sophomore year. Those accepted into the program will begin research in their junior year. For more information please see: www.bioe.umd.edu/undergrad/ug-honors.html
The Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research also assists students in finding on and off campus research opportunities www.ugresearch.umd.edu
The Fischell Department of Bioengineering Undergraduate Honors Program is a research-oriented, thesis-based enrichment experience that serves to augment our curriculum with practical, hands-on learning opportunities. The primary goal of our Honors program is to develop BIOE graduates who will be among the most competitive applicants for graduate and medical school programs, and industry jobs. Toward this end, the program provides exceptional undergraduate students with a formal mechanism to be recognized for research achievements. In addition, Honors students gain broader perspectives in research, leadership, and the bioengineering field through the BIOE Honors seminar.
For more information, see www.bioe.umd.edu/undergrad/ug-honors.html
Honors Program Structure
Junior Year, Fall
Junior Year, Spring
Senior Year, Fall
Senior Year, Spring
Student Societies and Professional Organizations
Society of Biological Engineers (SoBE) is the University of Maryland, College Park chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). SoBE's mission is dedicated to the advancement of biotechnology, biomedical engineering, and professionalism in the field, as well as fostering friendships among biological engineers. For more information, visit www.studentorg.umd.edu/sobe/
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
The University and the A. James Clark School of Engineering offer a range of financial support to talented undergraduate students enrolled at the School. Offerings include the A. James Clark Endowed Scholarship fund and the Benjamin T. Rome Scholarship. Our program is competitive, with awards made on the basis of merit, financial need, and other factors. For more information on a variety of scholarships, please visit www.ursp.umd.edu
In addition, the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) administers all types of federal, state and institutional financial assistance programs and, in cooperation with other university offices, participates in the awarding of scholarships to deserving students. For information, please visit www.financialaid.umd.edu
We also have several departmental annual awards and scholarships for which students may apply and be selected based on their scholastic achievements, service to the department and the profession. These award are open to juniors and seniors in the program. Information on these annual awards and scholarship may be obtained from the faculty advisors in the department.
Awards and Recognition
Fischell Dept of Bioengineering Outstanding Junior Award presented by Chair: outstanding academic achievement and contributions to the dept (2 students)
Fischell Dept of Bioengineering Outstanding Senior Award presented by faculty: academic achievement and contributions to the profession and department (2 students)
Seymour & Faye Wolfe Scholarship: Bioengineering student (1 student).
Jeffrey C. and Sandra W. Huskamp Scholarship: Bioengineering student (1 student)
Mel D. Schatz Scholarship: Bioengineering student (1 student)
Outstanding Research Award: contribution to research including hours spent in lab, co-authorship of papers, significant breakthroughs in area of research. Ability to maintain high GPA while performing research will also be considered.
Outstanding Volunteer Award: hours spent performing and the nature of volunteering activities considered. Maintaining high GPA also considered.
Outstanding Citizen Award: overall contribution to department, university, profession, and society considered. GPA will be taken into account as well.