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From cancer treatment and tissue engineering to improved drug delivery and concussion testing, KU’s Bioengineering Program is helping students to find cures, promote well-being, and build healthy communities. KU offers an undergraduate certificate and an

Programs Offered

Bioengineering certificate
Accelerated bachelor’s/master’s degree in bioengineering
Pre-medical and biomedical options in chemical engineering
Biomechanics option for mechanical engineering

KU Bioengineering is characterized by an entrepreneurial spirit and has an established track record of start-up success. This includes Savara, a publicly traded company that produces an aerosolized treatment for cystic fibrosis. It’s a spin-off from the laboratory of Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Chemical & Petroleum Engineering Cory Berkland.

KU’s 280,000-square-foot Integrated Science Building opened in 2018 and is home to world-class laboratory and classroom space for cutting-edge research in bioengineering, chemistry, medicinal chemistry, physics, molecular biosciences, and related fields. It provides new ways for students to interact with instructors and classmates, and offers close integration of undergraduate studies with research activities.

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More than 70 faculty from a variety of multidisciplinary departments across KU and KU Medical Center are affiliated with KU's Bioengineering program.

Bioengineering Degree Pathways

  • BioEngineering
    • Biochemical
    • Biomechanical
  • Bioengineering Certificate
    Biomedical Engineering Minor
    • Pre-Medical
    • Pre-Nursing
    • Pre-Pharmacy
    • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Accelerated M.S. in Bioengineering

KU’s Bioengineering program is closely tied to the KU Medical Center (KUMC). KUMC is the only national cancer institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in the region, and one of only 31 centers with a designation as a National Institutes of Health Alzheimer’s disease center.

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Where do they Work?

Athletics companies
Biomedical device firms
Environmental companies
Health care
Manufacturing companies
Pharmaceutical firms
State/federal government

Who Hires KU Bioengineering Students?

Abbott Labs
Beckman Coulter Diagnostics
Becton Dickinson
Boehringer Ingelheim
Boston Scientific
Bristol Myers Squibb
Catalent Pharma Solutions
CritiTech Particle Engineering
Epic Systems
Evoke Medical
National Institutes of Health
PSC Biotech

What are they paid?

Bachelor's degree candidates national average* starting salary range:

Chemical Engineering: $69,090 - $76,959

Mechanical Engineering: $65,294 - $72,800

*Salaries from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)

What Graduate Programs do KU Bioengineers attend?

Duke University
Georgia Tech
KU Medical Center
Ohio State
Penn State
Stanford University
University of California-San Diego
University of Maryland
University of Washington-Seattle