BioE Home

Undergraduate Program: Mission Statement, Program Educational Objectives, and Student Outcomes


Questions about the undergraduate program in bioengineering may be sent to

undergrad handbook

Download the BIOE Undergraduate Handbook (PDF)


visit us

The Fischell Department of Bioengineering at the University of Maryland offers an undergraduate program in bioengineering which is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. For more information, see

Mission Statement

The Fischell Department of Bioengineering at is a forward thinking academic organization dedicated to utilizing engineering and scientific knowledge and methods to assist the citizens of Maryland and the nation. The Department intends to develop biologically based knowledge and products to promote ecological, human, and animal health, and to improve the quality of life while maintaining a healthy environment. The Department aims to quickly assume a leadership role in the field of bioengineering through educating an innovative student body and pioneering groundbreaking technologies.

The Fischell Department of Bioengineering's Mission Statement is documented both here and in the BIOE Undergraduate Student Handbook (PDF).

Program Educational Objectives

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:

  1. Produce graduates with the educational depth, technical skills, and practical experiences to be competitive for placement in bioengineering careers or post-graduate educational pursuits;
  2. Produce graduates with an awareness of their field and an understanding of how they can address the biomedical and biotechnological challenges facing society in both the near and long term;
  3. Produce graduates with a foundation in professional ethics who will actively seek to positively impact their profession, community, and society.

The Program Educational Objectives are documented both here and in the BIOE Undergraduate Student Handbook (PDF).

Student 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.

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. An ability to communicate effectively
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Additional Bioengineering Outcomes:

  1. applying principles of engineering, biology, human physiology, chemistry, calculus-based physics, mathematics (through differential equations), and statistics
  2. solving bio/biomedical engineering problems, including those associated with the interaction between living and non-living systems
  3. analyzing, modeling, designing and realizing bio/biomedical engineering devices, systems, components, or processes
  4. making measurements on and interpreting data from living systems

The Student Outcomes are documented both here and in the BIOE Undergraduate Student Handbook (PDF).

Undergraduate Enrollment (fall of each academic year):

2016 - 2017: 438
2015 - 2016: 423
2014 - 2015: 415

B.S. degrees awarded: 

2016 - 2017: 104
2015 - 2016: 85
2014 - 2015: 82

BIOE Students in UMD Honors College Living-Learning Communities (2016-17): 49%
BIOE Students in UMD Honors College or College Park Scholars Living-Learning Communities (2016-17): 70%

Undergraduate Enrollment (2016-17): 51% female, 11% underrepresented minorities


The Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering degree program at the University of Maryland is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,