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Northeastern University's Bioengineering Program provides a broad-based, interdisciplinary engineering curriculum that offers a rigorous yet flexible education. The goal of the curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering is to provide students with a broad understanding of the quantitative analysis of biological systems and a deep expertise in an area of engineering of their choice.
Students begin their education by acquiring a common base of knowledge in engineering that includes fundamental science and mathematics; instrumentation, measurement and imaging skills; quantitative physiology; and biomechanics. In the more advanced courses, students learn to design and analyze biomolecular systems from the viewpoint of multiple disciplines, to understand the dynamical behavior of natural and synthetic bioelectrical networks, and the processing and separation of biological materials. After completing the Bioengineering Core, students choose one of four bioengineering concentrations to focus on: Bioimaging and Signal Processing, Cell and Tissue Engineering, Biomechanics, or Biomedical Devices. Five general electives are available to complement their engineering knowledge with valuable courses in the arts, languages, social sciences, public health, business, broader engineering and computer science disciplines, and related fields.
The Bioengineering curriculum culminates in a two semester-long capstone design project in the senior year. In this project, students are asked to apply their knowledge and experience to a real-world design problem and develop feasible solutions.
Cooperative education (co-op) forms a fundamental component of the degree program for most Northeastern University students. Typical co-op experiences last six months, and both a five-year three-co-op and four-year two-co-op options are available.
An advising team works with each student each semester to ensure that he or she makes the best decisions for their academic program and future career success.
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Image and signal processing as applied to biophysical data designed to answer fundamental questions about the molecular basis of living systems