BioMolecular Engineering

  • Overview
  • Program Details

img-bioe-photos1-2011Looking to be on the forefront of cutting-edge technological innovations using new, state-of-the-art laboratories? Find it with a bachelor’s degree in biomolecular engineering—the only one offered in the state.

Students in the biomolecular engineering (BioE) program work at the molecular level with simple and complex molecules. They take courses that cover concepts of thermodynamics, transport phenomena, cell engineering, biophysics, bioinformatics, nanotechnology and genomics. MSOE is the only university in the state to offer a bachelor’s degree in BioE.

You’ll sharpen your skills in a suite of cutting-edge laboratories that rival those found in the professional sector, using high-tech instruments like temperature-controlled incubators, atomic force microscopes, macro and micro centrifuges and more.

As scientists make further genetic and molecular breakthroughs, biomolecular engineers continue to be in demand. Equipped with hybrid and versatile skills, these engineers will develop new products, processes and techniques, and provide solutions for medical, food, environmental and technical problems‒—fulfilling their desire to improve human quality of life.

The results

The placement rate for MSOE biomolecular engineering graduates was 91% in 2013-14, and graduates enjoyed an average starting salary of $46,428.

The field

Biomolecular engineering is a diverse, application-driven discipline in the areas of medical, agricultural, environmental, biotechnical, food and other life-science fields. Biomolecular engineers work at the interface of engineering and molecular biology to solve engineering problems, improve current products and processes and develop new products and processes at the molecular level. They work in advanced laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment, and must must be meticulous and detail oriented to prevent contamination and/or false results.

You may want to consider BioE if you …

  • Enjoy chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics
  • Prefer to work at the molecular level of cells and cellular systems
  • Are detail oriented, able to measure precisely and use complex instruments
  • Are able to communicate well and work in teams
  • Have a desire to help others

Curriculum Year by Year

Freshman Year

Gain a solid foundation in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics your freshman year. Take your first seminar course, which is one of four total you will take. Seminars are presented on current subjects relevant to biomolecular engineering.

Junior Year

Combine high-level engineering and mathematics classes with some business classes your junior year, learning how the fields of engineering and business relate and interact.

Sophomore Year

Courses become more specific sophomore year, when students learn about biochemistry, cellular microbiology and genomics in engineering.

Senior Year

All of your courses and laboratory practice culminate during your design project senior year, when you will work on a real-life issue with teammates.


This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Read more here.

Program Director

Dr. Gul Afshan
Phone: (414) 277-7211
Office: CC-252

The BioMolecular Engineering program at MSOE is defined as follows:
BioMolecular engineering is a discipline that applies engineering principles, design concepts, and problem-solving skills to the life sciences at the molecular level to promote both fundamental and applied advancements in medicine, biological sciences, engineering and many related fields.

Difference from pure chemical and biomedical engineering:
The BioE program is different from pure chemical engineering in the sense that it utilizes life sciences through the exploration of hybrid biological fields which leads to the design of new products or processes. Since the BioE program curriculum applies basic core chemical engineering principles, concepts and skills the chemical processes that convert raw materials or chemicals into more useful or valuable forms can be practiced by the program graduates.

The program is distinct from biomedical engineering due to the scale at which the design is practiced and the applications associated with it. While the biomedical field heavily impacts the field of medicine, the biomolecular engineering program at MSOE is tailored such that applications can be stretched over various industrial and academic fields, including biopharmaceuticals, biomaterials, cell culture, bioprocesses, biotechnology, food technology and other related fields.

Program Educational Objectives

The BioE program prepares graduates to exhibit and achieve the following attributes within a few years of graduation:

Professional Skills

BioE alumni will:

  • Possess and demonstrate skills to function beyond entry-level engineers.
  • Demonstrate sustained professional development.

Sense of Excellence and Achievement

BioE alumni will:

  • Exhibit professional and ethical responsibilities.
  • Compete for positions at the local, state, national or international levels.
  • Engage in continuous education and/or career-appropriate options.

Social Skills

BioE alumni will:

  • Display management and leadership skills.
  • Function within diverse cultural and professional environments.

BioE Program Student Outcomes

Graduates of the biomolecular engineering program, at the time of graduation, will have:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • 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
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary terms
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • An ability to communicate effectively
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, lifelong learning
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  • A foundation in the basic sciences sufficient to design, analyze, and control physical, chemical and biological products and processes
  • A foundation in the safety and hazards associated with the physical, chemical and biological products and processes
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