BioMolecular Engineering

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.

Sophomore Year

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

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

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