BioMolecular Engineering

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 program applies some of the core chemical engineering principles, concepts and skills. It 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 although processes that convert raw materials or chemicals into more useful or valuable forms can be practiced as well.

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 drug discovery and development, biomaterials, bioremediation, bioprocesses, and other related fields.

BioE Program Educational Objectives

Program objectives are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the academic program is preparing the graduates to achieve.

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 independently under diverse cultural and workplace settings.

BioE Student Outcomes

Student outcomes are narrower statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. Graduates of the biomolecular engineering program 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 teams.
  • an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.
  • understand 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, life-long learning.
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  • a thorough foundation in the basic sciences and sufficient knowledge in the concepts and skills required to design, analyze and control physical, chemical and biological products and processes in the field of biomolecular engineering.
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