The Bioengineering (BSE) program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, , under the commission’s General Criteria and Program Criteria for  Bioengineering, Biomedical and Similarly Named Engineering Programs.


The mission of our undergraduate program in bioengineering is to provide our students with a broad and flexible education in engineering and science, as well as medically related subjects. We prepare our students to analyze, synthesize, and link knowledge at the interface of multiple technical and scientific fields, emphasizing quantitative approaches and methods – ultimately so that they will be able to improve the understanding and control of biological processes and to improve human health. Our curriculum guides our students toward skills in creating new knowledge and technologies, as well as applying current knowledge.

Program Educational Objectives

The fundamental goal of Penn Bioengineering is to provide students with a broad, flexible curriculum that gives them experience with a wide range of subject areas and intellectual approaches, to prepare them to function creatively and independently in a diverse range of settings.

A distinctive feature of Penn Bioengineering is the emphasis on experiential learning, through an extensive series of bioengineering laboratory and clinical courses, as well as broad opportunity for independent study, research, design, and entrepreneurship.

Therefore, the objectives of the Bioengineering program are to produce student graduates who:

  1. Apply the central areas of bioengineering, its underlying sciences, and related technologies in a broad range of careers in bioengineering or related fields, or who are admitted into graduate programs in engineering, science, or professional schools (medical, dental, veterinary, business, public health, law).
  2. Will function at a professional level, champion diversity, equity, inclusion, teamwork and communication, and will accept responsibility for educating themselves and others.
  3. Will maintain a strong commitment to ethical practice with sensitivity for environmental, social, and economic contexts.

Student Outcomes


  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies


Student Enrollments and Graduates

Academic Year Undergraduate Enrollment Undergraduate BSE Degrees Awarded
2022-2023 225 44
2021-2022 218 53
2020-2021 197 44
2019-2020 214 54
2018-2019 224 51
2017-2018 224 45
2016-2017 227 58
2015-2016 225 56
2014-2015 262 75
2013-2014 293 69
2012-2013 323 87