Bioengineering Program College of Engineering Northeastern University

Bioengineering Program College of Engineering Northeastern University


The Northeastern University Bioengineering Program

The Northeastern University Bioengineering program is an interdisciplinary PhD program providing students with the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue careers in the growing number of fields where biology, engineering, and medicine intersect.

Many graduates go on to take careers in specialties such as environmental microbiology, biomaterials and tissue engineering, bioelectricity, nanotechnology, and medicine in the environment.

The bioengineering program is part of Northeastern University's Graduate School of Engineering, an internationally recognized institution described by "U.S. New and World Report" as one of the world's leading graduate engineering schools, due in part to the university's multiple disciplines and involvement with industry.

Seven Tracks of Doctorate Study

Students in the bioengineering program begin their studies with a rigorous set of core courses before immersing themselves in specialties. Each student selects a specialty by choosing from one of 7 curriculum tracks.

The tracks of specialization include: bioimaging and signal processing; biomechanics and mechanobiology; bioMEMs/bioNANO; biochemical and bioenvironmental engineering; motor control; biocomputing; and general engineering studies.

Courses in each of the tracks are taught by faculty members from a range of departments, bringing expertise to cover the diverse fields of study in bioengineering. Departments represented include the Bouve College of Health Sciences, as well as the Departments of Chemical Engineering; Civil and Environmental Engineering; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Mechanical and Industrial Engineering; and the College of Computer and Information Science.

The Bioimaging and Signal Processing Track

Students pursuing the Bioimaging and Signal Processing track focus their studies on general mathematical methods for signal and image processing, and taking core courses and electives such as Biology of Muscle: Molecules to Movement; Biological Imaging; Bioinformatics Programming; Optics for Engineers; and Electromagnetic Theory I.

Biomechanics Track

In the Biomechanics track, students work closely with the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department in pursuing issues relating to the biological response to applied forces and strains. Students in the Biomechanics track take a core curriculum, in addition to restricted electives, such as Robotics and Automated Systems, Musculoskeketal Pathophysiology, and Kinesiology.

BioMEMs/BioNano Track

Required courses in the BioMEMs/BioNano track include Introduction to Micorelectromechanical Systems, Nanomanufacturing I, and Nanotechnology in Engineering. Electives can include courses such as Advances in Nanomaterials, Biological Physics I, Advanced Drug Delivery System, Pharmacokinetics and Drug Metabolism, and Imaging in Medicine and Drug Discovery.

Biochemical Engineering and Bioenvironmental Engineering

Students in the Biochemical Engineering and Bioenvironmental Engineering track take part in a variety of research programs focusing on issues including pharmaceutical bioprocessing, biomaterials, tissue engineering, drug delivery, environmental microbiology, biotreatment/bioremediation, and environmental modeling.

The track's core curriculum included courses such as Biochemistry and Transport Phenomena, and electives include courses such as Drug Design, Evaluation, and Development, Pharmacokinetics and Biopharmaceuticals, and Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics.

World Class Research Facilities

Students pursuing doctoral degrees in Bioengineering have a host of state-of-the-art facilities to choose from at Northeastern University.

In the BioMEMs/BioNano track, substantial activity is focused in the Center for Communications and Digital Signal Processing Research, as well as the National Science Foundation-funded Center for High Rate Nanomanufacturing.

The latter is collaboration between Northeastern University and other research partners including the Kostas Center Facility, the University of Massachusetts Lowell, the University of New Hampshire, Michigan State University, and the Museum of Science, Boston.

Substantial research is also conducted at the Gordon Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems, a multi-university National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center. Research at the center revolves around its mission to develop new technologies for the detection of a broad range of hidden objects, ranging from breast cancers to underground pollution.

Admissions and Financial Aid

Candidates for admission to the Northeastern University bioengineering program should have GRE and TOEFL scores with a minimum of 650 (quantitative) and 550 (paper-based or equivalent computer or Internet versions) and undergraduate degrees from accredited engineering schools. However, applicants with degrees from programs that are highly quantitative, such as biophysics or biochemistry, are considered on a case-by-case basis. College-level calculus and computer skills are expected, and an applicant should have a grade point average of 3.000/4.000 or higher.

Various assistantships and fellowship programs, including research and teaching assistantships and graduate scholarships, are available to full-time graduate students, with awards typically based on the student's prior academic performance.

Northeastern University Thrives in the Heart of Bustling Boston

Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is located in the heart of Boston and reflects its urban surroundings with a diverse student population. The internationally known Northeastern Graduate School of Engineering boasts about 1,500 students and 150 faculty and staff members.

More information is available regarding graduate applications and graduate studies at Northeastern University.

Location & Contact

Contact Info
Dr. Yaman Yener
Associate Dean of Engineering for Research and Graduate Studies
Boston, MA 02115-5096
Phone: 617-373-2711
Fax: 617-373-2501

Contact Info
Jeffery Hengel
Admissions Specialist
Boston, MA 02115-5096
Phone: 617-373-2711
Fax: 617-373-2501

Degrees & Award

Programs Offered:
Offers Engineering (Phd).


Entrance Requirements:
Additional Exam Requirements/Recommendations For International Students: Required&Mdash;TOEFL (Minimum Score 550 Paper-Based; 213 Computer-Based).
Application Deadline:
For Fall Admission, 1/15 Priority Date For Domestic Students, 1/15 For International Students. Applications Are Processed On A Rolling Basis.
Application Fee:
Student Statistics:
Average Age 25.

Student Body

Student Population:
8 Full-Time.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid:
In 2011&Ndash;12, 3 Students Received Support, Including 3 Research Assistantships With Full Tuition Reimbursements Available (Averaging $18,325 Per Year), 2 Teaching Assistantships With Full Tuition Reimbursements Available (Averaging $18,325 Per Year); Fellowships, Career-Related Internships Or Fieldwork, Federal Work-Study, Scholarships/Grants, Tuition Waivers, And Unspecified Assistantships Also Available. Support Available To Part-Time Students. Financial Award Application Deadline: 1/15.

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