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Wentworth Institute of Technology (Biological and Biomedical Engineering)


Engineering programs at Wentworth Institute of Technology

Wentworth Institute of Technology is an independent, co-educational, nationally ranked institution offering eighteen bachelor's degree programs in the fields of applied mathematics, architecture, business management, computer science and networking, construction management, design, and engineering.

For students interested in improving life on earth, the college offers two engineering majors designed to help them achieve their goal: biological and biomedical.

Although some colleges and universities use biological engineering and biomedical engineering interchangeably, Wentworth Institute of Technology makes a clear distinction between the two. Biological engineering emphasizes broad application of solutions based on the life sciences while biomedical engineering focuses on medical systems and devices.

Overview of Biological and Biomedical Engineering

Biological engineering integrates engineering, math, and the physical sciences with cellular and molecular biology. It involves applying the engineering principles of analysis, design, and synthesis to biological systems like food and water. Students who earn this degree can pursue careers in environmental organizations, healthcare, industry, and pharmaceuticals. They can also pursue advanced degrees in the medical field.

Biomedical engineering involves applying engineering, math, and the physical sciences to designing and developing medical products like defibrillators, diagnostic medical devices, imaging systems, neonatal systems, and prostheses that improve healthcare. Students who complete this major are equipped to obtain positions in academic and government research labs, healthcare-related industries, hospitals, and regulatory agencies. They can also earn graduate degrees in related fields.

These programs share the following characteristics:

- They are based on core engineering and physical sciences principles.

- First-year courses are the same: biology in the fall and chemistry in the spring.

- Two co-op semesters are mandatory.

- A two-semester capstone course is required.

- The same expert faculty members teach both programs.

- Both programs will be housed in a new building scheduled to open in the fall of 2018.

Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biological Engineering program provides in-depth knowledge about the structures and functions of biological systems and processes. Thus, students develop the skills and experience to create innovative materials, systems, and technologies that are used in a wide-range of sectors.

Upon graduation, they enter a field that's revolutionizing healthcare as well as clean water, energy, environment, materials, medicine, pharmaceuticals, wastewater, and several other areas. Examples of how biological engineering is improving quality of life include the following:

- Biological systems used as drug delivery systems

- Cells used as bio-sensors

- Enzymes used to convert plant material to bio-based products

- Microbial materials used to bio-degrade human-made toxins

The program will be offered on a full-time basis starting in the fall of 2017.

Faculty members

Biological engineering faculty includes Ali Kiapour, Shankar Krishnan, Weihui Li, Joseph Martel-Foley, and Sally Shady. These engaging, dedicated, and talented scholars bring industry experience, theoretical knowledge, and research expertise to the classroom.

Financial aid

Approximately, 80% of the college's students receive financial aid from one or more of the following sources:

- Direct Federal PLUS Loan

- Direct Stafford Loan

- Federal Pell Grant

- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

- Federal Work Study

- Institutional Scholarships

- Massachusetts and Vermont State Grants

- Perkins Loan

- Yellow Ribbon Program (for veterans)

Student life

Wentworth Institute of Technology provides a close-knit community with many academic, supportive, and co-curricular resources.

The Center for Academic Excellence helps students overcome academic challenges in the areas of math and science, computer programs and technical courses, and communications and writing. The Center for Student Engagement offers educational, experiential, and social activities that enhance students' professional and civic development. The Flanagan Campus Center provides a fun, inclusive, and safe environment for students to meet, play, relax, study, and work out. The Schumann Fitness Center helps create a healthy learning environment through activities that promote spiritual, social, physical, and intellectual well-being.

In addition, 50 student organizations provide opportunities to have fun, network, and develop leadership and professional skills.

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Established in 1904, Wentworth Institute of Technology attracts talented and ambitious students who use their skills to address real-world problems. They work collaboratively to create innovative solutions and make a real difference in the world.

The University's interdisciplinary curricula integrate rigorous academics with hands-on experience to ensure that students graduate prepared to build successful careers or excel in graduate school. In fact, its co-op program is one of the largest and most established in the nation. Students complete two to three semesters of professional work in which they are typically paid $12 to $17 per hour.

Wentworth Institute of Technology receives numerous honors for providing top quality and rewarding programs. In 2018, "US News & World Report" ranked it 71st among Regional Universities North, 71st among the Best Colleges for Veterans, and 44th among the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs. "The Princeton Review" named it one of the 2018 Best Colleges: Region by Region in the northeastern region of the country. The Brookings Institute ranked it as one of the top seven schools for "occupational earnings power."


Wentworth Institute of Technology is located in Boston, Massachusetts on a 31-acre, residential campus. It's just a short distance from attractions like Fenway Park, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Prudential Center, and Symphony Hall.

Location & Contact

Address 550 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA  02115
United States
Contact Ms. Amy Dufour
Senior Associate Director of Admissions
Email: dufoura@wit.edu
Phone: 617-989-4116
Fax: 617-989-4010

Majors & Degrees

Architecture And Related Services Associate Bachelors
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Construction Trades Associate Bachelors
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Engineering Associate Bachelors
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Engineering Technologies/Technicians Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Application Fee
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Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
One recommendation
Recommended A minimum high school GPA of 2

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen February 15th Not reported Yes
Out of state Fall freshmen Not reported Not reported Yes
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer May 1st Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

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ACT Composite 25 21 28

Tuition & Fees

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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Employees

Student Body

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Hispanic/Latino 2.77%
Black or African American 3.8%
White or Caucasian 62.21%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.2%
Asian 7.57%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.03%
Two or more races 6.21%
Other 8.6%


Male (79.62%)
Female (20.38%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Co-ed housing
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 52%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Beaux Arts Ball, Family Weekend and Design Lecture Series

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Student Organizations

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Most popular organizations:
Intramural Sports, Wentworth Events Board, Multicultural Student Association, Phi Sigma Pi and Major Particular Professional Student Associations

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No Division 3 No
Basketball No Division 3 No
Crew No Division 3 No
Cross-country Running No Division 3 No
Golf No Division 3 No
Ice Hockey No Division 3 No
Lacrosse No Division 3 No
Rugby No Checkmark No
Soccer No Division 3 No
Softball No No No
Tennis No Division 3 No
Ultimate Frisbee No Checkmark No
Volleyball No Division 3 No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No No No
Basketball No Division 3 No
Crew No No No
Cross-country Running No No No
Golf No No No
Ice Hockey No No No
Lacrosse No Division 3 No
Rugby No Checkmark No
Soccer No Division 3 No
Softball No Division 3 No
Tennis No Division 3 No
Ultimate Frisbee No Checkmark No
Volleyball No Division 3 No


Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 157
Part-time - 222
Male - 250
Female - 119