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Bioengineering at Fairfield

Fairfield University’s bioengineering curriculum provides both breadth and depth across a range of engineering domains such as mechanical, electrical, computer, and software engineering. Our program prepares graduates to have an understanding of biology and physiology, as well as the capability to apply advanced mathematics, science, and engineering concepts to solve problems at the interface of engineering and biology.

Fairfield students are taught how to make measurements on—and interpret data from – living systems. They also learn how to address problems associated with the interaction between living and non-living materials and systems. The bioengineering curriculum blends theoretical knowledge with hands-on experiential learning, and culminates with an interdisciplinary team-based senior capstone design project.

In the first year of study, Fairfield engineering programs place a major emphasis on the fundamentals of engineering, computer science, mathematics, and basic sciences to provide a strong foundation for further study of electrical, computer, mechanical, and materials engineering concepts.

Following this preparatory work, advanced courses in bioengineering further develop knowledge in the discipline, with a heavy emphasis on design assignments. Through elective courses, students have the option of specializing in a specific area of bioengineering. Students on a pre-medicine track can also prepare for medical school entrance by taking their elective courses in psychology, sociology, organic chemistry, biology and biochemistry.

Outcomes & Objectives

Program Educational Objectives:

Within a few years of graduation, alumni of the Bioengineering Program are expected to:

  • PEO - 1: Utilize their interdisciplinary training to have successful careers in industry, research and development and in regulatory agencies, academia or clinical work.
  • PEO - 2: Demonstrate the organizational, leadership, and communication skills to achieve success in their chosen careers.
  • PEO - 3: Employ critical thinking and problem solving skills to support interdisciplinary teams that may include physicians, molecular biologists, physiologists and other engineers.
  • PEO - 4: Utilize life-long learning skills and the ethical tools for successful adaptation to the rapidly changing field of bioengineering.
  • PEO - 5: Build upon their sound training in mathematics, biological sciences, the liberal arts and engineering to facilitate successful pursuit of advanced degrees in medicine, law, business, engineering or related fields.


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

Bioengineering Enrollment
Enrollment Year First-Year Sophomore Junior Senior Total Enrollment Degrees Awarded in May
2018–19 17 10 10 5 42 5
2017–18 16 8 5 6 35 5
2016–17 8 9 6 0 23 0
2015–16 5 5 0 0 10 0
2014–15 5 2 0 0 7 0


For the Bioengineering program's requirements and course descriptions, see the Undergraduate Catalog.


The School of Engineering faculty are a community of leading-edge scholars who are dedicated to their students, research, and teach with passion. If you have an interest in engineering — no matter the focus — our exceptional faculty will get you on the path to success.


There are two types of internships students can attain: internships for academic credit and non-credit internships. Internships for academic credit must be approved by faculty and are connected to an academic course. Some departments have lists of available for-credit internships and some may approve internships that you find on your own as well.

Life After Fairfield

The School of Engineering aims to graduate students with leading-edge engineering skills and additional competencies in oral and written communications and critical thinking who possess:

  • A well-developed cultural orientation
  • An understanding of economic values
  • A sense of ethical and social responsibility

Fairfield's engineering programs graduate liberally educated engineers equipped with knowledge and experiential skills so they may successfully enter the mainstream of industrial/manufacturing activity, education, or government service, or to continue with postgraduate studies. Our close interactions with industry enable employment of our graduates in all sectors of industry, government, and academe.

Learn more about how Fairfield's Office of Career Planning can support your post-graduate goals, and how Fairfield's tight-knit alumni network can build career and mentoring opportunities that last a lifetime.

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