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Bioengineering

Overview

Bioengineering is one of the newest and most exciting branches of engineering. Hofstra’s bioengineering program, you’ll will dive into the waters where the physical and life sciences meet, learning to apply engineering concepts to solve challenges that directly affect our health and well-being.

Perhaps you dream of creating a new surgical instrument or procedure, or device that helps patients live longer, better lives. Maybe you envision a diagnostic imaging system that can see the results of disease or trauma more accurately, or imagine designing better heart valves or joint replacements. Your Hofstra bioengineering degree will open the door to all this and more.

As part of the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science (ranked #35 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for engineering programs that do not offer a doctoral degree), our undergraduate bioengineering students are able take advantage of an extraordinary array of sophisticated laboratory facilities, including the Cell and Tissue Engineering Lab, the Ultrasound Research Lab and 16 other engineering and computer science laboratories.

But learning does not stop at the classroom or laboratory door. We strongly encourage students to take advantage of our diverse co-op education and internship opportunities, where they can apply what they’ve learned to help address real-world challenges in health-oriented businesses and institutions throughout the New York Metro area and beyond.

We are also deeply committed to fostering a welcoming environment where men and women from all backgrounds and cultures receive the kind of support and mentorship they need to join tomorrow’s diverse workforce.

You will work hard in Hofstra’s bioengineering program, but you will enjoy it, too. That’s because we encourage a collegial, collaborative atmosphere where students, faculty and industry professionals come together in pursuit of shared goals.

We keep our class sizes small. Our average class size is 20 students which encourages teamwork and the formation of close mentoring relationships with our faculty. And every class is taught by actual faculty members, not teaching assistants. Many of our full-time and adjunct professors are also practicing engineers. The Engineering Department also has a thriving Advisory Board made up of high-ranking professional engineers from a variety of industries and major corporations. They, and other visiting industry professionals, frequently meet with our students to share their expertise and career advice.

Nationally, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that demand for biomedical engineers will grow about seven percent by 2026. The nation median annual pay for biomedical engineers in 2017 was $88,040, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $142,610, according to the BLS. In New York state, biomedical engineers earn an average of $96,600-a-year.

If you are ready to enter a dynamic, growing and rewarding career that makes a real difference in people’s lives, the bioengineering program at Hofstra University is waiting for you.

Curriculum

Bioengineering students concentrate in one of three areas: Biomechanics, Bioelectricity or Pre-Med. But like every engineering major, your first year will focus primarily on building a foundation in universal engineering theories, mathematics and the physical sciences.  From there, students interested in bioengineering will explore both advanced engineering subjects and introductory courses in the life sciences, such as Cell Biology and Genetics, and Animal Form and Function. Your last two years will find you deeply immersed in challenging courses specifically designed to prepare you for any number of bioengineering careers. These may include:

  • Introduction to Bioengineering
  • Fundamentals of Biomaterials
  • Biomaterials Laboratory
  • Medical Instrumentation
  • Fundamentals of Biomechanics
  • Cell and Tissue Engineering

Up-to-date information about required classes and more is available in the Hofstra Bulletin.

BS in Bioengineering
BE – Biomedical Engineering Concentration
BS in Bioengineering Pre-Med
Requirements

Students pursuing concentrations in biomechanics also take courses in such areas as kinetics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer. Those interested in bioelectricity learn about engineering electromagnetics, logical design and digital circuits, and more. And those planning on medical careers focus more on chemistry, biochemistry and other life sciences courses. We also encourage all of our students to understand the role of engineers in society through such courses as Technology and Human Values, Technology and Society, and Designing the Human-Made World.

Hofstra also offers a minor in engineering and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management.

Recent Alumni Outcomes

All students in the DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science, enjoy considerable success upon graduation, whether they seek immediate employment in their chosen field or further academic studies.

Recent graduates from Hofstra’s engineering programs are actively employed in a variety of settings, including:

  • Ford Motor Company
  • General Dynamics Electric Boat
  • High Rise Engineering
  • Kintetsu World Express
  • Leviton Manufacturing
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Norfolk Naval Shipyard
  • Northwell Health
  • NYU Langone Medical Center
  • Pacifico Engineering, PC
  • Weill Cornell Medical Center
  • Unisys

In addition to Hofstra, several engineering graduates have gone on to pursue advanced degrees in prestigious universities such as:

  • Columbia University
  • Stanford
  • NYU
  • Princeton
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Cornell University
  • University of Pittsburgh
94% are employed, grad school or both
96% accept a position within six months
$61K median salary
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What You’ll Learn

Student in Class

Like many of our entering students, you may have arrived with your own set of skills and experience in science and engineering. We’ll up your game, giving you new insights into specific career choices and the opportunity to hone your talents in collaborative, realistic settings. Some of the takeaways from Hofstra’s Bioengineering program include:

  • An undergraduate degree that allows you to be a professional engineer immediately upon graduation, or prepares you to pursue an advanced degree in a prestigious graduate program.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of critical theories and practices in engineering, physics and life sciences.
  • Opportunities to explore areas of specific interest to you through course and lab work, participation in research and design competitions, and close working relationships with faculty mentors.
  • Abundant internship opportunities where you can put what you learn into practice in the real world.
  • Co-op education programs that let you earn while you learn in a full-time employment setting.
  • Communication skills that enhance your ability to work with other engineers as well as professionals in diverse fields.

Meet Dr. Sina Rabbany

 
 

Dr. Sina Rabbany is the Dean of the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the founding director of Hofstra’s Bioengineering Program. As Dean, Dr. Rabbany fosters close relationships with DeMatteis students through hands-on research and mentorship opportunities.