Major in Biological Engineering

Major in Biological Engineering

Biological engineering is a discipline that integrates engineering with life sciences, at the molecular and cellular level. In other words, biological engineering is a discipline that employs the quantitative and systemic analysis of engineering to understand, model and simulate the behavior of biological systems in order to design and build biotechnological solutions. These solutions allow solving a wide spectrum of needs, from tools for diagnosis, treatment or prevention of diseases; synthesis of manufacturing products - biodegradable plastics and biofuels - and pharmaceutical products; bioremediation processes and environmental sustainability; among others. This Major has no quota limit.

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Career Resources

Students can choose the following alternatives after finishing their degree:

  • Perform a professional title of Civil Engineer UC: the related qualifications are Civil Engineer of Biotechnology, Process or Environmental area and Civil Engineer of the Industries Diploma in Bioprocess Engineering.
  • Perform a professional title of Civil Engineer UC plus the Master in Engineering Sciences, Master in Engineering or the PhD in Engineering Sciences UC. Requires application to the graduate program.
  • Perform a Master or PhD in Biological and Medical Engineering. Requires application to the graduate program
  • Perform a graduate degree (master's or PhD) at UC or another institution. Requires application to the graduate program.
  • Entrepreneurship or early employment.

Academic chair

Eduardo Agosín

Eduardo Agosín

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Student representative

Francisco Llull

Benjamin Espinosa

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What are the research areas of the Institute of Biological and Medical Engineering?

The Institute of Biological and Medical Engineering is an interdisciplinary academic unit that conducts research, teaching and extension at the intersection of technology, health and science. It belongs simultaneously to the faculties of Engineering, Medicine and Biological Sciences. The Institute seeks, on the one hand, to apply the principles of engineering and the design concept in engineering to various fields of medicine and biology; and on the other, to use cells, living organisms and the principles of biology to solve specific problems of engineering, medicine and other disciplines. The ultimate goal is to develop biomedical engineering, biological engineering and biotechnology to benefit society. Within the research areas are biomedical images, biomaterials, biomechanics and bioengineering, among others.

What is the difference between biological engineering and biomedical engineering?

The Major in Biomedical Engineering focuses on applications for human health using engineering as the main tool, while in the case of the Major in Biological Engineering, it focuses on the use of biology (mainly cellular) as a tool for different applications, including those of a medical nature. , engineering, processes, among others. There is an intersection between both programs.

When is the major chosen?

Students enter the race through the common engineering plan. The common plan consists of basic science courses (mathematics, physics, chemistry) and transversal tools needed by each independent engineer in their specialty. It is suggested to take the exploratory course in the third semester, when the student applies and declares his / her best. In the fourth semester the first course of the major is requested and the common plan ends.