Biomaterials Engineering

A challenging program for the rapidly developing biomaterials industry

Do you have a passion for exploring the possibilities of employing advanced technologies in the bio/medical field? The Biomaterials Engineering program at Alfred University is designed to educate engineers as leaders in addressing issues that arise from the interface between non-living materials and biological systems. Here you'll become well prepared to enter the workforce as a Biomaterials Engineer, or further your educational and career goals in healthcare professions by advancing to graduate, medical, or law school.


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Biomaterials Engineering (BS)


Biomaterials Engineering

Why study Biomaterials Engineering at Alfred University?

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A hands-on curriculum that introduces students to biomaterials in their first year of college.

Research Opportunities

Plenty of opportunities for undergraduate research and access to state-of-the-art research facilities.

Small Classes

Experience the benefits of enrolling in an engineering program with small classes with dedicated faculty.

What Do Biomaterials Engineers Do?

Biomaterials Engineers apply their knowledge of engineering and biology to design, develop and test health systems and products. Implantable devices like pacemakers, defibrillators, and artificial joints must be biocompatible while carrying out complex chemical, mechanical, and electrical functions. Sensors used in medical diagnostics must recognize pathogens while ignoring a multitude of closely related molecules.

What Will You Study?

As a student in our Biomaterials Engineering program, you will get a solid foundation in both materials science and cellular biology. You will be introduced to core engineering, general biology, and exploration labs in your Foundations curriculum as a first-year student. From there, you'll gain the expertise needed to solve real-world biomaterials problems through a blend of classroom and laboratory experiences. During your senior year, you will work on a thesis project with a faculty advisor on topics like anti-inflammatory bioactive glasses, ceramic orthopedic implants, and bone-healing materials.

What Will You Do After Graduation

The Biomaterials Engineering program is designed to educate engineers who will become leaders in addressing the issues that arise from the interface between non-living materials and biological systems. Graduates are well prepared to further their educational and career goals in the healthcare professions, including medical school, graduate school, or law school. Our graduates are also employed at prestigious companies and organizations as engineers, research scientists, analysts, and teaching faculty.

  • BIOL 150 Biological Foundations
  • BIOL 211 Biochemistry and Cell Biology
  • BIOL 402 Immunology
  • CEMS 214 Structure and Properties of Materials
  • CEMS 215 Microscopy and Microstructural Characterization
  • CEMS 216 Bonding and Structure of Materials
  • CEMS 235 Thermodynamics of Materials
  • CEMS 251 Mechanics of Materials
  • CEMS 334 Introduction to Polymers
  • CEMS 336 Physical Metallurgy I
  • CEMS 347 Spectroscopy
  • CEMS 349 X-ray Characterization
  • CEMS 368 Introduction to Bioengineering
  • CEMS 465 Biocompatibility
  • CEMS 466 Skeletal Tissue (or BIOL 307 Anatomy and Physiology)
  • CEMS 468 Biomedical Materials
  • CHEM 105 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 106 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 310 Basic Organic Chemistry
  • ENGR 101 Introduction to Engineering
  • ENGR 102 Computer Aided Design
  • ENGR 104 Computer Aided Engineering
  • ENGR 110 Technical Communication
  • ENGR 11x Exploration Labs (select 2, 1 credit each)
  • ENGR 305 Engineering Statistics (or BIOL 226)
  • ENGR 306 Engineering Economics
  • ENGR 395 Engineering Design
  • ENGR 480 Senior Capstone Project
  • MATH 151 Calculus I
  • MATH 152 Calculus II
  • MATH 253 Calculus III
  • MATH 271 Differential Equations
  • PHYS 125 Physics I
  • Biology Electives
  • Technical Electives
  • Humanities, Social Science and Arts electives

For more information, please review the School of Engineering Curriculum by Semester Worksheets by degree program.

School of Engineering minors are available to all students pursuing an undergraduate degree at Alfred University, but they are generally intended for students majoring in engineering, math, and the physical sciences. Students must meet the prerequisites for the specified courses. An average of “C” or better must be attained in courses submitted for the minor. Some minors have restrictions which prevent them from being taken by certain engineering minors, i.e. the Materials Science minor is not available to students majoring in Biomaterials Engineering, Ceramic Engineering or Glass Engineering Science.


  • BIOL 211 Biochemistry and Cell Biology
  • CEMS 214 Materials Structure and Properties
  • CEMS 368 Introduction to Bioengineering
  • CEMS 468 Biomedical Materials (or CEMS 465 Biocompatibility)
  • CHEM 310 Basic Organic Chemistry (or CHEM 315)

Plus 2 courses from the following list:

  • BIOL 302 General Microbiology
  • BIOL 307 Anatomy and Physiology: Nerves, Muscles and Skelton
  • BIOL 308 Anatomy and Physiology: Viscera
  • BIOL 375 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
  • BIOL 376 Animal Physiology
  • BIOL 402 Immunology
  • BIOL 420 Biochemistry: Proteins and Metabolism
  • BIOL 422 Biochemistry: Nucleic Acids
  • CEMS 466 Skeletal Tissue

If you have varied interests in engineering but are unsure which you excel at or enjoy working with the most, consider exploring our Undecided Engineering pathway. The Inamori School of Engineering provides this option to students who are undecided as first-year students and allows them to discover the field of engineering that's the best fit for them.

Undergraduate Full‐Time Enrollment (from Fall Census)
Major 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Biomat. Eng./Biomed Mat. Eng. 33 34 41 31 32 30 31
Ceramic Engineering 68 63 72 63 57 49 45
Electrical Engineering N/A N/A 0 4 10 12 24
Glass Engineering Science 15 15 13 9 15 15 15
Materials Science and Engineering 48 48 50 46 44 42 44
Mechanical Engineering 182 185 165 160 137 121 100
Renewable Energy Engineering 30 44 42 35 15 N/A N/A
Undecided 26 37 35 44 39 48 32
Non‐degree 4 4 12 9 6 4 3
BS Graduates (August through May)
Major 2016-17 2015‐16 2014-15 2013‐14 2012‐13 2011‐12 2010‐11 2009‐10
Biomat. Eng./Biomed Mat. Eng. 7 7 3 8 7 6 5 5
Ceramic Engineering 19 15 12 14 17 8 11 11
Electrical Engineering 0 1 6 5 4 8 9 11
Glass Engineering Science 4 2 0 6 2 4 7 5
Materials Science and Engineering 10 13 5 7 12 11 11 9
Mechanical Engineering 37 23 29 24 18 25 25 17
Renewable Energy Engineering 12 3 3 0 0 N/A N/A N/A

What Will You Do?

Within the past few years, graduates have obtained jobs as:

  • Bioenvironmental Engineer - United States Air Force
  • Surgical Technologist - Albany Medical Center
  • Laboratory Technician - Stryker
  • Business Support Specialist - Synergy Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Biomaterials Engineering majors study the interaction between non-living materials and biological systems. Our graduates will develop next generation biomaterials devices for applications such as:

  • New diagnostic instruments (including bimolecular materials hybrid devices such as gene chips).
  • Novel therapeutic strategies such as tissue engineering and implants for biosensors and targeted/controlled drug delivery systems
  • New biomaterials for classic applications such as orthopedic devices.

Program educational objectives (or PEOs) are broad statements that describe what we expect graduates of AU's biomaterials engineering program to attain 3-5 years after graduation. PEOs are reviewed and revised regularly to ensure that the program educational objectives are relevant to the needs of today's employers.

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

During the first few years after graduation:

  1. Graduates will be qualified for careers in the medical device industry alongside related, and general, materials fields. Graduates will occupy positions with high technical skill requirements and managerial responsibility.
  2. Graduates will be prepared to continue their educational endeavors in both technical and non-technical fields including graduate studies in Biomedical Engineering, Tissue Engineering, Medical Devices, general materials and other science and engineering majors; MBA programs, medical and veterinary schools, law school or short course/workshops applicable to growth within a chosen technical field.
  3. Graduates will be prepared to lead in the development of their professions including society activities, scholarly publications and student recruiting and mentoring.

Program Outcomes (Student Learning Outcomes)

Graduates of the Biomaterials Engineering program at Alfred University will have:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Nationally, about a third of biomedical materials undergraduates go straight on to the job market, a third to graduate school (law, business, etc.), and a third to medical school.

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