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Undergraduate Curriculum 


Characteristics of a top-tier education and research university

Rice University is located in the nation’s fourth largest city - Houston, Texas. The distinctive characteristics that exemplify the quality and productivity of the Rice bioengineering program include:  

  • Undergrad CurriculumAdvantages of small classes and access to cutting-edge laboratory facilities;  
  • Multidisciplinary academic and entrepreneurship programs that use experiential learning to build critical problem solving skills, bring innovative ideas to life, and encourage teamwork;
  • Real-world engineering design experiences that begin as early as the freshman year and extend throughout the senior year. Courses are centered upon invention education from identification through implementation;
  • Integrated writing and communications programs through the Center for Written, Oral, and Visual Communication for technical disciplines;
  • Collaborative culture that mixes teaching and research, and encourages active undergraduate participation in research and engineering design;
  • Central location to the Texas Medical Center, prominent research centers, institutes, and industries; and
  • A residential college system that builds close-knit communities, encourages diversity, and is supportive of academic interests, talents and goals. 

Undergraduate bioengineering students also have tremendous opportunities to be actively involved in sculpting their education and discovering novel ideas to translate that research into practical applications.

Shaping the future of bioengineering

Today, the field of bioengineering has exploded into a vast, rapidly expanding world. While challenges in biomedical engineering and biotechnology facing the leaders of the new millennium are complex, advances are also changing the way we look at medicine, human genetics, the environment, and agriculture.

To remain competitive, future scientists must acquire a solid background in several areas of study to analyze ideas, see an even bigger picture, and work toward the development of effective solutions. We believe no single discipline acting alone will provide the answers future scientists, business leaders, professionals, and politicians will need.

Undergraduate minors

The Department of Bioengineering and its faculty members collaborate with a number of departments to offer minors, interdisciplinary and pre-professional programs that complement our comprehensive curriculum.

Many bioengineering students have minored in: Global Health Technologies (GLHT) , and Neuroscience through the Natural Sciences and Engineering (SE) track. Engineering Design is a new minor offered by the George R. Brown School of Engineering.