The overarching intellectual goal of bioengineering is to apply quantitative engineering analysis to understand the operation of living systems, and design novel systems to satisfy unmet needs. Bioengineers apply the fundamental engineering disciplines (thermodynamics, fluid mechanics); sciences (physics, biology, chemistry); and mathematics (statistics, differential equations) to solve problems.  The bioengineering area complements the scientific goals of knowledge discovery embodied in the other life science areas.

Bioengineering at SEAS focuses on research in a number of areas including: cell and tissue engineering, biomaterials, drug delivery, robotics, imaging, biomechanics, and neuroengineering