Neural Engineering

Grainger College of Engineering


What is Neural Engineering?

Neural engineers apply engineering principles to the design of technologies to understand, repair, and enhance the function of the nervous system.

As a neural engineering student, you will receive a rigorous and focused training at the intersection of neuroscience and engineering fundamentals. Upon graduation, you'll contribute to efforts that seek to improve human health. For example, recent advances in neural engineering have:

  • restored mobility to individuals with paralysis,
  • relieved symptoms of movement disorders,
  • reduced chronic pain,
  • restored the sense of hearing,
  • and enabled noninvasive monitoring of electrical signals from individual neurons in the living brain.

Career Options

  • Healthcare Engineer
  • Neuroengineer
  • Data Platform Engineer
  • Quality Engineer
  • Research Engineer
  • Clinical Engineer

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Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Strong math and science coursework and performance
  • Calculus preferred and physics expected (if available at high school)
  • Strong teamwork and interpersonal communication skills
  • Interest in improving society through engineering
  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in the engineering major selected

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Transfer Criteria

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Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $17,976
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $41,126


  • Tuition: $39,736
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $63,226


  • Tuition: $42,868
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $66,358