Computer Science and Bioengineering

Grainger College of Engineering


What is Computer Science and Bioengineering?

In this major, you'll develop an integrative understanding of computational and bioengineering principles to:

  • analyze biomedical data,
  • construct models of biological systems,
  • and design and install advanced diagnostic and therapeutic techniques to improve human health.

This is a joint offering through the departments of bioengineering and computer science. You'll receive a rigorous engineering education that will prepare you to:

  • excel in jobs as an engineer in medical imaging, genomics, medical devices, healthcare informatics and software, and drug discovery industries,
  • pursue graduate studies in computer science and bioengineering-related fields, and
  • pursue professional degrees in the health sciences, law, and business.

In your first and second year, you'll gain a thorough foundation in scientific computing practices and introductory bioengineering concepts. In your third and fourth year, you'll study diverse modern applications of computing in medicine and the life sciences. You'll graduate prepared to address emerging problems throughout your career!

Career Options

  • Medical imaging
  • Molecular genomics
  • Clinical informatics
  • Drug discovery research
  • Computational biology

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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
  • Interest in Bioengineering in addition to Computer Science

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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