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The Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering

Bioengineering Program

Undergraduate BE Overview

(For graduate programs, please see the Graduate Programs section of the Voiland School website.)

Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering (BSBE)

Program Educational Objectives

The Program Educational Objectives for baccalaureate degree programs in Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering define achievements of which these graduates are capable. As appropriate for their chosen career paths, within five to ten years of graduation, program graduates will be able to:

  1. engage successfully in graduate or professional education or entry-level employment
  2. perform responsibly and professionally in their chosen career paths
  3. exhibit continued growth of effective communication and collaboration skills
  4. demonstrate ongoing development of competent and innovative problem solving skills
  5. continue learning and accept increasing levels of responsibility over time

These long-term Educational Objectives will be achieved through development of our Student Outcomes in a culture of integration and engagement. The Student Outcomes lay a solid, well-rounded foundation from which to build longer-term capabilities. Systemic integration of theory and practice deepens students’ understanding and builds confidence they will need for bold innovation and lifelong learning. Frequent engagement of students with peers, faculty, and external constituencies builds their interpersonal skills, refines their understanding, and leads them to opportunities for advanced study or employment. Dedicated faculty who effectively teach, mentor, refer, and model professional behaviors prepare our graduates for the professional world.


The BSBE degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the ABET (

Student Learning Outcomes for the BS Degree in the Bioengineering Program

  1. APPLICATION OF MATH/SCIENCE/ENGINEERING: Students demonstrate an ability to use foundational knowledge in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, physiology, and engineering sciences.
  2. EXPERIMENTATION: Students demonstrate ability to design and conduct experiments, make measurements, analyze data, and interpret results and interactions between living systems and nonliving materials and systems.
  3. BIOENGINEERING DESIGN: Students demonstrate ability to design engineering solutions to meet needs with biological considerations and constraints of producers, users, investors and society.
  4. TEAMWORK: Students demonstrate an ability to work in teams comprised of engineers and others to produce joint work products.
  5. SYSTEMS SOLUTIONS: Students demonstrate ability to use analogous thinking, synthesis and analysis, integrative systems approaches, and associated tools to solve engineering problems.
  6. PROFESSIONAL ETHICS: Students demonstrate understanding of professional and ethical responsibility and reasoning suitable for professional decision-making.
  7. COMMUNICATION: Students demonstrate ability to communicate effectively in written and oral forms to interdisciplinary audiences.
  8. CRITICAL THINKING: Students demonstrate ability to analyze and evaluate scientific and engineering arguments or claims and to critically relate such claims to global, economic, environmental, professional, and societal issues.
  9. INDEPENDENT LEARNING: Students demonstrate awareness of a need for ongoing professional growth and ability to learn independently to address challenges they encounter.
  10. CONTEMPORARY ISSUES: Students demonstrate awareness of diverse contemporary issues that influence their career development and professional practice.
  11. PHYSIOLOGY AND BIOLOGY: Students demonstrate advanced knowledge of physiology and biology and can identify and solve problems which require the integration of that knowledge with engineering and advanced mathematical tools.

Washington State University Goals for a Baccalaureate Education

Washington State University also has set six goals for a baccalaureate education.  These are:

  1. Critical and Creative Thinking
    Graduates will use knowledge of evidence and context to reason and reach conclusions as well as to innovate in imaginative ways. Graduates will demonstrate critical and creative thinking by their ability to:

    • Apply the WSU Guide to Rating Critical Thinking to analyze problems, explore issues, and research questions.
    • Apply a Creative Thinking Rubric, such as:
      • Reframe problems, issues, and questions
      • Consider multiple perspectives from various people while not censoring their own perspective
      • Identify artificially imposed constraints
      • Draw new analogies and associations among disparate ideas or concepts
      • Generate a new preferred solution, test it, modify as needed, test, repeat.
  2. Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning
    Graduates will analyze and communicate appropriately with mathematical and symbolic concepts. Graduates will demonstrate quantitative and symbolic reasoning by their ability to:

    • Analyze real world problems by critically evaluating the quantitative and symbolic information used to represent and draw inference from them.
    • Estimate and check answers to mathematical problems to determine reasonableness, identify alternatives, and select optimal results.
    • Use fundamental computer skills to apply quantitative and symbolic methods to solve problems.
    • Draw conclusions from computational and symbolic representations in order to check the logic and validity of statements and models.
    • Employ symbolic reasoning to appreciate, understand, represent, and use the variety of discourses underlying the search for truth and expression in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
  3. Information Literacy
    Graduates will use a disciplined and systematic approach to accessing, evaluating, and using information. Graduates will demonstrate information literacy by their ability to:

    • Determine the extent and type of information needed.
    • Access the needed information effectively and efficiently from computer, print, and human data sources.
    • Evaluate information and its sources critically.
    • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose, such as making a decision or communicating persuasively.
    • Access and use information ethically and legally.
  4. Communication
    Graduates will write, speak, and listen to achieve intended and meaningful understanding. Graduates will demonstrate communication by their ability to:

    • Communicate in writing, speech, and presentation in order to convey meaning, significance, emotion and values in and beyond peer groups.
    • Appreciate background and interests of a group or audience and how this impacts the exchange of information.
    • Visually express ideas, propositions, and beliefs in coherent, concise, and technically correct forms effective with general and disciplinary audiences.
    • Engage effectively with diverse groups through listening and speaking one-on-one, in small groups, and in large groups.
  5. Self in Society
    Graduates will employ self-understanding and interact effectively with others of similar and diverse cultures, values, perspectives, and realities.  Graduates will demonstrate a sense of self in society by their ability to:

    • Understand their own values, goals, and perspectives in order to gain an understanding of those held by other individuals and cultures.
    • Reflect on, revise, and revisit issues of local and/or global significance from the vantage of a broad knowledge base.
    • Provide or effectively follow, as appropriate, informed leadership to achieve desired social outcomes.
    • Practice personal integrity, citizenship, and service to others shaped by a spirit of compassion.
    • Commit to life-long learning.
  6. Specialty
    Graduates will hone a specialty for the benefit of themselves, their communities, their employers, and for society at large. Graduates will demonstrate specialty expertise by their ability to:

    • Show a depth of knowledge within the chosen academic field of study that reflects an appropriate degree of specialization.
    • Show a breadth of knowledge within the chosen field based on integration of its history, core methods, techniques, vocabulary, and unsolved problems.
    • Apply the concepts of the discipline to personal, academic, service learning, professional, and/or community activities.
    • Understand how the methods and concepts of the chosen discipline relate to those of other disciplines, and possess the ability to engage in cross-disciplinary activities.


Students working in Alla Kostyukova's lab
Dr. Alla Kostyukova’s students working in the lab