Welcome to the Biological Engineering Program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Biological Engineering (BE) is a field of engineering in which the emphasis is on life and life-sustaining systems. Biological Engineers study the design, production, and operation of engineered systems in which living organisms (plants, animals, aquatic species, cells, etc.) are a major component. Biological Engineers deal with structures, machinery, energy, labor, land, water, wastes, and resource variables related to the efficient creation of products and processes to fill human needs. They approach problems in the context of the whole system to balance society's demand for products from biological resources (e.g., food, fiber, and higher-value products) with environmental integrity and economic success.
The mission of the Biological Engineering Program is to provide students a unique
opportunity to study the fundamentals of engineering and biology, and
the application of engineering to biological systems. To fulfill this
mission, the BE Program has adopted the following Educational Objectives:
The undergraduate degree offered by the program is a Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering. Students benefit from small class sizes, student centered laboratory and design experiences, and one-on-one interactions with faculty. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
The research areas in Biological Engineering open to MS students include management of wastes and wastewater; engineering for cell culture, fermentation, micropropagation, and bioconversion; engineering-intensive horticultural and aquatic biosystems; modeling and optimization of bioresource production and processing systems; engineering of systems for renewable energy production; development of processes for enhancing the value of natural products; spatial decision support systems for environmental protection and resource development; bioremediation; biological and thermochemical conversion; control, automation and mechanization of biological systems, and; biosensor development for agricultural and medical applications. Graduates of the program have entered careers in industry and public agencies or have undertaken further study in a PhD degree program. Intended candidates for the MS must have completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited engineering program or the equivalent.