BioEngineering High School Competition

What is Bioengineering?

Bioengineering is defined loosely as synergizing multiple academic fields skills to solve problems in biology or human health and medicine. For this reason, many bioengineers are also experts in other STEM areas--such as biology, chemistry, computer science, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering.

For this competition, we focus on the two subfields of bioengineering: biological engineering and medical engineering.

  • Biological engineering is the application of concepts and methods in biology to solve problems related to the life sciences or the application thereof, using methodologies from engineering, such as analysis, design, and optimization of solutions. This discipline is engaged in the engineering of novel biochemical pathways in biological systems and, in some cases, the creation of new organisms. These new pathways and organisms are designed for the production of a variety of useful products, ranging from proteins to molecular precursors. Examples of biological engineering applications include biofuels, drug synthesis, probiotics, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

  • Medical engineering is the application of engineering principles and design concepts to medicine and biology for health care and clinical purposes. This discipline seeks to close the gap between engineering and medicine, by combining the methodologies of engineering with the biomedical sciences in order to advance health care treatment via creating new techniques and technologies for diagnosis, monitoring, and therapy. Examples of medical engineering include heart stents, pacemakers, neural-prosthetics, and 3D printed tissues.

For more in-depth views on what bioengineering encompasses, visit our bioengineering blog for summarized posts of key and recent bioengineering scientific research!

About the BioE Program

For students interested in attending UC Berkeley as a bioengineering student, below are some statistics about the bioengineering undergraduate program:

According to bioengineering staff, rising applicant numbers were matched by higher applicant quality. If you are interested in applying to the program, you can e-mail BioEHS officers for more information at or visit the department website at