Bioengineering is a field within the Engineering Sciences area of study at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Prospective students apply through GSAS; in the online application, select “Engineering and Applied Sciences” as your program choice and select “PhD Engineering Sciences: Bioengineering” in the Area of Study menu.
The overarching intellectual goal of bioengineering is to apply quantitative engineering analysis to understand the operation of living systems and design novel systems to satisfy unmet needs. Bioengineers apply the fundamental engineering disciplines (thermodynamics, fluid mechanics); sciences (physics, biology, chemistry); and mathematics (statistics, differential equations) to solve problems. The bioengineering area complements the scientific goals of knowledge discovery embodied in the other life science areas.