Engineering options at Hopkins
Hopkins undergraduates have access to world-renowned faculty and state-of-the-art facilities designed for collaboration across disciplines. Many classes are also cross-registered between departments and schools, facilitating a truly interdisciplinary learning environment.
Students choose from a variety of programs that allow them to do groundbreaking research and solve real-life problems. Below are some options for students who want to connect their engineering and natural science interests with related fields like medicine and biotechnology.
The chemical and biomolecular engineering major is dedicated to the essential chemical and biomolecular engineering paradigms of transport, kinetics, and thermodynamics essential to solving complex engineering problems. Students can also pursue one of two concentrations:
- Interfaces and nanotechnology: For students who are interested in nanomaterials, surface science, self-assembly, and applications of these subjects.
- Molecular and cellular bioengineering: For those interested in molecular and cellular events in biological systems and their applications.
An interdisciplinary field at the intersection of materials science, engineering, biology, and medicine, biomaterials engineering is a track within the materials science and engineering major. Biomaterials engineers develop materials used in applications such as tissue engineering, drug and gene delivery, and medical implants and devices.Biomaterials research
A concentration offered within the mechanical engineering and engineering mechanics majors, biomechanics offers a flexible experience that can be tailored to your interests:
- At the macroscopic level, the biomechanics of soft and hard tissues plays important roles in computer-integrated surgical systems and technologies, such as medical robotics.
- At the cellular level, issues such as cell motility and chemotaxis can be modeled as mechanical phenomena.
- At the subcellular level, conformational transitions in biological macromolecules can be modeled using molecular dynamics simulation, statistical mechanics, or techniques that rely on principles from the mechanics of materials.
Airbag systems in automobiles, biomedical sensors that automatically administer medication, computer-controlled flight management systems in aircraft, speech recognition systems—these are just a few of the transformative technologies that involve computer engineering. Our program emphasizes hands-on laboratory experience to complement more theoretical courses.Computer engineering research
Computer science is an evolving field which consists not only of fascinating problems and fundamental techniques, but also impacts many other disciplines. At Hopkins, students have the flexibility to choose from a bachelor of science (BS) degree and a bachelor of arts (BA) degree. Both programs build a balanced foundation in computer science, but also allow you to specialize in your junior and senior years. Concentrations within the department include: computer security, natural language processing, computer systems, computer games, software engineering and robotics.Computer science research
The Johns Hopkins Biology Department is home to 27 research laboratories investigating a wide range of biological problems, with the ultimate goal of obtaining explanations in quantitative and molecular detail. The program guides students as they develop a detailed, nuanced view of biology, integrating knowledge at the molecular, cellular, and organismal levels. Many biology undergrads also participate in research at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.Biology research
Biophysics is the application of the analytical viewpoints, methods, and/or instrumentation of physics to the investigation of biological problems. Building on core courses in mathematics, chemistry, physics, and biology, the discipline ranges over areas such as molecular structure and energetics, motility, protein folding, and membrane structure and assembly. The biophysics major meets all the requirements for medical school, prepares students for graduate school and research positions in a number of different areas after graduation.Biophysics research
Environmental engineering is a highly interdisciplinary field focused on the study and amelioration of Earth’s complex and multifaceted environmental problems. Students gain strong foundation in the physical, chemical, biological, and social sciences, as well as in mathematics, engineering science, and engineering design. This broad and flexible training provides ideal preparation, whether you’re hoping to work in business or industry or go to grad school in environmental engineering or in a field such as environmental law, public health, or medicine.Environmental engineering research