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Top Genetic Engineering Schools: List of Best Programs

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The schools in this article were chosen based on how they ranked in U.S. News & World Report's rankings and if they had any unique qualities to them in terms of education opportunities. The University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA), Purdue University, and Arizona State University in Tempe offer only a few of the top genetic engineering programs in the country. These schools have significant rankings in U.S. News & World Report's 2017 report and offer several options for students who want to study genetic engineering. UCLA offers master's and Ph.D. programs in biomedical engineering, while Purdue and Arizona State offer undergraduate and graduate programs in this field.

University of California - Los Angeles

Bioengineering faculty at UCLA have been recognized by publications and organizations such as Popular Science Magazine and the National Institute of Health. UCLA tied for 24th on the U.S. News and World Report's 2017 list of best colleges nationwide. This quarter-based school system has eight graduate biomedical engineering degrees available for students interested in genetic engineering, including the Master of Science in Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering and Doctor of Philosophy in Biosystem Science and Engineering, as well as biomedical engineering fellowships. Classes focus on topics such as biomedical systems, computational cardiology, and tissue engineering.

Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana

Purdue tied for 9th place on U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list of best engineering schools. Purdue's Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering is accredited by the ABET's Engineering Accreditation Commission and offers an undergraduate internship program. In addition to the undergraduate program in biomedical engineering, students can pursue a master's or doctorate degree in biomedical engineering, as well as a joint integrated M.D./Ph.D. program. Typical courses include energy dispersive x-ray analysis, experimental design, electrophysiology, biomedical imaging, and polymer synthesis.

Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ

Students in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering have access to 25 distinct labs. In 2016, Arizona State was the most innovative school in the nation, in addition to ranking as one of the top universities in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report. Undergraduate students in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering may pursue a B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering. In this program they focus on learning new skills and how to apply them in ethical, sustainable, and environmentally responsible ways. Graduate students may pursue an M.S.E. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, along with graduate certificates and a Ph.D. in Biological Design.

Top Genetic Engineering Schools

Here are some more schools that offer top programs in genetic engineering.

School Name Distinction Location
Ohio State University - Main Campus Students can attend events such as an Engineering Career Success Conference and an Engineering EXPO. Columbus, OH
Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus Students can participate in outreach services through the Biomedical Engineering Society and research opportunities in the field. University Park, PA
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign The university's Department of Bioengineering recently received $100 million from the Grainger Engineering Breakthroughs Initiative. Champaign, IL
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Tied for 6th place on U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list of best engineering schools. Ann Arbor, MI
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities The engineering school offers students access to a nearby medical school, as well as 300 medical device companies in the area. Minneapolis, MN
University of Texas at Austin Tied for 11th place on U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list of best engineering schools. Austin, TX
University of Washington - Seattle Campus Tied for 11th place ranking on U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list of best schools offering graduate programs in biomedical engineering. Seattle, WA

The schools in this article offer students a quality education, evident by their rank among national lists and the variety of education opportunities they offer their students.

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