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Biological Design

Major

The biological design (biodesign) major brings together key principles from design, biomedical science and biomedical engineering to create innovative solutions to unprecedented, global problems.

About this major

As the world becomes more complex and connected, bio design challenges conventional scientific approaches by putting design thinking at the front and centre.

You will gain a deep understanding of the connection between technological progress and its impact on human health and the health of our planet.

There are often significant differences between how scientists and designers approach projects and ways of communicating. This major is delivered in a truly interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to learning and problem solving.

Design students will have the opportunity to draw on biology as a material input for achieving better design outcomes, while science and engineering students will adopt new approaches to problem finding and solving using design-thinking processes.

Graduate opportunities

Join a join a rapidly emerging sector impacting issues of health, sustainability and security.

Career pathways

The biodesign major will prepare you for future careers that will place cutting edge science research into everyday contexts. Current career opportunities include: Interaction designer, Medical scientist or Life scientist. As this is an emerging field, your career path may also include future career opportunities, such as: Synthetic biology entrepreneur, Organic computational systems designer, Sustainability and Circular Economy Specialist and Synthetic life-form developer.

The course information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information.

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