Northeastern University is creating a new bioengineering department, campus officials announced.

The news comes less than a month after the university received final approval from city officials to build a new $225 million research building dedicated to science and engineering studies, fields that Boston-area higher education institutions have made major investments in recently.

The new department will be created within the university’s College of Engineering.

“The department will present exciting new research and learning opportunities across other colleges and disciplines for students and faculty and will leverage the healthcare and biotechnology industries’ rapid growth,” the university said in a statement.

The department will develop new bachelor’s and master’s degree programs and new research programs in bioengineering and will incorporate an existing doctoral program in the field. The department will also offer co-op program opportunities.

“It will build upon the innovative research already underway by Northeastern faculty and students across disciplines in areas such as tissue engineering, biodevices, biomechanics, and nanotechnology in medicine and the environment,” the university said.