Bioengineering, BSE

Bioengineering is a multidisciplinary area where the engineering sciences interface biology, biomedical sciences, and medicine, to advance human health. Bioengineering brings together the creation of new knowledge and understanding of biological systems through engineering analysis and experimentation, with the application of engineering design and practice principles for the development of devices, processes, methods and biotechnologies to improve medical practice and health care delivery.

Bioengineering (BE) Major Requirements

37 course units are required.

BE 1000Introduction to Bioengineering0.5
ENGR 1050Introduction to Scientific Computing1
BE 2000Introduction to Biomechanics1
BE 2200Biomaterials1
BE 2700Bioengineering Laboratory Principles1
BE 3010Bioengineering Signals and Systems1
BE 3060Cellular Engineering1
BE 3090Bioengineering Modeling, Analysis and Design Laboratory I1
BE 3100Bioengineering Modeling, Analysis and Design Laboratory II1
BE 3500Introduction to Biotransport Processes1
BE 4950Senior Design Project1
BE 4960Senior Design Project1
BE Elective (400 or 500 level)2
Engineering Elective2
Math and Natural Science
MATH 1400Calculus, Part I1
MATH 1410Calculus, Part II1
ENM 2400Differential Equations and Linear Algebra1
ENM 3750Biological Data Science I - Fundamentals of Biostatistics1
or ENGR 3440 Answering Questions with Data, for Everyone
PHYS 0140Principles of Physics I (without laboratory)1
PHYS 0141Principles of Physics II (without laboratory)1
CHEM 1011Introduction to General Chemistry I1
CHEM 1101General Chemistry Laboratory I.5
CHEM 1021Introduction to General Chemistry II1
CHEM 1102General Chemistry Laboratory II.5
BIOL 1121Introduction to Biology - The Molecular Biology of Life1
BIOL 1123Introductory Molecular Biology Laboratory.5
BIOL 3310Principles of Human Physiology1
General Electives 1
EAS 2030Engineering Ethics1
or BIOE 4010 Introduction to Bioethics
or HSOC 1330 Bioethics
or HSOC 2457 History of Bioethics
or LGST 1000 Ethics and Social Responsibility
or LGST 2200 International Business Ethics
or NURS 3300 Theoretical Foundations of Health Care Ethics
or NURS 5250 Ethical Aspects of Health and Technology
or PHIL 4330 Metaethics
or PHIL 1342 Bioethics
Select 2 Social Science courses1
Select 2 Humanities courses2
Select 1 Social Science or Humanities course1
Select 1 Social Science, Humanities or Technology in Business & Society course2
Free Elective
Select 3 free elective courses3
Total Course Units37

Must include a Writing Seminar (a list of approved Writing Seminars can be found in the SEAS Undergraduate Handbook)


Students may select one of eight concentrations:

  • Biomedical Data Science and Computational Medicine
  • Biomedical Devices
  • Biomedical Imaging and Radiation Physics
  • Cellular/Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials
  • Multiscale Biomechanics
  • Neuroengineering
  • Systems and Synthetic Biology
  • Therapeutics, Drug Delivery & Nanomedicine

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.