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

40.5 course units are required. Read more about the Undergraduate Student Handbook.

BE 100Introduction to Bioengineering0.5
BE 101Introduction to Bioengineering II0.5
ENGR 105Introduction to Scientific Computing1
BE 200Introduction to Biomechanics1
BE 220Biomaterials1
BE 301Bioengineering Signals and Systems1
BE 305Engineering Principles of Human Physiology1
BE 306Molecular Physiology and Cellular Engineering from Atoms to Disease1
BE 309Bioengineering Modeling, Analysis and Design Laboratory I1
BE 310Bioengineeirng Modeling, Analysis and Design Laboratory II1
BE 324Chemical Basis of Bioengineering II1
BE 350Introduction to Biotransport Processes1
BE 495Senior Design Project1
BE 496Senior Design Project1
BE Elective (400 or 500 level)2
Engineering Elective1
MATH 104Calculus, Part I1
MATH 114Calculus, Part II1
MATH 240Calculus, Part III1
or ENM 240 Differential Equations and Linear Algebra
MATH 241Calculus, Part IV1
Select one of the following: 11
Biological Data Science I - Fundamentals of Biostatistics
Engineering Statistics
Engineering Applications of Statistics
Statistical Inference
Natural Science7.5
Principles of Physics I (without laboratory)
Principles of Physics I: Mechanics and Wave Motion
Honors Physics I: Mechanics and Wave Motion
Principles of Physics II (without laboratory)
Principles of Physics II: Electromagnetism and Radiation
Honors Physics II: Electromagnetism and Radiation
Chemistry Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate Credit (Engineering Students Only)
General Chemistry I
Honors Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Honors Chemistry II
General Chemistry Laboratory II
Introduction to Biology - The Molecular Biology of Life
Introductory Molecular Biology Laboratory
Cell Biology
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Technical Electives
Select two Engineering, Math, Science Electives 22
Social Sciences and Humanities 3
Select 2 Social Science courses2
Select 2 Humanities courses2
Select 1 Social Science or Humanities course1
Select 2 Social Science, Humanities or Technology in Business & Society courses2
Ethics Requirement
Select one from the following:
Engineering Ethics
History of Bioethics
International Business Ethics
Theoretical Foundations of Health Care Ethics
Ethical Aspects of Health and Technology
Survey of Ethical Theory
Topics in Ethics
Sociology of Bioethics
Free Elective
Select 3 free elective courses3
Total Course Units40.5

ENM 375 Biological Data Science I - Fundamentals of Biostatistics is recommended.


If PHYS 150 Principles of Physics I: Mechanics and Wave Motion or PHYS 170 Honors Physics I: Mechanics and Wave Motion & PHYS 151 Principles of Physics II: Electromagnetism and Radiation or PHYS 171 Honors Physics II: Electromagnetism and Radiation taken then only 1 course unit technical elective required.


The Social Science & Humanities Depth, Writing & Ethics Requirements can be satisfied with the 7 total course units.


Students may select one of eight concentrations:

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

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2018 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.