Bioengineering Major (B.S.)

Bioengineering, as defined by the NIH, is "the application of life sciences, mathematics, and engineering principles to define and solve problems in biology, medicine, health care, and other fields."

The bioengineering program will train graduates in biology and physiology as well as engineering. The program will provide graduates with capabilities in advanced mathematics (including differential equations and statics), science, and engineering. Graduates will be conversant with solving problems at the interface of biology and engineering that may arise in the fields of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, as well as medicine and biofuels. By graduation, students will have experience measuring and interpreting data from living systems and addressing the interactions between living and non-living materials.

Students are required to obtain a minimum 2.0 grade-point average in CHE 501 Introduction to Chemical Engineering I/CHE 502 Introduction to Chemical Engineering II and in overall standing at the end of the sophomore year in order to continue in the major. Study abroad (Exchange) students are required to have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in math, physics, chemistry, and other required courses at the end of the semester prior to their exchange semester.

For more information on the bioengineering program, please contact Xiaowei Teng, professor and chair, .

Major Requirements

BENG 763Bioengineering Design I2
BENG 764Bioengineering Design II4
BENG 766Biomaterials4
BMCB 658
BMCB 659
General Biochemistry
and General Biochemistry Lab
BMS 503General Microbiology3
BMS 504General Microbiology Laboratory2
BMS 508Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIOL 411Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular4
CHE 400Chemical Engineering Lectures1
CHE 501Introduction to Chemical Engineering I3
CHE 502Introduction to Chemical Engineering II3
CHE 601Fluid Mechanics and Unit Operations3
CHE 604Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics3
CHE 614Separation Processes3
CHE 761Biochemical Engineering4
CHE 762Biomedical Engineering4
CHEM 405Chemical Principles for Engineers4
CHEM 545
CHEM 546
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
GEN 604Principles of Genetics4
MATH 425Calculus I4
MATH 426Calculus II4
MATH 527Differential Equations with Linear Algebra4
MATH 644Statistics for Engineers and Scientists4
PHYS 407General Physics I4
Select five courses from the following: 1
Cell Phenotyping and Tissue Engineering Laboratory 1
Computational Molecular Bioengineering 1
Cell Culture 1
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Pathologic Basis of Disease
and Virology Laboratory
Project Engineering 1
Environmental Engineering Microbiology 1
Heat Transfer and Unit Operations 1
Applied Mathematics for Chemical Engineers 1
Biotech Experience/Biomanufacturing 1
Mass Transfer and Stagewise Operations 1
Chemical Engineering Kinetics 1
Fundamentals of Air Pollution and Its Control
Introduction to Nuclear Engineering
Chemical Sensors 1
Introduction to Microfluidics 1
Process Dynamics and Control 1
Introduction to Electrical Engineering 1
Electric Circuits
Introduction to Digital Systems
Signals and Systems I
Honors/Signals and Systems I
Introduction to Digital Image Processing
Biomedical Instrumentation 1
Genomics and Bioinformatics
Genomics and Bioinformatics
Programming for Bioinformatics
Molecular Microbiology
Molecular Genetics
Techniques in Plant Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology 1
Intellectual Property Law for Engineers & Scientists
Total Credits85
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
CHE 400 Chemical Engineering Lectures 1
MATH 425 Calculus I 1 4
CHEM 405 Chemical Principles for Engineers 2 4
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 3 4
Discovery Program Elective 4
MATH 426 Calculus II 4
PHYS 407 General Physics I 4
BIOL 411 Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular 4 4
Discovery Program Elective 4
Second Year
CHE 501 Introduction to Chemical Engineering I 3
MATH 527 Differential Equations with Linear Algebra 4
CHEM 545 Organic Chemistry 3
CHEM 546 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
GEN 604 Principles of Genetics 4
CHE 502 Introduction to Chemical Engineering II 5 3
MATH 644 Statistics for Engineers and Scientists 4
Discovery Program Elective 4
BMS 503 General Microbiology 3
BMS 504 General Microbiology Laboratory 2
Third Year
CHE 601 Fluid Mechanics and Unit Operations 3
BENG 766 Biomaterials 4
BMCB 658 General Biochemistry 3
BMCB 659 General Biochemistry Lab 2
Bioengineering Program Elective 4
CHE 604 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 3
CHE 761 Biochemical Engineering 4
BMS 508 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
Bioengineering Program Elective 4
Fourth Year
BENG 763 Bioengineering Design I 2
BENG 762 Biomedical Engineering 4
Discovery Program Elective 4
Bioengineering Program Electives (2) 8
BENG 764 Bioengineering Design II 4
CHE 614 Separation Processes 3
Discovery Program Elective 4
Bioengineering Program Elective 4
 Total Credits129

The Discovery ETS category requirement is met upon receiving a passing grade in CHE 400 Chemical Engineering Lectures; CHE 761 Biochemical Engineering; CHE 762 Biomedical EngineeringBENG 763 Bioengineering Design I; BENG 764 Bioengineering Design II. Students who do not complete these courses must take a Discovery ETS course to fulfill the requirement.

34 credits engineering, 16 credits math, 14 credits chemistry, 16 credits life science

Five electives: 15 to 16 credits engineering; 4 credits science, math, or engineering

  • The ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, physical and life science and engineering.
  • The ability to design and safely conduct experiments on living cells and nonliving materials.
  • The ability to analyze and interpret data The ability to identify, formulate and solve bioengineering problems.
  • The ability to design a process or device that meets desired specifications with consideration of environmental, safety, economic and ethical criteria.
  • An appreciation of contemporary issues relevant to bioengineering.
  • Completed the Discovery program and obtained a broad education useful to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
  • The ability to use computers effectively for engineering practice.