Bioengineering Major (B.S.)

The Bioengineering program is tailored to students who want to use engineering principles to analyze problems and design solutions in the fields of healthcare, medicine and biology, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, as well as biofuels.

The bioengineering program is truly interdisciplinary and 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 statistics), science, and engineering. Graduates will be conversant with solving problems at the interface of biology and engineering that may arise in a variety of fields. By graduation, students will have experience measuring and interpreting data from living systems and addressing the interactions between living and non-living materials.

For more information on the bioengineering program, please contact Nivedita Gupta, Professor and Chair.

The Bioengineering program (B Sci in Bioengineering) is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the General Criteria and the Program Criteria for Bioengineering and Biomedical and Similarly Named Engineering Programs.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 128 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 32 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum GPA: 2.0 required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: Discovery & Writing Program Requirements
Foreign Language Requirement: No

All Major, Option and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*Major GPA requirements as indicated.

Major Requirements

Students are required to obtain a minimum 2.0 grade-point average in CHBE 501 Material Balances and CHBE 502 Energy Balances 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.

CHBE 400Chemical and Bioengineering Lectures1
CHBE 501Material Balances3
CHBE 502Energy Balances3
CHBE 601Fluid Mechanics and Unit Operations3
CHBE 604Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics3
CHBE 614Separation Processes3
CHBE 761Biochemical Engineering4
CHBE 762Biomedical Engineering4
CHBE 763Bioengineering Design I2
CHBE 764Bioengineering Design II4
CHBE 766Biomaterials4
BIOL 411Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular4
BMCB 658
BMCB 659
General Biochemistry
and General Biochemistry Lab
BMS 503General Microbiology3
BMS 504General Microbiology Laboratory2
BMS 508Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
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 Culture
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Pathologic Basis of Disease
and Virology Laboratory
Project Engineering 1
Introduction to Sustainable 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 1
Introduction to Nuclear Engineering 1
Chemical Sensors 1
Introduction to Microfluidics 1
Cell Phenotyping and Tissue Engineering Laboratory 1
Process Dynamics and Control 1
Computational Molecular Bioengineering 1
Introduction to Electrical Engineering 1
Electric Circuits 1
Introduction to Digital Systems 1
Signals and Systems I 1
Honors/Signals and Systems I 1
Introduction to Digital Image Processing 1
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

 At least four of the elective courses must be engineering.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
CHBE 400 Chemical and Bioengineering Lectures 1
CHEM 405 Chemical Principles for Engineers 2 4
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 3 4
MATH 425 Calculus I 1 4
Discovery Program Elective 4
BIOL 411 Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular 4 4
MATH 426 Calculus II 4
PHYS 407 General Physics I 4
Discovery Program Elective 4
Second Year
CHBE 501 Material Balances 3
CHEM 545 Organic Chemistry 3
CHEM 546 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
GEN 604 Principles of Genetics 4
MATH 527 Differential Equations with Linear Algebra 4
BMS 503 General Microbiology 3
BMS 504 General Microbiology Laboratory 2
CHBE 502 Energy Balances 5 3
MATH 644 Statistics for Engineers and Scientists 4
Discovery Program Elective 4
Third Year
BMCB 658 General Biochemistry 3
BMCB 659 General Biochemistry Lab 2
CHBE 601 Fluid Mechanics and Unit Operations 3
CHBE 766 Biomaterials 4
Bioengineering Program Elective 4
BMS 508 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
CHBE 604 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 3
CHBE 761 Biochemical Engineering 4
Bioengineering Program Elective 4
Fourth Year
CHBE 762 Biomedical Engineering 4
CHBE 763 Bioengineering Design I 2
Bioengineering Program Electives (2) 8
Discovery Program Elective 4
CHBE 614 Separation Processes 3
CHBE 764 Bioengineering Design II 4
Bioengineering Program Elective 4
Discovery Program Elective 4
 Total Credits129

MATH 425 Calculus I satisfies the Discovery Foundation Quantitative Reasoning category.


CHEM 405 Chemical Principles for Engineers satisfies the Discovery Physical Science (with lab) category.


ENGL 401 First-Year Writing satisfies the Discovery Foundation Writing Skills category.


BIOL 411 Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular satisfies the Discovery Biological Science (with lab) category.


CHBE 502 Energy Balances satisfies the Discovery Inquiry category.

The Discovery ETS category requirement is met upon receiving a passing grade in CHBE 400 Chemical and Bioengineering Lectures; CHBE 761 Biochemical Engineering; CHBE 762 Biomedical EngineeringCHBE 763 Bioengineering Design I; CHBE 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: 12 to 16 credits engineering; 3 to 4 credits science, math, or engineering

By the time of graduation, students will have:

  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics. 
  • an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors. 
  • an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences. 
  • an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts. 
  • an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives. 
  • an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentationanalyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions. 
  • an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.