Undergraduate Studies

Aims and Scope

The undergraduate bioengineering option provides a foundation for graduate studies and career paths that require the application of engineering principles to the design, analysis, construction, and manipulation of biological systems, and in the discovery and application of new engineering principles inspired by the properties of biological systems. By graduation, students are expected to have learned basic laboratory and engineering methods used in a broad range of bioengineering sub-disciplines.

Students will also have learned quantitative and analytic skills vital to experiments and system designs. Graduating students are expected to be able to critically evaluate and understand bioengineering literature, and be able to work in a team and communicate effectively. To accomplish these goals, students are expected to complete a series of required courses designed to introduce them to a representative range of bioengineering sub-disciplines, provide them with opportunities to work in teams through a number of project oriented courses. Students will receive instruction in scientific communications through Bi/BE 24. Undergraduate research is encouraged both during the academic year and through participation in summer research programs.

Students should present a plan for satisfying all degree requirements to their academic advisor by the end of the third term of the second year. Students with a grade-point average lower than 1.9 will not be allowed to continue in the option except with special permission from the option representative.

Option Requirements

  1. BE 1; either BE 150 or BE 159; BE/APh 161; ChE/BE 163; BE/CS/CNS/Bi 191 a.
  2. Experimental methods: Bi 1 x; BE/EE/MedE 189 a; ChE 130.
  3. Biology, chemistry and physics: two terms out of three from Ph 2 abc; Bi 8; Bi 9; Ch 25; Ch 41 a; Bi/Ch 110. One advanced biology course selected from Bi/Ch 111, Bi/Ch 113, Bi 114, Bi 117, Bi 122, Bi 145 ab, Bi/CNS/NB 150, BE 150. Students may pass out of Bi 8 and Bi 9 via placement exams administered by the Biology Option.
  4. Mathematical and computational methods: ACM 95 ab; CDS 110 or ChE 105; Ma 2, Ma 3; 9 units selected from CS 1, CS 2, CS 3.
  5. 36 units of BE electives (selected from the elective lists below or approved by the student’s academic adviser).
  6. Communication: Bi/BE 24.
  7. Courses satisfying option requirements must be taken for grades (except when courses are only available P/F). Passing grades must be earned in a total of 486 units.

BE Electives

BE 98 (for a maximum of 12 units), BE/Bi 101, BE/Bi 103, BE 150, BE 153, BE 159, BE/EE/MedE 189b, BE/CS/CNS/Bi 191 b, Ae/BE 242, Bi/Ge 105, Bi/CNS 162, Bi/BE 177, Bi/Ge 180,Bi/BE 227, EE/BE/MedE 166, EE/BE/MedE 185, MedE/BE/Ae 243, Ph/APh/EE/BE/ 118 abc

Other Relevant BE-Approved Electives

Biodevices
EE 112, EE 113, EE/MedE 114 ab, APh/EE 9 ab, EE 45, EE 111, EE 151, Ph/APh/EE/BE/ 118 abc

Biomechanics
ME 19 ab, ME 12 abc, ME 14, Ae/APh/CE/ME 101 abc, Ae/APh/CE/ME 102 abc, Ae/APh 104 abc

Synthetic Biology

CS 21, Ch 24, Ch 41 bc, ChE/Ch 148, ChE/Ch 164, ChE/Ch 165