BioE Curriculum

The Bioengineering major provides a strong foundation in engineering, natural and biological sciences. We offer several concentrations for students interested in Biomaterials, Biomechanics and Cell & Tissue EngineeringBiomedical DevicesComputational Bioengineering,Biomedical ImagingPremed and Synthetic Biology. Students may also design their own program that satisfies the major requirements with permission from their faculty adviser.

Continuing students who began one of the separate Biomaterials, Biomechanics or Cell & Tissue Engineering concentrations may continue to follow them. Any students beginning a concentration should use the combined Biomaterials , Biomechanics and Cell & Tissue Engineering.

Generally, the requirements for the Bioengineering Bachelor’s Degree is a minimum of 120 semester units, including:

  • Approximately 63 units in the lower division designed to provide a strong foundation in the physical and biological sciences and mathematics, as well as an introduction to the various fields of engineering normally applied to biology and medicine.
  • Upper division study that combines advanced courses in engineering, physical and biological sciences, and mathematics and statistics.
  • Students must complete 42 units of upper division course work in Technical Topics subjects such as engineering, chemistry, physics, integrative biology, molecular & cell biology, mathematics or statistics. Of these 42 units, at least 22 must be in bioengineering.  Courses must be selected so that engineering topics, including bioengineering, comprise at least 45 units of the complete program of study. engineering, mathematics, or physical science courses
  • Six courses of at least 3 units each in  humanities and social studies, selected from the college’s current Humanities and Social Studies list.
  • One course with a substantial ethics component to be chosen from an approved list.

Bioengineering Major Degree Requirements

Freshman Year Fall Spring
Math 1A , 1B , Calculus 4 4
Chemistry 1A and 1AL or 4A General Chemistry (note) 4
Chemistry 3A , 3AL , or Chem 112A , Organic Chemistry2 5
Physics 7A , Physics for Scientists and Engineers 4
BioE 10 11
3-4
E 7 , Introduction to Applied Computing or CS 61A 4
Reading and Composition3 4
Freshman Seminar: BioE 24 and BioE 25 4 1 1
Minimum Total Units 16 18
Sophomore Year Fall Spring
Math 5354 , Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra, Diff. Eqns. 4 4
Physics 7B , Physics for Scientists and Engineers 4
Biology 1A & 1AL , General Biology 5
Engineering/Biology Preparation6 3 3
Electives: Humanities / Social Studies 3 3-4
Minimum Total Units 11 15
Junior Year Fall Spring
Bioengineering Fundamentals (see concentrations for recommendations)7 4 4
Engineering Topic (see concentrations for recommendations)8 3
Technical Topic (see concentrations for recommendations)9 4 3
Upper Division Biology Elective (see concentrations for recommendations)10 3
BioE 100 or Humanities / Social Studies course with ethics content 3 3-4
Electives: Humanities / Social Studies 3 3-4
Minimum Total Units 14 13
Senior Year Fall Spring
Bioengineering Lab Course 4
Bioengineering Topics 4 4
Engineering Topic (see concentrations for recommendations)8 4
Technical Topic (see concentrations for recommendations)9 3
Bioengineering Design Project or research4 4
Electives: Humanities / Social Studies 3 3-4 3-4
Minimum Total Units 14 15
MINIMUM GRAND TOTAL UNITS 117
  1. Program of study must include:
    (a) 42 units of upper-division coursework in technical subjects such as engineering, chemistry, physics, integrative biology, molecular and cell biology, mathematics, or statistics. Of these units, at least 22 must be in bioengineering. The 42 units must be from the bioengineering core curriculum (excluding BioE 100) or the Curriculum Electives lists.
    (b) 45 units of engineering (upper of lower division). These units must be from courses that appear on the Bioengineering Topics or Engineering Topics lists.
  2. Chem 4A and 112A/B are intended for students majoring in chemistry or a closely related field. Please note that pre-requisites to Chem 112A/B include Chem 1A and Chem 1B (or Chem 4A and Chem 4B).
  3. Electives: COE Humanities/Social Studies requirement includes two approved reading and composition courses and four additional approved courses, with which a number of specific conditions must be satisfied. Reading and Composition “A” and “B” must be completed by no later than the end of the sophomore year. The remaining courses may be taken at any time during the program. Consult the Ethics List for courses with ethics content.
  4. This requirement may be completed at any time in the program.
  5. Pre-med students should take Chem 3B & 3BL and Bio 1B, General Biology.
  6. Select two from the Engineering/Biology Preparation list.
  7. Choose courses from approved Bioengineering Fundamentals list.
  8. Choose courses from approved Engineering Topics list.
  9. Choose courses from approved Technical Topics list.
  10. Choose courses from approved Upper Division Biology list.
  11. Junior transfers  from community colleges or other universities are exempt from this rule and do not have to take BioE 10.