BioE – MSE Joint Major

The Department of Bioengineering established a joint major with Materials Science (MSE). This major is for students who have a keen interest in the field of biomaterials. Students will study the design and synthesis of novel materials that will define new paradigms in biomaterials from the molecular through macroscopic levels, and will also receive a broad –based learning experience that will include exposure to fundamental courses in engineering and life sciences. This joint major aims to allow the student to understand the interface between the two major fields. Students taking this double major will successfully compete for jobs in the field of biomaterials in academe, industry and government.

More information on the joint major in Bioengineering and Materials Science and Engineering can be obtained in 306C Stanley Hall.

Sample program for the Joint Major Program in Materials Science and Engineering and Bioengineering
Freshman Year [Common First Year] Fall Spring
Math 1A , 1B , Calculus 4 4
Chemistry 1A or 4A , General Chemistry 4
Chemistry 3A , 3AL , Chemical Structure and Reactivity or Chem 12A , Organic Chemistry1 5
Physics 7A , Physics for Scientists and Engineers 4
BioE 10 , Introduction to Biomedicine for Engineers (junior transfers exempt) 4
E 7 , Introduction to Applied Computing or CS 61A 4
Reading and Composition Elective 2 4
Freshman Seminar: BioE 24 1
Minimum Total Units
17 17
Sophomore Year Fall Spring
Math 5354 , Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra, Diff. Eqns. 4 4
Physics 7B , Physics for Scientists and Engineers 4
MSE 45, Properties of Materials 3
Biology 1A /1AL , General Biology 5
Electives: Humanities / Social Studies2  4 4
Minimum Total Units
15 13
Junior Year Fall Spring
BioE 102 , Biomechanics 4
MSE 102 , Bonding, Crystallography, and Crystal Defects 3
E 40, Engineering Thermodynamics or Chem 120B , Physical Chemistry 3
BioE 104 , Biological Transport Phenomena 4
MSE 104 , Characterization of Materials 4
MCB 102 , Survey of the Principles of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, or MCB C100A / Chem C130, Physical Chemistry 3-4
BioE 110 Biomedical Physiology for Engineers (Spring) or BioE 113, Stem Cell Technologies (Fall) 4
BioE 100 or Humanities / Social Studies course with ethics content 2, 4 3
Minimum Total Units
17 11-12
Senior Year Fall Spring
MSE 130 , Experimental Materials Science or BioE 115 , Cell Biology Laboratory for Engineers 3-4
BioE 111: Functional Biomaterials, BioE 116 , Cell and Tissue Engineering or BioE C117 Structural Aspects of Biomaterials 4
BioE C118 , Biological Performance of Materials 4
MSE 111 , Properties of Electronic Materials, MSE 112 , Corrosion, MSE 113 , Mechanical Behavior of Engineering Materials, BioE 121 , Introduction to Micro and Nanobiotechnology: BioMEMS and /or BioE 150 , Introduction to Bionanoscience and Bionanotechnology (Choose at least two) 3 3
MSE 151 Polymeric Materials or ChemE 178, Polymer Science and Technology 3
Bioengineering Design Project or research: BioE 121L, BioE 140L, BioE 168L, BioE 192, BioE H194, BioE 196 4
Technical Topic 5 : BioE 111, BioE 113, BioE 116, BioE C117, BioE 121, BioE H194, BioE 196, MSE 103, MSE 111, MSE 112, MSE 113 3
Electives: Humanities / Social Studies2 3 3-4
Minimum Total Units
16 17
Minimum Total Unit Tally
62 58

1Chem 12A/B is intended for students majoring in chemistry or a closely related field and is more intensive than Chem 3A/3B. Please note that pre-requisites to Chem 12A/B include Chem 1A and Chem 1B (or Chem 4A and Chem 4B).  Pre-med students should take Chem 3B & 3BL or Chem 12B, and Bio 1B, General Biology.

2The Humanities/Social Studies (H/SS) requirement includes two approved reading and composition courses and four additional approved courses, with which a number of specific conditions must be satisfied. This chart shows the courses in recommended order, but in most cases H/SS courses can be taken at any time during the program as long as prerequisites are met. See the College of Engineering for complete details and a list of approved courses. Consult the Ethics Content List for courses with ethics content.

3At least one semester of BioE 24 is required. Students may also select BioE 24, BioE 25, MSE 24, or E92 for optional second semester.

4Choose from the approved courses list.

5Choose from the following approved list (consult General Catalog for prerequisites): MSE 103, MSE 111, MSE 112, MSE 113, BioE 113, BioE 116, BioE C117, BioE 121, H194