Credit for Research

Academic credit for undergraduate research

All Bioengineering students are encouraged to participate in some kind of research while attending UC Berkeley. There are four Bioengineering research courses students can sign up for:

  • BioE 99 (freshmen and sophomores), graded pass/no pass
  • BioE 199 (junior and seniors), graded pass/no pass
  • BioE H194 (junior and seniors, letter graded, must have 3.3 upper division GPA, paper and or presentation due at end)
  • BioE 196 (junior and seniors, letter graded, paper and or presentation due at end)

Students are not limited to working with Bioengineering faculty, you may work with UC Berkeley faculty in other departments (as long as the research pertains to Bioengineering) or UCSF  faculty. For academic credit, the rule of thumb is 3 hours of work per week equals one unit. Once a student has obtained a course control number, they may sign up for the course until the add deadline for that semester.

*Please note that no more than 4 units of courses numbering 98, 99, 197-199 may be taken in a single semester. No more than 16 units of courses numbered 99, 197, 198 or 199 may be used to meet degree requirements. No more than 40 units of Pass/No Pass may be taken in total.

Policy for Non-BioE Students signing up for BioE Research:

Students who are in majors other than Bioengineering may sign up for BioE 99, 199 and 196, but only if they work with (and obtain a signature from) a UC Berkeley Bioengineering faculty. Non-BioE majors are ineligible to receive BioE research credit for working with faculty from other departments at UC Berkeley. They are also ineligible to receive BioE research credit for working with researchers at UCSF or LBNL. Instead, it is suggested that you sign up for research units from your home department.

Procedure for signing up to get academic credit for undergraduate research

BioE 99 Supervised Independent Study  (For Frosh and Soph)
Course may be repeated for credit, has variable units (1-4). Must be taken on a passed/not passed basis. Prerequisites: Freshman or sophomore standing and consent of instructor. Supervised independent study for lower division students.
Download the BioE 99 Research Approval Form

BioE 199:  Supervised Independent Study  (For Juniors and Seniors)

This research course has variable units (1-4) and may be repeated for credit. Course is taken on a passed/not passed basis only and is not acceptable for technical credit. You must have completed at least 60 units of undergraduate work and be in good academic standing (2.000 GPA or above) to sign up for this course.
Download the Bioengineering 199 Research Approval Form

For BioE 99/199, Pass/No Pass research

  1. Obtain an application- You can pick up an Application from the Student Service Office, 306 Stanley or on-line.
  2. Fill out the upper part of the application. Please make sure you write clearly and include your email address.
  3. Have the faculty sponsor/faculty member you plan to do research with fill out and sign the lower part of the application,  make sure they include a current email address.
  4. Bring the completed application to 306 Stanley to obtain the course control number.

Note:  for grading purposes, if your research adviser is from another department or at UCSF you will be given a course control number of one of our UCB BioE faculty. Your research adviser will be submitting their grades to the BioE Faculty Sponsor. You will not have to do anything as an email will be sent to your adviser explaining the procedure.

BioE H194:  Honors Undergraduate Research
Please note:
New Curriculum (Fall 07):  this class can fulfill the Senior Engineering Design Project, Bioengineering Research, or Engineering Topics Elective requirement for the new curriculum

Old Curriculum: Can be used to fulfill a core course or to fulfill the upper division technical topics.
This is an Honors Research course. To participate you must have a technical GPA of 3.300 or higher (three upper division courses numbered 100 and above in math, science, or engineering are required) and consent of instructor. Course is taken for a letter grade, and may be taken twice, but can be used only once towards degree requirements. A final report is required.

  1. Obtain an application- You can pick up an Application from the Student Service Office, 306 Stanley or on-line.
  2. Fill out the upper part of the application. Please make sure you write clearly and include your email address.
  3. Have the faculty sponsor/faculty member you plan to do research with fill out and sign the lower part of the application, make sure they include their current email address.
    1. You should attach an unofficial copy of your transcript to the application. Remember you must have a 3.3 upper division GPA, no exceptions, this is a firm policy. Your faculty should review your transcription to make sure that you qualify (the Bioengineering undergraduate adviser will be checking)
    2. For students following the old curriculum, the research sponsor needs to make sure and fill out what areas of the core it would fulfill and whether it fulfills any content such as clinical, biological, ethics, statistics or biological. If you are not sure if you want to use BioE H194 count towards your core or upper division technical topic then make sure and note on the form as example:  Core area A or upper division technical.
    3. Faculty should sign the form and please make sure they include their email.
  4. Bring the completed application to 306 Stanley to obtain the course control number.

Note:  for grading purposes, if your research adviser is from another department or at UCSF you will be given a course control number of one of our UCB BioE faculty. Your research adviser will be submitting their grades to the BioE Faculty Sponsor. You will not have to do anything as an email will be sent to your adviser explaining the procedure.

Download the Bioengineering H194 Course Enrollment Approval Form

BioE 196: Undergraduate Design Research. (For Juniors and Seniors, 4 units)
New Curriculum:  this class can fulfils the Engineering Design Project, Bioengineering Research, or Engineering Topics Elective requirement for the new curriculum
Old Curriculum: can fulfill the technical elective, not a core.

This course will satisfy the Senior Bioengineering Design project requirement as well as the Engineering Topics Elective.

For those wanting to sign up for independent research:

  1. Obtain an application- You can pick up an Application from the Student Service Office, 306 Stanley Hall or on-line.
  2. Fill out the upper part of the application. Please make sure you write clearly and include your email address.
  3. Have the faculty sponsor/faculty member you plan to do research with fill out and sign the lower part of the application, make sure they include a current email address.
  4. Bring the completed application to 306 Stanley Hall to obtain the course control number.

Download the BioE 196 – Undergraduate Design Research Enrollment Approval Form