Bioengineering, BSBioE

Bioengineering is engineering in a biological context such as the human body, an ecosystem, or a bioreactor. In every case, the interface between engineered and biological systems places unique constraints on the design and implementation of devices, instruments, or implants. These depend on the properties of the biological system involved and the functionality that is being created.

The interface of engineering and medicine as embodied in bioengineering will be one of the most exciting endeavors and greatest adventures of the 21st century. Job opportunities are expected to expand dramatically with a focus on development of entirely new classes of products, instrumentation, and implants. The impact to human health will be extraordinary.

Bioengineering is intrinsically multidisciplinary and it is essential that students learn the languages used by multidisciplinary teams. To that end, our curriculum is structured around a core of six courses that analyze biological systems from every possible quantitative point of view. On the completion of the core, students choose one of four concentrations, which provides the opportunity to develop a deep level of expertise in a specific area of bioengineering.

Bioengineering students will have unique opportunities in the classroom, research labs, and experiential learning. The projects that they may be able to contribute to include bio-bandages that monitor bacterial growth or that help damaged ligaments heal faster; sheets of cells folded like origami to form a working kidney; and new materials that—like a leaf in the sun—automatically sense and adapt to changes in the environment. This is truly an exciting time!

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Major GPA Requirement

2.000 minimum required in BIOE courses

Bioengineering Core Requirements

Complete 39 semester hours in bioengineering core requirements as indicated below.

Required Courses
BIOE 2355Quantitative Physiology for Bioengineers4
BIOE 2365
and BIOE 2366
Bioengineering Measurement, Experimentation, and Statistics
and Lab for BIOE 2365
5
BIOE 2350Biomechanics4
BIOE 3380Biomolecular Dynamics and Control4
BIOE 3310Transport and Fluids for Bioengineers4
BIOE 3210Bioelectricity4
Bioengineering Capstone
BIOE 4790Capstone Design 14
BIOE 4792Capstone Design 24
Supplemental Credit
3 semester hours from the following course count toward the bioengineering core requirements:3
Cornerstone of Engineering 1
3 semester hours from the following course count toward the bioengineering core requirements:3
Cornerstone of Engineering 2

Professional Development

GE 1000Introduction to the Study of Engineering1
BIOE 2000Introduction to Engineering Co-op Education1
BIOE 3000Professional Issues in Engineering1
Additional Required Courses
Credit from the following course counts toward requirements above:1
Cornerstone of Engineering 1

Concentration

Complete 20 semester hours in one of the following four concentrations. Requirements for the concentrations are listed below.

  • Bioimaging and Signal Processing
  • Cell and Tissue Engineering
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical Devices

Supporting Courses: Mathematics/Science

Complete 37 semester hours in mathematics and science as indicated below.

Required Mathematics/Science
BIOL 1115
and BIOL 1116
General Biology 1 for Engineers
and Lab for BIOL 1115
5
CHEM 1151
and CHEM 1153
General Chemistry for Engineers
and Recitation for CHEM 1151
4
CHEM 2311
and CHEM 2312
and CHEM 2319
Organic Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 2311
and Recitation for CHEM 2311
5
MATH 1341Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering4
MATH 1342Calculus 2 for Science and Engineering4
GE 2361Mathematical Methods for Engineers4
PHYS 1171
and PHYS 1172
and PHYS 1173
Physics 1 for Bioscience and Bioengineering
and Lab for PHYS 1171
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1171
5
PHYS 1175
and PHYS 1176
and PHYS 1177
Physics 2 for Bioscience and Bioengineering
and Lab for PHYS 1175
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1175
5
Supplemental Credit
1 semester hour from the following course counts toward the mathematics/science requirement:1
Cornerstone of Engineering 2

Writing and NUpath Courses

Writing
A grade of C or higher is required:
ENGW 1111First-Year Writing4
ENGW 3302Advanced Writing in the Technical Professions4
or ENGW 3315 Interdisciplinary Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
NUpath Requirements through General Electives
NUpath requirements Interpreting Culture (IC), Societies and Institutions (SI), and Differences and Diversity (DD) are not explicitly satisfied by required engineering courses. Students are responsible for satisfying these requirements with general electives.

Required General Electives

Complete seven academic, nonremedial, nonrepetitive courses, each equivalent to 4 semester hours.28

Course Work That Does Not Count Toward the Engineering Degree

Students in engineering are allowed to count a maximum of two pass/fail courses toward their degree program. Only general electives outside the College of Engineering may be taken on a pass/fail grading basis. A maximum of one pass/fail course is allowed per semester.

Program Requirement

136 total semester hours required


Concentrations

Concentration in Bioimaging and Signal Processing

Required Courses
BIOE 5235Biomedical Imaging4
BIOE 5810Design of Biomedical Instrumentation4
EECE 2520Fundamentals of Linear Systems4
Elective Courses
Complete two of the following:8
Biological Imaging
Fundamentals of Electromagnetics
Noise and Stochastic Processes
Biomedical Electronics
Image Processing and Pattern Recognition
Biomedical Optics
Biomedical Signal Processing

Concentration in Cell and Tissue Engineering

Required Courses
BIOE 5410Molecular Bioengineering4
BIOE 5420Cellular Engineering4
BIOE 5430Principles and Applications of Tissue Engineering4
Elective Courses
Complete two of the following:8
Biochemical Engineering
Multiscale Biomechanics
Biomaterials
TBD

Concentration in Biomechanics

Required Courses
BIOE 5630Physiological Fluid Mechanics4
BIOE 5650Multiscale Biomechanics4
ME 5665Musculoskeletal Biomechanics4
Elective Courses
Complete two of the following:8
Fields, Forces, and Flows in Biological Systems
Mechanical Engineering Computation and Design
System Analysis and Control
Solid Mechanics of Cells and Tissues

Concentration in Biomedical Devices

Required Courses
BIOE 5250Design, Manufacture, and Evaluation of Medical Devices4
BIOE 5810Design of Biomedical Instrumentation4
BIOE 5820Biomaterials4
Elective Courses
Complete two of the following:8
Design of Implants
Introduction to Material Science
and Lab for ME 2340
Mechanical Engineering Computation and Design
System Analysis and Control

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 1341 (FQ)4MATH 1342 (FQ)4VacationVacation
CHEM 11514PHYS 1171 (ND)3  
CHEM 11530PHYS 1172 (AD)1  
GE 10001PHYS 11731  
GE 15014GE 1502 (ER)4  
ENGW 1111 (WF)4General elective4  
 17 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOE 2365 (AD)4BIOE 20001VacationCo-op
BIOE 23661BIOE 23504  
BIOL 1115 (ND)4BIOE 23554  
BIOL 11161CHEM 23114  
GE 23614CHEM 23121  
PHYS 1175 (ND)3CHEM 23190  
PHYS 1176 (AD)1General elective4  
PHYS 11771   
 19 18 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opBIOE 32104BIOE 33104Co-op
 BIOE 33804General elective 4 
 BIOE elective4  
 ENGW 3302 (WD)4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opBIOE 30001BIOE 4790 (EI, CE)4Co-op
 BIOE elective 4General elective 4 
 BIOE elective4  
 BIOE elective4  
 General elective 4  
 0 17 8 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-opBIOE 47924  
 BIOE elective4  
 General elective4  
 General elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 136

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 1341 (FQ)4MATH 1342 (FQ)4VacationVacation
CHEM 11514PHYS 1171 (ND)3  
CHEM 11530PHYS 1172 (AD)1  
GE 10001PHYS 11731  
GE 15014GE 1502 (ER)4  
ENGW 1111 (WF)4General elective4  
 17 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOE 20001Co-opCo-opVacation
BIOE 2365 (AD)4   
BIOE 23661   
BIOL 1115 (ND)4   
BIOL 11161   
GE 23614   
PHYS 1175 (ND)3   
PHYS 1176 (AD)1   
PHYS 11771   
 20 0 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOE 23504Co-opCo-opBIOE 33104
BIOE 23554  General elective4
CHEM 23114   
CHEM 23121   
CHEM 23190   
General elective4   
 17 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOE 30001Co-opCo-opBIOE 4790 (EI, CE)4
BIOE 32104  General elective4
BIOE 33804   
BIOE elective4   
ENGW 3302 (WD)4   
 17 0 0 8
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
BIOE 47924BIOE elective4  
BIOE elective4BIOE elective4  
BIOE elective4General elective4  
General elective4General elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 136

Four Years, Two Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 13424PHYS 1171 (ND)3General elective4Vacation0
CHEM 11514PHYS 1172 (AD)1General elective4 
CHEM 11530PHYS 11731  
GE 10001GE 1502 (ER)4  
GE 15014GE 23614  
ENGW 1111 (WF)4General elective4  
 17 17 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BIOL 1115 (ND)4BIOE 20001BIOE 33104Co-op0
BIOL 11161BIOE 23504General elective4 
PHYS 1175 (ND)3BIOE 23554  
PHYS 1176 (AD)1CHEM 23114  
PHYS 11771CHEM 23121  
BIOE 2365 (AD)4CHEM 23190  
BIOE 23661General elective4  
General elective4   
 19 18 8 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0BIOE 30001BIOE 4790 (EI, CE)4Co-op0
 BIOE 32104BIOE elective4 
 BIOE 33804  
 BIOE elective 4  
 General elective 4  
 0 17 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1Hours 
Co-op0BIOE 47924 
ENGW 3302 (to be taken online)4General elective4 
 BIOE elective4 
 BIOE elective4 
 4 16 0 
Total Hours: 132