Bioengineering Undergraduate Study

bioengineering undergraduates in laboratory

Bioengineering undergraduates seed cells to make 3D tissue constructs.

Bioengineering BS

The bioengineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Capstone Major

The Bioengineering major is a designated capstone major. Utilizing knowledge from previous courses and new skills learned from the capstone courses, undergraduate students work in teams to apply advanced knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering principles to address problems at the interface of biology and engineering and to develop innovative bioengineering solutions to meet specific sets of design criteria. Coursework entails construction of student designs, project updates, presentation of projects in written and oral format, and team competition.

Educational Objectives

The goal of the bioengineering curriculum is to train future leaders by providing students with the fundamental scientific knowledge and engineering tools necessary for graduate study in engineering or scientific disciplines, continued education in professional schools, or employment in industry. There are five main program educational objectives: graduates (1) participate in graduate, professional, and continuing education activities that demonstrate an appreciation for lifelong learning; (2) demonstrate professional, ethical, societal, environmental, and economic responsibility (e.g., by active membership in professional organizations); (3) demonstrate the ability to identify, analyze, and solve complex, open-ended problems by creating and implementing appropriate designs; (4) work effectively in teams consisting of people of diverse disciplines and cultures; and (5) be effective written and oral communicators in their professions or graduate/professional schools.

Learning Outcomes

The Bioengineering major has the following learning outcomes:

Preparation for the Major

Required: Bioengineering 10; Chemistry and Biochemistry 20A, 20B, 20L, 30A, 30AL, 30B; Civil and Environmental Engineering M20 or Computer Science 31 or Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering M20; Life Sciences 7A (satisfies GE life sciences requirement) and 7C; Mathematics 31A, 31B, 32A, 32B, 33A, 33B; Physics 1A, 1B, 1C, 4AL.

The Major

Students must complete the following courses:

  1. Bioengineering 100, 110, 120, 167L, 175, 176, 180, Electrical and Computer Engineering 100, Engineering 181EW or 182EW or 183EW or 185EW; three technical breadth courses (12 units) selected from an approved list available in the Office of Academic and Student Affairs; two capstone design courses (Bioengineering 177A, 177B)
  2. Six additional major field elective courses (24 units) from Bioengineering C101, C102, C104, C105, C106, C107, 121, C131, C139A, C139B, CM140, CM145, C147, M153, C155, CM178, C179, 180L, M182, C183, C185, CM186, CM187, 199 (8 units maximum)

Three of the major field elective courses and the three technical breadth courses may also be selected from one of the following tracks. Bioengineering majors cannot take bioengineering technical breadth courses to fulfill the technical breadth requirement.

Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine: Bioengineering C104, C105, CM140, C147, C183, C185, 199 (8 units maximum), Materials Science and Engineering 104, 110, C111, 120, 130, 132, 143A, 150, 151, 160, 161. The above materials science and engineering courses may be used to satisfy the technical breadth requirement.

Biomedical Devices: Bioengineering C131, M153, 199 (8 units maximum), Electrical and Computer Engineering 102, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering C187L. The electrical and computer engineering or mechanical and aerospace engineering courses listed above may be used to satisfy the technical breadth requirement.

For Bioengineering 199 to fulfill a track requirement, the research project must fit within the scope of the track field, and the research report must be approved by the supervisor and vice chair.

For information on UC, school, and general education requirements, see Requirements for BS Degrees or the GE Requirement web page.