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Bioengineering (BIOE)

Completion of the undergraduate program in Bioengineering leads to the conferral of the Bachelor of Science in Engineering. The subplan "Bioengineering" appears on the transcript and on the diploma.

MISSION OF THE UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM IN BIOENGINEERING

The mission of the Department of Bioengineering is to create a fusion of engineering and the life sciences that promotes scientific discovery and the development of new biomedical technologies and therapies through research and education. The Bioengineering (BIOE) major enables students to embrace biology as a new engineering paradigm and apply engineering principles to medical problems and biological systems. Students who major in BIOE obtain a solid background in the basic sciences (chemistry, physics, and biology) and mathematics. They take three engineering fundamentals courses including an introductory bioengineering course and computer programming. Starting in the sophomore year, BIOE students take six core classes to gain essential knowledge to pursue a career in bioengineering and then have the opportunity to pursue elective courses suited to their own interests. The major prepares students to continue on to graduate or medical school; work in the biotechnology, medical device, medical imaging, or other medical and non-medical industries; or pursue advanced degrees in business or law.

REQUIREMENTS

Mathematics (21 units minimum; see Basic Requirement 1)1

Science (30 units minimum)2

CHEM 31X or A,B. General Chemistry

4-8

CHEM 33. Structure and Reactivity

4

BIO 41,42. Biology Core

10

PHYSICS 41. Mechanics

4

PHYSICS 43. Electricity and Magnetism

4

BIO 44X. Core Experimental Laboratory (WIM)

4

Additional units from School of Engineering approved list

 

Technology in Society (one course required; see Basic Requirement 4)

 

BIOE 131. Ethics3

3

Engineering Topics (Engineering Science and Design):

Engineering Fundamentals (3 courses required; see Basic Requirement 3):

ENGR 70A (same as CS 106A). Programming Methodology

5

ENGR 80. Introduction to Bioengineering

3

Fundamentals Elective

3-5

Bioengineering Core (25 units):

BIOE 41. Physical Biology of Macromolecules

4

BIOE 42. Physical Biology of Cells

4

BIOE 101. Systems Biology

4

BIOE 102. Systems Physiology & Design I

4

BIOE 103. Systems Physiology & Design II

4

BIOE 141. Biodesign Project I

4

BIOE 393. Bioengineering Departmental Research Colloquium

1

Options to complete the BIOE depth (4 courses, minimum 12 units4):

BIOE 44. Synthetic Biology Lab

4

BIOE 121. Tissue Engineering Lab

4

BIOE 122. Optics Lab

4

BIOE 123. Bioinstrumentation and Imaging Lab

4

BIOE 141. Biodesign Project II

4

BIOE 212. Introduction to Biomedical Informatics Research Methodology

3

BIOE 214. Representations and Algorithms for Computational Molecular Biology

3

BIOE 220. Imaging Anatomy

3

BIOE 222A. Multimodality Molecular Imaging in Living Subjects I

4

BIOE 222B. Multimodality Molecular Imaging in Living Subjects II

4

BIOE 222C. Multimodality Molecular Imaging in Living Subjects III

4

BIOE 261. Principles and Practice of Stem Cell Engineering

3

BIOE 281. Biomechanics of Movement

3

BIOE 284A. Cardiovascular Bioengineering

3

BIOE 284B. Cardiovascular Bioengineering

3

These requirements are subject to change. The final requirements are published with sample programs in the Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs (UGHB).

1 Mathematics courses must include MATH 53 or CME 102, and STAT 110 or 141 or CME 106; in addition, CME 104 is recommended.

2 Science must include both Chemistry and Physics with two quarters of course work in each, two courses of BIO core, and CHEM 31A and B or X, or ENGR 31. CHEM 31A and B are considered one course even though given over two quarters.

3 The first offering of BIOE 131 is planned for 2011-12; see UGHB, Chapter 3, Figure 3-3 for a list of other approved options.

4 Students pursuing a pre-med program will need to take additional courses; see UGHB, Chapter 5, BIOE 4-Year Plan #3.

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