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Bioengineering - General Option

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Bioengineering - General Option (120 Hours)

Students who plan to pursue pre-med studies should consult their advisor for further information about appropriate courses.

Criteria for Certification – Bioengineering Program
  1. In March of each year, the faculty of the School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering will establish the total number of students (January, June, and August) to be certified into the Bioengineering program.
  2. Each student will be considered for certification during the semester after she/he has completed all of the following courses: MATH 171, MATH 172, CHEM 105, CHEM 106, BIOLOGY 107, PHYSICS 201, CHE 201.
  3. To be certified, each student must meet the following minimum requirements:
    1. 2.0 cumulative GPA.
    2. A “C” grade or better in each of the courses listed in 2) above.
    3. Be in good academic standing (semester GPA 2.00 or higher) at the time they are being considered for certification.
  4. Certification decisions will be made at the end of Fall, Spring, and Summer terms. Those being certified at the end of Fall term will be notified by January 15, those being certified at the end of Spring term will be notified by June 1, and those being certified at the end of the Summer term will be notified by August 15.
  5. If the number of students seeking certification exceeds the program capacity, as determined in 1) above, additional criteria will be used to select those who are certified. Those criteria include:
    1. average GPA received in the courses listed in 2) above;
    2. average GPA earned in all the engineering/math/science courses which have already been completed; and
    3. the GPA earned during the previous semester.
  6. Students who have completed all the courses listed in 2) above, but who are not certified will be notified of the decision according to the time table described in 4) above. Such students who are not certified may appeal the decision. The appeal should describe any special circumstances which should be considered. A faculty committee will consider the appeal, the special circumstances described, and trends in the grades (e.g. trends in grades and/or withdrawals, typical course load attempted and typical course load completed) and make a final decision regarding certification. The appeal must be submitted within 2 weeks of the notification described in 4) above. The appeal will be considered and a decision made by February 15, July 1, and September 15, depending on the term.
  7. Students who are deficient under the University’s Educational Policies and Procedures are subject to decertification. When a student is in good academic standing, they will be reconsidered for certification as stated in 2) above.
  8. Certification Guarantee: Students who have completed the certification courses noted above with an average GPA of at least 3.2, who have an overall GPA of at least 3.2 in the completed courses required in the major, and who have not repeated any required courses, are guaranteed certification.
First Year
First TermHours
Arts [ARTS]3
CHEM 105 [PSCI]4
ENGR 12012
MATH 171 [QUAN]4
Second TermHours
BIO ENG 1401
CHEM 1064
MATH 1724
Second Year
First TermHours
BIO ENG 2051
CHE 2013
Humanities [HUM]3
MATH 2202
MATH 2732
Second TermHours
BIO ENG 2102
CE 2113
MATH 3153
STAT 370 or 4233
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermHours
BIO ENG 3103
BIO ENG 3213
BIO ENG 322 [M]1
BIO ENG 3503
E E 2613
Second TermHours
BIO ENG 3303
BIO ENG 3404
Bioengineering Elective23
Diversity [DIVR]3
ECONS 101 [SSCI] or 102 [SSCI]3
Fourth Year
First TermHours
BIO ENG 410 [M]3
BIO ENG 4404
Communication [COMM] or Written Communication [WRTG]3
Technical Electives36
Second TermHours
Bioengineering Electives23
Technical Electives36
Complete BIO ENG Exit Interview

13 credit 300-400-level engineering course may be substituted for ENGR 120 by approval of advisor.
2Bioengineering Electives (6 credits): Must have a BIO ENG subject, selected from the following: BIO ENG 425, 435, 455, 476, or 481.
3Technical Electives (12 credits): May be either BIO ENG courses (not used to fulfill Bioengineering elective requirements) from Footnote 2, or other relevant engineering or science courses from the following: BIO ENG 488, 495, 499; BIOLOGY 106, 251, 301, 315, 340, 352, 353, 494; CE 315, 463; CHE 301, 334, 475; CHEM 345, 348, 370; CPT S 121; E E 262; MBIOS 301, 303, 304, 305, 306, 401, 405/505, 413, 414, 426, 465, 478; ME 116, 212, 216, 301, 303, 310, 311, 401, 472, 473; MSE 201, 302, 401, 402, 403, 406, 413; NEUROSCI 301, 302, 305, 403 [M], 404, 425, 426, 430 [M]; PHIL 365; PHYSICS 466.

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