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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2014-2015

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences


Bioengineering (BENG)


Chairperson: Russell T. Carr
Professor: Dale P. Barkey, Russell T. Carr, Palligarnai T. Vasudevan
Associate Professor: Nivedita R. Gupta
Assistant Professor: Kyung Jae Jeong, Xiaowei Teng, Harish Vashisth, Kang Wu
Lecturer: Adam St. Jean
Adjunct Faculty: Deborah Audino

Bioengineering, as defined by the NIH, is "the application of life sciences, mathematics, and engineering principles to define and solve problems in biology, medicine, health care, and other fields."

The bioengineering program will train graduates in biology and physiology as well as engineering. The program will provide graduates with capabilities in advanced mathematics (including differential equations and statics), science, and engineering.  Graduates will be conversant with solving problems at the interface of biology and engineering that may arise in the fields of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, as well as medicine, and biofuels.  By graduation, students will have experience measuring and interpreting data from living systems and addressing the interactions between living and non-living materials.

Students are required to obtain a minimum of 2.0 grade-point average in CHE 501and in overall standing at the end of the sophomore year in order to continue in the major.  Study abroad (Exchange) students are required to have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in math, physics, chemistry, and other required courses at the end of the semester prior to their exchange semester.

For more information on the bioengineering program, please contact Russell Carr, professor and chair:

First Year

Abbreviation Course Number Title Fall Spring
ENGL   401   FIrst Year Writing   4   -  
MATH   425-426   Calculus I and II   4   4  
BMS   507   Human Anatomy and Physiology   4   -  
CHEM   405   General Chemistry   -   4  
BIOL   411   Introductory Biology   -   4  
Discovery Program Electives (2)       4   4  
TOTAL       16   16  

1. CHEM 405 satisfies the Discovery Physical Science (with lab) category. Bioengineering students cannot take CHEM 401, CHEM 402, or CHEM 409 toward degree requirements.

2. MATH 425 satisfies the Discovery Foundation Quantitative Reasoning category.

3. ENGL 401 satisfies the Discovery Foundation Writing Skills category.

4. BMS 507 or BIOL 411 satisfies the Discovery Biological Science category.

5. If approved by the Discovery Committee, BENG students may not have to take a course in the Discovery ETS category since they satisfy this requirement through a combination of courses in the BENG curriculum.

6. One of the Discovery courses should be Inquiry, either in the freshman year or the sophomore year.

Sophomore Year

Abbreviation Course Number Title Fall Spring
PHYS   407   General Physics 1   4   -  
MATH   527   Differential Equations with Linear Algebra   4   -  
MATH   644   Statistics for Engineers and Scientists   -   4  
CHE   501   Introduction to Chemical Engineering I   3   -  
CHE   614   Separation Processes   -   3  
CHEM   651-652A   Organic Chemistry I and II   3   3  
CHEM   653   Organic Chemistry Laboratory   2   -  
BMS   508   Human Anatomy and Physiology   -   4  
Discovery Program Elective (1)       -   4  
TOTAL       16   18  

Students must obtain a grade of C or better in CHEM 501 to continue in the program.

Junior Year

Abbreviation Course Number Title Fall Spring
CHE   761   Biochemical Engineering   4   -  
CHE   762   Biomedical Engineering   -   4  
CHE   601   Fluid Mechanics   3   -  
ENE   756   Environmental Engineering Microbiology   -   4  
BMCB   658   General Biochemistry   3   -  
BMCB   659   General Biochemistry Laboratory   2   -  
CHE   604   Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics   -   3  
GEN   604   Principles of Genetics   -   4  
Discovery Program Elective (1)       4   -  
TOTAL       16   15  

Senior Year

Abbreviation Course Number Title Fall Spring
BENG   763-764   Bioengineering Design I and II   1   4  
BMCB   753   Cell Culture   5   -  
ECE   784   Biomedical Instrumentation   -   4  
BMS   730   Ethics in Biomedical Science   -   4  
Technical Electives (3)       6-8   3-4  
Discovery Program Elective (1)       4   -  
TOTAL       16-18   15-16  

1. BENG 764 satisfies the Discovery Capstone Experience/Course.

2. Technical electives should be taken from an approved list of courses.

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