Bioengineering, BS

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering


department catalog page: Bioengineering

department website: https://bioengineering.illinois.edu/

department faculty: Bioengineering Faculty


overview of college admissions & requirements: Engineering

college website: https://engineering.illinois.edu/


Bioengineers use tools from biology, chemistry, physics and math to solve engineering problems that arise in biological systems related to biomaterials, biomechanics and prosthetics, tissue engineering, molecular modeling, imaging, bioinformatics, nanomedicine, synthetic biology, and drug delivery. The goal of research and education in bioengineering is to advance fundamental understanding of how human biological systems function, and to develop effective technology-based solutions to the wide spectrum of societal needs in human development and disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

The Bioengineering department (BIOE) aims to graduate students who:

  • Enter into industry jobs in prominent companies as engineers who work in the areas of:
    • Medical device design
    • Manufacturing
    • Quality control
    • Marketing
    • And work toward the advancement of medicine
  • Pursue graduate studies in bioengineering-related fields such as:
    • Imaging and Sensing
    • Therapeutics
    • Tissue Engineering
    • Computational and Systems Biology
    • Biomechanics
  • Broaden their education by attending professional school in areas of medicine, law, and business
  • Maintain professional development through societal memberships and industry workshops

The curriculum includes integration of principles of biology and engineering in coursework such as biomechanics, modeling of human physiology, bioinstrumentation, and cell and tissue engineering. The curriculum is project-based and has a strong emphasis on systems-thinking as an approach to large-scale bioengineering problems. During the first and second years, students take fundamental courses introducing them to bioengineering as a field and introducing clinically relevant projects as learning experiences. The program also features hands-on laboratory courses for real-world experience throughout the curriculum. The final two years allow students to focus on a particular track of Bioengineering for further study. A year-long senior capstone design course provides experience in applying engineering fundamentals to biological problems submitted by faculty, clinicians, and industrial firms.

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering

Overview of Curricular Requirements

The curriculum requires 128 hours for graduation and is organized as shown below.

Technical grade point average requirements for graduation and advanced-level course registration apply to students in this curriculum. These rules are summarized at the College of Engineering's Undergraduate Advising Website.

Orientation and Professional Development

These courses introduce the opportunities and resources your college, department, and curriculum can offer you as you work to achieve your career goals. They also provide the skills to work effectively and successfully in the engineering profession.

BIOE 100Bioengineering Freshman Seminar1
ENG 100Engineering Orientation0
BIOE 120Introduction to Bioengineering1
Total Hours2

Foundational Mathematics and Science

These courses stress the basic mathematical and scientific principles upon which the engineering discipline is based.

CHEM 102General Chemistry I3
CHEM 103General Chemistry Lab I1
CHEM 104General Chemistry II3
CHEM 105General Chemistry Lab II1
MATH 221Calculus I 14
MATH 231Calculus II3
MATH 241Calculus III4
MATH 285Intro Differential Equations3
PHYS 211University Physics: Mechanics4
PHYS 212University Physics: Elec & Mag4
Total Hours30

Bioengineering Technical Core

These courses stress fundamental concepts and basic laboratory techniques that comprise the common intellectual understanding of bioengineering.

BIOE 201Conservation Principles Bioeng3
BIOE 202Cell & Tissue Engineering Lab2
BIOE 205Signals & Systems in Bioengrg3
BIOE 206Cellular Bioengineering3
BIOE 220Bioenergetics4
BIOE 301Introductory Biomechanics3
BIOE 302Modeling Human Physiology3
BIOE 303Quantitative Physiology Lab2
BIOE 310Comp Tools Bio Data3
BIOE 360Transport & Flow in Bioengrg3
BIOE 414Biomedical Instrumentation3
BIOE 415Biomedical Instrumentation Lab2
BIOE 420Intro Bio Control Systems3
BIOE 435Senior Design I2
BIOE 436Senior Design II2
BIOE 476Tissue Engineering3
CHEM 232Elementary Organic Chemistry I 14
CS 101Intro Computing: Engrg & Sci3
MCB 150Molec & Cellular Basis of Life4
Total Hours55

Track Electives

Students must complete 15 hours of engineering study which show coherence, focus, and purpose within a bioengineering context. Students may choose from among the following pre-approved tracks:

  • Biomechanics
  • Cell and Tissue Engineering
  • Computational and Systems Biology
  • Imaging and Sensing
  • Therapeutics Engineering

Alternately a student may devise a special track and set of courses which must be approved by the Bioengineering Department. In either case, overage hours in required courses may be counted toward the 15-hour minimum.

Track electives selected from a departmentally approved list of track elective courses.15
Biomechanics Track
List of Pre-Approved Biomechanics Track Required Courses
TAM 211Statics3
TAM 212Introductory Dynamics3
TAM 251Introductory Solid Mechanics3
List of Pre-Approved Biomechanics Electives to choose remaining hours from:
BIOE 461Cellular Biomechanics4
BIOE 498Special Topics (Surgical Techniques )3
BIOE 498Special Topics (Finite Element Methods in Biomedicine)3
ME 330Engineering Materials4
ME 481Whole-Body Musculoskel Biomech3
ME 482Musculoskel Tissue Mechanics3
ME 483Mechanobiology4
NPRE 498Special Topics (Advanced Risk Analysis)3
SE 402Comp-Aided Product Realization3
SE 423Mechatronics3
TAM 445Continuum Mechanics4
TMGT 461Tech, Eng, & Mgt Final Project2
Pre-Approved Biomechanics Track recommended free elective
SE 101Engineering Graphics & Design3
Cell and Tissue Engineering Track
BIOE 306Biofabrication Lab3
BIOE 416Biosensors3
BIOE 424Modeling for Angiogenesis3
BIOE 430Intro Synthetic Biology3
BIOE 460Gene Editing Lab3
BIOE 461Cellular Biomechanics4
BIOE 487Stem Cell Bioengineering3
BIOE 498Special Topics (Finite Element Methods in Biomedicine)3
CHBE 471Biochemical Engineering3
CHBE 472Techniques in Biomolecular Eng3
IE 330Industrial Quality Control3
MSE 404Laboratory Studies in Materials Science and Engineering1.5
MSE 470Design and Use of Biomaterials3
MSE 474Biomaterials and Nanomedicine3
ME 483Mechanobiology4
TMGT 461Tech, Eng, & Mgt Final Project2
Recommended Free Elective
MCB 450Introductory Biochemistry3
Therapeutics Engineering Track
ABE 446Biological Nanoengineering3
BIOE 306Biofabrication Lab3
BIOE 424Modeling for Angiogenesis3
BIOE 430Intro Synthetic Biology3
BIOE 460Gene Editing Lab3
BIOE 477Imaging and Therapeutic Probes3
BIOE 479Cancer Nanotechnology3
BIOE 498Special Topics (Preclinical Molecular Imaging)3
CHBE 472Techniques in Biomolecular Eng3
ECE 481Nanotechnology4
MSE 403Synthesis of Materials3
MSE 404Laboratory Studies in Materials Science and Engineering1.5
MSE 450Polymer Science & Engineering3
MSE 470Design and Use of Biomaterials3
MSE 473Biomolecular Materials Science3
MSE 474Biomaterials and Nanomedicine3
MSE 480Surfaces and Colloids3
TMGT 461Tech, Eng, & Mgt Final Project2
Computational and Systems Biology Track
CS 101Intro Computing: Engrg & Sci (CS 125 may be taken instead of CS 101. Student must complete curriculum modification form with department advisor)3
ABE 440Applied Statistical Methods I4
BIOE 424Modeling for Angiogenesis3
BIOE 430Intro Synthetic Biology3
BIOE 498Special Topics (Finite Element Methods in Biomedicine)3
CS 225Data Structures4
CS 398Special Topics (Deep Learning)3
CS 411Database Systems3
CS 412Introduction to Data Mining3
CS 440Artificial Intelligence3
CS 465User Interface Design3
CS 466Introduction to Bioinformatics3
ECE 490Introduction to Optimization3
IE 310Deterministic Models in Optimization3
IE 370Stochastic Processes and Applications3
NPRE 498Special Topics (Advanced Risk Analysis)3
SE 423Mechatronics3
TMGT 461Tech, Eng, & Mgt Final Project2
Imaging and Sensing
ECE 210Analog Signal Processing4
ECE 329Fields and Waves I3
and select remaining hours from:
BIOE 477Imaging and Therapeutic Probes3
BIOE 498Special Topics (Surgical Techniques)3
BIOE 498Special Topics (Preclinical Molecular Imaging)3
ECE 310Digital Signal Processing3
ECE 311Digital Signal Processing Lab1
ECE 380Biomedical Imaging3
ECE 416Biosensors3
ECE 460Optical Imaging4
ECE 467Biophotonics3
ECE 473Fund of Engrg Acoustics3
ECE 480Magnetic Resonance Imaging3
ME 487MEMS-NEMS Theory & Fabrication4
NPRE 498Special Topics (Advanced Risk Analysis)3
SE 423Mechatronics3
TMGT 461Tech, Eng, & Mgt Final Project2
Recommended Free Elective
CHEM 442Physical Chemistry I4

Liberal Education

The liberal education courses develop students’ understanding of human culture and society, build skills of inquiry and critical thinking, and lay a foundation for civic engagement and lifelong learning.

Electives from the campus General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences list. 6
Electives from the campus General Education Humanities and the Arts list.6
Electives either from a list approved by the college, or from the campus General Education lists for Social and Behavioral Sciences or Humanities and the Arts.6
Total Hours18

Students must also complete the campus cultural studies requirement by completing (i) one western/comparative culture(s) course, (ii) one non-western course, and (iii) one U.S. minority culture(s) course from the General Education cultural studies lists. Most students select liberal education courses that simultaneously satisfy the Humanities and the Arts and cultural studies requirements. Courses from the western, non-western, and U.S. minority culture lists that fall into free electives or other categories may also be used satisfy the Humanities and the Arts or cultural studies requirements.

Composition

These courses teach fundamentals of expository writing.

RHET 105Writing and Research4
Advanced Composition. May be satisfied by completing a course in either the liberal education or free elective categories which has the Advanced Composition designation.
Total Hours4

Free Electives

These unrestricted electives, subject to certain exceptions as noted at the College of Engineering Advising Website, give the student the opportunity to explore any intellectual area of unique interest. This freedom plays a critical role in helping students to define research specialties or to complete minors.

Free electives. Additional unrestricted course work, subject to certain exceptions as noted at the College of Engineering advising Web site, so that there are at least 128 credit hours earned toward the degree. 6

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering

Suggested Sequence

The schedule that follows is illustrative, showing the typical sequence in which courses would be taken by a student with no college course credit already earned and who intends to graduate in four years. Each individual's case may vary, but the position of required named courses is generally indicative of the order in which they should be taken.

First Year
First SemesterHours
BIOE 100Bioengineering Freshman Seminar1
ENG 100Engineering Orientation0
MATH 2211Calculus I4
CHEM 102General Chemistry I3
CHEM 103General Chemistry Lab I1
RHET 105 or MCB 1502Writing and Research4
Liberal education elective33
 Semester Hours16
Second Semester
BIOE 120Introduction to Bioengineering1
MATH 231Calculus II3
MCB 150 or RHET 1052Molec Cellular Basis of Life4
PHYS 211University Physics: Mechanics4
CHEM 104General Chemistry II3
CHEM 105General Chemistry Lab II1
 Semester Hours16
Second Year
First Semester
BIOE 201Conservation Principles Bioeng3
BIOE 206Cellular Bioengineering3
MATH 241Calculus III4
PHYS 212University Physics: Elec Mag4
CS 101Intro Computing: Engrg Sci3
 Semester Hours17
Second Semester
BIOE 202Cell Tissue Engineering Lab2
BIOE 205Signals Systems in Bioengrg3
BIOE 301Introductory Biomechanics3
CHEM 2324Elementary Organic Chemistry I4
MATH 285Intro Differential Equations3
 Semester Hours15
Third Year
First Semester
BIOE 476Tissue Engineering3
BIOE 220Bioenergetics4
BIOE 302Modeling Human Physiology3
BIOE 303Quantitative Physiology Lab2
Track elective53
Liberal education elective33
 Semester Hours18
Second Semester
BIOE 310Comp Tools Bio Data3
BIOE 360Transport Flow in Bioengrg3
BIOE 414Biomedical Instrumentation3
BIOE 415Biomedical Instrumentation Lab2
Track elective53
Liberal education elective33
 Semester Hours17
Fourth Year
First Semester
BIOE 435Senior Design I2
Track electives56
Liberal education electives36
 Semester Hours14
Second Semester
BIOE 436Senior Design II2
BIOE 420Intro Bio Control Systems3
Track elective53
Liberal education elective33
Free electives4
 Semester Hours15
 Total Hours: 128