Bioengineering, BS

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering


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Current Program Educational Objectives


Bioengineers use engineering principles to solve problems in the life sciences, human health and medicine, and related industries. At the undergraduate level, the goal of bioengineering education is to instill a fundamental understanding of biology while developing core skills to design technologies relevant to human health and disease.

The Bioengineering department at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign provides a rigorous engineering education that prepares graduates to:

●    secure and excel in jobs as engineers in industries of biotechnology, health care equipment and technology, life science tools, and pharmaceuticals,
●    pursue graduate studies in bioengineering-related fields, and
●    pursue professional degrees in the health sciences, law, and business.

During the first and second years of the curriculum, fundamental courses in biology, chemistry, computing, mathematics, and physics introduce students to the multidisciplinary principles underlying bioengineering as a field. Throughout the curriculum, core coursework becomes progressively more integrative across the disciplines and in years three and four, students specialize in a chosen bioengineering subdiscipline. The program is distinguished by laboratory courses that provide diverse experiences and hands-on skills as well as a capstone design course in which students practice the rigorous application of engineering fundamentals to biological problems identified by faculty, clinicians, and industrial partners.

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering


Graduation Requirements

Minimum Overall GPA: 2.0


Minimum hours required for graduation: 128 hours


General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.


Orientation and Professional Development

ENG 100Grainger Engineering Orientation Seminar (External transfer students take ENG 300.)1
BIOE 100Bioengineering Seminar1
BIOE 120Introduction to Bioengineering1
Total Hours3

Foundational Mathematics and Science

CHEM 102General Chemistry I3
CHEM 103General Chemistry Lab I1
CHEM 104General Chemistry II3
CHEM 105General Chemistry Lab II1
MATH 221Calculus I (MATH 220 may be substituted. MATH 220 is appropriate for students with no background in calculus. 4 of 5 credit hours count towards degree.)4
MATH 231Calculus II3
MATH 241Calculus III4
MATH 285Intro Differential Equations3
PHYS 211University Physics: Mechanics4
PHYS 212University Physics: Elec & Mag4
Total Hours30

Bioengineering Technical Core

BIOE 201Conservation Principles Bioeng3
BIOE 202Cell & Tissue Engineering Lab2
BIOE 205Signals & Systems in Bioengrg3
BIOE 206Cellular Bioengineering3
BIOE 210Linear Algebra for Biomedical Data Science3
BIOE 302Modeling Human Physiology3
BIOE 303Quantitative Physiology Lab2
BIOE 310Computational Tools for Biological 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 I4
CS 101Intro Computing: Engrg & Sci (CS 124 may be taken instead of CS 101.)3
MCB 150Molec & Cellular Basis of Life4
Total Hours51

Track Electives

Students are required to complete 15 hours of credit from one track area listed below.15
Biomechanics Track
Required courses:
TAM 211Statics3
TAM 212Introductory Dynamics3
TAM 251Introductory Solid Mechanics3
Select the remaining 6 hours from the below list:
BIOE 461Cellular Biomechanics4
BIOE 498Special Topics (Experimental Design in Automation)3
BIOE 498Special Topics (Finite Element Methods in Biomedicine)3
BIOE 498Special Topics (Quantitative Pharmacology)3
BIOE 498Special Topics (Regulatory Safety Issues in Bioengineering)3
BIOE 498Special Topics (Surgical Techniques)3
ME 330Engineering Materials4
ME 481Whole-Body Musculoskel Biomech3
ME 482Musculoskel Tissue Mechanics3
ME 483Mechanobiology4
NPRE 461Probabilistic Risk Assessment3
SE 402Comp-Aided Product Realization3
SE 423Mechatronics3
TAM 445Continuum Mechanics4
TMGT 461Tech, Eng, & Mgt Final Project2
Recommended free elective:
SE 101Engineering Graphics & Design3
Cell and Tissue Engineering Track
Select 15 hours from the list below:
BIOE 306Biofabrication Lab3
BIOE 416Biosensors3
BIOE 430Intro Synthetic Biology3
BIOE 460Gene Editing Lab3
BIOE 461Cellular Biomechanics4
BIOE 487Stem Cell Bioengineering3
BIOE 498Special Topics (Experimental Design in Automation)3
BIOE 498Special Topics (Finite Element Methods in Biomedicine)3
BIOE 498Special Topics (Immunoengineering)3
BIOE 498Special Topics (Preclinical Molecular Imaging)3
BIOE 498Special Topics (Quantitative Pharmacology)3
BIOE 498Special Topics (Regulatory Safety Issues in Bioengineering)3
BIOE 498Special Topics (Systems Biology)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
Select 15 hours from the list below:
ABE 446Biological Nanoengineering3
BIOE 306Biofabrication Lab3
BIOE 430Intro Synthetic Biology3
BIOE 460Gene Editing Lab3
BIOE 479Cancer Nanotechnology3
BIOE 498Special Topics (Experimental Design in Automation)3
BIOE 498Special Topics (Immunoengineering)3
BIOE 498Special Topics (Preclinical Molecular Imaging)3
BIOE 498Special Topics (Quantitative Pharmacology)3
BIOE 498Special Topics (Regulatory Safety Issues in Bioengineering)3
BIOE 498Special Topics (Surgical Technologies)3
BIOE 498Special Topics (Systems Biology)3
BIOE 498Special Topics (Technologies for Cancer Diagnosis and Therapy)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 457Polymer Chemistry3 or 4
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
Required courses:
CS 128Introduction to Computer Science II3
CS 225Data Structures4
Select the remaining 8 hours from the list below:
ABE 440Applied Statistical Methods I4
BIOE 483Biomedical Computed Imaging Systems3
BIOE 484Statistical Analysis of Biomedical Images3
BIOE 485Computational Mathematics for Machine Learning and Imaging4
BIOE 486Applied Deep Learning for Biomedical Imaging3
BIOE 430Intro Synthetic Biology3
BIOE 498Special Topics (Experimental Design in Automation)3
BIOE 498Special Topics (Finite Element Methods in Biomedicine)3
BIOE 498Special Topics (Regulatory Safety Issues in Bioengineering)3
BIOE 498Special Topics (Systems Biology)3
CS 411Database Systems3
CS 412Introduction to Data Mining3
CS 440Artificial Intelligence3
CS 446Machine Learning3 or 4
CS 465User Interface Design4
CS 466Introduction to Bioinformatics3
CS 498Special Topics (Intro to Deep Learning)3
ECE 490Introduction to Optimization3
ECE 498Special Topics in ECE (Deep Learning in Hardware)3
IE 310Deterministic Models in Optimization3
IE 370Stochastic Processes and Applications3
NPRE 461Probabilistic Risk Assessment3 or 4
SE 423Mechatronics3
TMGT 461Tech, Eng, & Mgt Final Project2
Imaging and Sensing Track
Required courses:
ECE 210Analog Signal Processing4
ECE 329Fields and Waves I3
Select the remaining 8 hours from the list below:
BIOE 498Special Topics (Experimental Design in Automation)3
BIOE 484Statistical Analysis of Biomedical Images3
BIOE 486Applied Deep Learning for Biomedical Imaging3
BIOE 498Special Topics (Immunoengineering)3
BIOE 498Special Topics (Preclinical Molecular Imaging)3
BIOE 498Special Topics (Quantitative Pharmacology)3
BIOE 498Special Topics (Regulatory Safety Issues in Bioengineering)3
BIOE 498Special Topics (Surgical Techniques)3
BIOE 498Special Topics (Systems Biology)3
BIOE 498Special Topics (Technologies for Cancer Diagnosis and Therapy)3
ECE 310Digital Signal Processing3
ECE 311Digital Signal Processing Lab1
ECE 365Data Science and Engineering3
ECE 380Biomedical Imaging3
ECE 416Biosensors3
ECE 417Multimedia Signal Processing4
ECE 418Image & Video Processing4
ECE 437Sensors and Instrumentation3
ECE 365Data Science and Engineering3
ECE 460Optical Imaging4
ECE 467Biophotonics3
ECE 472Biomedical Ultrasound Imaging3
ECE 473Fund of Engrg Acoustics3
ECE 480Magnetic Resonance Imaging3
ME 487MEMS-NEMS Theory & Fabrication4
NPRE 461Probabilistic Risk Assessment3
SE 423Mechatronics3
TMGT 461Tech, Eng, & Mgt Final Project2
Recommended Free Elective
CHEM 442Physical Chemistry I4

Free Electives

Additional coursework, subject to the Grainger College of Engineering restrictions to Free Electives, so that there are at least 128 credit hours earned toward the degree.13
Total Hours of Curriculum to Graduate128

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering


Sample Sequence

The curriculum sequence below is a sample sequence, as all Grainger Engineering students work with a department academic advisor to achieve their educational goals, specific to their needs and preparation. The curriculum sequence can also be viewed via dynamic and static curricular maps, which include prerequisite sequencing.

General Education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement. 

Free Electives: Additional course work, subject to the Grainger College of Engineering restrictions to Free Electives, so that there are at least 128 credit hours earned toward the degree.

First Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
BIOE 1001BIOE 1201
CHEM 1023CHEM 1043
CHEM 1031CHEM 1051
MATH 221 (MATH 220 may be substituted. MATH 220 is appropriate for students with no background in calculus. 4 of 5 credit hours count towards degree.)4MATH 2313
ENG 100 (External transfer students take ENG 300.)1PHYS 2114
RHET 105 (if UIN is even) or MCB 150 (if UIN is odd)4MCB 150 (if UIN is even) or RHET 105 (if UIN is odd)4
General Education Elective3 
 17 16
Second Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
BIOE 2013BIOE 2022
BIOE 2063BIOE 2053
MATH 2414BIOE 2103
PHYS 2124MATH 2853
CS 101 (CS 124 may be taken instead of CS 101.)3CHEM 2324
 17 15
Third Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
BIOE 3023BIOE 3103
BIOE 3032BIOE 3603
BIOE 4763BIOE 4143
Free Elective2BIOE 4152
Track Elective3Track Elective3
General Education Elective3 
 16 14
Fourth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
BIOE 4352BIOE 4362
Track Elective3BIOE 4203
Track Elective3Track Elective3
General Education Elective3Free Elective3
General Education Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective2
 17 16
Total Hours 128