Bioengineering, BS

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering


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

department faculty: Bioengineering Faculty


overview of college admissions & requirements: The Grainger College of Engineering

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

Current Program Educational Objectives: https://bioengineering.illinois.edu/academics/undergraduate/education-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 at 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 100Engineering Orientation0
BIOE 100Bioengineering Freshman Seminar1
BIOE 120Introduction to Bioengineering1
Total Hours2

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 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

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 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 24
CS 101Intro Computing: Engrg & Sci3
MCB 150Molec & Cellular Basis of Life4
Total Hours51

Track Electives

Track electives selected from a departmentally approved list of track elective courses below. Alternately a student may devise a special track and set of courses which must be approved by the Bioengineering Department. Students are required to complete one track.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 Biomechanics 54
BIOE 498Special Topics (Experimental Design in Automation) 53
BIOE 498Special Topics (Finite Element Methods in Biomedicine) 53
BIOE 498Special Topics (Quantitative Pharmacology) 53
BIOE 498Special Topics (Regulatory Safety Issues in Bioengineering) 53
BIOE 498Special Topics (Surgical Techniques ) 53
ME 330Engineering Materials4
ME 481Whole-Body Musculoskel Biomech3
ME 482Musculoskel Tissue Mechanics3
ME 483Mechanobiology4
SE 402Comp-Aided Product Realization3
NPRE 461Probabilistic Risk Assessment 53
SE 423Mechatronics3
TAM 445Continuum Mechanics 54
TMGT 461Tech, Eng, & Mgt Final Project 52
Pre-Approved Biomechanics Track recommended free elective
SE 101Engineering Graphics & Design3
Cell and Tissue Engineering Track
BIOE 306Biofabrication Lab 53
BIOE 416Biosensors 53
BIOE 430Intro Synthetic Biology 53
BIOE 460Gene Editing Lab 53
BIOE 461Cellular Biomechanics 54
BIOE 487Stem Cell Bioengineering 53
BIOE 498Special Topics (Experimental Design in Automation) 53
BIOE 498Special Topics (Finite Element Methods in Biomedicine) 53
BIOE 498Special Topics (Immunoengineering) 53
BIOE 498Special Topics (Preclinical Molecular Imaging) 53
BIOE 498Special Topics (Quantitative Pharmacology ) 53
BIOE 498Special Topics (Regulatory Safety Issues in Bioengineering ) 53
BIOE 498Special Topics (Systems Biology) 53
CHBE 471Biochemical Engineering3
CHBE 472Techniques in Biomolecular Eng 53
IE 330Industrial Quality Control3
MSE 404Laboratory Studies in Materials Science and Engineering 51.5
MSE 470Design and Use of Biomaterials 53
MSE 474Biomaterials and Nanomedicine 53
ME 483Mechanobiology 54
TMGT 461Tech, Eng, & Mgt Final Project 52
Recommended Free Elective
MCB 450Introductory Biochemistry3
Therapeutics Engineering Track
ABE 446Biological Nanoengineering3
BIOE 306Biofabrication Lab 53
BIOE 430Intro Synthetic Biology 53
BIOE 460Gene Editing Lab 53
BIOE 479Cancer Nanotechnology 53
BIOE 498Special Topics (Experimental Design in Automation) 53
BIOE 498Special Topics (Immunoengineering) 53
BIOE 498Special Topics (Preclinical Molecular Imaging) 53
BIOE 498Special Topics (Quantitative Pharmacology ) 53
BIOE 498Special Topics (Regulatory Safety Issues in Bioengineering ) 53
BIOE 498Special Topics (Surgical Technologies) 53
BIOE 498Special Topics (Systems Biology) 53
BIOE 498Special Topics (Technologies for Cancer Diagnosis and Therapy) 53
CHBE 472Techniques in Biomolecular Eng 53
ECE 481Nanotechnology 54
MSE 403Synthesis of Materials3
MSE 404Laboratory Studies in Materials Science and Engineering 51.5
MSE 450Polymer Science & Engineering3
MSE 457Polymer Chemistry3 or 4
MSE 470Design and Use of Biomaterials 53
MSE 473Biomolecular Materials Science3
MSE 474Biomaterials and Nanomedicine 53
MSE 480Surfaces and Colloids3
TMGT 461Tech, Eng, & Mgt Final Project 52
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 430Intro Synthetic Biology 53
BIOE 498Special Topics (Experimental Design in Automation) 53
BIOE 498Special Topics (Finite Element Methods in Biomedicine) 53
BIOE 498Special Topics (Regulatory Safety Issues in Bioengineering ) 53
BIOE 498Special Topics (Systems Biology) 53
CS 225Data Structures4
CS 411Database Systems3
CS 412Introduction to Data Mining3
CS 440Artificial Intelligence3
CS 446Machine Learning3 or 4
CS 465User Interface Design3
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 Assessment 53 or 4
SE 423Mechatronics 53
TMGT 461Tech, Eng, & Mgt Final Project 52
Imaging and Sensing Track
ECE 210Analog Signal Processing4
ECE 329Fields and Waves I3
and select remaining hours from:
BIOE 498Special Topics (Experimental Design in Automation) 53
BIOE 498Special Topics (Immunoengineering) 53
BIOE 498Special Topics (Preclinical Molecular Imaging) 53
BIOE 498Special Topics (Quantitative Pharmacology ) 53
BIOE 498Special Topics (Regulatory Safety Issues in Bioengineering ) 53
BIOE 498Special Topics (Surgical Techniques) 53
BIOE 498Special Topics (Systems Biology) 53
BIOE 498Special Topics (Technologies for Cancer Diagnosis and Therapy) 53
ECE 310Digital Signal Processing3
ECE 311Digital Signal Processing Lab1
ECE 365Data Science and Engineering3
ECE 380Biomedical Imaging3
ECE 416Biosensors 53
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 Assessment 53
SE 423Mechatronics 53
TMGT 461Tech, Eng, & Mgt Final Project 52
Recommended Free Elective
CHEM 442Physical Chemistry I4

Electives

The Grainger College of Engineering Liberal Education course list, or additional courses from the campus General Education lists for Social and Behavioral Sciences or Humanities and the Arts. 36
Free electives. Additional unrestricted course work, subject to certain exceptions as noted by the College, so that there are at least 128 credit hours earned toward the degree. 48
Total Hours of Curriculum to Graduate128

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering

Suggested Sequence

The curriculum sequence below is a suggested sequence, as all Grainger Engineering students work with a department academic advisor to achieve their educational goals, specific to their needs and preparation. Dynamic and Static curricular maps, which include prerequisite sequencing, can be found here.

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
General education elective33
 Semester Hours16
Second Semester
BIOE 120Introduction to Bioengineering1
MATH 231Calculus II3
CHEM 104General Chemistry II3
CHEM 105General Chemistry Lab II1
PHYS 211University Physics: Mechanics4
MCB 150 or RHET 1052Molec Cellular Basis of Life4
 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 210Linear Algebra for Biomedical Data Science3
CHEM 2324Elementary Organic Chemistry I4
MATH 285Intro Differential Equations3
 Semester Hours15
Third Year
First Semester
BIOE 302Modeling Human Physiology3
BIOE 303Quantitative Physiology Lab2
BIOE 476Tissue Engineering3
Track elective53
Free elective2
General education elective33
 Semester Hours16
Second Semester
BIOE 310Comp Tools Bio Data3
BIOE 360Transport Flow in Bioengrg3
BIOE 414Biomedical Instrumentation3
BIOE 415Biomedical Instrumentation Lab2
Track elective53
General education elective33
 Semester Hours17
Fourth Year
First Semester
BIOE 435Senior Design I2
Track electives56
General education elective36
Free elective3
 Semester Hours17
Second Semester
BIOE 436Senior Design II2
BIOE 420Intro Bio Control Systems3
Track elective53
General education elective33
Free electives3
 Semester Hours14
 Total Hours: 128