BSBE in Biological Engineering

Degree Program Description

Biological Engineering is a science-based engineering curriculum that integrates engineering and biological sciences in the areas of health, sustainability and environmental stewardship.  Students are prepared in three engineering areas:  biomedical, bioprocess, and bioenvironmental. In addition to the core program courses, the program includes courses in basic sciences; social, behavioral and engineering sciences; and humanities and fine arts.  In a capstone design course, each student completes a design project under the direction of a faculty advisor.  Graduates are hired by biotechnology, medical, pharmaceutical, food and agricultural companies and government agencies, or opt to further their education in graduate, medical or veterinary medical school.  Graduates are well prepared to take the Fundamentals of Engineering exam during their senior year, which is the first step toward obtaining a Professional Engineer license.  The BSBE in biological engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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Major Program Requirements

The curriculum encompasses basic sciences, social and behavioral sciences, humanities and fine arts, engineering sciences and topics, and program core courses. The core courses cover topics of biological engineering principles and design. In a capstone design course, each student completes a design project under the direction of a faculty advisor. Technical electives allow students to place emphasis on biomedical, bioprocess or bioenvironmental engineering. The requirements listed below are in addition to University general education requirements. All pre-requisites required for Basic Engineering, Biological Engineering, and Technical Elective courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better.

Major Core Requirements

Math and Statistics19
MATH 1500Analytic Geometry and Calculus I5
MATH 1700Calculus II5
MATH 2300Calculus III3
MATH 4100Differential Equations3
Statistics (from approved list)3
Basic sciences28
PHYSCS 2750University Physics I5
PHYSCS 2760University Physics II5
CHEM 1320College Chemistry I4
CHEM 2100Organic Chemistry I3
BIO_SC 1500Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory5
Biology and related science (from approved list)6
Basic Engineering14
ENGINR 1100Engineering Graphics Fundamentals2
ENGINR 1200Statics and Elementary Strength of Materials3
ENGINR 2200Intermediate Strength of Materials3
Fluid Mechanics (from approved list)3
Thermodynamics (from approved list)3
Biological Engineering18
BIOL_EN 2000Professional Development in Engineering2
BIOL_EN 2080Introduction to Programming for Engineers3
BIOL_EN 2180Engineering Analysis of Bioprocesses3
BIOL_EN 3180Heat and Mass Transfer in Biological Systems3
BIOL_EN 4380Applied Electronic Instrumentation4
BIOL_EN 4980Biological Engineering Design3
Technical electives24
Upper-level engineering courses, with 15 credit hours in approved courses, of which 12 credit hours in a technical area are recommended.24

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Bioenvironmental Technical Area:
BIOL_EN 4001Topics in Biological Engineering (Environmental Hydrology)3
BIOL_EN 4150Soil and Water Conservation Engineering3
BIOL_EN 4250Irrigation and Drainage Engineering3
BIOL_EN 4350Watershed Modeling Using GIS3
BIOL_EN 4940Engineering Internship1-3
BIOL_EN 4990Undergraduate Research in Biological Engineering1-5
BIOL_EN 4995HUndergraduate Honors Research in Biological Engineering1-5
CH_ENG 4285Pollution Prevention3
CH_ENG 4312Air Pollution Control3
CV_ENG 3050Introduction to Geographic Information Systems GIS3
CV_ENG 3200Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering4
CV_ENG 3400Fundamentals of Geotechnical Engineering4
CV_ENG 3702Hydrology4
CV_ENG 4230Introduction to Water Quality3
CV_ENG 4240Water Quality Analysis3
CV_ENG 4250Environmental Regulatory Compliance3
GEOG 4940Advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS II)3
IMSE 4001Topics in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering (Life Cycle Analysis)3
Bioprocessing Technical Area:
BIOL_EN 3075Introduction to Materials Engineering3
BIOL_EN 3170Biomaterials3
BIOL_EN 4001Topics in Biological Engineering (Biomanufacturing Technologies)3
BIOL_EN 4310Feedback Control Systems3
BIOL_EN 4480Physics and Chemistry of Materials3
BIOL_EN 4315Principles of Biochemical Engineering3
CH_ENG 4315Introduction to Bioprocess Engineering3
BIOL_EN 4316Biomass Refinery Operations3
CH_ENG 4316Biomass Refinery Operations3
BIOL_EN 4990Undergraduate Research in Biological Engineering1-5
BIOL_EN 4995HUndergraduate Honors Research in Biological Engineering1-5
CH_ENG 3235Principles of Chemical Engineering II3
CH_ENG 4319Introduction to Polymer Materials3
CH_ENG 3262Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II3
CH_ENG 4363Chemical Reaction Engineering and Technology3
IMSE 4001Topics in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering (Life Cycle Analysis)3
Biomedical Engineering Technical Area:
BIOL_EN 3075Introduction to Materials Engineering3
BIOL_EN 3170Biomaterials3
BIOL_EN 4070Bioelectricity3
BIOL_EN 4001Topics in Biological Engineering (Biomanufacturing Technologies)3
BIOL_EN 4001Topics in Biological Engineering (Brain Signals and Brain Machine Interfaces)3
BIOL_EN 4001Topics in Biological Engineering (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Magnetic Resonance Imaging)3
BIOL_EN 4170Biomaterials Interfaces of Implantable Devices3
BIOL_EN 4315Principles of Biochemical Engineering3
CH_ENG 4315Introduction to Bioprocess Engineering3
BIOL_EN 4310Feedback Control Systems3
BIOL_EN 4370Orthopaedic Biomechanics3
BIOL_EN 4420Introduction to Biomedical Imaging3
BIOL_EN 4470Biomolecular Engineering and Nanobiotechnology3
BIOL_EN 4480Physics and Chemistry of Materials3
BIOL_EN 4570Fluorescent Imaging3
BIOL_EN 4590Computational Neuroscience4
BIOL_EN 4770Biomedical Optics3
BIOL_EN 4940Engineering Internship1-3
BIOL_EN 4990Undergraduate Research in Biological Engineering1-5
BIOL_EN 4995HUndergraduate Honors Research in Biological Engineering1-5

Approved Electives

Statistics approved list:
STAT 4710Introduction to Mathematical Statistics3
IMSE 2110Probability and Statistics for Engineers3
BIOL_EN 4270Design of Experiments and Statistical Quality Control for Process Engineers3
Biological Science Electives approved list:
AN_SCI 3254Physiology of Domestic Animals4-5
BIO_SC 2200General Genetics4
BIO_SC 2300Introduction to Cell Biology4
BIO_SC 3700Animal Physiology5
BIO_SC 4976Molecular Biology3
BIO_SC 4990Vertebrate Histology and Microscopic Anatomy5
BIOCHM 3630General Biochemistry3
BIOCHM 4270Biochemistry3
BIOL_EN 4001Topics in Biological Engineering3
DMU 4200Principles of Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound3
F_S 2172Elements of Food Microbiology3
F_S 4310Food Chemistry and Analysis4
F_S 4370Food Microbiology3
MPP 3202Elements of Physiology5
NUCMED 4327Nuclear Medicine Instrumentation3
PHYSCS 4110Light and Modern Optics4
PHYSCS 4310Physics in Cell and Developmental Biology3
PLNT_S 2110Plants and their Cultivation3
PLNT_S 3213Genetics of Agricultural Plants and Animals3
PLNT_S 4313Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition3
PLNT_S 4315Crop Physiology3
PLNT_S 4320Molecular Plant Physiology3
SOIL 2100Introduction to Soils3
SOIL 2106Soil Science Laboratory2
SOIL 3290Soils and the Environment3
SOIL 3290WSoils and the Environment - Writing Intensive3
SOIL 4312Environmental Soil Microbiology3
SOIL 4318Environmental Soil Chemistry3
Fluid Mechanics approved list:
MAE 3400Fluid Mechanics3
BIOL_EN 3070Biological Fluid Mechanics3
CV_ENG 3700Fluid Mechanics3
Thermodynamics approved list:
ENGINR 2300Engineering Thermodynamics3
CH_ENG 3261Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I3

Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 15005MATH 17005
CHEM 13204PHYSCS 27505
ENGINR 11002BIO_SC 15005
ENGLSH 10003ENGINR 11101
ENGINR 10001 
 15 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL_EN 20803BIOL_EN 20002
MATH 23003MATH 41003
PHYSCS 27605BIOL_EN 21803
ENGINR 12003ENGINR 22003
CHEM 21003ENGINR 23003
 BIO_SCI Elective3
 17 17
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIO_SCI Elective3Humanities or Fine Arts Elective3
ENGINR 21003BIOL_EN 43804
Fluid Mechanics (from approved list)3BIOL_EN 31803
Statistics (from approved list)3BIOL_EN Tech Elective3
Humanities or Fine Arts Elective3BS/SS ECON 1014/10153
 15 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL_EN 4980W3Technical Elective3
Technical Elective 3Technical Elective3
Technical Elective3Technical Elective3
Humanities or Fine Arts Elective3Technical Elective3
BS/SS Elective (American Government or History)3BS/SS Elective3
 15 15
Total Credits: 126

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