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.

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 12 credits in a technical emphasis.24

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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
ENGINR 10001ENGLSH 10003
MATH 15005MATH 17005
CHEM 13204BIO_SC 15005
ENGINR 11002ECONOM 10143
American History or American Government3 
 15 16
Second Year
BIOL_EN 20803BIOL_EN 20002
MATH 23003MATH 41003
PHYSCS 27505PHYSCS 27605
CHEM 21003ENGINR 12003
Behavioral or Social Science Course3Humanities/Fine Art Course3
 17 16
Third Year
BIOL_EN 21803BIOL_EN 31803
ENGINR 22003Thermodynamics3
Fluid Mechanics3Biological Sciences Elective4
Technical Electives3Humanities/Fine Arts Course3
Biological Sciences Elective3Statistics 3
 15 16
Fourth Year
BIOL_EN 49803BIOL_EN 43804
Technical Elective 3Technical Elective3
Technical Elective3Technical Elective3
Technical Elective3Technical Elective3
Humanities/Fine Arts Course3Technical Elective3
 15 16
Total Credits: 126

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Degree Audit

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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