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2017-2018 Academic Catalog: Biological Engineering Program

Dr. Nakisa Alborz, LEED AP BD+C, Co-Chair 
Rubenstein Hall 202A
617-989-4705

James O’Brien, Ph.D., Co-Chair
Ira Allen Building 308
617-989-4426

Degree Program

Biological Engineering (BSBE) 
Leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree

Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Biological Engineering program is to prepare students to become practicing engineers/scientists, who will go on to be innovative problem solvers in industry, government, and academia.

Program Overview

Biological engineering is at the leading edge of emerging engineering disciplines, applying the engineering principles of analysis, synthesis, and design to biology at the molecular and cellular levels to create new products and processes. By understanding biological functions at the fundamental level, and how systems and processes are structured, new technologies, materials, and systems can be created to improve quality of life through a broad array of sectors from health care to the environment. The Biological Engineering program provides opportunities for students who wish to study engineering, but also want to study biology because it is the fundamental building block of life sciences. This program opens opportunities for students to study science and engineering and apply the principles of each area while working with diverse applications involving living organisms.

Biological Engineering Program Objectives

Within three to five years after graduation, graduates of the Biological Engineering program will:

  • Contribute significantly in the design and development of complex biological systems.
  • Work effectively as members of multidisciplinary teams that analyze data critically, synthesize information and implement ethical solutions for the betterment of society.
  • Prepare and present technical and scientific information professionally to various audiences.
  • Further their education either through directed or independent studies to advance them personally and professionally.
Biological Engineering Program Outcomes

By the time of graduation, students enrolled in the Biological Engineering program will be able to demonstrate the following outcomes:

  • Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • Ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • Ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • Ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • Ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • Recognize the need for, and an ability to engage in, lifelong learning.
  • Knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • Ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
Degree Details

Total credits for degree: 132

This is a four-year program, starting in the fall of the student’s first year and ending in the summer semester of the student’s fourth year.

Biomedical Engineering (BSBE)

Freshman Year, Fall Semester (total credits 19) 

  • ENGR1000, Introduction to Engineering, 3cr.
  • CHEM1000, Engineering Chemistry I 4cr.
  • MATH1750, Engineering Calculus I, 4cr.
  • PHYS1250, Engineering Physics I, 4 cr.
  • ENGLISH, English Sequence, See ENGL/HSS note below *

Freshman Year, Spring Semester (total credits 17)

  • ENGR1500, Introduction to Engineering Design, 3cr.
  • BIOL1100, Cell and Molecular Biology, 4cr.
  • MATH1850, Engineering Calculus II, 4cr. 
  • ENGR1600, Fundamentals of CAD and CAM 1cr.
  • ENGR1800, Programming with MATLAB, 1cr.
  • ENGLISH, English Sequence, See ENGL/HSS note below *

Sophomore Year, Fall Semester (total credits 16)

  • BIOL2200, Advanced Molecular Biology, 4cr.
  • BIOE2000, Fundamentals of Biological Engineering, 4cr.
  • MATH2500 Differential Equations, 4cr.
  • PHYS1750, Engineering Physics II 4cr.

Sophomore Year, Spring Semester (total credits 16)

  • BMED4600, Biostatistics 4cr.
  • CHEM1600, Engineering Chemistry II 4cr.
  • BIOE2500, Biological Instrumentation and Measurement 4 cr.
  • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *

Sophomore Year, Summer Semester

  • COOP3000, Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional)

Junior Year, Fall Semester (total credits 16)

  • CHEM2500, Organic Chemistry 4cr.
  • BIOE3500, Genetics and Transgenetics 4cr.
  • ELECTIVE, Bio Elective/EPIC 4cr.
  • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *

Junior Year, Spring Semester

  • COOP3500, Co-op Work Term I

Junior Year, Summer Semester (total credits 16)

  • CHEM2400, Biochemistry 4cr.
  • BIOE3025, Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering 4cr. 
  • BIOE3550, Unit Operations and Process Control 4cr.
  • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *

Senior Year, Fall Semester

  • COOP4500, Co-op Work Term II

Senior Year, Spring Semester (total credits 16)

  • BIOE4000, Cell Physiology and Signaling 4cr.
  • BIOE4500, Bio-Transport Phenomena 4cr.
  • ENGR5000, Engineering Senior Design I 4cr.
  • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *

Senior Year, Summer Semester (total credits 16)

  • BIOL4400, Synthetic Biology 4cr.
  • ELECTIVE Bio-Elective/EPIC 4cr.
  • ENGR5500, Engineering Senior Design II 4cr.

HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS not