One of 17 ABET-accredited programs in the United States, Biological Engineering integrates the physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering with cellular and molecular biology for a wide range of applications involving living organisms and the natural world. Biological engineers apply the engineering principles of analysis, synthesis and design to biological systems such as the environment, water, medicine, energy, materials and food.
Wentworth's Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering degree equips you to apply the engineering principles of analysis, synthesis and design to to biological systems such as the environment, water, medicine, energy, materials, and food. By understanding how biological systems and processes are structured and their functions at the fundamental level, new technologies, materials and systems can be created to improve quality of life.
Engineering with a Difference
The focus on living organisms creates a stark contrast between the Biological Engineering major and many of Wentworth's other engineering disciplines, which center on non-living materials and processes. Biological engineering is rooted in the life sciences and when this converges with the physical sciences that are of importance to engineering, we can create revolutionary new technologies. Potential areas of focus include healthcare, medicine, pharmaceuticals, the environment, clean water, wastewater, energy, materials and more. Creating innovative new solutions to meet the challenges in these areas will define the 21st century.
A Practical, Modern Curriculum
Through extensive lab work and two semesters of co-ops, our Biological Engineering students are immersed in the convergence of physical sciences, life sciences and engineering, giving them the hands-on experience necessary to confront real-world, biological-based problems.
Superior Credentials and Pre-med Option
Biological engineers can build careers in healthcare, pharmaceuticals, industry and organizations focused on the environment. The biological engineering major is ideal for students who want to go beyond a focus in the life sciences to developing innovative solutions involving the application of engineering principles, and can serve as preparation for advanced graduate studies, including pre-med programs.
Co-op Experience with Top Employers
Through Wentworth’s strong network of employers, including many alumni, Biological Engineering students obtain professional experience during their two required cooperative work semesters. Partners hiring our co-op students include AtlantiCare, Boston Bioskills Lab, Boston Children's Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Moderna Therapeutics. Synlogic Therapeutics and WAVE Life Sciences.
The Wentworth Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
For program objectives, outcomes and enrollment and degree data, please visit the Biological Engineering Accreditation Information page.
The Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering program 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. The program 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.
View the Course Catalog below for information about program requirements. For an overview of the year-by-year experience in the Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering program, see "What You'll Learn" below.
Total credits for degree: 128
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.
Plan of Study Grid Freshman Year Fall Semester Credits ENGR1100 INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING EXPERIENCE 2 ENGR1201 ENGINEERING LABORATORY-BSBE 2 CHEM1100 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I 4 MATH1776 CALCULUS 1A 2 MATH1777 CALCULUS 1B 2 English Sequence* 4 Credits 16 Spring Semester ENGR1300 FIRST-YEAR ENGINEERING DESIGN 2 ENGR1401 APPLIED ENGINEERING ANALYSIS-BSBE 2 BIOL1100 CELL & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY 4 MATH1876 CALCULUS 2A 2 MATH1877 CALCULUS 2B 2 English Sequence* 4 Credits 16 Sophomore Year Fall Semester BIOE2000 FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING 4 BIOL2200 ADVANCED MOLECULAR BIOLOGY 4 MATH2500 DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS 4 PHYS1250 ENGINEERING PHYSICS I 4 Credits 16 Spring Semester BIOE2100 BIOSTATISTICS FOR BIOENGINEERS 4 BIOE2500 BIOLOGICAL INSTRUMENTATION & MEASUREMENT 4 CHEM1600 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II 4 HSS Elective* 4 Credits 16 Summer Semester COOP3000 PRE CO-OP WORK TERM (OPTIONAL) (Optional) 0 Credits 0 Junior Year Fall Semester BIOE3500 GENETICS AND TRANSGENICS 4 CHEM2500 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I 4 PHYS1750 ENGINEERING PHYSICS II 4 HSS Elective* 4 Credits 16 Spring Semester COOP3500 COOP EDUCATION 1 Credits 0 Summer Semester BIOE3025 BIOMATERIALS & TISSUE ENGINEERING 4 BIOE3550 UNIT OPERATIONS & PROCESS CONTROL 4 CHEM3550 BIOCHEMISTRY 4 HSS Elective* 4 Credits 16 Senior Year Fall Semester COOP4500 COOP EDUCATION 2 Credits 0 Spring Semester BIOE4000 CELL PHYSIOLOGY AND SIGNALING 4 BIOE4500 BIOTRANSPORT PHENOMENA 4 ENGR5000 ENGINEERING SENIOR DESIGN I 4 BIOE Elective 4 Credits 16 Summer Semester BIOE4400 SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY 4 ENGR5500 ENGINEERING SENIOR DESIGN II 4 BIOE Elective 4 HSS Elective* 4 Credits 16 Total Credits 128
Students are required to complete:
- At least one course in Humanities: CSAS, HSSI, HIST, HUMN, LITR and PHIL
- At least one course in the Social Sciences: CSAS, HSSI, COMM, ECON, ENVM, POLS, PSYC and SOCL
- The remaining course from either the Humanities or Social Sciences category.
Students with a three English course sequence may use the third English course to satisfy a Humanities requirement.
A minimum of 20 credits total, including English, humanities, and social science credit, is required to complete the humanities and social sciences graduation requirement.
Math Placement may alter the course schedule above.
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What You'll Learn
In your fall semester, you’ll establish a foundation for your Biological Engineering program by taking introductory courses in chemistry, physics, and calculus, along with Introduction to Engineering, which will instill core engineering concepts that you’ll use throughout the program.
In the spring, you’ll begin exploring biological concepts in Cell & Molecular Biology while also diving into engineering courses that utilize essential tools.
Second-year biological engineering students expand their knowledge with courses like Advanced Molecular Biology and Biostatistics for Bioengineers while continuing to bolster their understanding of chemistry and physics.
An optional pre co-op work term is available to students during the summer semester.
In the fall semester of your third year, you’ll be able to supplement courses in Genetics and Organic Chemistry with an elective in your desired area of study.
In the spring, you’ll begin the first of two required co-ops.
In the summer, you’ll dig into more advanced biological engineering, including working with materials and understanding the biomanufacturing process.
In the fall, you’ll go on your second required co-op to gain more hands-on industry experience.
The remainder of your program includes courses in Cell Physiology and Synthetic Biology, as well as your senior capstone project, which you’ll work on over your final two semesters.