Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering

College of Engineering & Computer Science

Full Time
Undergraduate Major
On Campus

Program Description

Create new technologies, materials and systems to improve the quality of life of individuals.

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 level to create new products and processes.  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 through a broad array of sectors from healthcare to the environment.

Due to the very nature of biology and living organisms, this engineering major is different from traditional engineering disciplines, which are primarily based on non-living materials and processes that have their basis in the physical sciences. The basic building block for biological engineering is the life sciences, and the core of the life sciences is biology. By applying the principles of engineering to life sciences, what emerges is a convergence of physical sciences, life sciences and engineering. The intersection of these disciplines is revolutionizing not only healthcare but a host of other areas including but not limited to medicine, pharmaceuticals, environment, clean water, waste water, energy, materials, etc., all of which will affect lives in the 21st century.

Examples recently in the news include microbial materials being used to biodegrade man-made toxins, enzymes being used to convert plant material to bio-based products, biological systems being used as drug delivery systems and even cells being used as bio-sensors. What was sci-fi a few years ago is now reality. The rapid evolution of innovative approaches towards new discoveries, products, and processes in biological systems is yielding professional opportunities for a new generation of engineers. What is needed now is an educational environment that supports the growth of engineers with a strong science background.  Wentworth is positioned to provide that educational opportunity for students.

Graduate with Superior Credentials

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 straight life sciences to developing innovative solutions involving the application of engineering principles, and can serve as a forerunner to pre-med or other graduate programs.

Also Consider Biomedical Engineering

Wentworth also offers a major in biomedical engineering. If you want to learn more about the differences and similarities between these two majors, visit Biological Engineering and Biomedical Engineering: Two Approaches to Improving Life on Earth (pdf).

Program Curriculum

  • First Year

    Fall Semester (total credits 19) 

    • ENGLISH, English Sequence, See ENGL/HSS note below*
    • MATH1750, Engineering Calculus I
    • PHYS1250, Engineering Physics I
    • CHEM1100, Engineering Chemistry I
    • ENGR1000, Introduction to Engineering
    • FYS1000, First Year Seminar

    Spring Semester (total credits 17)

    • ENGLISH, English Sequence, See ENGL/HSS Note Below*
    • MATH1850, Engineering Calculus II
    • BIOL1100, Cell and Molecular Biology
    • ENGR1500, Introduction to Engineering Design
    • ENGR1800, Programming with MATLAB
    • ENGR1600, Fundamentals of CAD and CAM 
  • Second Year

    Fall Semester (total credits 16)

    • MATH2500, Differential Equations
    • PHYS1750, Engineering Physics II
    • BIOLxxx, Advanced Molecular Biology
    • BIOExxx, Fundamentals of Biological Engineering

    Spring Semester (total credits 16)

    • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below*
    • BMED4600, Biostatistics
    • CHEM1600, Engineering Chemistry II
    • BIOExxx, Bio Instrumentation and Measurement

    Summer Semester

    • Optional Co-op
  • Third Year

    Fall Semester (total credits 16)

    • HSS Elective, see ENGL/HSS note below*
    • CHEM2500, Organic Chemistry
    • BIOExxx, Genetics and Transgenetics
    • ENGRxxx, Bio-Elective/EPIC

    Spring Semester

    • COOP3500, Co-op I


    Summer Semester (total credits 16)

    • HSS Elective, See ENGL/HSS note below*
    • CHEMxxx, Biochemistry
    • BIOExxx, Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
    • BIOExxx, Unit Operations and Process Control



  • Fourth Year

    Fall Semester

    • COOP4500, Co-op II

    Spring Semester

    • HSS Elective, See ENGL/HSS note below*
    • BIOExxx, Cell Physiology and Signaling
    • BIOExxx, Bio-Transport Phenomena
    • ENGR5000 Engineering Senior Design I

    Summer Semester

    • HSS Elective, See ENGL/HSS note below*
    • BIOLxxx, Synthetic Biology
    • ENGRxxx, Bio-Elective/EPIC
    • ENGR5500, Engineering Senior Design II
  • ENGL/HSS Note

    Day program students are required to complete at least:  

    • One course in Humanities  
    • One course in the Social Sciences  
    • The remaining courses may be from either Humanities or Social Sciences category 

    Students with a three English course sequence may use the third English course to satisfy a Humanities requirement.   For more information about the English, Humanities, and Social Science requirements please refer to the Graduation Requirements – Undergraduate section of this catalog.

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