Santa Clara University

bioengineering

Degree Programs

Major in Bioengineering

Director: Yuling Yan

Bioengineering is the fastest-growing segment of engineering today and holds the promise of improving the lives of all people in very direct and diverse ways. Bioengineering focuses on the application of electrical, chemical, mechanical, and other engineering principles to understand, modify, or control biological systems, and educates students to solve problems at the interface of engineering and the life sciences.

The major in bioengineering is designed to prepare students for careers in the medical device and biotechnology industries, graduate study in bioengineering, or entry into medical school.

The bioengineering (or biomedical engineering) minor is primarily designed for those students who are interested in the field but are majoring in other disciplines. Particularly, science majors, students completing prerequisites for medical school as part of their undergraduate degree, or engineering majors.

  1. English
    • ENGL 181, 182
  2. Bioethics:
    • One course selected from PHIL 7, ENGR 19, or BIOL 171
  3. Natural Science Courses
    Biomolectular track:
    • BIOL 21, 24, 25; CHEM 11, 12, 13, 31, 32; PHYS 31, 32, 33
    Medical-device track:
    • BIOE 21, 22; CHEM 11, 12, 13, 31; PHYS 31, 32, 33
    Pre-med track:
    • BIOL 21, 24, 25; CHEM 11, 12, 13, 31, 32, 33; PHYS 31, 32, 33
  4. Mathematics Courses
    • MATH 11, 12, 13, 14; AMTH 106, AMTH 108
  5. Engineering Courses
    • ENGR 1, ELEN 50, COEN 45 (or 44), BIOE 10
    Medical-device track:
    • ELEN 21, MECH 10
    • BIOE 153, 154, 155, 161, 162, 171, 172
    Biomolectular/Pre-med track:
    • One course from ELEN 21 and MECH 10
    • Two courses from BIOE 153, 154 and 155
    • BIOE 162, 163, 175, 176 (for Biomolecular track)
    • BIOE 162, 163 (or 161), 171,172 (for Pre-med track)
  6. Senior Design Project (6 units in an interdisciplinary design project)
    • BIOE 194, 195, 196
  7. Technical Elective (TE) Requirements:
    • A minimum number of TE units are required for each track. Specifically,
      Medical-device track: 15 units; Biolmolecular track: 16 units; Pre-med track: 10 units
  8. Recommended Technical Electives for Medical -device Track:
    • BIOE 100, 107, 157, 163, 167, 173, 174, 175,176; COEN 123; ELEN 110, 115, 116, 130, 152, 156, 160; MECH 121, 122, 123, 151, 154
  9. Recommended Technical Electives for Biomolecular Track:
    • BIOE 100, 157, 171, 172, 173, 174; one course from BIOE 153, 154, 155 that is not counted as a required course; BIOL 104, 110, 122, 124, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 189; CHEM 33, 111, 141, 142, 143, 151, 152
  10. Recommended Technical Electives for Pre-med Track:
    • BIOE 100, 107, 157, 173, 174, 175,176; one course from BIOE 153, 154, 155 that is not counted as a required course; BIOL 104, 110, 122, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 189; CHEM 111, 141, 142, 143, 151, 152

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Minor in Bioengineering

Director: Yuling Yan

Bioengineering is the fastest-growing segment of engineering today and holds the promise of improving the lives of all people in very direct and diverse ways. Bioengineering involves applying principles and practice from engineering to create new knowledge in medicine and to advance the diagnosis and treatment of disease. The minor in bioengineering (or biomedical engineering) is designed for those students who are interested in the field but are majoring in other disciplines, particularly science majors in the College of Arts and Sciences, students completing prerequisites for medical school during their undergraduate studies, and engineering majors.

  1. Natural Science Courses:
    • BIOL 21, 24, 25 (or BIOE 21, 22)
    • CHEM 11, 12, 13
    • PHYS 31, 32, 33
  2. Mathematics Courses:
    • MATH 11, 12, 13, 143
  3. Engineering Courses:
    • BIOE 10
    • ELEN 50 or PHYS 70
    • COEN 45 or COEN 44
  4. Bioethics Courses:
    • One course from PHIL 7, ENGR 19, or BIOL 171
  5. Electives
    Two course from the following:
    • BIOE 153, 154, 155, 161, 162, 163, 171 (or BIOL 124), 172, 174, 175