Santa Clara University



To qualify for the degree of Master of Science in Bioengineering, students must complete a minimum of 45 quarter units, including required core and elective courses, within the School of Engineering. Required and elective courses for the bioengineering programs are provided below. Students undertaking thesis work are required to engage in research that results, for example, in the development of a new method or approach to solve a bioengineering relevant problem, or a technical tool, a design criteria, or a biomedical application. This work should be documented in a journal publication, conference, or research report, and must also be included in a Master’s thesis. Alternatively, students may elect to take only courses to fulfill the requirement for the MS degree.

Alternative elective courses may be taken subject to approval from the student’s advisor. Courses used to meet the 45-unit minimum total for the Master of Science in Bioengineering degree cannot include courses that were used to satisfy a previous undergraduate degree program requirement. This includes cross-listed undergraduate courses at Santa Clara University and/or their equivalent courses at other institutions. If some required courses in the SCU graduate bioengineering program have been completed prior to graduate-level matriculation at SCU, additional elective courses will be required to satisfy the minimum unit total requirement as necessary.


Course Requirements

  • iconGraduate Core (minimum 6 units including BIOE 210)

    One course in each of the following three areas:
    1. Emerging Topics in Engineering
    2. Engineering and Business/Entrepreneurship
    3. Engineering and Society (Bioethics - BIOE 210)
  • iconApplied Mathematics (4 units)

    Select from AMTH 200, 201, 202, 210, 211 (or consult with advisor)

  • iconBioengineering Core (15 units)

    Students must take 6 units from one of the three primary focus areas, 4 units from other focus areas, 3 units from biostatistics (BIOE 232 L&L) and 2 quarter research seminar units (BIOE 200, 2 x 1 unit)

    Three primary focus areas are:
    1. Biomolecular Engineering - BIOE 280, 282, 286
    2. Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering - BIOE 208, 241, 269 or 272
    3. BioDevice Engineering - BIOE 207, 268, 274
  • iconBioengineering Technical Electives (11-20 units)

    Select from the approved list of Technical Elective (TE) graduate level courses. Students who pursue the thesis option will obtain 9 units from the thesis work, and thus 11 TE units are required; for those who pursue the course work only, 20 TE units are required. Directed research may count as a maximum of 6 TE units.

    A maximum 9 units may be transferred from undergraduate upper-division courses.