Santa Clara University

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bioengineering

Major in Bioengineering

Learn to apply electrical, chemical, mechanical, and other engineering principles to understand, modify, or control biological systems and solve problems at the interface of engineering and the life sciences.

Through its broad curriculum, the bioengineering program provides an understanding of the problems and issues relating to the interaction between living and non-living materials and systems. Coursework includes laboratory experiences that provide opportunities for practical, hands-on experimentation based on classroom concepts. In addition to being technically trained, Santa Clara University bioengineers develop excellent communication and management skills, essential to success in any career path. Bioengineers enjoy exciting careers in the medical-device and biotechnology industries or in biomedical research. Many continue their education in medical school. 

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Major Requirements

Lower-Division

  • Calculus and Analytic Geometry I–IV
  • General Chemistry I-III
  • Physics for Scientists and Engineers I–III
  • Introduction to Engineering
  • Introduction to Bioengineering
  • Graphical Communication in Design
  • Introduction to Physiology
  • Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Investigations in Cellular and Molecular Biology (L&L)
  • Organic Chemistry I-II
  • Applied Programming
  • Introduction to Logic Design
  • Electric Circuits I

Upper-Division

  • Differential Equations
  • Probability and Statistics I
  • Human Physiology L&L or Cell Biology
  • Two courses from
    • Biomaterials Science
    • Introduction to Biomechanics
    • Biological Transportation Phenomenon
  • Biosensors and Bioinstrumentation
  • Biosignals and Processing
  • Design Project I–III
  • Three to four additional upper-division electives (15 units)
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