2017 Freshman Undergraduate Program in Bioengineering*

Course Fall Spring
Freshman Year
Chemistry 1A and 1AL – General Chemistry or Chemistry 4A – General Chemistry and Quantitative Analysis(1) 4 -
Chemistry 3A and 3AL – Chemical Structure and Reactivity or Chemistry 12A – Organic Chemistry(1) - 5
BioE 10 – Introduction to Biomedicine for Engineers 4 -
Mathematics 1A – Calculus 4 -
Mathematics 1B – Calculus - 4
Physics 7A – Physics for Scientists and Engineers - 4
Seminars: BioE 26 – Aspects of Bioengineering and BioE 25 – Careers in Biotechnology(2) 1 1
Reading and Composition Course from List A(3) 4 -
Reading and Composition Course from List B(3) - 4
Total 17 18
Sophomore Year
Engineering 7 – Introduction to Computer Programming for Scientists & Engineers or CS 61A – Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs 4 -
BioE 11 - Engineering Molecules 1 - 3
Engineering Course(4) - 3
Mathematics 53 – Multivariable Calculus 4 -
Mathematics 54 - Linear Algebra and Differential Equations - 4
Physics 7B – Physics for Scientists and Engineers 4 -
Humanities/Social Sciences Courses(2,3) 3-4 3-4
Total 15-16 13-14
Junior Year
Bioengineering Fundamentals(5) 4 4
Engineering Course(4) 3 -
Upper Division Technical Topics(6) 3 3
Upper Division Technical Topic (also an Engineering Course)(4,6)   3
Humanities/Social Sciences Course(2,3) - 3-4
BioE 100 – Ethics in Science and Engineering or Humanities/Social Sciences Course (with Ethics Content)(2,3) 3-4 -
Total 13-14 13-14
Senior Year
Bioengineering Lab Course(7) 4 -
Upper Division Technical Topic (also an Engineering Course)(4,6) 3 -
Bioengineering Design Project or Research(8) 4 -
Bioengineering Upper Division Courses(9)   8
Free Electives(10) 3 4
Total 14 12

Notes

* A minimum of 120 units is required for graduation.

1Chemistry 4A and 12A are intended for students majoring in chemistry or a closely related field. Note: Prerequisites to Chemistry 12A include Chemistry 1B or Chemistry 4B.

2This requirement may be completed at any time in the program.

3The Humanities/Social Sciences (H/SS) requirement includes two approved reading and composition courses and four additional approved courses, with which a number of specific conditions must be satisfied. Reading and Composition “A” and “B” must be completed by no later than the end of the sophomore year. The remaining courses may be taken at any time during the program. See engineering.berkeley.edu/hss for complete details and a list of approved courses. Consult the Ethics Content List  for a list of approved courses with ethics content.

4Students must complete a minimum of 48 engineering units. See concentrations for recommendations. The 48 units of engineering courses cannot include: any course taken on a P/NP basis; courses numbered 24, 39, 84; BioE 100; ChemE 185; CS 70, C79, 195, H195; Des Inv courses (except Des Inv 15, 22, 90E, 190E); Engin 125, 157AC, 180; IEOR 95, 172, 185, 186, 190 series, 191, 192, 195; ME 191AC, 190K, 191K. There is no limit to the number of letter-graded research units that can be applied to the 48 engineering units.

5Choose courses from the approved Bioengineering Fundamentals list. See concentrations for recommendations.

6Students must complete a minimum of 36 units of upper division Technical Topics courses. Choose courses from the approved Technical Topics list.  See concentrations for recommendations. Up to 8 units of research (e.g., BioE 196) can be included in this total. The 36 units of upper division Technical Topics cannot include BioE 100, 198, 199, any other seminar-style courses or group meetings, or any course taken on a P/NP basis.

7Choose course from the approved Bioengineering Lab list. See concentrations for recommendations.

8Choose course from the approved Bioengineering Design Project or Research list. See concentrations for recommendations.

9Students must complete a minimum of 24  units of upper division Bioengineering courses, including at least two Bioengineering Fundamentals courses, one Bioengineering Design Project or Research course, and one Bioengineering Lab course. See concentrations for recommendations. Up to 4 units of research (e.g., BioE 196) can be included in this total. The 24 units of upper division Bioengineering courses cannot include BioE 100, 198, 199, any other seminar-style courses or group meetings, or any courses taken on a P/NP basis.

10Free electives can be any technical or non-technical course, any course of your interest offered by any department. There are no restrictions.

2017 Transfer Undergraduate Program in Bioengineering*

Course Fall Spring
1st and 2nd Semesters
Seminars: BioE 26 – Aspects of Bioengineering and BioE 25 – Careers in Biotechnology(1) 1 1
Engineering 7 – Introduction to Computer Programming for Scientists & Engineers or CS 61A – Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs 4  
BioE 11   3
Engineering Course(2) 4  
Bioengineering Fundamentals(3) 4 4
Engineering Course(2)   4
BioE 100 – Ethics in Science and Engineering or Humanities/Social Sciences Course (with Ethics Content)(1,4) 3-4  
Humanities/Social Sciences Course(1,4)   3-4
Total 16-17 15-16
3rd and 4th Semesters
Bioengineering Upper Division Courses(5) 4 4
Upper Division Technical Topics(6) 4 4
Upper Division Technical Topics (also an Engineering Courses)(2,6) 4 4
Humanities/Social Sciences Courses(1,4) 3-4 3-4
Total 15-16 15-16
5th Semester**
Bioengineering Lab Course(7) 4
Bioengineering Design Project or Research(8) 4
Engineering Course 4
Total 12

Notes

* A minimum of 120 units is required for graduation.

**A fifth semester is granted to transfer student admits who are missing at least three lower division technical courses, of at least 3 units each, for the Bioengineering major when they matriculate to UC Berkeley. Eligible transfer students must contact their ESS Adviser in order to request the fifth semester.

1This requirement may be completed at any time in the program.

2Students must complete a minimum of 48 engineering units. See concentrations for recommendations. The 48 units of engineering courses cannot include: any course taken on a P/NP basis; courses numbered 24, 39, 84; BioE 100; ChemE 185; CS 70, C79, 195, H195; Des Inv courses (except Des Inv 15, 22, 90E, 190E); Engin 125, 157AC, 180; IEOR 95, 172, 185, 186, 190 series, 191, 192, 195; ME 191AC, 190K, 191K. There is no limit to the number of letter-graded research units that can be applied to the 48 engineering units.

3Choose courses from the approved Bioengineering Fundamentals list. See concentrations for recommendations.

4The Humanities/Social Science (H/SS) requirement includes two approved reading and composition courses and four additional approved courses, with which a number of specific conditions must be satisfied. Reading and Composition “A” and “B” must be completed by no later than the end of the sophomore year. The remaining courses may be taken at any time during the program. See engineering.berkeley.edu/hss for complete details and a list of approved courses. Consult the Ethics Content List  for a list of approved courses with ethics content.

5Students must complete a minimum of 24  units of upper division Bioengineering courses, including at least two Bioengineering Fundamentals courses, one Bioengineering Design Project or Research course, and one Bioengineering Lab course. See concentrations for recommendations. Up to 4 units of research (e.g., BioE 196) can be included in this total. The 24 units of upper division Bioengineering courses cannot include BioE 100, 198, 199, any other seminar-style courses or group meetings, or any courses taken on a P/NP basis.

6Students must complete a minimum of 36 units of upper division Technical Topics courses. Choose courses from the approved Technical Topics list.  See concentrations for recommendations. Up to 8 units of research (e.g., BioE 196) can be included in this total. The 36 units of upper division Technical Topics cannot include BioE 100, 198, 199, any other seminar-style courses or group meetings, or any course taken on a P/NP basis.

7Choose course from the approved Bioengineering Lab list. See concentrations for recommendations.

8Choose course from the approved Bioengineering Design Project or Research list. See concentrations for recommendations.