2019-2020 Freshman Undergraduate Program in Bioengineering*

Course Fall Spring
Freshman Year
CHEM 1A+1AL – General Chemistry or, CHEM 4A – General Chemistry and Quantitative Analysis(1) 4-5 -
CHEM 3A+3AL – Chemical Structure and Reactivity, or CHEM 12A – Organic Chemistry(1) - 5
BIOENG 10 – Introduction to Biomedicine for Engineers 4 -
MATH 1A – Calculus 4 -
MATH 1B – Calculus - 4
PHYSICS 7A – Physics for Scientists and Engineers - 4
Seminars: BIOENG 26 – Introduction to Bioengineering and BIOENG 25 – Careers in Biotechnology(2) 1 1
Reading & Composition Part A Course(3) 4 -
Reading & Composition Part B Course(3) - 4
Total 17-18 18
Sophomore Year
ENGIN 7 – Introduction to Computer Programming for Scientists and Engineers, or COMPSCI 61A – Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs 4 -
BIOENG 11 - Engineering Molecules 1 - 3
Engineering Course(4) - 3
MATH 53 – Multivariable Calculus 4 -
MATH 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
BIOENG 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.

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

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

3The Humanities/Social Sciences (H/SS) requirement includes two approved Reading & Composition (R&C) courses and four additional approved courses, with which a number of specific conditions must be satisfied. R&C courses must be taken for a letter grade (C- or better required). The first half (R&C Part A) must be completed by the end of the freshman year; the second half (R&C Part 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; BIOENG 100; CHMENG 185; COMPSCI 70, C79, 195, H195; DESINV courses (except DESINV 15, 22, 23, 90E, 190E); ENGIN 125, 157AC, 180, 185, 187; INDENG 95, 172, 185, 186, 190 series, 191, 192, 195; MECENG 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., BIOENG 196) can be included in this total. The 36 units of upper division Technical Topics cannot include BIOENG 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., BIOENG 196) can be included in this total. The 24 units of upper division Bioengineering courses cannot include BIOENG 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.

2019-2020 Transfer Undergraduate Program in Bioengineering*

Course Fall Spring
1st and 2nd Semesters
Seminars: BIOENG 26 – Introduction to Bioengineering and BIOENG 25 – Careers in Biotechnology(1) 1 1
ENGIN 7 – Introduction to Computer Programming for Scientists and Engineers, or COMPSCI 61A – Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs 4  
BIOENG 11 - Engineering Molecules I   3
Engineering Course(2) 4  
Bioengineering Fundamentals(3) 4 4
Engineering Course(2)   4
BIOENG 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; BIOENG 100; CHMENG 185; COMPSCI 70, C79, 195, H195; DESINV courses (except DESINV 15, 22, 23, 90E, 190E); ENGIN 125, 157AC, 180, 185, 187; INDENG 95, 172, 185, 186, 190 series, 191, 192, 195; MECENG 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 & Composition courses and four additional approved courses, with which a number of specific conditions must be satisfied. Reading & Composition parts 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., BIOENG 196) can be included in this total. The 24 units of upper division Bioengineering courses cannot include BIOENG 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., BIOENG 196) can be included in this total. The 36 units of upper division Technical Topics cannot include BIOENG 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.