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Graduate Courses


BIG students have the flexibility to study a wide range of courses that can be targeted to the individual student’s professional goals. The program has a minimum core course structure to allow students to work with their faculty advisors to build strengths in their particular areas of interest. Unique to BIG is the opportunity for graduate students to participate in medical school courses offered in the Thomas Haider Program in Biomedical Sciences, allowing students to develop one of the most solid biomedical foundations offered in a bioengineering graduate program.

Core Courses

All BIG students are required to take at least three courses from the following Bioengineering courses:

  • BIEN 223 – Engineering Analysis of Physiological Systems
  • BIEN 224 – Cellular and Molecule Engineering
  • BIEN 245 – Optical Methods in Biology, Chemistry, and Engineering
  • BIEN 249 – Integration of Computational and Experimental Biology
  • BIEN 264 – Biotransport Phenomena
  • BIEN 270 – Transport with Reactions in Biological Systems

Students from non-engineering backgrounds are also required to take BIEN 264 or BIEN 270 in addition to the courses stipulated here.

Other courses may be substituted but must be approved by the Bioengineering Graduate Advisor.

M.S. and Ph.D. students alike are expected to complete the course requirements for the programs within their first year of residence.

One bioscience class chosen from:

  • BCH 210 – Biochemistry of Macromolecules
  • BCH 211 – Molecular Biology
  • BCH 212 – Signal Transduction and Biochemical Regulation
  • BIOL/CMDB 200 – Cell Biology
  • BIOL/CMDB 201 – Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 203 – Cellular Biophysics
  • BIOL 221 – Microbial Genetics
  • Equivalent Selections from Biomedical Sciences Medical School Courses

In addition, BIEN 286 – Colloquium in Bioengineering, is required every quarter in which it is offered.

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