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We Stand in Solidarity Against Racism

The Department of Bioengineering stands in solidarity with our students, staff and faculty against social injustice and acts of racism. We are shocked and saddened by the recent, brutal deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Nina Pop, Rayshard Brooks and others. Like many members of our community, we are frustrated that these deaths are only the most recent manifestations of long-standing racial inequality in this country. 
The Department supports the call to action made by the Bourns College of Engineering.
•    We acknowledge that systemic racism permeates and poisons all levels of academia. 
•    We affirm that the Department has zero tolerance for racism, institutional bias or acts of violence against Black members of our community. 
•    We are committed to supporting Black students and combating the bias and inequity they face. 
•    We are committed to critically examining our recruitment and retention efforts to better support Black students, faculty and staff. 
We would also like to take this moment to recognize the essential contributions made every day by Black students, faculty and staff. They are part of the Bioengineering family, and the department would not be as strong today without their efforts.


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.