Biological Engineering (Course 20)

Department of Biological Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering

General Institute Requirements (GIRs)

The General Institute Requirements include a Communication Requirement that is integrated into both the HASS Requirement and the requirements of each major; see details below.

Summary of Subject Requirements Subjects
Science Requirement 6
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) Requirement; at least two of these subjects must be designated as communication-intensive (CI-H) to fulfill the Communication Requirement. 8
Restricted Electives in Science and Technology (REST) Requirement [can be satisfied by 5.12 and 18.03 in the Departmental Program] 2
Laboratory Requirement (12 units) [can be satisfied by 20.109] 1
Total GIR Subjects Required for SB Degree 17
Physical Education Requirement
Swimming requirement, plus four physical education courses for eight points.

Departmental Program

Choose at least two subjects in the major that are designated as communication-intensive (CI-M) to fulfill the Communication Requirement.

Required Core SubjectsUnits
Tier I
5.12Organic Chemistry I12
6.100AIntroduction to Computer Science Programming in Python6
6.100BIntroduction to Computational Thinking and Data Science 16
18.03Differential Equations12
20.110[J]Thermodynamics of Biomolecular Systems12
Tier II
5.07[J]Introduction to Biological Chemistry12
or 7.05 General Biochemistry
7.06Cell Biology12
20.109Laboratory Fundamentals in Biological Engineering (CI-M)15
20.309[J]Instrumentation and Measurement for Biological Systems12
20.320Analysis of Biomolecular and Cellular Systems12
Tier III
20.330[J]Fields, Forces and Flows in Biological Systems12
20.380Biological Engineering Design (CI-M)12
Restricted Electives
Tracks TBD33-36
Units in Major180-183
Unrestricted Electives48
Units in Major That Also Satisfy the GIRs(36)
Total Units Beyond the GIRs Required for SB Degree192-195

The units for any subject that counts as one of the 17 GIR subjects cannot also be counted as units required beyond the GIRs.


Combination of 6.100A Introduction to Computer Science Programming in Python and 6.100B Introduction to Computational Thinking and Data Science counts as a REST.