BS in Bioengineering

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering degree from UIC, students need to complete University, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Bioengineering degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Engineering section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Summary of Requirements
Nonengineering and General Education Requirements67-68
Required Engineering Courses39
Selective Engineering Courses13-16
Bioengineering Concentration Area Electives9
Total Hours128

Nonengineering and General Education Requirements

Required Courses
CHEM 122General Chemistry I Lecture b4
CHEM 123General Chemistry Laboratory I a,b1
CHEM 124General Chemistry II Lecture b4
CHEM 125General Chemistry Laboratory II a,b1
PHYS 141General Physics I (Mechanics) a4
PHYS 142General Physics II (Electricity and Magnetism) (Electricity and Magnetism) a4
MATH 180Calculus I a4
MATH 181Calculus II a4
MATH 210Calculus III a3
MATH 220Introduction to Differential Equations3
MATH 310Applied Linear Algebra3
ENGL 160Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts3
ENGL 161Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research3
Exploring World Cultures course c3
Understanding the Creative Arts course c3
Understanding the Individual and Society course c3
Understanding the Past course c3
Understanding U.S. Society course c3
BIOS 100Biology of Cells and Organisms a5
Select one of the following:3
Mendelian and Molecular Genetics
Cell Biology
Principles of Animal Physiology
The Biology of the Brain
Introductory Biochemistry
Select one of the following:3-4
Advanced Mammalian Physiology
Biochemistry I
Neuroscience I
Total Hours67-68

This course is approved for the Analyzing the Natural World General Education category.


 General Education credit is given for successful completion of both CHEM 122 and CHEM 123.


Students should consult the General Education section of the catalog for a list of courses in this category.

Required Engineering Courses

Required Courses
BIOE 101Introduction to Bioengineering3
BIOE 102Bioengineering Freshman Seminar1
BIOE 205Bioengineering Thermodynamics3
BIOE 240Modeling Physiological Data and Systems3
BIOE 250Clinical Problems in Bioengineering3
CME 260Properties of Materials3
BIOE 325Biotransport3
BIOE 310Biological Systems Analysis3
BIOE 339Biostatistics I3
BIOE 396Senior Design I3
BIOE 397Senior Design II3
BIOE 399Professional Development for Bioengineers0
BIOE 430Bioinstrumentation and Measurements I3
BIOE 431Bioinstrumentation and Measurement Laboratory2
BIOE 460Materials in Bioengineering3
Total Hours39

Selective Engineering Courses

Required Courses
ENGR 100Engineering Orientation a1
or ENGR 189 Minority Engineering Freshman and Transfer Student Orientation
ECE 115Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering3-4
or ECE 210 Electrical Circuit Analysis
CS 107Introduction to Computing and Programming3-4
or CS 109 C/C ++ Programming for Engineers with MatLab
Select one of the following: 2-3
Medical Technology Assessment
Quality Assurance for Medical Products
FDA and ISO Requirements for the Development and Manufacturing of Medical Devices
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Cell and Tissue Engineering
Neural Engineering I: Introduction to Hybrid Neural Systems
Introduction to Bioinformatics
Select one of the following:2
Cell and Tissue Engineering Laboratory
Neural Engineering I Laboratory
Bioinformatics Laboratory
Total Hours13-16

ENGR 100 and ENGR 189 are one-semester-hour courses, but the hour does not count toward the total hours required for graduation.

 Bioengineering Concentration Area Electives

These courses are to be selected in consultation with the advisor, must relate to each other in such a way as to define an area of concentration, and are subject to the following restrictions:
1. A minimum of 3 hours must be upper- division (300- or 400-level) bioengineering or other engineering courses, excluding courses in the ENGR rubric.
2. Nonengineering courses may be used only if they can be justified and prior approval is obtained from the advisor.
3. A maximum of 3 hours of BIOE 398 may be applied as concentration area elective hours.
4. A maximum of 4 hours from the following courses may be applied as concentration area elective hours:
Medical Technology Assessment
Engineering Law
Engineering for Success
5. The following web-based courses may not be applied as concentration area electives:
Engineering Management
Intellectual Property Law
Reliability Engineering
Total Hours9

Sample Course Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
First SemesterHours
BIOE 101 Introduction to Bioengineering 3
ENGR 100 Engineering Orientation a 1
MATH 180 Calculus I 4
BIOS 100 Biology of Cells and Organisms 5
CHEM 122 General Chemistry I Lecture 4
CHEM 123 General Chemistry Laboratory I 1
Second Semester
BIOE 102 Bioengineering Freshman Seminar 1
MATH 181 Calculus II 4
CS 109 C/C ++ Programming for Engineers with MatLab 3
CHEM 124 General Chemistry II Lecture 4
CHEM 125 General Chemistry Laboratory II 1
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
Sophomore Year
First Semester
PHYS 141 General Physics I (Mechanics) 4
MATH 210 Calculus III 3
BIOE 240 Modeling Physiological Data and Systems 3
BIOS 286 The Biology of the Brain 3
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
Second Semester
BIOE 250 Clinical Problems in Bioengineering 3
BIOE 205 Bioengineering Thermodynamics 3
PHYS 142 General Physics II (Electricity and Magnetism) 4
MATH 220 Introduction to Differential Equations 3
MATH 310 Applied Linear Algebra 3
Junior Year
First Semester
General education course 3
ECE 210 Electrical Circuit Analysis 3
BIOE 339 Biostatistics I 3
BIOE 325 Biotransport 3
BIOE 310 Biological Systems Analysis 3
Second Semester
General Education Core course 3
BIOE 402 Medical Technology Assessment 2
BIOE 399 Professional Development for Bioengineers 0
BIOS 484 Neuroscience I 3
CME 260 Properties of Materials 3
BIOE 430 Bioinstrumentation and Measurements I 3
BIOE 431 Bioinstrumentation and Measurement Laboratory 2
Senior Year
First Semester
BIOE 460 Materials in Bioengineering 3
BIOE 396 Senior Design I 3
Concentration Area Elective 4
General Education Core courses 6
Second Semester
BIOE 397 Senior Design II (Concentration Area Elective ) 3
BIOE 475 Neural Engineering I: Introduction to Hybrid Neural Systems 3
BIOE 476 Neural Engineering I Laboratory 2
Concentration Area Elective 3
General Education Core courses 3
 Total Hours126

ENGR 100 is a one-semester-hour course, but the hour does not count toward the total hours required for graduation.