Bioengineering Major B.S.

Bioengineering student
Bioengineering Major B.S.

Program Overview

What is a Bachelor of Science in bioengineering?

This program is tailored to students who want to use engineering principles to analyze problems and design solutions in the fields of healthcare, medicine and biology. It’s a truly interdisciplinary program, with courses in both the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences and the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture. Graduates from the bioengineering program solve problems at the interface of biology and engineering in the fields of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, as well as medicine and biofuels.

Why study bioengineering at UNH?

You’ll gain a solid foundation of biology and engineering principles through challenging courses and hands-on learning opportunities in our state-of-the-art laboratories. Our faculty have a broad background in modeling physiological and biochemical processes, enzyme kinetics, synthetic biology, biomaterials and biosensor development and related topics such as tissue engineering. Electives let you adapt your program to prepare for medical school, other graduate studies or careers in biomanufacturing, biotechnology or biomedical engineering.

Potential careers

  • Biofuels
  • Bioinstrumentation
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical devices and equipment
  • Biotechnology
  • Cell and tissue engineering
  • Pharmaceuticals and medicine
  • Rehabilitation engineering

Contact

Chemical Engineering
33 Academic Way
Kingsbury Hall, Room W301
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 862-3654  
Fax: (603) 862-3747
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Curriculum & Requirements

Bioengineering, as defined by the NIH, is "the application of life sciences, mathematics, and engineering principles to define and solve problems in biology, medicine, health care, and other fields."

The bioengineering program will train graduates in biology and physiology as well as engineering. The program will provide graduates with capabilities in advanced mathematics (including differential equations and statics), science, and engineering. Graduates will be conversant with solving problems at the interface of biology and engineering that may arise in the fields of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, as well as medicine and biofuels. By graduation, students will have experience measuring and interpreting data from living systems and addressing the interactions between living and non-living materials.

Students are required to obtain a minimum 2.0 grade-point average in CHE 501 Introduction to Chemical Engineering I/CHE 502 Introduction to Chemical Engineering II and in overall standing at the end of the sophomore year in order to continue in the major. Study abroad (Exchange) students are required to have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in math, physics, chemistry, and other required courses at the end of the semester prior to their exchange semester.

For more information on the bioengineering program, please contact Russell Carr, professor and chair, Russell.Carr@unh.edu.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
CHE 400 Chemical Engineering Lectures 1
MATH 425 Calculus I 1 4
CHEM 405 Chemical Principles for Engineers 2 4
BIOL 410 Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology 3
Discovery Program Elective (1) 4
 Credits16
Spring
MATH 426 Calculus II 4
GEN 604 Principles of Genetics 4
PHYS 407 General Physics I 4
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 3 4
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
CHE 501 Introduction to Chemical Engineering I 3
MATH 527 Differential Equations with Linear Algebra 4
CHEM 545 Organic Chemistry 3
CHEM 546 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
Discovery Program Elective (1) 4
 Credits16
Spring
CHE 502 Introduction to Chemical Engineering II 3
MATH 644 Statistics for Engineers and Scientists 4
Discovery Program Elective (1) 4
BMS 503 General Microbiology 3
BMS 504 General Microbiology Laboratory 2
 Credits16
Third Year
Fall
CHE 601 Fluid Mechanics and Unit Operations 3
BENG 766 Biomaterials 4
BMCB 658 General Biochemistry 3
BMCB 659 General Biochemistry Lab 2
Bioengineering Program Elective 4
 Credits16
Spring
CHE 604 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 3
CHE 761 Biochemical Engineering 4
BMS 508 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
Bioengineering Program Elective 4
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Fall
BENG 763 Bioengineering Design I 2
BENG 762 Biomedical Engineering 4
Discovery Program Elective (1) 4
Bioengineering Program Electives (2) 8
 Credits18
Spring
BENG 764 Bioengineering Design II 4
CHE 614 Separation Processes 3
Discovery Program Elective (1) 4
Bioengineering Program Elective (1) 4
 Credits15
 Total Credits128

34 credits engineering, 16 credits math, 14 credits chemistry, 16 credits life science

Five electives: 15 to 16 credits engineering; 4 credits science, math, or engineering

Major Requirements

BENG 763Bioengineering Design I2
BENG 764Bioengineering Design II4
BENG 766Biomaterials4
BMCB 658
& BMCB 659
General Biochemistry
and General Biochemistry Lab
5
BMS 503General Microbiology3
BMS 504General Microbiology Laboratory2
BIOL 410Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology3
CHE 400Chemical Engineering Lectures1
CHE 501Introduction to Chemical Engineering I3
CHE 502Introduction to Chemical Engineering II3
CHE 601Fluid Mechanics and Unit Operations3
CHE 604Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics3
CHE 614Separation Processes3
CHE 761Biochemical Engineering4
CHE 762Biomedical Engineering4
CHEM 405Chemical Principles for Engineers4
CHEM 545
& CHEM 546
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
GEN 604Principles of Genetics4
MATH 425Calculus I4
MATH 426Calculus II4
MATH 527Differential Equations with Linear Algebra4
MATH 644Statistics for Engineers and Scientists4
PHYS 407General Physics I4
BMS 508Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
Electives
Select five courses from the following: 1
BENG 620
Tissue Engineering Cell Culture Laboratory 1
BENG 755
Computational Molecular Bioengineering 1
BMCB 753
Cell Culture 1
BMS 702
Endocrinology
BMS 704
Pathologic Basis of Disease
BMS 706
& BMS 708
Virology
and Virology Laboratory
CEE 502
Project Engineering 1
CEE 724
Environmental Engineering Microbiology 1
CHE 602
Heat Transfer and Unit Operations 1
CHE 603
Applied Mathematics for Chemical Engineers 1
CHE 651
Biotech Experience/Biomanufacturing 1
CHE 703
Mass Transfer and Stagewise Operations 1
CHE 722
Introduction to Microfluidics 1
CHE 752
Process Dynamics and Control 1
ECE 537
Introduction to Electrical Engineering 1
ECE 784
Biomedical Instrumentation 1
GEN 711
Genomics and Bioinformatics
or GEN 711W
Genomics and Bioinformatics
GEN 712
Introduction to Programming for Bioinformatics
GEN 717
Molecular Microbiology
GEN 771
Molecular Genetics
GEN 774
Techniques in Plant Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology 1
Total Credits84

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The bioengineering program seeks to provide an environment and opportunities that enable students to pursue their goals in an innovative program with a diversity of offerings that is rigorous and challenging.

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