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Bioengineering Undergraduate Major (BA, BS, CRED, HBA, HBS)

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College of Engineering | School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering

The School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering (CBEE) offers three undergraduate programs: Chemical Engineering (CHE), Bioengineering (BIOE), and Environmental Engineering (ENVE). Each program is separately accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (

About Bioengineering

Bioengineering is an interdisciplinary field that applies engineering principles and quantitative methods to the development of new and novel biologicals, materials, devices, and processes. In practice, bioengineers address issues surrounding the broad areas of bioprocess, biomedical, and bioenvironmental technology.

About the OSU Bioengineering Undergraduate Program (BIOE)

The Bioengineering Undergraduate Program provides a solid background in biology, chemistry, physics and math, in addition to the engineering sciences. Upper-level course work in bioengineering includes analysis and design of processes involving suspension and immobilized microbial cultures and the recovery of therapeutic products from bioreactors, as well as selection courses in biomedical materials engineering, metabolic engineering, and cell engineering. All students complete course work in drug and medical device regulation as well as a capstone-design experience.

Bioengineering graduates are prepared to contribute to the rapidly growing bioscience-based industries with the ability to formulate and solve problems pertaining to enzyme and microbial process technologies, mammalian cell culture, and downstream processing in biotechnology. They also generate solutions to problems with medical relevance, including the design of devices and systems to replace lost organ function, deliver therapeutic agents, and otherwise improve human health.

Alumni of the Bioengineering program will be work-ready engineers, problem solvers, responsible professionals, and interdisciplinary collaborators. Specifically, within a few years after graduation, they will have:

  1. obtained employment in the bioprocess and biotechnology industries and/or entered graduate studies in bioengineering, chemical, environmental, or biomedical engineering and/or gained admission to professional schools including health-professional programs and law programs;
  2. created value through solving problems at the interface of engineering and biology, whether in a manufacturing, research, or clinical environment;
  3. pursued professional development in order to fulfill their professional and ethical responsibilities, and they will have recognized and responded to evolving contemporary questions at the interface of biosciences, technology, and society; and
  4. created value through effectively communicating with a diverse set of professionals, and facilitating meaningful collaboration between bioscientists and other engineers.

The Bioengineering undergraduate curriculum is designed to meet these objectives through relevant course content, hands-on laboratory and design experiences at the first year through the senior levels, and structured, collaborative learning experiences. The school has a core curriculum where students from all three programs housed within the school (CHE, BIOE, ENVE) take common courses in the areas of first-year engineering, materials and energy balances, thermodynamics, transport phenomena and senior laboratory.

Pre-Professional Bioengineering

First Year

CBEE 101. Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering Orientation (3)
CBEE 102. Engineering Problem Solving and Computations (3)E
CH 231. *General Chemistry (4)E
   and CH 261. *Laboratory for Chemistry 231 (1)E
CH 232, CH 233. *General Chemistry (4,4)
   and CH 262, CH 263. *Laboratory for Chemistry 232, 233 (1,1)
COMM 111. *Public Speaking (3)
   or COMM 114. *Argument and Critical Discourse (3)E
MTH 251. *Differential Calculus (4)E
MTH 252. Integral Calculus (4)E
MTH 254. Vector Calculus I (4)E
PH 211. *General Physics with Calculus (4)E
WR 121. *English Composition (3)E
HHS 231. *Lifetime Fitness for Health (2)
HHS 241–HHS 248. *Lifetime Fitness (various activities) (1)
   or any PAC course (1–2)
*Perspectives (3)

Second Year

BI 231, BI 233. Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology (3,3)
CBEE 211. Material Balances and Stoichiometry (3)
CBEE 212. Energy Balances (3)
CBEE 213. Process Data Analysis (4)
CH 331, CH 332. Organic Chemistry (4,4)
ENGR 201. Electrical Fundamentals I (3)E
ENGR 211. Statics (3)E
MTH 256. Applied Differential Equations (4)E
MTH 306. Matrix and Power Series Methods (4)E
PH 212, PH 213. *General Physics with Calculus (4,4)E
*Biology selection (2 or 4)1

Professional Engineering Program

Third Year

BB 450, BB 451. General Biochemistry (4,3)
BIOE 340. Biomedical Engineering Principles (3)
BIOE 351. Biomaterials and Biointerfaces (3) 
BIOE 420. Social Justice, Ethics, and Engineering (3)
CBEE 320. Professionalism and Engineering Ethics (3)
CHE 311. Thermodynamics (3)
CHE 331. Transport Phenomena I (4)
CHE 332. Transport Phenomena II (3)
CHE 333. Transport Phenomena III (3)
WR 327. *Technical Writing (3)
*Difference, Power, and Discrimination (3)4
Engineering elective (3)2
*Perspectives (6)

Fourth Year

BB 493. Biochemistry Laboratory Molecular Techniques 1 (3)
BB 494. Biochemistry Laboratory Molecular Techniques 2 (3)
BIOE 415. Bioengineering Laboratory (3)
BIOE 457. Bioreactors I (3)
BIOE 490. Bioengineering Process Design (4)
BIOE 491. Bioengineering Product Design (4)
BIOE 492. Bioengineering Capstone Design (4)
CBEE 414. ^Process Engineering Laboratory (3)
Bioengineering electives (6)3
Engineering elective (6)2
*Perspectives (3)
*Synthesis (6)

Total Credits=192


* Baccalaureate Core Course (BCC)
^ Writing Intensive Course (WIC)
E Required for entry into the professional program.
1 Approved bioscience course from BIOE program list.
2 Approved engineering elective from BIOE program list.
3 Approved bioengineering elective from BIOE program list.
4 Approved DPD elective from BIOE program list.

Pre-Bioengineering Major Code: 294

Major Code: 298

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