For the Class of 2021 and older
Admission to the Program
Students are formally admitted to the program once they have declared a concentration (major). Generally, any student enrolled in the School of Engineering and Applied Science or the Departments of Chemistry; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; or Molecular Biology is eligible to participate in the program. All other majors are also welcome to apply.
You should declare your intent to be in the Program in Engineering Biology by the end of your sophomore year. First-year students are encouraged to contact the program as early as possible to begin planning appropriate course sequences.
Program of Study
An engineering biology student will normally choose courses to satisfy both program and departmental requirements . The course of study will be developed by the student and his or her departmental adviser. In some cases, courses taken under the program requirements may be applied toward the fulfillment of regular departmental requirements.
The program requirements are as follows:
- Five biology/life science courses selected with the approval of the program director. The courses should represent a coherent program in some aspect of biological science. To ensure depth as well as breadth, at least two of the courses should be 300 level and above.
- Five engineering courses selected with the approval of the program director. The courses should represent a coherent program in engineering science, such as biotechnology, waste management, biomechanical sensor technology, neural networks or computer graphics, although they need not be in a single department. At least two of these courses should be at the 300 level or above.
- Close collaboration with faculty is expected. Students are required to complete, with the grade of B- or better, at least one semester of independent work or a senior thesis, in the student’s home department. Some aspect of engineering biology must be included in the independent work/senior thesis. However, many students complete their theses under the direction of a faculty member in an engineering or science department. This independent work/senior thesis is coordinated with students' home departments in order to satisfy departmental requirements.
Students in this program are expected to demonstrate strong academic performance. To qualify for the engineering biology certificate upon graduation, a minimum grade average of B- in the program courses is required. Program courses may not be taken on a pass/D/fail basis.