Legacy Program Details

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.

To officially enroll, obtain an enrollment form from the program administrator or download the form. Filling out this form and returning it to the program office enrolls you in the Program.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Biology/Life Science Courses

Any course in molecular biology or ecology and evolutionary biology counts. Cross-listed courses count if they have significant biology content.

Psychology courses with significant physiology content count. For engineering students whose department does not require Organic Chemistry (i.e. all other than chemical and biological engineering) then the two course Organic Chemistry sequence counts as two life science course.

Engineering Courses

Any course in the engineering school counts (must be for credit). Four popular courses for students in the program are COS 126 ("General Computer Science"), CEE 102 ("Engineering in the Modern World"), MAE 305 ("Mathematics in Engineering I"), and ORF 245 ("Fundamentals of Statistics"). The courses you take depend upon your specific interests.

These engineering school courses have significant biology content and can count as a life science course or an engineering course.

CBE 262Fundamentals of Bioengineering
ENE 318/CBE 318Fundamentals of Biofuels
CBE 419Enzymes
CBE 433Introduction to the Mechanics and Dynamics of Soft Living Matter
CBE 438Biomolecular Engineering
CBE 439Quantitative Physiology and Tissue Design
CBE 440Physical Basis of Human Disease
CBE 447Metabolic Engineering
MAE 344Introduction to Bioengineering and Medical Devices