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Bioengineering Major Program

2020-21 Bioengineering Undergraduate Program Requirements

Bioengineering Chair: Jennifer Cochran cochran1@stanford.edu
UG Director: Karl Deisseroth, deissero@stanford.edu
UG Student Services:  bioe_student_services_inbox@stanford.edu

Understanding and interfacing with complex living systems is at the heart of bioengineering with applications ranging from advancing human health to promoting environmental sustainability. The mission of Stanford's Department of Bioengineering is to create a fusion of engineering and the life sciences that promotes scientific discovery and the development of new biomedical technologies and therapies through research and education.

The Department of Bioengineering is jointly supported by the Schools of Medicine and Engineering. The Bioengineering (BIOE) major enables students to embrace biology as a new engineering paradigm and apply engineering principles to medical problems and biological systems.

Students who obtain a BS in BIOE will obtain a solid background in the basic sciences (chemistry, physics and biology) and mathematics. They will take three engineering fundamentals courses including an introductory bioengineering course and computer programming. Starting in the sophomore year, BioE students will begine to take a series of core classes to gain essential knowledge to pursue a career in bioengineering and will then have the opportunity to pursue elective courses suited to their own interests.

Bioengineering students have a wide variety of options upon graduation. Many will continue on to graduate school or medical school. Others will choose to work in the biotechnology, government service, medical device, medical imaging, or other medical and non-medical industries. Other BioE graduates may choose to pursue advanced degrees in business or law or follow a different career path.

NOTE: Students intending to apply to medical school will need to take additional advanced science courses. While we offer advice regarding pre-medical requirements, it is important to schedule an advising appointment with a pre-medical advisor in Sweet Hall to learn more about how to best prepare for admission to medical schools and the MCAT.

Research Experience for Undergraduates

Our Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program offers Stanford students the opportunity to work closely with a faculty member and their research groups on advanced research topics during the Summer Quarter. Applications are due early February. Interested students should check the BioE website for announcements.

BIOE Program Sheet 2017-18 & 2018-19 (This link is to the ePS; or use 2019-20 Excel or PDF version, or see the Program Sheets page on this site.)

See Explore Degrees for list of BIOE (and all other School of Engineering) program requirements.

Components of BIOE

All BioE students take courses to get a solid foundation to prepare them for the study of bioengineering. Most of the math and science courses are typically taken during freshman and sophomore year; see BioE 4-Year Plans for details.

Mathematics and Science

Course

Title

Units

MATH 19/ 20/21

Calculus (or 10 units AP Calculus or placement via SU exam)

10

Additional Math (minimum 14 units; CME courses strongly recommended). Select one of the following sequences

Recommended: CME 100
& CME 102

Vector Calculus for Engineers
     and Ordinary Differential Equations for Engineers

10

or

 

 

MATH 51
& MATH 53

Linear Algebra and Differential Calculus of Several Variables
     and Ordinary Differential Equations with Linear Algebra

10

Select one of the following:

CME 106
or STATS 110
or STATS 141

Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Engineering (Recommended)
Statistical Methods in Engineering and the Physical Sciences
Biostatistics

3-4

4-5

4-5

 

Science (all courses listed; 26 units minimum)

CHEM 31M (formerly 31X)

Chemical Principles (or CHEM 31A and CHEM 31B)

5/10

CHEM 33

Structure and Reactivity

5

BIO 82 or BIO 83

Genetics or Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (recommended)

4

BIO 84

Physiology

4

PHYSICS 41 or 41E

Mechanics (or AP equivalent)(PHYS 41E by placement or application only)

4

PHYSICS 42

Electricity and Magnetism (or AP equivalent)

4

 

Technology in Society (TIS)

Course

Title

Units

BIOE 131

Ethics in Bioengineering  (satisfies WIM requirement for major)

3

Engineering Fundamentals (3 courses)

Course

Title

Units

ENGR 80

Introduction to Bioengineering (same as BIOE 80; required)

4

CS 106A

Programming Methodology (or CS 106AB or 106X; required)

5

Fundamentals Elective; see UGHB for options; only one CS class allowed to count toward Fundamentals requirements

3-5

BIOE Core: (27 units) All BIOE students are required to take a common set of depth courses

Physical Biology

Title

Units

BIOE 42

Physical Biology of Cells

4

 

Lab Courses

Title

Units

BIOE 44

Fundamentals for Engineering Biology Lab

4

BIOE 123

Optics and Devices Lab

4

 

Systems Biology & Physiology Courses

Title

Units

BIOE 101

Systems Biology

3

BIOE 103

Systems Physiology and Design

4

 

Senior Project Courses

Title

Units

BIOE 141A

Senior Capstone Design I

4

BIOE 141B

Senior Capstone Design II

4

 

BIOE Depth Electives: Four courses from approved list (minimum of 12 units)

Course

Title

Units

BIOE 102

Physical Biology of Macromolecules (formerly BIOE 140; not given this year)

4

BIOE 122

Biosecurity and Bioterrorism Response (same as PUBLPOL 122)

4-5

BIOE 201C

Diagnostic Devices Lab

3

BIOE 209 Mathematical Models of Biological Systems 3

BIOE 211

Biophysics of Multi-cellular Systems and Amorphous Computing

3

BIOE 212

Introduction to Biomedical Informatics Research Methodology

3

BIOE 214

Representations and Algorithms for Computational Molecular Biology

3-4

BIOE 217

Translational Bioinformatics

4

BIOE 220

   Or BIOE 51

Introduction to Imaging and Image-based Human Anatomy

   Or Anatomy for Bioengineers

3-4

BIOE 221

Physics and Engineering of Radionuclide

3

BIOE 222

Multimodality Molecular Imaging in Living Subjects I

4

BIOE 223

Physics and Engineering of X-Ray Computed Tomography

3

BIOE 224

Multimodality Molecular Imaging in Living Subjects II

4

BIOE 225

Ultrasound Imaging and Therapeutic Applications

3

BIOE 227

Functional MRI Methods

3

BIOE 231

Protein Engineering

3

BIOE 244

Advanced Frameworks and Approaches for Engineering Integrated Genetic Systems

4

BIOE 260

Tissue Engineering

4

BIOE 279

Computational Biology: Structure and Organization of Biomolecules

3

BIOE 281

Biomechanics of Movement

3

BIOE 287

Introduction to Physiology and Biomechanics of Hearing

3

BIOE 291

Principles and Practice of Optogenetics for Optical Control of Biological Tissues

3

Honors Option

  • At the end of junior year students who qualify are encouraged to apply for the BioE honors program (see the Bioengineering honors section link on the UGHB Home page). Students who are accepted spend the senior year exploring a research topic in depth and writing an honors thesis.

Coterm Deadlines and Contact

Dept Application Deadlines Contacts Website
Bioengineering December 1, 2020 for  Autumn 2021-2022

Gracey Hessinger
graceyh@stanford.edu

Katy Bechler
kkbechler@stanford.edu
 

https://bioengineering.stanford.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/coterm

Instructions for Declaring Major in Bioengineering (BIOE-BS)

Declaring a BioE major consists of the following steps:

  1. Login to Axess and request to major in Bioengineering. Do not choose the Honors option in Axess unless you have already submitted an Honors application to the department.
  2. Download or print a copy of your unofficial Stanford transcript from Axess.
  3. Download a BioE program sheet. You must choose a program sheet from a year you were enrolled at Stanford. Enter “AP” instead of a grade for any course waived due to AP credit. Please note: when completing the program sheet, include courses you plan to take as well as those you have already taken.
  4. Design a 4-year plan based on the samples given on previous pages.
  5. Take or scan your unofficial transcript, 4-year plan and your completed Declaration Form to the BioE Student Services Office in the Shriram Center, room 119. The department will assign an advisor to you.
  6. Meet with your assigned advisor to discuss the program, review your 4-year plan and have him/her sign your completed program sheet.
  7. Bring or scan the completed and signed program sheet to the BioE Students Services Office in the Shriram Center, room 119.

When your major is approved in Axess, you will be notified via e-mail.