Bioengineering- Bachelor of Science in Engineering

For information, contact the Department of Chemical, Paper and Biomedical Engineering, 64 Engineering Building, 513-529-0760.

This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Bioengineering is the integration of life sciences with engineering to develop solutions for healthcare related problems as well as to create new biology-inspired methodologies for computing, design, and engineering. The program uses a multi-disciplinary approach, deriving its strength from biology, chemistry, mathematics and various engineering disciplines as well as computational sciences. Together, these enable the graduate to analyze, design, synthesize, and test products and processes in a variety of bioengineering areas, such as medical equipment and instrumentation, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, prosthetics and artificial biomaterials.

This program provides the student with a broad bioengineering education enhanced by liberal arts courses in life sciences, economics, humanities, social sciences, and global perspectives.

Within the bioengineering curriculum, students choose among concentrations including bioinformatics and computational biology, biomedical engineering, bioprocessing and pre-medical. A partial list of organizations that employ bioengineers includes medical device, equipment, sensor, and instrument manufacturers, hospitals, clinical laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, biofuel producers, food and agriculture related companies, and biotechnology industries.

Program Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of the program are:

  • The graduate will have interdisciplinary training in bioengineering that will allow them to have successful careers in industry, research and development, plant design and manufacturing, and in regulatory/governmental, academic, and clinical work.
  • The graduate will have the organizational, leadership, and communication skills to achieve success in their chosen careers.
  • The graduate will have independent critical thinking and problem solving skills that can be applied to support interdisciplinary teams that may include medical professionals, cell and molecular biologists, physiologists, geneticists, and other engineers.
  • The graduate will have life-long learning skills and awareness of ethical responsibilities that will allow successful adaptation to the rapidly changing field of bioengineering.
  • The graduate will have sound training in mathematics, the biological and physical sciences, liberal arts, and engineering that will facilitate successful pursuit of advanced degrees in medicine, law, business, and engineering or related fields.

Student Outcomes

These student outcomes prepare our graduates to attain the program educational objectives listed above.

  1. Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. Ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. Ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  4. Ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  5. Ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively.
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  9. Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage, in life-long learning.
  10. Knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. Ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Credit/No-credit Policy

All courses in chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, statistics and those in the College of Engineering and Computing (CPB, CSE, ECE, EGM, MME, CEC) that are used to fulfill requirements of the major, must be taken for a grade.

Grade Requirements

You must earn a grade of C or better in CHM 142, PHY 191 and CPB 204.

Program requirements

Core Requirements (minimum 64 hours)
BIO/MBI 116Biological Concepts: Structure, Function, Cellular, and Molecular Biology4
BIO 203Introduction to Cell Biology3
BIO 305Human Physiology4
CHM 141
CHM 144
College Chemistry
and College Chemistry Laboratory
CHM 142
CHM 145
College Chemistry
and College Chemistry Laboratory
ENG 313Technical Writing3
MTH 151Calculus I5
MTH 245Differential Equations for Engineers3
MTH 251Calculus II4-5
or MTH 249 Calculus II
PHY 191General Physics with Laboratory I5
PHY 192General Physics with Laboratory II5
Additional Miami Plan Foundation courses (variable hours)
Bioengineering and Engineering Science (45-46 hours)
CPB 102Introduction to Chemical and Bioengineering (or equivalent)3
CPB 204Material and Energy Balances3
CPB 219Statics, Dynamics, and Mechanics of Materials4
CPB/MME 314Engineering Thermodynamics3
CPB 324Chemical and Bio- Engineering Computation and Statistics3
or MME 213 Computational Methods in Engineering
CPB/MME 341Engineering Economics3
CPB 417/CPB 517Biomedical Engineering3
CPB 418/CPB 518Biological Transport Phenomena4
CPB 419/CPB 519Biomaterials3
CPB 421Bioethics1
CPB 422/CPB 522Biological Systems and Controls3
CPB 423/CPB 523Biomechanics3
Select one of the following:4
Engineering Design I
and Engineering Design II
Senior Design Project
Senior Design Project
and Senior Design Project
Senior Design Project
CEC 101Computing, Engineering & Society1
ECE 205Electric Circuit Analysis I4
Complete one concentration20-29
Total Credit Hours111-121


Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (28-29 hours)

CHM 231Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry4
CSE 174Fundamentals of Programming and Problem Solving3
CSE 271Object-Oriented Programming3
CSE 274Data Abstraction and Data Structures3
CSE 456/CSE 556Bioinformatic Principles3
ECE 345Applied Probability and Statistics for Engineers3
MTH 231Elements of Discrete Mathematics3
CSE 466/CSE 566Bioinformatics Computing Skills3
or CSE 470B Computational Genomics
Select one of the following:3-4
Introduction to Statistical Modeling
Statistical Programming
Regression Analysis
Experimental Design Methods
Total Credit Hours28-29

Biomedical Engineering (20 hours)

CHM 231Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry4
ECE/MME 303Computer-Aided Experimentation3
ECE 306Signals and Systems3
ECE 426/ECE 526Biomedical Signal Analysis3
ECE 345Applied Probability and Statistics for Engineers3
or STA 301 Applied Statistics
Select one of the following to satisfy Thematic Sequence Requirement:4
Outlines of Biochemistry
Fundamentals of Biochemistry
Molecular and Cellular Biophysics
Physics for Medicine and Biology
Total Credit Hours20

Bioprocessing (20 hours)

CHM 231Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry4
CHM 332Outlines of Biochemistry4
or CHM 432/CHM 532 Fundamentals of Biochemistry
CHM 471/CHM 571Biophysical Chemistry I3
CPB 415/CPB 515Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Design3
CPB 416/CPB 516Biochemical Engineering3
ECE 345Applied Probability and Statistics for Engineers3
or STA 301 Applied Statistics
Total Credit Hours20

Pre-medical (23 hours)

CHM 241Organic Chemistry3
CHM 244Organic Chemistry Laboratory2
CHM 242Organic Chemistry3
CHM 245Organic Chemistry Laboratory2
CHM 332Outlines of Biochemistry4
or CHM 432/CHM 532 Fundamentals of Biochemistry
CPB 415/CPB 515Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Design3
ECE 345Applied Probability and Statistics for Engineers3
or STA 301 Applied Statistics
Any one engineering junior/senior level technical elective (approved by advisor)3
Total Credit Hours23