MSE / BioE Joint Major

The Departments of Bioengineering and Materials Science & Engineering offer a joint major for students who have an interest in the field of biomaterials. The broad-based curriculum includes exposure to fundamental courses in engineering and life sciences and will allow students to understand the interface between the two major fields. Students who graduate with this joint major will successfully compete for jobs in the field of biomaterials in academia, industry, and government.

Freshman Year [Common First Year] Fall Spring
Chemistry 1A  and 1AL- General Chemistry or Chemistry 4A- General Chemistry and Quantitative Analysis1 4
Chemistry 3A and 3AL- Chemical Structure and Reactivity or Chem 112A- Organic Chemistry1 5
BioE 10- Introduction to Biomedicine for Engineers2 4
Math 1A – Calculus  4
Math 1B- Calculus 4
Physics 7A- Physics for Scientists and Engineers  4
Reading and Composition Course from List A3 4
Reading and Composition Course from List B3 4
BioE 26 1
Minimum Total Units
17 17
Sophomore Year Fall Spring
Biology 11-Engineering Molecules I 3
MSE 45- Properties of Materials  3
MSE 45L-Properties of Materials Laboratory  1
E 7- Introduction to Computer Programming for Scientists & Engineers or CS 61A- Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs 4
Math 53- Multivariable Calculus 4
Math 54- Linear Algebra and Differential Equations 4
Physics 7B- Physics for Scientists and Engineers 4
Humanities / Social Studies Course3  3-4 3-4
Minimum Total Units
15-16 14-15
Junior Year Fall Spring
BioE 102- Biomechanics 4
BioE 103-Engineering Molecules 2 4
BioE 104- Biological Transport Phenomena 4
Chem 120B- Physical Chemistry or E 40- Engineering Thermodynamics  3-4
BioE 1104– Biomedical Physiology for Engineers or BioE 1144– Cell Engineering 4
MSE 102 – Bonding, Crystallography and Crystal Defects 3
MSE 104- Characterization of Materials 4
BioE 100 or Humanities/Social Studies course (with Ethics Content)3, 5
Minimum Total Units
14-15 15-16
Senior Year Fall Spring
BioE 1154 – Cell Biology Laboratory for Engineers or MSE 1304– Experimental Materials Science 3-4
BioE Elective6 3-4
BioE C118 -Biological Performance of Materials 4
MSE Electives7 3-4 3-4
MSE 104-Characterization of Materials  4
MSE 151 – Polymeric Materials  3
Bioengineering Design Project or Research Electives8 3-4
Humanities and Social Science Courses3 3-4
Minimum Total Units
13-16 16-29

1. Chemistry 4A and 112A are intended for students majoring in chemistry or a closely related field. Note: Prerequisites to Chemistry 112A include Chemistry 1A and 1AL and 1B (or 4A and 4B).

2. Junior transfer admits are exempt from completing BioE 10.

3. The Humanities/Social Sciences (H/SS) requirement includes two approved reading and composition courses and four additional approved courses, with which a number of specific conditions must be satisfied. Reading and Composition “A” and “B” must be completed by no later than the end of the sophomore year. The remaining courses may be taken at any time during the program. See for complete details and a list of approved courses.

4. This course cannot also be used to fulfill the BioE Elective or MSE Electives requirement.

5. Students must take one course with ethics content. This may be fulfilled within the Humanities/Social Sciences requirement by taking one of the following courses: BioE 100; Engineering 125, 157AC; Environmental Science, Policy, and Management 161, 162; IAS 157AC; Letters and Science 160B; Philosophy 104, 107.

6. Students must choose one of the following BioE Electives: BioE 110, 111, 114, 115, C117, 121, 124, 150.

7. Students must choose two of the following MSE Electives: MSE 111, 112, 113, 130.

8. Students must choose one of the following Bioengineering Design Project and Research Electives: BioE 121L, 140L, 168L, 192, H194, 196.

* A minimum of 120 units is required for graduation.