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
E 7- Introduction to Computer Programming for Scientists & Engineers or CS 61A- Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs 4
BioE 10- Introduction to Biomedicine for Engineers6 4
Math 1A – Calculus  4
Math 1B- Calculus 4
Physics 7A- Physics for Scientists and Engineers  4
Reading and Composition Course from List A2 4
BioE 24- Freshman Seminar³ 1
Minimum Total Units
17 17
Sophomore Year Fall Spring
Biology 1A and 1AL- General Biology 5
MSE 45- Properties of Materials 3
MSE 45L-Properties of Materials Laboratory 1
Math 53- Multivariable Calculus 4
Math 54- Linear Algebra and Differential Equations 4
Physics 7B- Physics for Scientists and Engineers 4
Reading and Composition Course from list B2 4
Humanities / Social Studies Course2 3-4
Minimum Total Units
16 12-13
Junior Year Fall Spring
BioE 102- Biomechanics 4
BioE 104- Biological Transport Phenomena 4
Chem 120B- Physical Chemistry or E 115- Engineering Thermodynamics 3-4
BioE 110- Biomedical Physiology for Engineers7 or BioE 113- Stem Cells Technology 4
MCB C100A- Biophysical Chemistry or MCB 102- Survey of the Principles of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology7 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)2,3
Minimum Total Units
14-15 15-16
Senior Year Fall Spring
BioE 115 – Cell Biology Laboratory for Engineers or MSE 130- Experimental Materials Science 3-4
BioE 116 – Cell and Tissue Engineering, BioE C117 Structural Aspects of Biomaterials or BioE 111 – Functional Biomaterials, 4
BioE C118 , Biological Performance of Materials 4
MSE 111 – Properties of Electronic Materials, MSE 112 – Corrosion, MSE 113 – Mechanical Behavior of Engineering Materials, BioE 121 – Introduction to Micro and Nanobiotechnology: BioMEMS, or BioE 150- Introduction to Bionanoscience and Bionanotechnology (Choose at least two) 3-4 3-4
MSE 151 – Polymeric Materials or ChemE C178 – Polymer Science and Technology 3
Bioengineering Design Project or Research4 3-4
Humanities and Social Science Courses2 3-4 3-4
Technical Elective5 3-4
Minimum Total Units
16-19 16-20

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. 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.

3. 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: Anthropology 156B; BioE 100; Engineering 125, 157AC; Environmental Science, Policy, and Management 161, 162; IAS 157AC; Letters and Science 160B; ME 191AC; Philosophy 2, 104, 107; Public Health 116.

4. Select one from the Bioengineering Design Project and Research List: BioE 121L, 140L, 168L, 192, H194, 196.

5. Choose course from the Technical Electives List (consult the Berkeley Academic Guide for prerequisites). BioE 111, 113, 116, C117, 121, H194, 196; MSE 103, 111, 112 or 113. Cannot be a course you have taken to fulfill another requirement.

6. Junior transfer admits are exempt from completing BioE 10

7. BioE 110 is offered in Fall semester. BioE 113 is offered in Spring semester. If you take choose to take BioE 110, take MCB C100A or MCB 102 in Spring. If you take BioE 113, take MCB C100A or MCB 102 in Fall.

* A minimum of 120 units is required for graduation.