Bioengineering

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Departmental Focus

Bioengineering is an interdisciplinary major in which the principles and tools of traditional engineering fields, such as mechanical, materials, electrical, and chemical engineering, are applied to biomedical and biological problems. Engineering plays an increasingly important role in medicine in projects that range from basic research in physiology to advances in biotechnology and the improvement of health-care delivery. By its very nature, bioengineering is broad and requires a foundation in the engineering sciences as well as in physiology and other biological sciences.

The overall mission of the Department of Bioengineering is to improve health and quality of life by applying engineering principles to scientific discovery and technology innovation and to train future leaders in bioengineering through inspiring education and dedicated mentorship.

The educational objectives of the bioengineering program at UC San Diego are to produce graduates with a modern bioengineering education who will

At the undergraduate level, the department offers several four-year engineering majors, including a newly developed BS in Bioengineering: BioSystems. Systems engineering is an interdisciplinary engineering field that focuses on analysis and design of complex systems. The goal of the Bioengineering: BioSystems major is to enable students to apply systems engineering to living systems. Engineering is playing an increasing role in physiology and medicine with applications ranging from molecular and cellular characterization of physiological and pathophysiological systems to engineering biomedical devices at scales from nano to macro to systems level measurements and analysis of whole physiology. The Bioengineering: BioSystems major will train students for a) a career in biomedical systems engineering, b) research and faculty positions in biosystems engineering with applications across a wide domain of physiology and medicine and c) further degrees in medicine and engineering. The quantitative training this major offers will especially be highly suited for training the physicians of tomorrow.

One major leads to a BS in Bioengineering. This major prepares students for careers in the biomedical device industry and for further education in graduate school. Students completing the BS in Bioengineering have a broad preparation in traditional topics in engineering, allowing for a variety of career pathways. This program addresses the bioengineering topics of biomechanics, biotransport, bioinstrumentation, bioelectricity, biosystems, and biomaterials, and the complementary fields of systems and integrative physiology. Education in these areas allows application of bioengineering and other scientific principles to benefit human health by advancing methods for effective diagnosis and treatment of disease, e.g., through development of medical devices and technologies.

The department also offers a BS in Bioengineering: Biotechnology. This major prepares students for careers in the biotechnology industry and for further education in graduate school. The curriculum has a strong engineering foundation with emphasis on biochemical process applications. This program addresses the bioengineering topics of biochemistry, metabolism, kinetics, biotransport, biosystems, bioreactors, bioseparations, tissue engineering, and the complementary fields of cellular physiology. Education in these areas allows application of bioengineering and physicochemical principles to cellular and molecular biology, with the applications that benefit human health.

The department also offers a major leading to a BS in Bioengineering: Bioinformatics. Bioinformatics is the study of the flow of information (genetic, metabolic, and regulatory) in living systems to provide an understanding of the properties of cells and organisms. This major has been developed by the Departments of Bioengineering, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science and Engineering, and Division of Biological Sciences. Students wishing to major in bioinformatics may apply through any of these departments or the division. The Bioinformatics major in bioengineering emphasizes systems engineering and model-based approaches to interpreting and integrating bioinformatics data. The Bioinformatics major prepares students for careers in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and biomedical software industries, and for further studies in graduate school.

The programs and curricula of the Department of Bioengineering emphasize education in the fundamentals of engineering sciences that form the common basis of all engineering subspecialties. Education with this emphasis is intended to provide students with an interdisciplinary engineering foundation for a career in which engineering practice may expand rapidly. In addition, elements of bioengineering design are incorporated at every level in the curricula. This is accomplished by integration of laboratory experimentation, computer applications, and exposure to real bioengineering problems throughout the program. In the Bioengineering, Bioengineering: Biotechnology, and Bioengineering: BioSystems majors, students also work in teams on a senior design project to design a solution to a multidisciplinary bioengineering problem suggested by professionals in bioengineering industry, academia, or medicine.

The Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (EAC/ABET) is an organization with a mission of serving the public through promotion and advancement of education in fields including engineering, and ABET’s strategic plans include accreditation of educational programs and promotion of quality and innovation in education http://www.abet.org. At UC San Diego, Bioengineering, Bioengineering: Biotechnology, and Bioengineering: BioSystems have a relatively heavy emphasis on engineering, whereas Bioengineering: Bioinformatics has a relatively heavy emphasis on biological, chemical, and physical sciences. The Bioengineering and Bioengineering: Biotechnology programs are accredited by EAC/ABET, and ABET accreditation will be sought for the Bioengineering: BioSystems major. The Bioengineering: Bioinformatics program is not accredited by a Commission of ABET.

At the graduate level, specialized curricula lead to the MS, MEng (Master of Engineering), and PhD, as well as an integrated BS/MS. The department also offers a PhD in Bioinformatics. It is intended for students who have an interdisciplinary persuasion to work across computers, biology, medicine, and engineering. For further information on the degree, please e-mail bioinfo@ucsd.edu or go online to http://www.bioinformatics.ucsd.edu. The MEng is a terminal professional degree whereas the MS and PhD are research programs. (See section on master’s degree programs.) The graduate programs are characterized by strong interdisciplinary relationships with the other engineering departments and Departments of Physics, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Medicine, and others, as well as with campus organizations such as the Institute of Engineering in Medicine, Institute for Mechanics and Materials, and the School of Medicine.

The Undergraduate Program

Major Requirements

Specific course requirements for each of the majors are outlined in tables below. In addition to the required technical courses specifically indicated, a suggested scheduling of humanities and social science courses (HSS) is included in the curricula for students to use to meet college general-education requirements. To graduate, students must maintain an overall GPA of at least 2.0, and obtain at least a C– grade in each course required for the major. All courses required for the major must be taken for a letter grade.

Deviations from the required programs of study must be approved by the Undergraduate Studies Committee prior to students taking alternative courses. In addition, students must obtain departmental approval of technical elective (TE) course selections prior to students taking the course. In the ABET-accredited programs, TE courses are restricted to those that meet ABET standards. Courses such as BENG 197 and 198 are encouraged, but do not count as upper-division technical electives. BENG 195, 196, and 199 can be used as technical electives under certain conditions. Policy information may be obtained from the Student Affairs Office.

Students with accelerated academic preparation at admission to the university may vary the scheduling of lower-division courses such as mathematics, physics, and chemistry, but must first consult the department. Most lower-division courses are offered more than once each year to permit students some flexibility in their program scheduling. However, most upper-division bioengineering courses are taught only once each year.

Deviations in the scheduling of upper-division bioengineering courses are strongly discouraged, as such changes usually lead to a delay in graduation.

The curricula shown in the tables below are consistent with the current scheduling of classes.

Minors are not offered in the Department of Bioengineering, and double major options are restricted. Students interested in double majors should consult the Student Affairs Office as early as possible.

General-Education/College Requirements

For graduation, each student must satisfy general-education course requirements determined by the student’s college, as well as the major requirements determined by the department. The six colleges at UC San Diego require different general-education courses, and the number of such courses differs from one college to another. Each student should choose his or her college carefully, considering the special nature of the curriculum and the breadth of general education.

The bioengineering programs allow for humanities and social science (HSS) courses so that students can fulfill their college requirements. In the bioengineering ABET-accredited programs, students must develop a program that includes a total of at least forty units in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, not including subjects such as accounting, industrial management, finance, or personnel administration. It should be noted, however, that some colleges require more than the ten HSS courses indicated in the Bioengineering, Bioengineering: Biotechnology, Bioengineering: Bioinformatics, and Bioengineering: BioSystems curriculum tables. Accordingly, students in these colleges may take longer to graduate than the four years indicated in the schedule. Students must consult with their colleges to determine which HSS courses to take.

Bioengineering

(ABET-Accredited Program)

FALL WINTER SPRING
FRESHMAN YEAR
Math 20A Math 20B Math 20C
Chem 6A Chem 6B BILD 1
HSS4 Phys 2A Phys 2B/2BL
HSS4 BENG 12 HSS4
  HSS4  
SOPHOMORE YEAR
Math 20D Math 20F7 Math 20E
Chem 7L1 MAE 1407 MAE 3
Phys 2C/2CL BENG 109 BENG 100
HSS4 HSS4 MAE 83
JUNIOR YEAR
BENG 101 BENG 112A BENG 112B
BENG 110 BENG 186B BENG 172
MAE 170 BENG 140A BENG 140B
HSS4 HSS4 BENG 103B
    BENG 187A
SENIOR YEAR
MAE 107 BENG 122A BENG 125
BENG 187B BENG 130 BENG 186A
DE6 BENG 187C BENG 187D
TE8 DE6 TE8
HSS4 MAE 150 HSS4
  BENG 1915  

1Chem 7L may be taken in any quarter within the first two years after completion of Chem 6B.

2BENG 1 may be taken in sophomore year.

3Continuing students who have completed MAE 9 or 10 are NOT REQUIRED to take MAE 8 and future Transfer students who have completed a course equivalent to MAE 9 or 10 are exempted from completing MAE 8 until fall 2013.

4Ten HSS courses are listed here; individual college requirements may be higher.

5Recommended course, not required.

6Design elective (DE) courses must be selected from a two-quarter sequence, BENG 119AB, 126AB, 127AB, 128AB, 129AB, 139AB, 147AB, 148AB, 149AB, 169AB, 179AB.

7Math 20F and MAE 140 may be taken concurrently.

8Technical elective (TE) courses must be selected from a departmental approved list. Consult the Student Affairs Office.

Bioengineering: Biotechnology

(ABET-Accredited Program)

FALL WINTER SPRING
FRESHMAN YEAR
Math 20A Math 20B Math 20C
Chem 6A Chem 6B Chem 7L1/6C
HSS4 Phys 2A Phys 2B
HSS4 BENG 12 HSS4
  HSS4  
SOPHOMORE YEAR
Math 20D Math 20F Math 20E
Chem 140A Phys 2C/2CL Chem 140B
BILD 1 BENG 130 BENG 100
HSS4 HSS4 MAE 83
JUNIOR YEAR
BIBC 102 BENG 123 BENG 103B
CENG 101A BIBC 100 BENG 160
MAE 170 BICD 100 BENG 168
HSS4 HSS4 BENG 187A
    HSS4
SENIOR YEAR
BENG 161A BENG 161B BENG 125
BENG 187B BENG 187C BENG 187D
BENG 166A DE6 BENG 186A
DE6 TE7 TE7
BENG 162 HSS4  
  BENG 1915  

1Chem 7L may be taken concurrently with Chem 6C or in any quarter within the first two years after completion of Chem 6B.

2BENG 1 may be taken in sophomore year.

3Continuing students who have completed MAE 9 or 10 are NOT REQUIRED to take MAE 8 and future Transfer students who have completed a course equivalent to MAE 9 or 10 are exempted from completing MAE 8 until fall 2013.

4Ten HSS courses are listed here; individual college requirements may be higher.

5Recommended course, not required.

6Design elective (DE) courses must be selected from a two-quarter sequence, BENG 119AB, 126AB, 127AB, 128AB, 129AB, 139AB, 147AB, 148AB, 149AB, 169AB, 179AB.

7Technical elective (TE) courses must be selected from a departmental approved list. Consult the Student Affairs Office.

Bioengineering: BioSystems

(ABET Accreditation to be sought.)

FALL WINTER SPRING
FRESHMAN YEAR
Math 20A Math 20B Math 20C
Chem 6A Chem 6B ECE 35
ECE 15 Phys 2A Phys 2B/2BL
HSS1 BENG 2 HSS1
  HSS1  
SOPHOMORE YEAR
Math 20D Math 20F Math 20E
ECE 45 BENG 120 BENG 102
Phys 2C/2CL BENG 109 BENG 100
HSS1 BENG 1 HSS1
  HSS1  
JUNIOR YEAR
BENG 101 BENG 130 BENG 133
BENG 110 BENG 140A BENG 134
ECE 174 BENG 152 BENG 140B
HSS1 BENG 122A BENG 187A
    HSS1
SENIOR YEAR
BENG 135 BENG 186B BENG 125
BENG 187B BENG 141 BENG 186A
DE3 BENG 187C BENG 187D
TE2 DE3 BENG 189
HSS1 HSS1 TE2
  BENG 1914  

1Ten HSS courses are listed here; individual college requirements may be higher.

2Technical elective (TE) courses must be selected from a departmental approved list. Consult the Student Affairs Office.

3Design elective (DE) courses must be selected from a two-quarter sequence, BENG 119AB, 126AB, 127AB, 128AB, 129AB, 139AB, 147AB, 148AB, 149AB, 169AB, 179AB.

4Recommended course, not required.

Bioengineering: Bioinformatics

(Not accredited by a Commission of ABET.)

FALL WINTER SPRING
FRESHMAN YEAR
CSE 112 CSE 12 BILD 94
Chem 6A Chem 6B Chem 7L1/6C
Math 20A Math 20B Math 20C
HSS4 HSS4 HSS4
SOPHOMORE YEAR
BILD 1 BILD 2 BILD 3
Math 20D Chem 140A Chem 140B
Phys 2A Phys 2B Phys 2C
HSS4 HSS4 CSE 21
JUNIOR YEAR
BIBC 102/Chem 114B BIMM 100/Chem 114C BICD 110
BICD 100 CSE 101 BIMM 101/Chem 109
CSE 100 Math 20F TE3
HSS4 Math 186 HSS4
SENIOR YEAR
BENG 182 BENG 130 BIMM 185
BENG 183 BENG 181 BENG 184
BIBC 103 TE3 TE3
HSS4 HSS4 HSS4

1Chem 7L may be taken concurrently with Chem 6C or in any quarter within the first two years after completion of Chem 6B.

2Students may take the slower paced version, CSE 8A-B, instead of CSE 11.

3Technical elective (TE) courses must be selected from a departmental approved list. Consult the Student Affairs Office.

4Ten HSS courses are listed here; individual college requirements may be higher.

Policies and Procedures

Transfer Student Admission into Bioengineering, Bioengineering: Biotechnology, Bioengineering: Bioinformatics, or Bioengineering: BioSystems

General advice: Transfer students are advised to complete the following courses for their major before enrolling at UC San Diego. Preparing well for the major helps students move efficiently toward graduation. 

Admission to Bioengineering or Bioengineering: Biotechnology

Because of heavy student interest in the Bioengineering and Bioengineering: Biotechnology majors, and the limited resources available to accommodate this demand, maintenance of a high quality program makes it necessary to limit enrollments to the most qualified students.

Students admitted into an impacted major who transfer out of the impacted major may transfer back into it one time without meeting the full requirements for continuing student admission, provided they are in good academic standing.

Freshman Students

Freshman students who have excelled in high school and have declared Bioengineering or Bioengineering: Biotechnology on their UC San Diego application are eligible for direct admission into those majors.

The UC San Diego Office of Admissions and Relations with Schools will calculate an admissions target number and admit the appropriate number of incoming freshmen into each impacted major using the “UC San Diego Holistic Review” score as a ranking method. Students who meet the UC San Diego admission criteria will be admitted into their chosen impacted major, starting with the student having the highest “holistic review score,” until the admission target number is reached. These students will be notified directly by the Office of Admissions and Relations with Schools whether they have been admitted into their chosen impacted major.

Freshman students who applied but were not admitted directly from high school into the impacted Bioengineering or Bioengineering: Biotechnology majors will be admitted into the major indicated as their “second choice” on the UC application (providing it is an “open” major).

Transfer Students

The UC San Diego Office of Admissions and Relations with Schools will calculate an admissions target number and admit the appropriate number of incoming transfer students into each impacted major, based on the community college GPA. Additionally, transfer students should have completed courses equivalent to UC San Diego’s Math 20A-B-C; Physics 2A–B; and Chem 6A–B. Students who meet the UC San Diego admission criteria will be admitted into their chosen impacted major, starting with the student having the highest community college GPA, until the admission target number is reached. (At least a 3.2 GPA in the community college transfer courses, and a 3.4 GPA in math, physics, and computer science courses, are likely to be needed to gain admission.) These students will be notified directly by the Office of Admissions and Relations with Schools whether they have been admitted into their chosen impacted major.

Transfer students who applied but were not admitted directly from community college into the impacted Bioengineering or Bioengineering: Biotechnology majors will be admitted into the major indicated as their “second choice” on the UC application (providing it is an “open” major).

Continuing Students

Each fall quarter, a certain number (determined on an annual basis) of “continuing” sophomore students who apply will be selected to enter the impacted Bioengineering or Bioengineering: Biotechnology majors. Interested continuing students must not be past sophomore standing, as time to graduation would be delayed since departmental upper-division courses are currently offered only once a year.

Continuing students will be required to complete the following nine courses prior to applying: BILD 1; Chem 6AB; MAE 8; Math 20A-C; Physics 2AB. Upon completion of these courses, students will receive e-mail instructions from the Bioengineering Student Affairs Office concerning completion of an online application. Online applications must be submitted by Friday of the first week of instruction in fall quarter. Continuing students’ applications will be ranked according to the GPA obtained in the nine required courses.

Applications to an impacted major will be approved, starting with the student having the highest GPA in the nine required courses, until the predetermined target number is reached. The Bioengineering Student Affairs Office will notify students in a timely manner who are successful in transitioning into an impacted major to “officially” declare the appropriate major online via the Major/Minor link under Toolbox at http://tritonlink.ucsd.edu.

Continuing students who apply and are unable to transition into an impacted major will also be notified of their status in a timely manner by the Bioengineering Student Affairs Office.

Admission to Bioengineering: Bioinformatics or Bioengineering: BioSystems

Effective fall 2014, Bioengineering: Bioinformatics and Bioengineering: BioSystems have been granted impacted status for freshman applicants. Impacted status for both of these majors will take effect for continuing and transfer students beginning fall 2015.

Freshman Students

As both the Bioengineering: Bioinformatics and Bioengineering: BioSystems majors are impacted for incoming freshmen beginning fall 2014, freshman students who have excelled in high school and have declared Bioengineering: Bioinformatics or Bioengineering: BioSystems on their UC San Diego application are eligible for direct admission into those majors.

The UC San Diego Office of Admissions and Relations with Schools will calculate an admissions target number and admit the appropriate number of incoming freshmen into each impacted major using the “UC San Diego Holistic Review” score as a ranking method. Students who meet the UC San Diego admission criteria will be admitted into their chosen impacted major, starting with the student having the highest “holistic review score,” until the admission target number is reached. These students will be notified directly by the Office of Admissions and Relations with Schools whether they have been admitted into their chosen impacted major.

Freshman students who applied but were not admitted directly from high school into the impacted Bioengineering: Bioinformatics or Bioengineering: BioSystems majors will be admitted into the major indicated as their “second choice” on the UC application (providing it is an “open” major).

Continuing Freshmen (admitted Fall 2014)

Freshmen not directly admitted into the Bioengineering: Bioinformatics or the Bioengineering: BioSystems majors, will need to apply using the continuing application in fall 2015. Each fall quarter, a certain number (determined on an annual basis) of “continuing” sophomore students who apply will be selected to enter the impacted Bioengineering: Bioinformatics or Bioengineering: BioSystems majors. Interested continuing students must not be past sophomore standing, as time to graduation would be delayed since departmental upper-division courses are currently offered only once a year.

Continuing students will be required to complete the following nine courses prior to applying, depending on their major of choice:

Bioengineering: Bioinformatics: BILD 1; Chem 6AB; CSE 11 (or 8A/8AL and 8B); Math 20A-C; Phys 2AB.

Bioengineering: BioSystems: ECE 15, 35; Chem 6AB; Math 20A-C, Phys 2AB.

Upon completion of these courses, students will receive e-mail instructions from the Bioengineering Student Affairs Office concerning completion of an online application. Online applications must be submitted by Friday of the first week of instruction in fall quarter. Applications will be ranked according to the GPA obtained in the required courses.

Applications to an impacted major will be approved, starting with the student having the highest GPA in the required courses, until the predetermined target number is reached. The Bioengineering Student Affairs Office will notify students in a timely manner who are successful in transitioning into an impacted major to officially declare the appropriate major online via the Major/Minor link under Toolbox at http://tritonlink.ucsd.edu.

Continuing students who apply and are unable to transition into an impacted major will also be notified of their status in a timely manner by the Bioengineering Student Affairs Office.

Transfer and Continuing Students

Bioengineering: Bioinformatics and Bioengineering: BioSystems majors are currently open majors for transfer students continuing students admitted prior to fall 2014. Majors can be declared using the Major/Minor link under Toolbox at http://tritonlink.ucsd.edu . Effective fall 2015, both majors will be impacted for all students.

It is strongly recommended that students meet with an adviser in the Department of Bioengineering to discuss the degree requirements for Bioengineering: Bioinformatics or the new Bioengineering: BioSystems major.

Academic Advising

Upon admission to a major, students are encouraged to seek advice from departmental staff in the Bioengineering Student Affairs Office, Room 141, Powell-Focht Bioengineering Hall, to plan a program of study. Students are expected to chart their progress within their major. As the department may make a small number of course and/or curricular changes every year, it is imperative that students check their e-mail for updates and consult a bioengineering undergraduate adviser on an annual basis.

To enroll in any courses required for a bioengineering major, a student must have completed prerequisite courses. (The department does not consider D or F grades as adequate preparation for subsequent material.) Where these prerequisite course work and other restrictions apply, the registrar will not enroll other students except by department approval. Students are advised that they may be dropped from course rosters if prerequisites have not been met.

Bioengineering courses are typically offered only once a year and therefore should be taken in the recommended sequence. If courses are taken out of sequence, it may not always be possible to enroll in courses as desired or needed for timely graduation. If this occurs, students should seek immediate departmental advice.

Programmatic advice may be obtained from the Student Affairs Office. In addition, technical advice may be obtained from a specific bioengineering faculty adviser assigned to each student upon admission to the major.

Program Alterations, Exceptions to Requirements, and Special Programs

Exceptions to any program or course requirements are possible if approved by the Undergraduate Studies Committee before the courses in question are taken. Petitions may be obtained from the Bioengineering Student Affairs Office.

Capstone Design Course Sequence for Bioengineering, Bioengineering: Biotechnology, and Bioengineering: BioSystems

A capstone design course sequence is required for senior level students in the Bioengineering, Bioengineering: Biotechnology, and Bioengineering: BioSystems majors. The capstone design course sequence consists of a multiquarter upper-division sequence of courses that totals ten quarter-units and includes (1) a series of four one-unit courses on selection (BENG 187A), design (BENG 187B), implementation (BENG 187C), and presentation (BENG 187D) of design projects, with consideration of professional issues, and (2) a sequence of two three-unit laboratory design projects, offered in many of the primary areas of bioengineering, including biomechanics (BENG 119AB), systems bioengineering (BENG 127AB, 128AB, 129AB), nanoscale and molecular bioengineering (BENG 139AB), organ system bioengineering (BENG 147AB, 148AB, 149AB), tissue engineering and regenerative medicine (BENG 169AB), and bioinstrumentation (BENG 179AB). The design projects and presentations will be performed by student teams in the course sequence.

Independent Study for Undergraduates

Under the guidance of a bioengineering faculty member, lower- and upper-division level bioengineering students have opportunities to participate in independent study and research.

Upper-division bioengineering students may take BENG 199, Independent Study for Undergraduates. Lower-division bioengineering students may enroll in BENG 99, which is similar to BENG 199 except that less background in the curriculum is needed. These courses are taken as electives on a P/NP basis. Under certain conditions, a BENG 199 course may be used to satisfy upper-division technical elective course requirements for the major. Students interested in this alternative must identify a faculty member with whom they wish to work and propose a two-quarter research or study topic for Bioengineering, Bioengineering: Biotechnology, and Bioengineering: BioSystems majors. Completion of two consecutive quarters of BENG 199 will satisfy both technical elective requirements in the Bioengineering, Bioengineering: Biotechnology, and Bioengineering: BioSystems majors. Bioengineering: Bioinformatics majors and students finishing the former Bioengineering: Premedical major may satisfy up to two of the three technical elective requirements in those majors by completion of BENG 199 courses. After obtaining the faculty adviser’s concurrence on the topic and scope of the study, the student must submit a Special Studies form (each quarter) and a BENG 199 as Technical Elective Contract to the Undergraduate Studies Committee. These forms must be completed, approved, and processed prior to the beginning of the quarter in which the course is to be taken.

Teaching

Students interested in participating in the instructional activities of the department may take BENG 195, Undergraduate Teaching as an elective on a P/NP basis. Under certain conditions, it may be used to satisfy an upper-division technical elective for students finishing the former Bioengineering: Premedical major. Policy in this regard may be obtained from the Student Affairs Office.

Industrial Internship Program and Graduate Industrial Training Program

The Department of Bioengineering offers two industry-related programs: the Industrial Internship Program for undergraduates and the Graduate Industrial Training Program for graduate students. Both industrial programs are designed to complement the department’s academic curriculum with practical industry experience. Students interested in these programs should contact the Bioengineering Student Affairs Office well in advance of the quarter in which they would like to start their internship.

The Industrial Internship Program is available to undergraduate students who have completed all lower-division course requirements. Academic credit under BENG 196, Bioengineering Industrial Internship, can be earned by spending ten weeks or more as interns in an industrial setting. The intern may be involved in a range of activities, including design, analysis, manufacturing, testing, regulatory affairs, etc., under the direction of a mentor in the workplace. At the completion of the internship experience, students are required to submit a brief report to the mentor and faculty adviser describing their activities. Up to four units of BENG 196 may be used towards technical elective credit.

The Graduate Industrial Training Program is designed for students in the Master of Engineering Degree Program. This program serves to significantly enhance the professional development of MEng students in preparation for leadership in the bioengineering industry. Students will complete an independent industrial bioengineering project in a company setting under the direction of an industrial and faculty adviser.