Four-Year Curriculum

The bioengineering curriculum builds upon the base provided by the Watson School's freshman-year engineering program. This first-year core provides students with a broad foundation in engineering fundamentals, natural sciences and mathematics. Depth in bioengineering is next obtained through a series of required courses. Electives may then be used by students to customize their undergraduate experience to obtain greater breadth in engineering or specialization within bioengineering.

The curriculum begins with the common first-year curriculum of mathematics and the natural sciences required of all Watson School students and includes an introduction to the various fields of engineering in WTSN 111-112, introductions to Engineering Design and Analysis, including bioengineering. Fundamental engineering science courses form the foundation to the bioengineering curriculum and consists of:

  • Circuits and Signals for Bioengineering
  • Statics/Dynamics for Bioengineering
  • Biomechanics
  • Life in Moving Fluids
  • Heat and Mass Transfer in Bio Systems
  • Biomaterials
  • Bioimaging

In addition to other bioengineering courses and the liberal arts, the program hones a student's abilities in leadership, problem solving, decision making, teamwork, writing and oral presentations.

Elective courses provide the student with the opportunity to customize his/her education to include additional exposure to other fields of engineering or to pursue specific bioengineering topics in greater depth.  The emphasis has been placed on enabling students to be successful whether they choose a career in bioengineering or elsewhere or decide to enter graduate school.

A two-semester, senior-level design course sequence provides a capstone experience in which the student is given the opportunity to apply the knowledge and techniques acquired in the program to the solution of a real-world problem.

Your specific curriculum toward a baccalaureate degree in bioengineering will be tied to your year of admission. From this page you can select your start year for your degree. If you do not see your start year on the list, contact the Undergraduate Adviser in your department or the Watson School Advising Office to stay on track.

Student Advising

After the declaration of major in bioengineering, each student is assigned a faculty adviser who will provide guidance throughout the student's stay at Binghamton. If you are not yet assigned a faculty adviser, or if you are not sure who is your faculty adviser, contact Undergraduate Program Director, Professor Sha Jin, at the Bioengineering Department.

Each subsequent semester, during course pre-registration periods, each BE student is required to meet with his or her assigned faculty adviser. Print out and bring in a copy of your DARS report to every meeting. These meetings have several purposes, including:

  • A careful review of the student's DARS report to ensure he or she is maintaining satisfactory progress toward completion of program and university General Education requirements
  • Review of the student's course selection for the following semester to ensure prerequisites are met and to keep the student on track toward completion of degree requirements
  • Providing guidance in the selection of technical and professional electives and humanities and social sciences courses
  • Discussion of academic issues such as GPA, course load, transfer credits, etc.
  • Discussion of any relevant personal, career path or graduate school planning issues.

Additional support is also available from Watson School Student Services.

Last Updated: 5/28/14