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Undergraduate Program: Pre-2016 Technical Electives


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Only students who were admitted to bioengineering prior to Spring 2016 and who have chosen to remain on the pre-2016 BIOE curriculum should refer to this site for guidance on electives. 

The Bioengineering Undergraduate Program requires the completion of 5 technical electives (15 credits): 2 engineering science electives (6 credits), 2 biological science electives (6 credits), and 1 flex (engineering or biological science) elective (3 credits). All electives must be successfully completed (C- or better). The selection of electives should be made in conjunction with the selection of a Bioengineering Track within the Undergraduate Program. Elective policies and course lists are posted below.

The biological science electives must adhere to the following policies:

  • The elective must be chosen from the biological science elective list posted below;
  • All biological science electives must be at the 200-level or above;
  • At least one course (3 credits) must be at the 300-level or above.

The engineering science electives must adhere to the following policies:

  • The elective must be chosen from the engineering science elective list posted below;
  • All engineering science electives must be at the 200-level or above;
  • At least one course (3 credits) must be at the 300-level or above;
  • One course (3 credits) must be a technical, scientific lecture based course.

The flex elective must adhere to the following policies:

  • The elective must be chosen from either the biological science or engineering science elective lists posted below;
  • Note that BSCI 105, whether completed at UMCP, at another institution, or through AP Biology credit, can be utilized to satisfy this elective.

Please note the following:

  • Only 3 credits of BIOE 399 may be used to fulfill the entire (15 credit) elective requirement.
  • Students are responsible for checking prerequisites (see the BIOE course prerequisites chart [PDF]) and obtaining permissions for non-BIOE courses. Other departments, including those in Engineering, typically have a process for non-majors to request seats in courses, or may maintain a hold file, so please inquire with the specific department.
  • Students seeking to count an elective that is not on this list should submit a BIOE Petition for Waiver to Departmental Policy (PDF | .docx);
  • If student obtained prior approval during an advising meeting to take and count an elective not on this list, student should have advisor make note on the BIOE Advising Worksheet (.xlsx).


Biological Sciences Electives
BCHM 461 Biochemistry I
BCHM 462 Biochemistry II
BCHM 463 Biochemistry of Physiology
BCHM 464 Biochemistry Laboratory
BCHM 465 Biochemistry III
BSCI 201 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
BSCI 202 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
BSCI 222 Principles of Genetics
BSCI 223 General Microbiology
BSCI 223/283 Principles of Microbiology
BSCI 327 Physics of Living Systems
BSCI 334/335 Mammalogy and Mammology Lab
BSCI 338N Diseases of the Nervous System
BSCI 338O Cell Biology from a Biophysical Perspective
BSCI 338P Pathophysiology of Circulatory System
BSCI 353 Principles of Neuroscience
BSCI 361 Principles of Ecology
BSCI 363 The Biology of Conservation and Extinction
BSCI 370 Principles of Evolution
BSCI 380 Bioinformatics and Integrated Genomics
BSCI 410 Molecular Genetics
BSCI 412 Microbial Genetics
BSCI 414 Recombinant DNA Laboratory
BSCI 415 Molecular Genetics Laboratory
BSCI 417 Microbial Pathogenesis
BSCI 420 Cell Biology Lectures
BSCI 421 Cell Biology Lab
BSCI 422 Principles of Immunology
BSCI 423 Principles of Immunology Laboratory
BSCI 424 Pathogenic Microbiology
BSCI 425 Epidemiology and Public Health
BSCI 426 Membrane Biophysics
BSCI 430 Developmental Biology
BSCI 433 Biology of Cancer
BSCI 434 Mammalian Histology
BSCI 437 General Virology
BSCI 442 Plant Physiology
BSCI 443 Microbial Physiology
BSCI 446 Neural Systems
BSCI 447 General Endocrinology
BSCI 453 Cellular Neurophysiology and Lab
BSCI 465 Behavioral Ecology
BSCI 471 Molecular Evolution
BSCI 473 Marine Ecology
CHEM 241 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 271/272 General Chemistry and Energetics/Lab
CHEM 481 Physical Chemistry I
CHEM 482 Physical Chemistry II
CHEM 483 Physical Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 484 Physical Chemistry Laboratory II
ENST 334 Environmental Toxicology
ENST 481 Ecological Design
HESP 202 Introduction to Hearing & Speech Sciences
HESP 305 Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech Mechanism
HESP 311 Anatomy, Pathology & Physiology of the Auditory System
KNES 370  Motor Development
KNES 385 Motor Control and Learning
PLSC 203 Plants, Genes and Biotechnology
PHYS 174 Physics Laboratory Introduction
PSYC 301 Biological Basis of Behavior
Engineering Sciences Electives

AMSC 466 Introduction to Numerical Analysis
BIOE 399 Independent Study
BIOE 411 Tissue Engineering
BIOE 431 Fundamentals of Biosensor Techniques, Instrumentation, and Applications

BIOE 432 Fundamentals of Biophotonics Imaging and Microscopy

BIOE 460 Biotechnology and Bioproduction

BIOE 482 Analysis of Bioenergy Systems

BIOE 489B Special Topics in Bioengineering; Numerical Methods in Bioengineering

BIOE 489C Cellular and Tissue Biomechanics

BIOE 489D Special Topics in Bioengineering; Bioinformatics and Biological Datamining

BIOE 489G Synthetic Biology

BIOE 489I Optical Microscopy
BIOE 489L/ENCH 468M Metabolic Pathway Engineering

BIOE 489M Biophysics of the Cell

BIOE 632 Biophotonic Imaging and Microscopy

BIOE 689A Protein Design and Engineering

BIOE 689D Computational Molecular Bioengineering

BIOE 689J Bioengineering Devices for Cancer Research

BIOE 689V Computer-Aided Design in Bioengineering

CHBE 477 Mesoscopic and Nanoscale Thermodynamics
ENCE 215 Engineering for Sustainability

ENCE 300 Fundamentals of Engineering Materials
ENCE 310 Introduction to Environmental Engineering
ENCE 340 Fundamentals of Geotechnical Engineering

ENCE 411 Environmental Engineering Science

ENCE 412 Enviro. Engineering Unit Operation

ENCE 432 Ground Water Hydrology

ENCH 215 Chemical Engineering Analysis

ENCH 440 Chemical Engineering Kinetics

ENCH 468L Photovoltaics: Solar Energy

ENCH 468M/BIOE 489L Research: Metabolic Pathway Engineering

ENCH 468N Research: Bionanotechnology

ENCH 476 Statistics and Experiment Design

ENCH 482 Biochemical Engineering

ENCH 485 Biochemical Engineering Laboratory

ENCH 490 Introduction to Polymer Science

ENEE 322 Signal and System Theory

ENEE 350 Computer Organization

ENEE 380 Electromagnetic Theory

ENEE 460 Control Systems

ENEE 473 Electrical Machines Laboratory

ENEE 480 Fundamentals of Solid State Electronics

ENES 221 Dynamics

ENES 230 Intro to Materials & Their Applications

ENES 489P Hands-on Systems Engineering Projects

ENMA 300 Introduction to Materials Engineering

ENMA 420 Intermediate Ceramics

ENMA 426 Reliability of Materials

ENMA 441 Nanotechnology Characterization

ENMA 462 Smart Materials

ENMA 463 Macroprocessing of Materials

ENMA 464 Environmental Effects on Engineering Materials

ENMA 471 Kinetics, Diffusion, and Phase Transformations

ENMA 482 Introduction to Electron Microscopy

ENMA 489B Nanomechanics of Biomaterials

ENMA 495 Polymeric Engineering Materials I

ENME 382 Introduction to Materials Engineering

ENME 414 Computer-Aided Design

ENME 442 Nanomechanics of Materials

ENME 466 Lean Six Sigma

ENME 470 Finite Element Analysis

ENME 473 Mechanical Design of Electronic Systems

ENME 476 Microelectromechanical Systems

ENME 489x Upon approval from track leader

MATH 461 Linear Algebra for Scientists and Engineers

MATH 462 Partial Differential Equations for Scientists and Engineers

MATH 463 Complex Variables for Scientists and Engineers

MATH 464 Transform Methods for Scientists and Engineers

STAT 400 Applied Probability and Statistics I

STAT 401 Applied Probability and Statistics II

STAT 420 Introduction to Statistics

STAT 464 Introduction to Biostatistics