Biological Engineering- Requirements

Biological Engineering (Course 20) as Taught by MIT

Department of Biological Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering

General Institute Requirements (GIRs)

The General Institute Requirements include a Communication Requirement that is integrated into both the HASS Requirement and the requirements of each major; see details below.

Summary of Subject Requirements Subjects
Science Requirement 6
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) Requirement; at least two of these subjects must be designated as communication-intensive (CI-H) to fulfill the Communication Requirement. 8
Restricted Electives in Science and Technology (REST) Requirement [can be satisfied by 5.12 and 18.03 in the Departmental Program] 2
Laboratory Requirement (12 units) [can be satisfied by 20.109] 1
Total GIR Subjects Required for SB Degree 17

Physical Education Requirement
Swimming requirement, plus four physical education courses for eight points.

Departmental Program

Choose at least two subjects in the major that are designated as communication-intensive (CI-M) to fulfill the Communication Requirement.

Required Core Subjects Units
Tier I
5.12 Organic Chemistry I 12
6.00 Introduction to Computer Science and Programming 1 12
7.03 Genetics 12
18.03 Differential Equations 12
20.110[J] Thermodynamics of Biomolecular Systems 12
Tier II
5.07[J] Biological Chemistry I 12
or 7.05 General Biochemistry
7.06 Cell Biology 12
20.109 Laboratory Fundamentals in Biological Engineering (CI-M) 15
20.309[J] Instrumentation and Measurement for Biological Systems 12
20.320 Analysis of Biomolecular and Cellular Systems 12
Tier III
20.330[J] Fields, Forces and Flows in Biological Systems 12
20.380 Biological Engineering Design (CI-M) 12
Restricted Electives
Tracks TBD 33-36
Units in Major 180-183
Unrestricted Electives 48
Units in Major That Also Satisfy the GIRs (36)
Total Units Beyond the GIRs Required for SB Degree 192-195

The units for any subject that counts as one of the 17 GIR subjects cannot also be counted as units required beyond the GIRs.

1 Combination of 6.0001 Introduction to Computer Science Programming in Python and 6.0002 Introduction to Computational Thinking and Data Science is also acceptable.

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