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Shelly Gulati, Department Chair

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering

The Bachelor of Science degree in Bioengineering is offered by the University of the Pacific School of Engineering and Computer Science. Bioengineering is an extremely exciting field.  By integrating information, methods and tools of engineering with knowledge found in the sciences and mathematics, it promises challenging careers in a broad rand of fields, including medical research and the design of medical instruments, to name just a few. 

Program Educational Objectives

Within a few years of graduation, graduates of the Bioengineering program are expected to be able to:

  • Apply engineering solutions to biomedical, human health, or biological problems
  • Engage in life-long learning and pursue advanced level studies  
  • Demonstrate leadership, collaboration, and communication skills in their profession

Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering

Students must complete a minimum of 120 units of academic work in order to earn the bachelor of science in bioengineering. Students must also adhere to the University’s graduation requirements for bachelor degrees. Traditional Career Path requires a minimum of 32 units of Cooperative Education. Cooperative Education for the Biomedical Career Path is optional.

I. General Education Requirements

PACS 001What is a Good Society4
PACS 002Topical Seminar on a Good Society4
PACS 003What is an Ethical Life?3

Note: 1) Pacific Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 28 or more transfer units complete 2 additional General Education elective courses from below in place of taking PACS 001 and PACS 002.

One course from each subdivision below:

Social and Behavioral Sciences
Two courses from the following:
Arts and Humanities
One course from the following categories:

Note: 1) Only one course can come from each subcategory (A, B, or C) within each category. 2) No more than 2 courses from a single department may be applied to meet the breadth program requirements, with the exception of certain 1-unit GE IIC courses.

II. Diversity Requirement

Students must complete one diversity course (3-4 units)
ENGR 030Engineering Ethics and Society3

Note: 1) Transfer students with 28 units or more transfer units prior to fall 2011 are encouraged but not required to complete a designated diversity course prior to graduation. 2) Courses may be used also to meet general education and/or major/minor requirements.

III. Fundamental Skills

Students must demonstrate competence in:

Quantitative analysis

Note: 1) Fundamental skills must be satisfied prior to enrolling in upper division courses.

IV. Major Requirements

MATH 051Calculus I4
MATH 053Calculus II4
MATH 055Calculus III4
MATH 057Applied Differential Equations I: ODEs4
Select one of the following:4
Introduction to Statistics and Probability
Probability with Applications to Statistics
Basic Science
BIOL 051Principles of Biology5
BIOL 061Principles of Biology5
CHEM 025General Chemistry5
CHEM 027General Chemistry5
PHYS 053Principles of Physics I5
PHYS 055Principles of Physics II5
General Engineering
ENGR 010Dean's Seminar1
ENGR 019Computer Applications in Engineering3
ENGR 020Engineering Mechanics I (Statics)3
ENGR 025Professional Practice Seminar1
ENGR 110Instrumentation and Experimental Methods3
MECH 015Mechanical Engineering Graphics3
Bioengineering Core
BENG 005Introduction to Bioengineering2
BENG 103Biomaterials4
BENG 104Biomedical Imaging4
BENG 108Engineering Physiology4
BENG 124Biomechanics4
BENG 130Biotransport4
BENG 194Bioengineering Project Proposal3
BENG 195Senior Project3
ECPE 041Circuits3
ECPE 041LCircuits Laboratory1
Career Path Electives
Select one career path below:6-10
Biomedical Career Path *
Organic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
Select one of the following:
Introduction to Tissue Engineering
Introduction to Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Traditional Career Path
Select three of the following: **
Cell Biology
Industrial Microbiology
Introduction to Tissue Engineering
Introduction to Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Organic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
Analytical Chemistry
Biophysical Chemistry
Digital Design
Digital Design Lab
Digital Signal Processing
Electronics Lab
Advanced Circuits
Engineering Mechanics II (Dynamics)
Mechanics of Materials
Thermodynamics I
Introduction to Mechatronics
Heat Transfer
Cooperative Education
ENGR 181Professional Practice1-16
ENGR 182Professional Practice1-16
ENGR 183Professional Practice1-16

Bioengineering Courses

BENG 005. Introduction to Bioengineering. 2 Units.

This course introduces students to the various sub-disciplines (medical, chemical, electrical, and mechanical) of bioengineering. Prerequisite may be taken concurrently: ENGR 010 with a "C-" or better.

BENG 053. General Biology with Applications for Engineers I. 3 Units.

This is the first of a two semester general biology course for engineering students. This course focuses primarily on evolution, plant and animal diversity and ecology. Laboratory activities are integrated into the lecture and are used to reinforce course content with experiential activities and the application of biological principles to an engineering context.

BENG 063. General Biology with Applications for Engineers II. 4 Units.

This is the second of a two semester general biology course for engineering students. This course focuses primarily on metabolism, genetics, and organ systems physiology. A separate laboratory section is used to reinforce course content with experiential activities and the application of engineering techniques used for analysis or control of biological systems.

BENG 103. Biomaterials. 4 Units.

This course discusses biomaterials and lays the ground work for topics such as mechanical chemical, and thermal properties of replacement materials and tissues. Implantation of materials in the body are studies studied from the biological point of view. Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills; MATH 053; CHEM 025 or CHEM 027; BIOL 061 or BENG 063 with a "C-" or better.

BENG 104. Biomedical Imaging. 4 Units.

This course discusses major medical imaging modalities in radiology, including X-ray, CT, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, and MRI. Specific contents include physical principle of each imaging modality; instrumentation and data acquisition/image reconstruction strategy, clinical applications and imaging techniques. Prerequisites: MATH 055, PHYS 055, COMP 051 or ENGR 019.

BENG 108. Engineering Physiology. 4 Units.

This course is a lecture and lab-based study of the major organ systems in the human body. Lectures cover basic anatomy, function and regulation of the nervous, endocrine, sensory, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, and excretory systems, with the underlying theme of maintaining homeostasis while responding to physiological disturbances. Lectures also compare each system to abiotic models, and utilize basic principles of physics, math, and chemistry. Lab exercises demonstrate basic physiological processes and emphasize techniques of instrument-based data acquisition and data presentation. Students also create virtual instruments (VIs) that use the program LabVIEW and apply the VIs in a final independent lab project. Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills; BIOL 051 or BENG 053; BIOL 061 or BENG 063; CHEM 025 all with a "C-" or better or permission of instructor.

BENG 124. Biomechanics. 4 Units.

This course discusses concepts of engineering mechanics including stress, strain, deformation, and analysis of structures with application to biomechanical phenomena over a range of biological length scales. Engineering mechanics concepts are used to evaluate forces and moments acting on human joints, forces in musculoskeletal tissue, material properties of biological tissues, and disease state conditions. Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills; ENGR 020 with a “C-“ or better. Prerequisite may be taken concurrently: MATH 057 with a “C-“ or better.

BENG 130. Biotransport. 4 Units.

This course focuses on momentum transport (viscous flow) and mass transport (diffusion and convection) in living systems. The fundamental principles of momentum and mass transfer are explored and laws of conservation applied to develop mathematical descriptions of physiological and engineering systems across a range of length scales. Students develop technical writing skills and learn to use computation fluid dynamics simulation tools. Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills; MATH 057; PHYS 053 with a “C-“ or better.

BENG 140. Introduction to Tissue Engineering. 4 Units.

Tissue engineering is a multidisciplinary and collaborative field that applies the principles of engineering and biology toward the development of biological substitutes that restore, maintain, and improve tissue function. In this course, there will be an overview of tissue engineering, including discussion of cell sources, cell-material interactions, and assessment of engineering outcome through destructive and nondestructive means with case studies of specific types of tissue engineering including skin, bone, cartilage, bladder, and liver. Finally, ethical standards for different techniques in tissue engineering will be discussed. Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills; BIOL 061; BENG 103 all with a “C-“ or better or permission of instructor.

BENG 154. Introduction to Magnetic Resonance Imaging. 4 Units.

Introduction to the physics, techniques, and applications of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in basic sciences and the clinic. Basics of nuclear magnetic resonance physics, and Fourier transform, MRI hardware, and MR imagining principles including signal generation, detection, and spatial localization techniques. Applications of MRI including tissue relaxometry measurement and diffusion weighted imaging of biological tissues, imagining of anatomy, and function. Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills; BENG 104 with a “C-“ or better of permission of instructor.

BENG 171. Bioelectricity. 4 Units.

This course provides the student with an understanding of the origins, function, and measurement of electrical potentials and currents within biological tissues, such as nerve, muscle, and heart. Topics include: the bioelectrical properties of ion channels, neurons, the synapse and neuromuscular junction, adaptation and learning in small networks of neurons, the functional organization of bioelectrical systems, and bioelectrical measurement and stimulation of tissues such as the heart and brain. Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills; BIOL 061 or BENG 063; ECPE 041/ECPE 041L; MATH 055 all with a "C-" or better or permission of instructor.

BENG 191. Independent Study. 1-4 Units.

Special individual projects are undertaken under the direction of one or more faculty members who are knowledgeable in the particular field of study. Permission of department chairperson and faculty members involved.

BENG 194. Bioengineering Project Proposal. 3 Units.

This course provides an introduction to the engineering design process. Students apply basic sciences, mathematics, and engineering topics to meet a stated objective. Students will write a proposal for a comprehensive design project, in which they establish design objectives and criteria, analyze solution alternatives, and synthesize a problem. Consideration for engineering standards, realistic constraints, ethics, and safety is included. Prerequisite: Completion of all Fundamental Skills, Junior or Senior standing, BENG 124 and BENG 103, may be taken concurrently, with a “C-“ or better or permission of instructor.

BENG 195. Senior Project. 3 Units.

In this course, students will complete the engineering design process. Students will design and evaluate an engineering solution to an existing problem. Students apply basic sciences, mathematics and engineering topics to implement a solution that meets stated design objectives and criteria. Students will also test prototypes to evaluate design performance. Design documentation and demonstration are required. Includes both written and oral reports and presentations. Prerequisite may be taken concurrently: BENG 194 with a “C-“ or better or permission of instructor.

BENG 197. Undergraduate Research. 1-4 Units.

This course is applied or basic research in bioengineering under faculty supervision. Permission of faculty supervisor and department chair. Students must be in good academic standing.

BENG 197D. Undergraduate Research. 1-4 Units.

Student Outcomes

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of math, science, and engineering.
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  5. An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.
  6. An ability to understand professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively.
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. An ability to use techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Bioengineering Faculty

Shelly Gulati, Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, 2010, BS, Chemical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2000; PhD, Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco, 2006. Microfluidics, Biological Transport.

Jeffrey S. Burmeister, Associate Professor of Bioengineering, 2002, BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware, 1988; PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Duke University, 1995. Biomaterials, cell adhesion.

Shadi Othman, Associate Professor of Bioengineering, 2015, BE, Mechanical Engineering, Jordan University of Science and Technology, 1999; MS, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, 2002; PhD, Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2005. Tissue Engineering and Biomedical Imaging.

Eric O. Thomas, Associate Professor, 1993, BS, University of California, Riverside, 1984; MA, 1987; PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1991.

Huihui Xu, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, 2014, BE, Biomedical Engineering, Zhejiang University (China), 2006; MS, Applied Mathematics, Zhejiang University (China), 2002; PhD, Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2006. Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Imaging, Bio-instrumentation.