Undergraduate Requirements

Open House

Open House is an event held once a year to attract prospective students to our undergraduate bioengineering program. These high school students, along with their parents, are invited to attend Open House to learn more about our program and to also get their questions answered. Faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students volunteer their time to help make this
event a success, and the guests quickly recognize that we have a strong community atmosphere in our department.

The Department of Bioengineering Open House Session is usually held on first Sunday of April from 11:30 – 2:00pm. Invitations are sent out to applicants who have been admitted to UCLA.

Degree Requirements Overview

Undergraduate Program Objectives

The bioengineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org.

The goal of the bioengineering curriculum is to train future leaders by providing students with the fundamental scientific knowledge and engineering tools necessary for graduate study in engineering or scientific disciplines, continued education in professional schools, or employment in industry. There are five main program educational objectives: graduates (1) participate in graduate, professional, and continuing education activities that demonstrate an appreciation for lifelong learning, (2) demonstrate professional, ethical, societal, environmental, and economic responsibility (e.g., by active membership in professional organizations), (3) demonstrate the ability to identify, analyze, and solve complex, open-ended problems by creating and implementing appropriate designs, (4) work effectively in teams consisting of people of diverse disciplines and cultures, and (5) be effective written and oral communicators in their professions or graduate/professional schools.

Undergraduate Study

The Bioengineering major is a designated capstone major. Utilizing knowledge from previous courses and new skills learned from the capstone courses, undergraduate students work in teams to apply advanced knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering principles to address problems at the interface of biology and engineering and to develop innovative bioengineering solutions to meet specific sets of design criteria. Coursework entails construction of student designs, project updates, presentation of projects in written and oral format, and team competition.

Bioengineering B.S.

Capstone Major

Preparation for the Major

Required: Bioengineering 10; Chemistry and Biochemistry 20A, 20B, 20L, 30A, 30AL, 30B; Civil and Environmental Engineering M20 or Computer Science 31 or Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering M20; Life Sciences 2 (satisfies HSSEAS GE life sciences requirement), 3, 23L; Mathematics 31A, 31B, 32A, 32B, 33A, 33B; Physics 1A, 1B, 1C, 4AL.

The Major

Students must complete the following courses:

  1. Bioengineering 100, 110, 120, 165EW (or Engineering 183EW or 185EW), 167L, 176, 180, Electrical Engineering 100; three technical breadth courses (12 units) selected from an approved list available in the Office of Academic and Student Affairs; two capstone design courses (Bioengineering 177A, 177B)
  2. Two major field elective courses (8 units) from Bioengineering C101, C106, C131, C155, M260 (a petition is required for M260)
  3. Five additional major field elective courses (20 units) from Bioengineering C101 (unless taken under item 2), CM102, CM103, C104, C105, C106 (unless taken under item 2). C131 (unless taken under item 2), CM140, CM145, C147, CM150, C155 (unless taken under item 2), C170, C171, CM178, C179, 180L, C183, C185, CM186, CM187, 199 (8 units maximum)

Three of the major field elective courses and the three technical breadth courses may also be selected from one of the following tracks. Bioengineering majors cannot take bioengineering technical breadth courses to fulfill the technical breadth requirement.

Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine: Bioengineering C104, C105, CM140, C147, C183, C185, 199 (8 units maximum), Materials Science and Engineering 104, 110, C111, 120, 130, 132, 140, 143A, 150, 151, 160, 161. The above materials science and engineering courses may be used to satisfy the technical breadth requirement.

Biomedical Devices: Bioengineering C131, C172, 199 (8 units maximum), Electrical Engineering 102, CM150 (or Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering CM180), Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering C187L. The electrical engineering or mechanical and aerospace engineering courses listed above may be used to satisfy the technical breadth requirement.

For Bioengineering 199 to fulfill a track requirement, the research project must fit within the scope of the track field, and the research report must be approved by the supervisor and vice chair.

For information on University and general education requirements, go to: https://www.registrar.ucla.edu/Academics/GE-Requirement.

Sample B.S. Bioengineering Curriculum

Current UCLA freshmen and sophomores may sign up to attend Change of Major Workshops at 6426 Boelter Hall. For more information regarding the curriculum, please contact Erkki Corpuz.

Erkki W. Corpuz
Undergraduate Program
6426 Boelter Hall
(310) 825-9442

Freshmen Year




1st Quarter  
BE 10Introduction to Bioengineering2
English 3English Composition, Rhetoric, and Language5
Chem 20AChemical Structure4
Math 31ADifferential Calculus415
2nd Quarter  
Chem 20BChemical Energetics and Change4
Chem 20LGeneral Chemistry Laboratory3
Math 31BIntegration and Infinite Series4
Physics 1A**Physics for Scientists and Engineers: Mechanics516
3rd Quarter  
Chem 30AChemical Dynamics and Reactivity: Introduction to Organic Chemistry4
Math 32ACalculus of Several Variables4
Physics 1BPhysics for Scientists and Engineers: Oscillations, Waves, Electric and Magnetic Fields5
Physics 4ALPhysics Laboratory for Scientists and Engineers: Mechanics215

Sophomore Year

 1st Quarter  
 Chem 30BOrganic Chemistry: Reactivity and Synthesis, Part I4
Chem 30ALGeneral Chemistry Laboratory II4
 Math 32BCalculus of Several Variables 4
 Physics 1CPhysics for Scientists and Engineers: Electrodynamics, Optics, and Special Relativity 517
 2nd Quarter  
 BE 100
Bioengineering Fundamentals
 LS 2Cells, Tissues, and Organs 4
 Math 33ALinear Algebra and Applications 4
*HSSEAS GE Elective 517
 3rd Quarter  
 BE 167L
 Bioengineering Laboratory
 CS 31  Introduction to Computer Science I4
 Math 33B Infinite Series 4
  *HSSEAS GE Elective517

 Junior Year

 1st Quarter  
 BE 165EWBioengineering Ethics4
 EE 100Electrical and Electronic Circuits 4
 LS 3Introduction to Molecular Biology4
LS 23LIntroduction to Laboratory and Scientific Methodology214
 2nd Quarter  
 BE 120
 Biomedical Transducers
 ***BE Elective
 **Technical Breadth417
 3rd Quarter  
 BE 110
 Biotransport and Bioreaction Processes
 BE 176
 Principles of Biocompatibility
**Technical Breadth4
 *HSSEAS GE Elective517

 Senior Year

 1st Quarter  
 BE 177A
 Bioengineering Capstone Design I
  **Technical Breadth Requirement4
***BE Elective4
****Restricted Elective416
 2nd Quarter  
 BE 180
 System Integration in Biology, Engineering, and Medicine I (SIBEM I)
 BE 177B
 Bioengineering Capstone Design II
  ***BE Elective412
 3rd Quarter  
  ****Restricted Elective 4
  ***BE Elective 4
  ***BE Elective 412

Courses in BOLD are only offered once a year.

*See HSSEAS Announcement for list of acceptable courses.

**See Undergraduate Technical Breadth Areas

***BE Electives: BIOENGR C101, CM102, CM103, C104, C105, C106, C131, CM140, CM145, C147, CM150, CM150L, C170, C171, CM178, C179, 180L, C183, C185, CM186, CM187, 199 (8 units maximum)

****Restricted electives: Bioengr C106, C131, C101, C155, M260 (since this a 200-level course, students will need to file a petition)

Undergraduate FAQs


Q: I’m interested in applying to the Bioengineering Undergraduate Program.  Where can I find information on how to apply?

Admissions to the undergraduate program in Bioengineering is handle by the HSSEAS Office of Academic and Student Affairs. For questions about HSSEAS admissions policies contact . Please note in your email whether you would be applying as a freshman or a transfer.

Office of Student and Academic Affairs
6426 Boelter Hall

Q: I’m interested in applying for admissions to the Graduate Program.  Where can I find information on how to apply?

Information on the Graduate Program in Bioengineering and how to apply can be found here.

Q:  Where is the main office for the Department of Bioengineering located?

The Department of Bioengineering is located in 5121 Engineering V.

Address:  5121 Engineering V
University of California
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1600

Q:  I’m interested in a postdoctoral position in the Department of Bioengineering.  How do I find available positions in the Department?

If you are interested in a postdoc position in one of the Bioengineering faculty’s labs, please contact the faculty directly to inquire about open positions in their labs.  For a list of faculty, see the Faculty Page.

For more information about Postdoctoral Scholar appointments at UCLA, CLICK HERE


Q: A new BE curriculum has been approved. Do I follow the program requirements for the year I entered or can I switch to the new curriculum?

If you started in the quarter that the new curriculum is approved, you will follow the requirements for the academic year that you entered the program.

If you started BE prior to the approval of the new curriculum, you have the option to follow the new  requirements, by filing a petition at 6426BH.

Q:  Where can I find a list of General Education requirements?

The GE List can be found on the Office of Academic and Student Affairs webpage under GE Requirements.

Q:  BE students are required a Technical Breadth area.  Where I can find a list of approved TBA areas and courses?

A summary of areas can be found at:  Undergraduate Technical Breadth Areas

Q:  What am I supposed to take in place of the Bioengineering courses that have been cancelled?

The Bioengineering department has a list of approved courses that you can use to substitute for the classes that are no longer required or offered.

You can choose courses from the BE Tracks or the BE Electives List.

Electives include Bioengr C101, CM102, CM103, C104, C105, C131, CM140, CM145, C147, CM150, CM150L, C170, C171, CM178, 180L, C183, C185, CM186B, CM186C, 199 (8 units maximum).

Q:  BE 180L is no longer required, but the course is still being offered.  Can I still take it for credit?

Yes, you can still take BE 180L to fulfill a requirement.  Due to limited class size, it is no longer a requirement, but students who are able to enroll in it will be able to use towards their graduation requirements.

Q:  Can I take Engineering 183EW or 185EW in place of BE 165EW?

Yes, you can substitute either Engr 183EW or 185EW in place of BE 165EW.  No petition is necessary.

Q:  Bioengineering has recently announced that it has created two tracks.  What are they and am I required to choose one?

The two new tracks are (1) Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine and (2) Biomedical Devices.  You can see the requirements for the two tracks HERE.  It is not a requirement to select a track.

Q:  When am I supposed to take BE 167L?

The class of 2010 should take it in Sp09 as juniors.  The class of 2011 should take it in F09 as juniors, and the class of 2012 should take it in Sp10 as sophomores.

Q:  How do I change my major to Bioengineering?

Change of major is handled by the OASA office in 6426 Boelter Hall.  Change of major workshops are scheduled throughout the quarter.  Days and times are posted on the sign-up sheet in 6426 Boelter Hall.  If you have any questions, please contact Erkki Corpuz.

Bioengineering major, only students with a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average are being considered and this does NOT guarantee approval of the change into that major.

Bioengineering has an especially competitive pool of applicants and a cap on the number of students that the Bioengineering major can accommodate.

Q:  I’m interested in working in a research lab.  How do I go about finding a undergraduate research position and when should I start looking for a lab?

Students who are interested in doing research in one of the Bioengineering Faculty’s lab should contact the Professors directly to inquire about open positions in the lab.  List of BE Faculty can be found HERE.

Faculty prefer students to have taken some laboratory techniques course before seeking a research position, however, it is advisable to start looking for a research lab as soon as the summer after your Freshmen year.  Students can enroll in a BE 199 research course and can use 8 units to apply towards their degree requirements.

Q:  What are the career paths for bioengineering students?

Students who graduate from our bioengineering program have continue their education in the following areas:  graduate school, medical, law, pharmacy, veterinary, and MBA programs.  Some  find positions in Industry at Amgen, Abbott Vascular, Schlumberger, City of Hope, consulting firms, etc.

If you cannot find answers to your questions here, please contact Erkki Corpuz at