Biological Engineering - B.S.B.E.

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Degree Requirements

Entrance Requirements for the Major

General Education Core Curriculum
(Selected with the advice of an academic advisor)

Areas I II III IV V
Area VI
Major Requirements
College-wide Requirements must be satisfied in order to graduate with this major
TOTAL DEGREE HOURS 130 hours
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I. Foundation Courses (9 hours)

ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1101E or ENGL 1101S 
ENGL 1102 or ENGL 1102E or ENGL 1103 or ENGL 1050H or ENGL 1060H  
MATH 2200 or MATH 2250 or MATH 2300H or MATH 2400 or MATH 2400H or MATH 2410 or MATH 2410H 
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II. Sciences (7-8 hours)

At least one of the physical science or life science courses must include a laboratory.
Physical Sciences (3-4 hours)
Preferred Course(s): CHEM 1211*, CHEM 1211L* or CHEM 1311H*, CHEM 1311L

Life Sciences (3-4 hours)
Preferred Course(s):

BIOL 1107,* BIOL 1107L* or BIOL 2107H,* BIOL 2107L*  



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III. Quantitative Reasoning (3-4 hours)

Preferred Course(s): MATH 2260*

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IV. World Languages and Culture, Humanities and the Arts (12 hours)

Note: Course credit received as a result of a score on a departmental foreign language placement test will not satisfy the General Education Core Curriculum requirements in Area IV, World Languages and Culture, Humanities and the Arts.
World Languages and Culture (9 hours)
No preferred courses for this area. See Core Curriculum view.

Humanities and the Arts (3 hours)
Preferred Course(s): COMM 1100 or COMM 2150H  

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V. Social Sciences (9 hours)

  • Students who have not met the Georgia and U.S. Constitution requirement by examination should enroll in POLS 1101 or POLS 1101E or POLS 1105H.
  • A passing grade on an examination on the history of the United States and Georgia is required to satisfy the United States and Georgia History Requirement for all persons receiving a baccalaureate degree from the University, unless exempted by one of the following courses: HIST 2111, HIST 2111E, HIST 2111H, HIST 2112, HIST 2112E, HIST 2112H, HIST 3080H. Examinations are given at University Testing Services. Reexamination is permitted. Contact University Testing Services at (706) 542-3183 for information.
No preferred courses for this area. See Core Curriculum view.

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Area VI
CHEM 1212,* CHEM 1212L* or CHEM 1312H*, CHEM 1312L*
MATH 2500* or MATH 3510*
MATH 2700*
PHYS 1211-1211L* or PHYS 1251
PHYS 1212-1212L* or PHYS 1252


If any of the courses in Area VI have been used to satisfy Areas II-V of the Core Curriculum, General Electives may be taken here. (Refer to College-wide requirements when selecting General Electives) 
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Entrance Requirements
To be considered as a candidate for Biological Engineering (B.S.B.E.), students must have completed, or be enrolled in, the following courses: 
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High-Demand Major–Selection Criteria
Selection of applicants is based on a review of student scores and achievements in the following three areas:
  • Entrance Requirement Coursework (30%)
  • Major Specific Coursework (40%)
  • Personal Statement of Purpose (30%)

Entrance Requirement Coursework
Entrance Requirement Coursework applies to all degree programs. Students must complete the following courses with a grade of "C" (2.0) or better:

Major Specific Coursework
To be considered as a candidate for Biological Engineering (B.S.B.E.), students must have completed, or be enrolled in, the following courses: 

Personal Statement of Purpose
In no more than two pages, provide your personal statement of purpose:

  • Explain your interest in engineering and describe your experience with engineering.
  • What is your ultimate career aspiration?
  • How will your chosen College of Engineering major(s) enable you to reach your career goals?

The above criteria are minimum application requirements and do not guarantee acceptance to any major in the College of Engineering.


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Major Requirements

A baccalaureate degree program must require at least 21 semester hours of upper division courses in the major field and at least 39 semester hours of upper division work overall.
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Required Courses (130 hours)
First Year - Fall Semester
CHEM 1211*, CHEM 1211L* or CHEM 1311H*, CHEM 1311L* (Area II)
ENGL 1101 (Area I)
ENGR 1120*
ENGR 1140
ENGR 1920 
MATH 2250* (Area I)

First Year - Spring Semester
BIOL 1107*, BIOL 1107L * (Area II)
CHEM 1212*, CHEM 1212L* or CHEM 1312H*, CHEM 1312L* (Area II)
FYOS 1001 
MATH 2260* (Area III)
PHYS 1211-1211L* or PHYS 1251* (Area VI)

Second Year - Fall Semester
BIOL 1108*, BIOL 1108L*
CHEM 2211, CHEM 2211L
ENGR 2120*
MATH 2500* or MATH 2300H* (Area VI)
PHYS 1212-1212L* or PHYS 1252* (Area VI)

Second Year - Spring Semester
AENG 2920
ENGL 1102 (Area I)
ENGR 2110*
ENGR 2170*
ENGR 3160*
MATH 2700* (Area VI)

Third Year - Fall Semester
BCHE 3520*
BCMB 3100 
ENGR 2140
ENGR 3140
MIBO 3500

Third Year - Spring Semester
BIOE 4760/6760
COMM 1100 or COMM 2150H (Area IV) 
ENGR 3150
Social Science Elective (Area V) 
World Language and Culture (Area IV)

Fourth Year - Fall Semester
BIOE 3720
BIOE 4740/6740
ENGR 4910 
Science Elective**
Choose two (2) Biological Engineering Electives (see list below) 

Fourth Year - Spring Semester
Biological Engineering Elective (see list below) 
ENGR 4911
World Language and Culture (Area IV)
World Language and Culture (Area IV)
Social Science Elective (Area V)
Social Science Elective (Area V) 

**Science Elective: Select any Biology or Ecology course at the 3000 level or above. Suggested courses include BCMB(CHEM) 4110/6110; BCMB(ENTO)(BTEC) 4200/6200; CBIO 3400; CBIO(MIBO)(IDIS) 4100/6100; CRSS 4600/6600, CRSS 4600L/6600L; ECOL 3500-3500L; MIBO 4090/6090; VPHY 3100

Biological Engineering Electives (BIOE prefix courses are preferred over BCHE prefix courses)
BCHE 4510/6510
BCHE 4655/6655
BIOE(CHEM) 4615/6615
BIOE 4625
CSEE 4790 or CSEE 4620/6620 (students may choose only one) 

*All students must earn a grade of C (2.0) or better in the following courses: BCHE 3520; (BIOL 1107 and BIOL 1107L); (BIOL 1108 and BIOL 1108L); (CHEM 1211 and CHEM 1211L) or (CHEM 1311H and CHEM 1311L); (CHEM 1212 and CHEM 1212L) or (CHEM 1312H and CHEM 1312L); BCHE 3520; ENGR 1120; ENGR 2110; ENGR 2120 or ENGR 2120E; ENGR 2140; ENGR 2170ENGR 3140; ENGR 3150; ENGR 3160; MATH 2250; MATH 2260; (MATH 2500 or MATH 2300H); MATH 2700; (PHYS 1211-1211L or PHYS 1251); (PHYS 1212-1212L or PHYS 1252).

Except for those ENGR courses requiring a grade of C (2.0) or better, a maximum of two other courses with grades of D (1.0) for all courses with prefixes associated with the UGA College of Engineering may be used to satisfy graduation requirements. Competency in a computer programming language is expected and may be satisfied with ENGR 1140.

The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam is a graduation requirement for this degree program. 
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Major Electives

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General Electives
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(This total does not include the 1-hour P.E. requirement)
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