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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017


A. James Clark School of Engineering
2330 Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building, 301-405-8268
Chair: J. Fisher (Prof, Chair)
Director: Y. Chen (Assoc Prof, Assoc Chair, Graduate Program Director), I. White (Assoc Prof, Assoc Chair, Undergraduate Program Director)
Professors: W. Bentley, J. Fisher, P. Kofinas, G. Payne, B. Shapiro, Y. Tao
Associate Professors: J. Aranda-Espinoza, Y. Chen, E. Eisenstein, K. Herold, A. Hsieh, H. Montas, S. Muro, I. White
Assistant Professors: S. Jay, C. Jewell, S. Matysiak, G. Scarcelli, K. Stroka
Lecturers: A. Jones, L. Ma
Professors Emeriti: A. Johnson

The Major

Bioengineering is a field rooted in physics, chemistry, mathematics, and the life sciences.  These areas are applied in quantitative and integrative way to approach problems in the biological systems, medical research, and clinical practice.  The objective is to advance fundamental concepts, create knowledge from the molecular to organ to system levels, and develop innovative processes for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease.  In short, bioengineering seeks to improve the health and life of humankind on many levels.

Bioengineers specialize in those products and processes made from, used with, or applied to biological organisms.  In addition to engineering science and design, bioengineers study cell biology, physiology, bioinformatics, bioimaging, and biomechanics.  The synthesis of engineering and biology gives bioengineers unique capabilities in our modern world.

For more information about the Bioengineering major, please visit www.bioe.umd.edu/undergraduate .

The Bachelor of Science degree in Bioengineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org , 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: (410) 347-7700.

Program Objectives

The undergraduate program in the Fischell Department of Bioengineering provides students with a broad and fundamental education relating engineering with the biological sciences.  The program has focuses in biomedical devices, human health, biotechnology, and ecosystems.  These focuses all contain components of fundamental sciences, design, and communications skills.  The students' educational achievements all contribute to enabling a wide range of career paths after graduation.

Our graduates are grounded in fundamentals that will serve them throughout their professional careers. They will have an understanding of human behavior, societal needs and forces, and the dynamics of human efforts and their effects on human health and that of our environment.  With these underpinnings and abilities, we have defined several Program Educational Objectives we expect our graduates to attain in 3-5 years after graduation:

  1. Prepare our graduates for continuing their education and for gaining employment in a bioengineering or related profession;
  2. Instill in our graduates a desire to participate in lifelong learning activities that will further their careers and their impact on society;
  3. Encourage our graduates to serve their profession and community.

Program Learning Outcomes

Maryland bioengineers gain a broad-based education in which engineering approaches are used to understand and improve living systems and their environments. We educate students to excel in the field of bioengineering and carry out research, development, and commercialization of bioscience systems and tools that will improve the lives of people throughout the world. The specific Student Outcomes detailed by the Bioengineering Program are detailed below.

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, 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 understanding of 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 lifelong learning.
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Additional Bioengineering Objectives:

  1. An ability to perform measurements on and to interpret data from living systems.
  2. Background knowledge to support understanding of interactions between living and non-living materials and systems.
  3. An ability to apply statistics to bioengineering applications.

Admission to the Major

Students who wish to study at the A. James Clark School of Engineering apply for admission to the University of Maryland; there is no separate application for engineering. When filling out the university application, you may choose bioengineering as your intended major. You may also apply as an undecided engineering major.

All Bioengineering majors must meet admission, progress, and retention standards of the A. James Clark School of Engineering.

Please note: If you are applying to Bioengineering as a transfer student (whether you are an internal Clark School transfer, external UMD transfer, or transferring from an outside institution), then you must complete BIOE120 with a "B-" or better before you will be admitted into the department. If you wish to enroll, please send an e-mail with your UID to  bioe-undergrad@umd.edu . You will be will be notified by e-mail when permission has been granted.

Requirements for the Major

Following is the list of the course requirements for the Bioengineering Undergraduate Program.  Each student following the course template should be able to graduate in four years.  Each student will meet with his/her Faculty Advisor every semester to plan the schedule of courses for the subsequent semester.  Some of the students in the bioengineering program may elect to pursue professional degrees such as Medical, Dental, Law, etc., thus they may need certain courses that those professional schools require and should discuss their plans with their Faculty Advisor.  Some of these courses may count as electives towards the major. Students interested in health professions may also view the requirements at www.prehealth.umd.edu .

Year 1
ENES100 - Introduction to Engineering Design        
MATH140 - Calculus I    
CHEM135 - Chemistry for Engineers    
CHEM136 - Chemistry for Engineers Laboratory    
BIOE120 - Biology for Engineers
BIOE121 - Biology for Engineers Laboratory
ENES102 - Mechanics I
MATH141 - Calculus II    
PHYS161 - General Physics  I    
ENGL101 - Introduction to Writing    
General Education Requirement I

Year 2
CHEM231 - Organic Chemistry I    
CHEM232 - Organic Chemistry I, Lab
MATH241 - Calculus III
BIOE241 - Biocomputational Methods
PHYS260 - General Physics II
PHYS261 - General Physics II, Lab
General Education Requirement II
MATH246 - Differential Equations
BIOE232 - Thermodynamics
BIOE371 Linear Algebra and ODEs for Bioengineering Applications
Biological Science Elective I (BSCI 2xx)
General Education Requirement III
BIOE221 - Intro to  Bioengineering Major
Year 3
BIOE331 - Biofluids
BIOE372 - Biostatistics for experimental design and data analysis
BSCI330 - Cell Biology and Physiology
BIOE Foundational  I
BIOE Elective I
BIOE340 - Modeling Physiological Systems and Laboratory
BIOE457 - Biomedical Electronics & Instrumentation
BIOE Foundational  II
BIOE Elective II
General Education Requirement IV
Year 4
BIOE485 - Capstone I
BIOE Elective III
Breadth Elective
General Education Requirement V
General Education Requirement VI
ENGL393 - Technical Writing
BIOE486 - Capstone II
BIOE Elective IV spring
Biological Science Elective II
General Education Requirement VII*
Oral Communications Requirement
*see http://bioe.umd.edu/undergraduate for details on courses approved for BIOE Foundational courses and for BIOE, Biological Science, and Breadth electives
*Students are advised to take advantage of Gen Ed courses that double-count for more than one distributive studies requirement

*Please visit http://bioe.umd.edu/undergraduate/electives for a list of approved technical electives.
**Second benchmark requirements must be completed one year after students are reviewed for the gateway requirements and include: All 100- and 200-level MATH, PHYS and ENES courses; BIOE120, BIOE121, CHEM231, CHEM232 and BSCI330.   Third benchmark requirements must be completed one year after students are reviewed for the second benchmark and include: At least one 300 level or above BIOE course; an approved biological science or engineering science technical elective; BIOE232, BIOE241 and BIOE331.
***All students must complete two Distributive Studies courses that are approved for I-series courses. The Understanding Plural Societies (UP) and Cultural Competence (CC) courses may also fulfill Distributive Studies categories.


The Fischell Department of Bioengineering is committed to student advising and aims to provide comprehensive curricular support to all of its students towards their academic success. Students will find that at various points during their academic careers, they may need a certain kind of guidance. Students may always begin by addressing their questions to bioe-undergrad@umd.edu , and we will point you in the right direction. Generally, advising is handled by one or a combination of the following: faculty advisor, departmental advisor, and/or college advisor.

Faculty Advising

All bioengineering majors are assigned to a faculty advisor. Students are required to meet with their faculty advisors at least once per semester. For currently enrolled majors, the mandatory advising period occurs in the weeks prior to registration for the next semester. The advising meeting with the faculty member generally covers the following: course selection for upcoming semester, four-year planning, and career goals. Students should prepare for every advising meeting by completing and updating the BIOE Advising Worksheet.

Freshmen will be assigned to faculty advisors and notified during their first semesters. All other students may contact bioe-undergrad@umd.edu if they are not sure who their advisor is. For faculty contact information, please see the faculty list ( www.bioe.umd.edu/faculty ).

Departmental Advising

Bioengineering majors and prospective transfer students may also need to meet with a departmental (staff) advisor. Some examples of departmental advising include: Benchmarks (academic progress), planning for study abroad, C.A.R.E (academic probation), double-major/double-degree planning, graduation audit (seniors), and additional help with four-year planning.

For departmental advising, please send an email including your name, UID, and general question to bioe-undergrad@umd.edu .  All students seeking advising should read and make sure that they understand the policies and requirements stated in the BIOE Undergraduate Handbook ( www.bioe.umd.edu/undergraduate/advising/references ).

College Advising

The Clark School of Engineering’s Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Support (UA&AS) ( www.eng.umd.edu/advising ) also provides a broad range of services and support for engineering students. Some policies are the oversight of the College, so your faculty or departmental advisor may at times refer you to a Clark School advisor. For example, transfer admission/transfer credit, 45-credit benchmark review, and permission to enroll at another institution are handled by the College.

Undergraduate Research Experiences

The Bioengineering Department offers a two-year research based Bioengineering Undergraduate Honors program.  Interested students should apply to the honors program in the spring of their sophomore year.  Those accepted into the program will begin research in their junior year.  For more information please see: www.bioe.umd.edu/undergraduate/honors

The Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research also assists students in finding on and off campus research opportunities www.ugresearch.umd.edu .

Honors Program

The Fischell Department of Bioengineering Undergraduate Honors Program is a research-oriented, thesis-based enrichment experience that serves to augment the curriculum by providing practical, hands-on learning opportunities. The primary goal of the Honors program is to develop BIOE graduates who will be among the most competitive applicants for graduate and medical school programs, as well as industry jobs. Toward this end, the program provides exceptional undergraduate students with training in academic and professional pursuits while offering a formal mechanism to be recognized for scholarly achievements.

For more information, see http://bioe.umd.edu/undergraduate/honors

Applications for the Bioengineering Honors Program are accepted each spring. Students with two years remaining in their undergraduate matriculation will receive the strongest consideration, though other exceptional cases may be considered.  Applications are reviewed and voted upon by the Fischell Department Undergraduate Education Committee. 

  • Deadline: April 30 of each year.
  • Academic standing: Students with a GPA of 3.5 and higher will receive the strongest consideration, though all students with a 3.0 or higher are invited to apply.
  • Application contents: Applicants must submit a personal statement (one page), a research proposal (one page), an up-to-date unofficial transcript, and a Faculty Mentor Evaluation Worksheet.

Student Societies and Professional Organizations

BMES-UMD is the University of Maryland, College Park chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). BMES-UMD's mission is to unite and promote the future of the biomedical engineering profession; and to offer rising biomedical engineers the chance to establish leadership, publish their work, and participate in a wide range of activities that will enhance their careers. For more information, visit http://umd.orgsync.com/org/bmesumd .

Alpha Eta Mu Beta (AEMB) is the National Biomedical Engineering Honor Society, and the University of Maryland Fischell Department of Bioengineering established its chapter in spring 2015.

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

The University and the A. James Clark School of Engineering offer a range of financial support to talented undergraduate students enrolled at the School. Offerings include the A. James Clark Endowed Scholarship fund and the Benjamin T. Rome Scholarship. Our program is competitive, with awards made on the basis of merit, financial need, and other factors. For more information on a variety of scholarships, please visit www.ursp.umd.edu

In addition, the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) administers all types of federal, state and institutional financial assistance programs and, in cooperation with other university offices, participates in the awarding of scholarships to deserving students. For information, please visit www.financialaid.umd.edu

We also have several departmental annual awards and scholarships for which students may apply and be selected based on their scholastic achievements, service to the department and the profession. These award are open to juniors and seniors in the program.  Information on these annual awards and scholarship may be obtained from the faculty advisors in the department.

Awards and Recognition

Fischell Dept of Bioengineering Outstanding Junior Award

Fischell Dept of Bioengineering Outstanding Senior Award

Fischell Dept of Bioengineering Outstanding Research Award

Fischell Dept of Bioengineering Outstanding Leadership Award

Fischell Dept of Bioengineering Outstanding Citizen Award

Seymour & Faye Wolfe Scholarship:  Bioengineering student

Jeffrey C. and Sandra W. Huskamp Scholarship:  Bioengineering student

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