Program Objectives & Requirements

The mission of the Biocomputational Engineering Program at Lehigh University is to prepare students for the growing academic and professional opportunities at the interface of bioengineering and computational data sciences. Students will be prepared to apply concepts from these converging fields of study, enabling them to solve problems in biological systems, biotechnology, and healthcare within the framework of an engineering education.

A total of 130 credits is required for the B.S. in Biocomputational Engineering. The recommended semester-by-semester course plan is shown below. 

First year

Fall

  • MATH 021 - Calculus I - Four (4) credits
  • CHM 030 - Introduction to Chemical Principles - Four (4) credits
  • ENGR 005 - Introduction to Engineering Practice - Two (2) credits
  • ENGR 010 - Applied Engineering Computer Methods - Two (2) credits
  • ENGL 001 - Critical Reading and Composition - Three (3) credits

TOTAL: 15 credits

Spring

  • MATH 022 - Calculus II - Four (4) credits
  • PHY 011 - Introductory Physics I - Four (4) credits
  • PHY 012 - Introductory Physics Laboratory I - One (1) credit
  • ENGL 002 - Research and Argument - Three (3) credits
  • ECO 001 - Principles of Economics - Four (4) credits

TOTAL: 16 credits

 


Sophomore

Fall

  • MATH 205 - Linear Methods 3 - Three (3) credits
  • CSE 007 - Introduction to Programming - Four (4) credits
  • PHY 021 - Introductory Physics II - Four (4) credits
  • PHY 022 - Introductory Physics Laboratory II - One (1) credit
  • CHM 031 - Chemical Equilibria in Aqueous Systems - Four (4) credits

TOTAL: 16 credits

Spring

  • MATH 231 - Probability and Statistics - Three (3) credits
  • BIOS 041 - Biology Core I: Cellular and Molecular - Three (3) credits
  • BIOS 042 - Biology Core I: Cellular and Modular Laboratory - One (1) credit
  • CSE 017 - Programming and Data Structures - Three (3) credits
  • HSS 1 - Four (4) credits
  • HSS 2 - Four (4) credits

TOTAL: 18 credits

 


Junior

Fall

  • MATH 023 - Calculus III - Four (4) credits
  • BIOC 214 - Fundamentals of Biological Modeling - Three (3) credits
  • ISE 240 - Introduction to Deterministic Optimization Models in Operations Research - Three (3) credits
  • ISE 364 or CSE 326 - Introduction to Machine Learning or Fundamentals of Machine Learning - Three (3) credits
  • BIOS 115 - Biology Core II: Genetics - Three (3) credits
  • BIOS 116 - Biology Core II: Genetics Laboratory - One (1) credit

TOTAL: 17 credits

Spring

  • BIOC 236 - Biomolecular Modeling and Simulation - Three (3) credits
  • BIOC 213 - Fundamentals of Biomedical Signals - Three (3) credits
  • BIOE 210 - Introduction to Engineering Physiology - Four (4) credits
  • ISE 172 - Algorithms in Systems Engineering - Four (4) credits
  • PHY 380 or  BIOE 363- Introduction to Computational Physics or Numerical Methods for Scientists and Engineers - Three (3) credits

TOTAL: 17 credits
 


Senior

Fall

  • BIOC 240 - Biocomputational Engineering: Capstone 1 - Three (3) credits
  • Technical elective 1 - Three (3) credits
  • Technical elective 2 - Three (3) credits
  • HSS 3 - Four (4) credits
  • Free elective - Three (4) credits

TOTAL: 17 credits

Spring

  • BIOC 241 - Biocomputational Engineering: Capstone 2 - Three (3) credits
  • CSE 308 - Bioinformatics: Issues and Algorithms - Three (3) credits
  • BIOE 226 - Ethics in Bioengineering Practice - One (1) credit
  • Technical elective 3 - Three (3) credits
  • HSS/free elective - Four (4) credits

TOTAL: 14 credits

 

Technical electives: Students must take nine (9) credits of technical electives.  Three (3) of the twelve credits must include BIOC, BIOE, CSE, and/or ISE courses at the 300-level or higher.  The remaining six (6) credits may include engineering courses at the 200-level or higher and/or BIOS/CHM/PHY/MATH courses at the 200-level or higher. (Some 200-level courses are excluded from this list; the complete list of approved courses is available from the Biocomputational Engineering Program.) 

 

CONTACT

Department of Bioengineering
Lehigh University
111 Research Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18015-4791
Cindy Lohman
(610) 758-4091