Wilkes University

Degree Requirements

Program outline
The bioengineering program requires 36 credits of graduate-level coursework. The program offers a common core of two courses, with six required courses within the chosen engineering track: biomedical engineering or synthetic biology. Students interested in research are advised to select two elective courses and complete a 6-credit thesis to earn the degree. Students without a research focus may take three elective courses and a 3-credit project consisting of a critical review of the scientific literature on a topic chosen in consultation with their advisor.

All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted.

Core courses
Required for all students (6 credits)
BEGR 409: Introduction to Bioengineering
BEGR 411: Integrated Product Development

Biomedical Engineering Track
Required courses (18 credits)
BEGR 401: Applied Engineering Analysis
BEGR 415: 3-D Modeling of Human Anatomy and Physiology
BEGR 421: Biofluidics and Microfluidics
BEGR 451: Mechatronics/ Bioinstrumentation
BEGR 474: Imaging in Biomedicine
BEGR 488: Biomedical Devices and Design

Synthetic Biology Track
Required courses (18 credits)
BEGR 424: Molecular Biology
BEGR 430: Introduction to Bioinformatics Applications
BEGR 465: Biochemistry
BEGR 477: Cellular Biophysics
BEGR 501: Practicum in Synthetic Biology I
BEGR 502: Practicum in Synthetic Biology II

Two required (6 credits)
BEGR 408: BioMEMs
BEGR 426: Immunology and Immunochemistry
BEGR 427: Medical Microbiology
BEGR 429: Virology
BEGR 452: Nanotechnology
BEGR 474: Imaging in Biomedicine
BEGR 477: Cellular Biophysics
BEGR 498: Biomechanics Muscular-Skeleton Mechanics
*Students may select core courses from the program tracks as electives, in consultation with their advisor.
** Prerequisites for some electives may apply. Additional courses may be permitted as electives, subject to advisor approval

Thesis option
Students interested in careers in research are encouraged to undertake the thesis.