Degree Options

Degrees Offered

Students interested in Bioengineering can pursue the following concentrations:

  • A.B. in Biomedical Engineering
  • A.B. in Engineering Sciences - Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Track
  • S.B. in Engineering Sciences - Bioengineering Track (an ABET-accredited program)

The aims of the concentrations are similar, but the AB in BME concentration prepares people better for doing research in a wet lab or attending medical school, and gives students a better understanding of the life sciences. The AB in BME requires 14 courses, while the SB in Engineering Sciences requires 20 courses.  The SB in Engineering Sciences on the Bioengineering track is a more traditional engineering degree with 3-4 biology related classes to supplement.  An AB degree, particularly in BME, is a good choice for students whose goal is to attend medical school and become a practicing physician.  Both AB and SB students have attended some of the top medical schools, graduate schools, and MD-PhD programs in the nation.

The requirements for these concentrations can be found in the Harvard College Handbook for Students.

Biomedical Engineering (A.B.)

The Biomedical Engineering concentration requires 14 half-courses. The Plan of Study form for the Biomedical Engineering concentration provides an easy to follow summary of the concentration requirements. A copy of each student's approved plan of study is filed with the Office of Academic Programs at the time of declaration, and updated annually by the student and their concentration adviser.  Additional information about the Biomedical Engineering concentration requirements, including honors requirements and thesis information, can be found on the Biomedical Engineering Program page.

Engineering Sciences (A.B.) - Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Track

The BSE Track of the Engineering Sciences A.B. degree requires 14-16 half-courses (dependent on math placement). The Plan of Study form for the Engineering Sciences A.B. - Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Track provides an easy to follow summary of the concentration requirements. A copy of each student's approved plan of study is filed with the Office of Academic Programs at the time of declaration, and updated annually by the student and their concentration adviser.  Additional information about the Engineering Sciences A.B. concentration requirements, including honors requirements and thesis information, can be found on the Engineering Sciences A.B. Program page.

Engineering Sciences (S.B.) - Bioengineering Track

The BE Track of the Engineering Sciences S.B. degree requires 20 half-courses. The Plan of Study form for the Engineering Sciences S.B. - Bioengineering Track provides an easy to follow summary of the concentration requirements. A copy of each student's approved plan of study is filed with the Office of Academic Programs at the time of declaration, and updated annually by the student and their concentration adviser.  Additional information about the Engineering Sciences S.B. concentration requirements, including honors requirements, can be found on the Engineering Sciences S.B. Program page.