Planning & Advising

Bioengineering Advising

Currently enrolled Harvard College students are encouraged to explore their potential interests in Bioengineering (or Biomedical Engineering) by meeting with Linsey Moyer, Assistant Director of Undergradaute Studies in Biomedical Engineering.  

After entering the concentration, all bioengineering students are assigned two formal advisers to support the development of their academic and professional goals: a Concentration Adviser (Linsey, ADUS in BME) and a Faculty Adviser (a professor from the Bioengineering Board of Advisers).

 

Sample 2-Year Schedule for Bioengineering

The sample schedules below are provided as an example of a typical first two-years for a preconcentrator interested in bioengineering.  These samples provide one specific example of a course progression, however, students may decide on an alternate path. We strongly recommend that students interested in engineering begin taking mathematics in their first semester and plan to complete their math, chemistry, and physics requirements within the first two years. Leading up to a declaration of one of the bioengineering options during the sophomore year, students will work with their concentration advisers to construct an individual degree program that matches their specific interests within bioengineering while simultaneously fulfilling all of the concentration requirements.

Sample 2-Year Schedule (same for AB or SB programs) - starting in Math Ma

Fall 1st Year

Math Ma Intro to Functions and Calculus I

LS 1a Intro Life Sciences

Spring 1st Year

Math Mb Intro to Functions and Calculus II

LS 1b Intro Life Sciences (Genetics)

Fall 2nd Year

Math 1b Calculus, Series, & Diff Equations

ES 53 Quantitative Physiology

AP 50a Physics: Mechanics

Spring 2nd Year

Math 21a Multivariable Calculus

AP 50b Physics: Electromagnetism

Sophomore Forum (non-credit)

Sample 2-Year Schedule (same for AB or SB programs) - starting in Math 1a

Fall 1st Year

Math 1a Functions and Calculus

LS 1a Intro Life Sciences

Spring 1st Year

Math 1b Calculus, Series, Differential Eq

PS 12a Physics: Mechanics

Fall 2nd Year

AM 21a Math Methods In Sciences

ES 53 Quantitative Physiology

PS 12b Physics: Electromagnetism

Spring 2nd Year

AM 21b Math Methods In Sciences

LS 1b Intro Life Sciences (Genetics)

Sophomore Forum (non-credit)

 Sample 2 Year Schedule (same for AB or SB programs) - starting in AM 21a

Fall 1st Year

AM 21a Math Methods In Sciences

LS 1a Intro Life Sciences

Spring 1st Year

AM 21b Math Methods In Sciences

LS 1b Intro Life Sciences (Genetics)

PS 12a Physics: Mechanics 

Fall 2nd Year

ES 53 Quantitative Physiology

CHEM 17 Organic Chemistry

PS 12b - Physics: Electromagnetism

Spring 2nd Year

(CHEM 27 Organic Chemistry - only if pre-med)

Sophomore Forum (non-credit)

Upper-Level Courses

Once bioengineering students have established a foundation in the prerequisite math and scinece courses, they can take many exciting upper-level electives. While these courses are typically taken in the junior and senior years, some students with advanced preparation in math and science begin taking the 100-level courses during their sophomore year. Students will take courses in systems modeling (ES 53 and 110) to better understand and mathematically model non-linear, complex biological systems; thermodynamics (ES 181, ES 112 or MCB 199) to appreciate the basic driving forces underlying biological and chemical systems; the fundamental processes of heat and mass transport (ES 123) that often control the rates of system changes; and molecular to tissue level engineering of biological systems (ES 121, 125 or 221).