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2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

BioMolecular Engineering, B.S.

Program Director

Dr. Faisal Shaikh
Office: CC-252
Phone: (414) 277-7325

Biomolecular engineering is a diverse, application-driven discipline at the interface of molecular biology, bioengineering and chemical engineering. Globally, chemical and biotechnology industries seek engineering graduates who are trained to work up to the cellular and molecular level in life-science related fields. BioMolecular engineering (BioE), a four-year bachelor of science degree program at MSOE, meets this need. The curriculum of the BioE program is a balanced combination of engineering, math, science, computation, and humanities and social science courses. Along with rigorous, hands-on laboratory training, these courses address the cross-disciplinary nature of BioE.

Working at the interface of engineering and molecular biology, graduates from this program solve engineering problems, and improve current products and processes and develop new ones.

In addition to BioE curriculum track courses, the BioE program faculty offer students with interest in specific areas, an opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty member as part of an independent study, EB 499 .

The BioMolecular engineering program at MSOE enables BioE students to:

  • Gain a solid foundation in basic mathematics and sciences
  • Learn and apply theoretical principles in modern and well-equipped laboratories
  • Experience involved discussions with program alums and industrial and academic contacts via a series of seminar courses and invited guest talks that emphasize biomolecular engineering projects and foster academic and professional discussions, group learning, and entrepreneurship
  • Work at the molecular level with simple and complex molecules through courses that cover concepts of biotechnology, thermodynamics, transport phenomena, cell engineering, bioinformatics, engineering control of drug delivery, biotechnology, synthetic biology, and metabolic engineering
  • Learn cell culture and its applications in the design and development of products through the BioE program’s BSL-II cell culture facility
  • Mathematically model biomolecules and biological processes, and quantitatively measure, visualize, and analyze with instruments like the atomic force microscope
  • Engineer new or improved bioactive compounds or machines or improve process efficiencies for such systems via the senior design experience
  • Learn a diverse range of topics via the EB elective courses of the curriculum

The BioE curriculum prepares graduates to handle the changing face of the chemical and bio-industries, thus allowing flexibility of career opportunities in a dynamic job market. The curriculum also prepares graduates to pursue quality graduate programs worldwide.

The BioMolecular engineering program at MSOE is defined as follows:

Biomolecular engineering is a discipline that applies engineering principles, design concepts, and problem-solving skills to the life sciences up to the molecular level, to promote both fundamental and applied advancements in biological sciences, engineering and many related fields.

Relationship to Chemical engineering and Biomedical engineering:

The BioE program utilizes life sciences through the exploration of hybrid biological fields which leads to the design of new products or processes. Since the BioE program curriculum applies core chemical engineering principles, the concepts and skills of the chemical processes that convert raw materials or chemicals into more useful or valuable forms can also be practiced by the BioE program graduates.

The program is distinct from Biomedical engineering due to the scale at which the design is practiced and the applications associated with it. While the biomedical field heavily impacts the field of medicine, the BioMolecular engineering program at MSOE is tailored such that applications can be stretched over various industrial and academic fields, that include biopharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, biomaterials, cell culture, bioprocesses, biotechnology, bioinformatics, food technology, biosynthetics and metabolites, biopathways, biocircuits and other similar fields.

BioMolecular Engineering Program Education Objectives

The BioE program prepares graduates to exhibit the following attributes within a few years of graduation:

Professional Skills

BioE alumni will:

  • possess and demonstrate skills to solve complex challenges.
  • demonstrate sustained professional development.

Sense of Excellence and Achievement

BioE alumni will:

  • exhibit inclusion and ethical responsibilities in professional practices.
  • compete for positions at the local, state, national or international levels.
  • engage in continuous learning and/or career appropriate options.

Social Skills

BioE alumni will:

  • demonstrate management and leadership skills.
  • function within diverse cultural and professional environments.

BioE Program Student Outcomes

Graduates of the BioMolecular engineering program, at the time of graduation, will have:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.


View Annual Student Enrollment and Graduation Data

BioMolecular Engineering Model Full-time Track - V2.2

Freshman Year

Total: 14 lecture hours - 2 lab hours - 15 credits

Total: 15 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 16 credits

Total: 13 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 15 credits

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Total: 15 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 17 credits

Junior Winter

Total: 15 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 17 credits

Total: 14 lecture hours - 6 lab hours - 17 credits

Senior Year

Senior Fall

Total: 14 lecture hours - 6 lab hours - 16 credits

Senior Winter

Total: 15 lecture hours - 5 lab hours - 17 credits

Senior Spring

Total: 15 lecture hours - 3 lab hours - 16 credits

Total: 192 Credits


There are 15 credits of HU/SS electives in the BioMolecular Engineering program which must be taken as follows: 6 credits of humanities (HU), 6 credits of social science (SS), and 3 additional credits of either humanities or social science.

BA Elective must be a BA 200+ level course.

EB Electives must be selected from approved list of courses.

Math/Science Elective must be selected from 300 or above level courses except MA 4980 .