Biological Engineering Major | LSU

Biological Engineering

You want to “engineer for life” and apply engineering principles to living organisms and systems, whether that be plants, animals, humans, or their environments.

About Biological Engineering Careers

Biological Engineering is a diverse field that provides opportunities for students to pursue a wide variety of occupations in industries, including pharmaceuticals, healthcare, prosthetics, food processing, environmental consulting, and precision farming. In our degree students are constantly tasked with adapting to new and dynamic situations. Focus areas include biomedical, bioenvironmental, bioprocessing, or biomechanical. Many graduates go on to medical school or graduate school, but others will work in consulting, government agencies, biomedical firms, or even technical sales.

Sample Course Plan

This is to be used as a guide for prospective students to get an idea of what courses are taken with this program. The General Catalog houses the most accurate and current degree requirements for each program at LSU.

Legend: Major-Specific Engineering Other Engineering Science Math General Education


Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Introduction to Engineering Methods Quantitative Biology in Engineering Process Design in Biological Engineering Mechanical Design for Biological Engineering
Biology in Engineering Experimental Methods for Engineers Transport Phenomena in Biological Engineering  Senior Engineering Design
Physics I: Particle Mechanics Mechanics of Materials (Strength) Engineering Properties of Biological Materials  Senior Engineering Design Lab
Biology I Circuits I Professionalism for Biological Engineers  Engineering Design Elective
Biology II Statics Engineering Design Elective  Engineering Design Elective
Biology I Lab General Chemistry Lab Thermodynamics Dynamics and Vibrations
Biology II Lab Organic Chemistry I Fluid Mechanics Technical Elective or ROTC
General Chemistry I General Microbiology The Elements of Biochemistry Elective or ROTC
General Chemistry II Physics III: Fields: Gravity, Electricity and Magnetism Economics General Ed: Social Sciences
Calculus I Elementary Differential Equations General Ed: Humanities General Ed: Arts
Calculus II General Ed: English Comp II General Ed: Humanities General Ed: Humanities
General Ed: English Comp I      


Program Requirements

Once you're an LSU student, you'll need to meet the requirements below to continue pursuing a biological engineering major.

  • 24 hours of credit in 1000-level courses or higher
  • 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • grade of “C” or better in MATH 1550

Senior College

College of Engineering


B.S.B.E., Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering

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