The "measurement, modeling, and manipulation" approach that has characterized engineering disciplines based on the physical and chemical sciences is now drawing on the molecular and cellular life sciences as well. The Department of Biological Engineering was founded in 1998 as a new MIT academic unit with an emphasis on integrating molecular and cellular biosciences with a quantitative, systems-oriented engineering analysis and synthesis approach.
Biological Engineering is a demanding program. Students with very strong undergraduate academic records in engineering disciplines or the physical sciences are best prepared for this program if their background includes substantial coursework in biology (e.g., molecular biology and biochemistry) and math (e.g., calculus, ordinary differential equations) or computer science.
The biotechnology industry includes several LGO partners such as Amgen Inc., Pfizer, and Sanofi. Internship projects are generated with targeted content to meet Biological Engineering requirements. International internships for LGO students in Biological Engineering may be available.
Through the support of LGO industry partners who wish to invest in future leaders in bioengineering, LGO students enrolled in the Department of Biological Engineering will receive a generous fellowship. For the most current information on the LGO fellowship, visit our program costs page.
In addition to the LGO summer courses, students in Biological Engineering (Course 20) must take 20.420J (Biomolecular Kinetics and Cellular Dynamics) and either 20.430 (Fields, Forces, and Flows in Biological Systems) or 20.440 (Analysis of Biological Networks), plus two additional electives in bioscience fields as approved by the department and including one design-focused class. Electives may include:
Other popular BE courses among LGO students include:
Learn more about the MIT Graduate Program in Biological Engineering.
Graduates of the MIT LGO program receive two degrees in two years: either an MBA or a Master of Science in Management degree from MIT Sloan School of Management, and a Master of Science degree from one of seven participating departments in the School of Engineering.
Ford Professor of Biological Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Biology
Head, Department of Biological Engineering
Read about Professor Lauffenburger on the BE website
S.B. in biological engineering, MIT, 2010