The MIT Biological Engineering department conducts research at the forefront of the biotech industry. Much of their work focuses on modeling biological systems, measuring and instrumentation to study biological systems, and manipulating biology as a platform for research and problem solving. LGO students interested in combining their MBA coursework with advanced biotech knowledge will have a home in BE.
LGO students completing the SM in Biological Engineering take:
- The required courses in the LGO summer core
- Biological Engineering required courses:
- Engineering courses (at least 2) in Biological Engineering following the student’s interest. Each LGO Biological Engineering student works with a faculty advisor to select courses, some of which must be within the department, to fulfill academic and career goals.
- LGO Internship incorporating Biological Engineering and management content, resulting in a dual-degree thesis overseen by the student’s faculty advisor.
Biological Engineering (Course 20) is organized into many different research areas that students can pursue:
- Tissue Engineering
- Biomolecular Engineering
- Systems Biology
- Transport Phenomena
A full list of Course 20 classes can be found on the MIT Course Catalogue.
Sample of Classes: 20.201 Fundamentals of Drug Development; 20.405 Principles of Synthetic Biology; 20.420 Principles of Molecular BioEng; 20.451 Design Med Devices & Implants; 20.463 Biomaterials Science & Engineering; 20.486 Case Studies in Drug Discovery
LGO works with a variety of pharmaceutical and medical device companies, and the program office organizes internships with these companies for LGO BE students.
The Biological Engineering department looks for:
- A previous degree in biological engineering or biomedical engineering with a competitive GPA and demonstrated ability to manage graduate coursework in biological engineering.
- Has a demonstrated background in both mathematics and biology. Ideally, should have completed some Differential Equations, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and BioChemistry coursework.
- Defined research interests in line with Biological Engineering’s department goals. Many LGO BE students have a pharmaceutical focus.
- Previous experience modeling biological processes is strongly recommended. To complete MIT BE graduate coursework, students should be able to model, for example, how a drug performs in the body. Previous bioengineering or pharmaceutical lab experience is also a plus.
Other LGO departments to check out include:
- Mechanical Engineering: BioEngineering Research Area
- Focus on biomechanics and designing/refining medical devices, and has been useful for students interested in working in the medical device, biotech, and healthcare industries after LGO.
- Chemical Engineering: Biomedical and Biotechnology Research Area
- Focus on the tenets of biology and the applied tools of engineering to develop an understanding of living systems, opening new opportunities and solutions in these complex systems.
- Civil and Environmental Engineering: Resilient Systems Research Area
- Supply chain logistics and infrastructure with the possibility to focus on drug manufacturing and supply chain.
Graduates from LGO finishing with a dual degree in Biological Engineering and an MBA are excellently prepared to lead the next generation of pharmaceutical innovations. LGO graduates often leave the program in strategic management positions at global biotech and healthcare services firms.