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Department of Bioengineering

Bioengineering
 

Admissions Guidelines


The Department of Bioengineering has a two-tiered admissions process. The first tier is admission to the College of Engineering and Applied Science as a bioengineering pre-major. Pre-majors will submit an application to the major once they have successfully completed all pre-major requirements. Admission to CU Denver’s College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) as a bioengineering pre-major does not guarantee admission to the major.

Students not currently enrolled at CU Denver should visit the Office of Admissions for more information including the admission requirements for new high school and transfer applicants.

Prospective international students should also visit the Office of International Affairs.

For general BS Bioengineering information please contact our advising office at bioengineering@ucdenver.edu or 303-724-9972.​

 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Pre-engineers

Students not eligible for admission to the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) may be admitted to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) as pre-engineering students. CLAS pre-engineering students may not take Bioengineering specific coursework, including BIOE 1010, 1020, 2010 or 2020 but may enroll in CU Denver Core Curriculum courses and appropriate math and science coursework in preparation for applying to CEAS through the Inter-University Transfer (Link to Inter-University Transfer Information) process. Students admitted to pre-engineering will take longer to graduate than those admitted as CEAS bioengineering pre-majors.   

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 Inter-University Transfer

Students in other schools or colleges at the University of Colorado Denver (including pre-engineering students in the College of Liberal Arts and Science) may not enroll in BIOE 1010, 1020, 2010 or 2020 until they have been admitted to the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) as a bioengineering pre-major.

CU Denver students interested in a B.S. in Bioengineering, but not enrolled as a CEAS student must request an inter-university transfer (IUT). Those approved for an IUT will be entered into the pre-major program and, as is the case with all bioengineering pre-majors, must complete the pre-major coursework before applying for full major status. Admission to the bioengineering pre-major does not guarantee admission to the major. The major application process and requirements will be dictated by the year a student intends to become a full major, not the year they submit their IUT request.

To enter the bioengineering pre-major through the Inter-University Transfer (IUT) process, students must have earned:

  • A 2.75 (or higher) cumulative CU Denver GPA
  • A 2.5 (or higher) GPA in Calculus I, Calculus II, and Calculus-based Physics I and the corresponding Lab and no lower than a C- in any one of these courses.
  • A C- or higher in all other bioengineering pre-major requirements taken prior to or at the time of the request.

IUT guidelines are subject to change. Students are encouraged to meet with the bioengineering undergraduate advisor to discuss the IUT process prior to submitting a request.

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 Change of Major

Students currently enrolled in another major within the College of Engineering and Applied Science, including those listed as undecided, may submit a change of major form to the undergraduate advisor. Only those requesting a change to pre-major status will be considered. In addition, students must have a 2.75 cumulative CU Denver GPA and no less than a C- in any pre-major course taken prior to or at the time of request.

Those approved for a change of major will be entered into the pre-major program and, as is the case with all bioengineering pre-majors, must complete the pre-major coursework before applying for full major status. Admission to the bioengineering pre-major does not guarantee admission to the major. The major application process and requirements will be dictated by the year a student intends to become a full major, not the year they submit their initial change of major request.

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 Transfer Credit Evaluation

The Department of Bioengineering will adhere to the University of Colorado Denver’s policies and articulation agreements when reviewing transfer credit. Students transferring from a Colorado Community College may see the current Transfer Advising Plan Transfer Advising Plan for some guidance. At this time, there are no courses taught in the Colorado Community College system that are equivalent to the lower-division bioengineering courses (BIOE 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020). These, and all other upper-division bioengineering courses, must be completed at CU Denver. 

The Office of Admissions will review transcripts from other institutions for credit and initial course equivalencies. Once credit is awarded and at the student’s request, the CU Denver home department may also review transfer credit for course equivalencies (for example the Biology department may review a Biology course). Students should speak with the Department of Bioengineering’s undergraduate advisor for more information and to pick up relevant forms. The Department of Bioengineering’s Undergraduate Affairs Committee (BUAC) will make final decisions regarding transfer credit applicability toward all pre-major and major requirements.



The Department of Bioengineering will not automatically apply credit older than five years toward the Bachelor of Science degree. Students receiving CU Denver credit and course equivalents for transfer courses older than five years (at the time of matriculation) may submit a Petition for Exception to Policy to the Bioengineering Undergraduate Affairs Committee for further consideration.

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 Bioengineering Pre-Major

There is no direct admission to the bioengineering major at CU Denver. All interested applicants, including freshmen; internal and external transfer students; and students looking to change their major must select “Bioengineering (Pre-major)” as their intended program of study.

Only those students admitted as pre-majors and who have met the appropriate course pre-requisites are permitted to enroll in BIOE 1010, 1020, 2010 and 2020. Therefore, all students, regardless of earned credit, should expect to graduate no sooner than eight academic (fall/spring) semesters from the time they enroll in BIOE 1010. Bioengineering third and fourth year courses (3000 and 4000-level) are only open to students who have completed all pre-major coursework and have been admitted to full-major status. 

Pre-majors are strongly encouraged to meet with the undergraduate advisor one semester prior to enrollment to outline a course of study that will prepare him/her to apply for full major status in a timely manner. ​

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 Bioengineering Majors

Admission to the bioengineering pre-major does not guarantee admission to bioengineering major status. Admission to the major is granted by faculty of the Department of Bioengineering to bioengineering pre-majors that meet the admission criteria. The department will accept applications to the major each February. One semester of pre-major coursework may be in progress at the time of application.

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