Pitt | Swanson Engineering
CELLULAR ENGINEERING Track

Track Coordinator: Lance Davidson (lad43@pitt.edu)

The Cellular Engineering Track provides students with the opportunity to focus in areas related to cellular, tissue, and organ engineering. The track is designed for students interested in a quantitative understanding of the native biological structure/function at various levels of organization (molecules-cells-tissues-organs) and in leveraging that understanding to manipulate processes and/or engineer artifacts for biomedical applications. Students receive a solid grounding in cell and molecular biology, organic chemistry, biochemistry, tissue engineering, biomaterials, and biocompatibility with diversification in allied bioscience fields such as immunology, genetics, and microbiology.

Cellular Engineering requires CHEM 0310 (Organic Chemistry 1), CHEM 0320 (Organic Chemistry 2), and a biochemistry course. The remaining 3 courses are elective. Consistent with their COMPREHENSIVE ELECTIVES PLAN (CEP), students can choose courses from a list of acceptable electives. Students should state why selected courses are important to helping realize their post-graduate goals in their CEP.

Pre-approved track electives are listed below. Students may petition the track coordinator to have new courses placed on the list. Additionally, if you are interested in taking a course that is relevant to Cellular Engineering as a part of your CEP that is not listed here, you may request approval from the track coordinator for an individual exception.

Students pursuing the Cellular Engineering track are encouraged to obtain a minor in Chemistry, which requires only the two-credit Organic Chemistry lab (CHEM 0345) in addition to the required track courses. Please consult the GET A MINOR webpage for further details.

NOTE : All bioengineering students must have a minimum of 4 engineering courses out of the 8 elective courses (6 track courses and 2 advanced engineering/science courses).

Cellular Engineering Track Requirements :

  • THREE Required Science Courses :
    • CHEM 0310 : Organic Chemistry 1
    • CHEM 0320 : Organic Chemistry 2
    • And choice of
      • CHEM 1810 : Chemical Biology
      • orBIOSC 1000 : Introduction to Biochemistry
      • orBIOSC 1810 : Macromolecular Structure and Function
  • THREE advanced Engineering/Science electives selected from :
    • Engineering courses
    • BIOENG 1075 : Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory Techniques
    • BIOENG 1218 : Emerging Biomedical Technologies (Honors)
    • BIOENG 1351 : Computer Applications in Bioengineering
    • BIOENG 1533 : Controlled Drug Delivery
    • BIOENG 1620 : Introduction to Tissue Engineering
    • BIOENG 1633 : Biomechanics 4 - Biomechanics of Organs, Tissues and Cells
    • BIOENG 1810 : Biomaterials and Biocompatibility
      Science courses
    • BIOENG 2520 : Molecular Cell Biology and Biophysics
         ***(6cr - counts as two electives)
    • BIOSC 0350 : Genetics
    • BIOSC 0355 : UHC Genetics
    • BIOSC 1760 : Immunology
    • BIOSC 1850 : Microbiology