20.010J / 2.790J / 6.025J / 7.38J / 10.010J Introduction to Bioengineering (BE.010J)

Spring 2006

Photo of a small glass chip DNA sequencing device.
The BioMEMS lab at Whitehead Institute has developed a device that makes DNA fingerprinting faster, more accurate, and portable. The chip-based device miniaturizes a process called electrophoresis onto a small glass chip. In operation, samples of DNA are injected in microchannels etched onto the chip's surface, and an electrical current separates the DNA molecules based on their size. (Image by Sam Ogden. Used with permission.)

Course Highlights

The videos section of this course features a selection of video lectures and interviews of bioengineering faculty from various School of Engineering Departments at MIT. A set of student generated notes can be found in the lecture notes section.

Course Description

Bioengineering at MIT is represented by the diverse curricula offered by most Departments in the School of Engineering. This course samples the wide variety of bioengineering options for students who plan to major in one of the undergraduate Engineering degree programs. The beginning lectures describe the science basis for bioengineering with particular emphasis on molecular cell biology and systems biology. Bioengineering faculty will then describe the bioengineering options in a particular engineering course as well as the type of research conducted by faculty in the department.

Special Features

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .rm and .mp3.

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Course Meeting Times

Fourteen sessions for 7 weeks
1 hour / session



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