Biology, B.S. (NJCU) and Biomedical Engineering, B.S. (NJIT), Dual Degree (3 + 2) Program

This dual-degree program is designed for students interested in Biology and Biomedical Engineering. New Jersey City University and New Jersey Institute of Technology jointly offer a five-year program of study leading to a Bachelor of Science in Biology from NJCU and a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from NJIT. Earning these two degrees increases the chances of obtaining a better entry-level position and opens the door to greater career possibilities. This program combines a traditional liberal arts environment with an intensive technical curriculum.

This dual-degree program is an excellent choice for students who understand the value of a liberal arts education, are interested in careers in the physical sciences and engineering, wish to work as engineers while having a strong background in physics, and wish to maximize their career options.
Students enter as full-time, degree-seeking freshmen and continue their studies for three years at NJCU while taking occasional classes at NJIT, during which time the General Education coursework and the majority of Biology degree requirements from NJCU are satisfied. Students enroll full-time at NJIT during the fourth and fifth years of the program, during which time students focus on required engineering courses, some of which satisfy NJCU’s Biology degree requirements. A B.S. in Biology is awarded by NJCU at the end of the fourth year and a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering is awarded by NJIT at the end of the fifth year.

This program is designed for students entering NJCU from high school, with placements into college-level composition and math courses. Transfer students are not guaranteed to have completed coursework appropriate to join the combined B.S. in Biology/B.S. in Biomedical Engineering dual-degree program. Students interested in this dual-degree program are strongly encouraged to make their selections of major as early as possible in consultation with a Biology Department faculty advisor. Advisors will assist students in planning programs of study to complete all program requirements within a five-year time span.

The admission requirements for this program are a minimum cumulative CGPA of 2.5 and a minimum 3.0 GPA in science and mathematics courses. A minimum grade of “C” must be attained in each Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Math course. A minimum of five (5) biology major courses must be completed at NJCU. Any student who does not complete the first year of study at NJIT may return to NJCU to complete the BS degree in Biology.

Required Biology Courses:24
BIOL 130Principles Biology I4
BIOL 131Principles Biology II4
BIOL 230Cell Biology4
BIOL 236Anatomy & Physiology I4
BIOL 237Anatomy & Physiology II4
BIOL 304Genetics4
Biology Elective Course:3-4
Select from among Biology courses number higher than BIOL 2303-4
Required Physics Courses:8
PHYS 140Principles of Physics I - Lecture3
PHYS 1140Principles of Physics I - Laboratory and recitation1
PHYS 141Principles of Physics II - Lecture3
PHYS 1141Principles of Physics II - Laboratory and Recitation1
Required Chemistry Courses:18
CHEM 105General Chemistry I Lecture3
CHEM 1105General Chemistry I Recitation/Laboratory2
CHEM 106General Chemistry II Lecture3
CHEM 1106General Chemistry II Recitation/Laboratory2
CHEM 207Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 2207Organic Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHEM 208Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 2208Organic Chemistry II Laboratory1
Required Economics Course:3
ECON 208Principles of Economics:Micro3
Required Mathematics and Computer Science Courses:16
MATH 192Calculus and Analytic Geometry I4
MATH 193Calculus and Analytic Geometry II4
MATH 292Calculus & Analytical Geometry III4
MATH 311Differential Equations for Engineers4
Total NJCU Credits:83-84
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Credits
(NJCU Courses)  
ENGL 101
English Composition I
or English Composition I for English as a Second Language Students
MATH 192 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 4
PHYS 140 Principles of Physics I - Lecture 3
PHYS 1140 Principles of Physics I - Laboratory and recitation 1
CHEM 105 General Chemistry I Lecture 3
CHEM 1105 General Chemistry I Recitation/Laboratory 2
Semester 2
(NJCU Courses)  
ENGL 102
or ESL 102
English Composition II
MATH 193 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II 4
BIOL 130 Principles Biology I 4
CHEM 106 General Chemistry II Lecture 3
CHEM 1106 General Chemistry II Recitation/Laboratory 2
Second Year
Semester 1
(NJCU Courses)  
MATH 292 Calculus & Analytical Geometry III 4
CHEM 207 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 2207 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 1
PHYS 141 Principles of Physics II - Lecture 3
PHYS 1141 Principles of Physics II - Laboratory and Recitation 1
BIOL 131 Principles Biology II 4
Semester 2
(NJCU Courses)  
BIOL 230 Cell Biology 4
BIOL 236 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
CHEM 208 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 2208 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory 1
MATH 311 Differential Equations for Engineers 4
Third Year
Semester 1
(NJCU & NJIT Courses)  
BIOL 304 Genetics 4
BIOL 237 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
BIOL 3XX/4XX Biology Elective 4
BME 101Introduction to Biomedical Engineering 0
BME 304Material Fundamentals of Biomedical Engineering 3
Semester 2
(NJCU & NJIT Courses)  
FED 101Fundamentals of Engineering Design 2
BME 301Electrical Fundamentals of Biomedical Engineering 3
BME 302Mechanical Fundamentals of Biomedical Engineering 3
2XXLiberal Arts Literacy 3
MTSE 301Principles of Materials Science & Engineering 3
Fourth Year
Semester 1
(NJIT Courses)  
CHEM 473Biochemistry l 3
3XX Liberal Arts Literacy 3
CHEM 320Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 3
BME 210Biomedical Computing 3
MATH 279Statistics & Probability for Engineers 2
Semester 2
(NJIT Courses)  
BME 382Engineering Models of Physiological Systems 3
3XX Liberal Arts Literacy 3
BME 420Advanced Biomaterials Science 3
BME 383Measurement Lab for Physiological Systems & Tissues 3
BME 385Cell & Biomaterials Laboratory 3
Fifth Year
Semester 1
(NJIT Courses)  
BME 430Tissue Engineering 3
BME 495 Capstone Design I 2
BME XXXEngineering Track Elective 3
BME 422Biomaterials Characterization 3
BME XXXBME Elective 3
Semester 2
(NJIT Courses)  
BME 496 Capstone Design II 3
BME 417Biotransport 3
4XX Capstone HSS 3
IE 492Management GER 3
 Total Credits150-154

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Biology, B.S. (NJCU) and Biomedical Engineering, B.S. (NJIT), Dual Degree (3 + 2) program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the factual and theoretical basis of biology including mechanisms on the molecular, cellular, organismal, and systems levels.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of scientific inquiry and explain how scientific knowledge is discovered and validated.
  3. Apply quantitative knowledge and reasoning to describe or explain phenomena in the natural world.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of basic principles of chemistry and their application to understanding living systems.
  5. Communicate scientific information in written and/or oral formats.