BIOE 2100: Bioengineering Thermodynamics

Designation:    Required
Description:    Principles of thermodynamics and conservation of mass applied to living systems, biomedical devices, and bioprocesses.
Prerequisite:    CHEM 1240; PHYS 2130; MATH 2850 or 2950
Textbook:    Physical Chemistry: Principles and Applications in Biological Sciences 
I. Tinoco, K. Sauer, J. Wang, J. Puglisi 
Prentice Hall
Objectives:    To apply thermodynamic calculations to biological systems 
To solve biological problems related to thermodynamics
Topics:    First and Second Law of Thermodynamics 
Mass and energy balances for both steady state and transient state systems 
Carnot cycles 
Phase and chemical reaction equilibrium 
Applications to biological systems
Schedule:    3 - 50 minute lectures per week
Contribution:    Engineering topics
(a)    An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
(c)    An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
(e)    An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
Prepared by:    Scott Molitor ( and Tammy Phares (
Last Updated: 6/27/22