Course 20 is now offering students the opportunity to customize their curriculum with an optional concentration, a selection of courses focusing on an area of interest.  Since these classes also count toward the 33-36 unit requirement for the Course 20 Restricted Electives, concentrations allow students to develop their skills and knowledge in a specific area while fulfilling a degree requirement.  A concentration completion form should be submitted to the BE Academic Office the term in which you plan to graduate.

Why pursue a concentration?

Acquire depth.  Students in collaboration with their academic advisor select from a list of department-approved courses that provide depth into an area of interest.

Connect with faculty within a particular field.  Each concentration has a group of BE faculty members committed to providing their expertise in developing the guidelines and selecting the courses for the concentrations.  A faculty contact within each concentration is available to provide information and guidance.

Sharpen your professional focus.  While concentrations will not be designated as such on your MIT Degree, you will be able to showcase a specific area of academic study on your CV and to potential employers.

Concentration Areas 

Biological Chemistry


Biomolecular and Biomaterial Design

Cancer Biology

Computational Systems Biology

Environmental and Toxicological Studies


Instrumentation and Measurement

Microbiome Engineering and Infectious Disease


Physical Biology

Synthetic Biology

Tissue Engineering


*Note - Concentrations are not mandatory for the BE SB.  You may instead opt to select your Restricted Elective courses from the BE RE list found here