Minor in Biomedical Engineering

The Department of Biomedical Engineering offers a minor to students within the College of Engineering who are interested in biomedical applications of engineering related to the fields of biomechanics, biomaterials, and bioinstrumentation. Eligible students must submit an application in order to be considered for and allowed to pursue a minor in Biomedical Engineering.

Guidelines & Requirements

In order to earn a Minor in Biomedical Engineering, students must meet and adhere to the following requirements and guidelines:

  • Admitted into a Look College of Engineering major.
  • In good academic standing within major department (GPR of 2.5 or higher).
  • Maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA in minor courses.
  • Complete the courses listed for the selected BMEN minor track.
  • Following acceptance into a particular track, change of BMEN minor track will not be permitted unless by petition and review by the Director of Undergraduate Programs.

Application steps

Eligible students must submit an application in order to be considered for and allowed to pursue a Minor in Biomedical Engineering.

  1. Discuss this minor with your major advisor to determine if this will postpone graduation.
  2. Once you receive approval from your major advisor, complete this application form and type a maximum half page essay on why you want a Minor in Biomedical Engineering.
  3. Turn the signed application form and essay in to the BMEN Office in ETB 5045. The deadline is December 1 for Spring admission and April 1 for Fall admission. 
  4. Applications will be reviewed and decisions will be announced prior to the start of the fall semester. Enrollment into BMEN courses will not be granted until decisions have been made.

BMEN Minor Tracks & Courses:

Required Courses

Course NameCredits
VIBS 289 (243) - Introduction to Histology 2 hrs
BMEN 101 - Introduction to Biomedical Engineering or
BMEN 253 - Medical Device Design I or
BMEN 450 - Case Studies
1 hr
BMEN 361* - Biosolid Mechanics 3 hrs
BMEN 341 - Biofluid Mechanics 3 hrs
Biomechanics Electives 6 hrs
Total Credit Hours15 hrs

Biomechanics Track

The Biomechanics Track is designed to educate BMEN students in the field of biomechanics that spans from small-scale applications in molecular and cellular mechanics, tissue-scale applications such as cardiac and orthopedic implants, and whole body-scale applications for studying injury prevention and developing assistive devices. This track will provide students the opportunity to gain greater depth of knowledge in their particular interests related to biomechanics. Through these courses, students will gain experience applying mechanics principles to biomedical systems to aid in understanding the function of the human body and various medical conditions, and in the development of medical devices.

Required Courses

Course NameCredits
VIBS 289 (243) - Introduction to Histology 2 hrs
BMEN 101 - Introduction to Biomedical Engineering or
BMEN 253 - Medical Device Design I or
BMEN 450 - Case Studies
1 hr
BMEN 321** - Biomedical Electronics 3 hrs
BMEN 420 - Medical Imaging 3 hrs
Bioinstrumentation Electives 6 hrs
Total Credit Hours15 hrs

Bioinstrumentation Track

The Bioinstrumentation Track is designed to equip BMEN students for the medical device and imaging instrumentation field, which covers clinical and lab instrumentation from the nanoscale to the whole body. This track equips students with focus in either imaging or instrumentation, and provides guidance to select coursework in several application areas for each of the focus topics. Students will gain an understanding of medical device design, underlying physics and instrumentation for measuring physiological parameters and forming medical images, signal/image processing and control systems.

Required Courses

Course NameCredits
VIBS 289 (243) - Introduction to Histology 2 hrs
BMEN 101 - Introduction to Biomedical Engineering or
BMEN 253 - Medical Device Design I or
BMEN 450 - Case Studies
1 hr
BMEN 343*** - Introduction to Biomaterials 3 hrs
BMEN 344 - Biological Responses to Medical Devices 3 hrs
Biomaterials Electives 6 hrs
Total Credit Hours15 hrs

Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Track

The Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Track is designed to equip BMEN students for the rapidly developing field at the multi-disciplinary interface of engineering, material science, biology, chemistry, and medicine. This track will provide students with a broad educational foundation with an emphasis on the principles and applications of biomaterials, particularly tissue engineering. Students will gain an understanding of biomaterial preparation and characterization, structure/property relationships, as well as cellular, blood, and tissue interactions with biomaterials. Selection and design of biomaterials for tissue engineering, artificial organs, drug delivery, and medical devices is presented.

No more than 6 hours of courses from your home department can be used towards the minor.

* Can be replaced by CVEN 305, MEEN 368 or equivalent course approved by BMEN academic advisor and director.

**Can be replaced by ECEN 214, ECEN 215, or equivalent course approved by BMEN academic advisor and director.

***Can be replaced by MEEN 222, CHEN 313, MSEN 310 or equivalent course approved by BMEN academic advisor and director.

Application for Minor