The Biomedical Engineering Minor is open to undergraduate students rostered in the College of Engineering and Applied Science who are interested in an exciting, multidisciplinary field that lies at the interface of medicine, biology and engineering.
Biomedical engineers use engineering principles to analyze and solve problems in biology and medicine, providing an overall enhancement to healthcare. At the same time, biomedical engineers employ concepts learned from biology and medicine to generate new engineering designs.
Current research in biomedical engineering focuses on innovative areas such as biomechanics, biomaterials, medical devices and imaging.
Completion of 18 credit hours (typically 6 courses) is required for the minor, distributed as follows:
- BMEN 2000 Biomedical Engineering Gateway (3 credit hours):
- This course cannot count towards your major degree requirements
- Starting in Fall 2021, this course will require a pre or co-requisite course of Biology (CHEN 2810, EBIO 1210, or MCDB 1150).
- MCDB 1150 or CHEN 2810 can be used towards the elective requirement as long as the parameters below are met.
- Please consult your major advisor to discuss how this fits into your graduation plan.
- This course utilizes Matlab. Prior experience using Matlab is ideal. Students without Matlab experience may need to spend additional time learning Matlab to complete certain assignments. Resources will be made available.
- 15 elective credit hours (typically 5 courses)*
Requirements for the minor are met by completing the required gateway course and 15 elective credit hours identified below. Here are additional guidelines regarding the requirements:
- At least 12 credit hours must be upper-division (3000 or higher level)
- Up to 9 credit hours can be taken outside of engineering (i.e. IPHY, MCDB, PHIL)
- Relevant Independent Study coursework can be petitioned
- 5000-level courses are allowed where undergraduate students are eligible to enroll
- Prior coursework may be transferred from other institutions with approval.
- At least 9 credit hours need to be taken on the CU-Boulder campus- at least 6 credit hours of which must be at the upper-division level.
Typical Timeline for Student Earning the Minor
|Sophomore Fall||Admission to Biomedical Engineering Minor|
|Sophomore Spring||Biomedical Engineering Gateway Course|
|Junior-Senior years||Technical Elective Courses|
Admission Process & Requirements
Selected admitted students are invited to participate in the minor. Otherwise, admission to the minor is by application. Students must have a minimum CU cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 to apply. Students can apply at any time and will be notified of their admission status on a rolling basis.
A grade point average (GPA) of 2.250 or better is required in the courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for this minor. Each individual course that is counted towards these degree requirements must be passed with a D- or better. Note, however, that a C- or better is required in all prerequisite courses to move on to a subsequent course.
Completing the Biomedical Engineering Minor
The College of Engineering and Applied Science requires confirmation of Biomedical Engineering Minor completion. Please email email@example.com for final approval.
Questions or Degree Audit Updates?
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*Elective Courses for Biomedical Engineering Minor
Choose any 5 additional elective courses (4 must be upper-division) from below. This list may evolve over time as new courses are developed/offered. Some of the courses below have course prerequisites which students in the minor will need to fulfill prior to enrollment—consult the online University Course Catalog for guidance.
Applied Math Courses
|APPM 3050||Scientific Computing|
|APPM 4390||Modeling in Math Biology|
|APPM 4720||Mathematical Computational Biology|
|APPM 4370||Computational Neuroscience|
Aerospace Engineering Courses
|ASEN 3036||Intro to Human Spaceflight|
|ASEN 3046||Intro to Humans in Aviation|
|ASEN 4128||Human Factors in Engineering and Design|
|ASEN 5016||Space Life Sciences|
|ATLS 4519/5519||Human-Machine Interaction of the Future|
Chemical Engineering Courses
|CHEN 2810||Biology for Engineers|
|CHEN 4801||Pharmaceutical Biotechnology|
|CHEN 4802||Tissue Engineering & Medical Devices|
|CHEN 4803||Metabolic Engineering|
|CHEN 4820||Biochemical Separations|
|CHEN 4838||Protein and Enzyme Engineering|
Computer Science Courses
|CSCI 2270||Data Structures|
|CSCI 3352||Biological Networks|
|CSCI 4314||Dynamic Models in Biology|
Electrical Engineering Courses
|ECEN 2010||Special Topics: Intro to Elect Eng in Biomed|
|ECEN 4003||Special Topics: Engineering Genetic Circuits|
|ECEN 4011||Design of Implantable Medical Devices|
|ECEN 4021||Engineering Applications in Biomed|
|ECEN 4120||Neural Network Design|
|ECEN 4005/5005||Special Topics: Organic Electronic Devices|
|ECEN 5005||Special Topics: Biophotonics|
|ECEN 5021||Special Topics: Engineering Applications in Biomed|
|ECEN 5022||Special Topics: Neuromodulation|
Mechanical Engineering Courses
|MCEN 4117/5117||Anatomy & Physiology for Engineers|
|MCEN 4127/5127||Biomedical Ultrasound|
|MCEN 4133/5133||Intro to Tissue Biomechanics|
|MCEN 4137||Anatomy & Physiology for Engineers 2|
|MCEN 4154||Biocolloids and Biomembranes|
|MCEN 4064/5064||Soft Machines|
|MCEN 4228/5228||Special Topics: Design of Coffee|
|MCEN 4228/5228||Special Topics: Materials and Devices in Medicine|
|MCEN 4228||Special Topics: MicroNanoBio|
|MCEN 4228||Special Topics: Surface Forces in Biology|
|MCEN 4228/5228||Special Topics: Mechanics of Soft Matter|
|MCEN 4228/5228||Special Topics: Intro to Microfluidics|
|MCEN 4228/5228||Special Topics: Modeling of Human Movement|
|MCEN 4228/5228||Special Topics: Mechanics of Cancer|
|MCEN 4228/5228||Special Topics: Biofluids at the Macro Scale|
|MCEN 4228/5228||Special Topics: Food & Alcohol in the Ancient World|
|MCEN 4228/5228||Special Topics: Regenerative Bio/Tissue Repair|
|MCEN 4228||Special Topics: Mechanical Devices in Medicine|
|MCEN 4228||Special Topics: Bioinspired Design|
|MCEN 5228||Special Topics: Medical Device Design|
|MCEN 5228||Special Topics: Medical Robotics|
*Most MCEN 4228 Special Topics that are approved for the Mechanical Engineering Biomed Option will count for this minor.
Engineering Honors Course
|EHON 3843||Humanities and Medicine|
Engineering, Ethics and Society Course
|ENES 3430||Ethics of Genetic Engineering|
Integrative Physiology Courses
|IPHY 3410||Intro to Human Anatomy|
|IPHY 3415||Human Anatomy Lab|
|IPHY 3430||Intro to Human Physiology|
|IPHY 3800||Forensic Biology|
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology Courses
|MCDB 1150||Intro to Cellular and Molecular Biology|
|MCDB 3000||Synthetic Biology: Engineering Biomolecular Systems in the Laboratory|
|MCDB 3150||Biology of the Cancer Cell|
|MCDB 3135||Molecular Biology|
|MCDB 3333||Biomed Innovations and Discoveries|
|MCDB 4410||Human Molecular Genetics|
|MCDB 4520||Bioinformatics and Genomics|
|PHIL 1160||Intro to Medical Ethics|
Additional Course Information
In addition to the courses listed above, there may be special topics courses offered which are suitable for the requirements of this minor. Also, some MCDB 2000 level courses may be petitioned but must be pre-approved.
Please email email@example.com for information about whether a specific course can serve as a technical elective for the minor.