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. Already, there are many approved products and applications of the biomedical engineering field. These include pharmaceutical drugs, prosthetics (replacement limbs and stents) and bioprosthetics (e.g. heart valve replacements), drug delivery and other implantable devices, and medical imaging techniques (X-ray, CT, MRI, and fluoroscopy). Current research in the biomedical engineering field is focusing on the use of biologics and genetically modified organisms for the treatment of cell- and gene-based diseases. Because of its diverse nature, the biomedical engineering field will continue to call upon individuals with backgrounds in computer science and mechanical, chemical, and electrical engineering.

Course Requirements

Completion of 18 credit hours (6 courses) is required for the minor, distributed as follows:

  • BMEN 2000 Biomedical Engineering Gateway (3 credit hours)
  • Five elective courses (15 credit hours)*

Requirements for the minor are met by completing the required gateway course and 5 of the electives identified below. At least 4 of the courses must be upper-division (3000 or higher level), one course can be petitioned to come from outside engineering with pre-approval, relevant Independent Study coursework can be petitioned, and 5000-level courses are allowed where undergraduate students are eligible to enroll.

Prior coursework may be transferred from other institutions with approval. At least three courses need to be taken on the CU-Boulder campus. At least two of these three courses have to be at the upper-division level. Two of the six courses for the minor may not be applied toward BS degree requirements.

Sample Timeline for Student Earning the Minor

Semester Task
Sophomore Fall Admission to Biomedical Engineering Minor
Sophomore Spring Biomedical Engineering Gateway Course
Junior-Senior years Technical Elective Courses


Admission to the minor is by application. Selected admitted students are invited to participate in the Minor. Otherwise, admission to the minor is by application; students should have a minimum CU cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 to apply. Students apply in October of their sophomore year, and are notified of their admission status by November 1.

Grade Requirements

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 the submission of a certified Biomedical Engineering Minor Degree Audit. Please run your audit and once satisfied, submit a printout to the Biomedical Engineering Minor faculty director for signature and final approval.


Please email

*Elective Courses for Biomedical Engineering Minor

Choose any 5 additional elective courses (4 must be upper-division) from the following (this list may evolve over time as new courses are developed/offered, and may be expanded to potentially include non-engineering courses). 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.

APPM Courses

Course Number Title
APPM 4390 Modeling in Math Biology
APPM 4720 Mathematical Computational Biology

ASEN Courses

Course Number Title
ASEN 5016 Space Life Sciences

CHEN Courses

Course Number Title
CHEN 4801 Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
CHEN 4802 Tissue Engineering & Medical Devices
CHEN 4803 Metabolic Engineering
CHEN 4805 Biomaterials
CHEN 4820 Bioseparations
CHEN 4830 Biokinetics

CSCI Courses

Course Number Title
CSCI 2270 Data Structures
CSCI 3104 Algorithmns or
CSCI 4314 Algorithmns for Molecular Biology

ECEN Courses

Course Number Title
ECEN 2010 Special Topics: Intro to Elect Eng in Biomed
ECEN 4011 Design of Implantable Medical Devices
ECEN 4120 Neural Network Design
ECEN 5005 Special Topics: Organic Electronic Devices
ECEN 5005 Special Topics: Biophotonics

HUEN Course

Course Number Title
HUEN 3843 Special Topics: Ethics of Bioengineering

MCEN Courses

Course Number Title
MCEN 4117 Anatomy & Physiology for Engineers
MCEN 4228 Special Topics: Biomechanics
MCEN 4228 Special Topics: Biomedical Ultrasound
MCEN 4228 Special Topics:  Cells, Molecules & Tissues
MCEN 4228 Special Topics: Materials in Medicine
MCEN 4228 Special Topics: MicroNanoBio
MCEN 4228 Special Topics: Surface Forces in Biology
MCEN 5228 Special Topics: Medical Device Design

Most MCEN 4228 Special Topics that are approved for the Mechanical Engineering Biomed Option will count for this minor.

Courses Outside the Engineering College

(NOTE to students - Only one course can be petitioned to come from outside the Engineering College, with pre-approval. Email the Minor Faculty Director at to inquire if one of the following courses may be allowed.)

IPHY Courses

Course Number Title
IPHY 3410 Intro to Human Anatomy
IPHY 3430 Intro to Human Physiology

IPHY 3430 requires IPHY 3410 as a pre-req, so only one or the other may be petitioned to count towards the minor

MCDB Courses

Most MCDB 2000+ courses may be petitioned. 

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. Please contact the Biomedical Engineering Minor faculty director for information about whether a specific course can serve as a technical elective for the minor.