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.
Completion of 18 credit hours (6 courses) is required for the minor, distributed as follows:
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.
|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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 4390||Modeling in Math Biology|
|APPM 4720||Mathematical Computational Biology|
|ASEN 5016||Space Life Sciences|
|CHEN 4801||Pharmaceutical Biotechnology|
|CHEN 4802||Tissue Engineering & Medical Devices|
|CHEN 4803||Metabolic Engineering|
|CSCI 2270||Data Structures|
|CSCI 3104||Algorithmns or|
|CSCI 4314||Algorithmns for Molecular Biology|
|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 3843||Special Topics: Ethics of Bioengineering|
|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.
(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 email@example.com to inquire if one of the following courses may be allowed.)
|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
Most MCDB 2000+ courses may be petitioned.
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.