Minor Requirements

A minimum of 17 cr. meeting the six requirements below with a minimum of 9 of those credits not being used to meet degree requirements and a minimum of 6 cr. at the 300 level or above. No more than 3 cr. of 490 credit may be applied to this minor.

Course  Course name Credits
BIOL 212 Principles of Biology II 3 Note: You do not need to take BIOL 211.
B M E 220 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering 3
BIOL 256 Fundamentals of Human Physiology 3 Note: You do not need to take BIOL 101.
or BIOL 335 Principles of Human and Other Animal Physiology 3 Note: You do not need to take BIOL 211.
Engineering Introduction elective* 3
Advanced Engineering elective** 3
Professional elective*** 2-3

 

*A second (Introductory) engineering course from a department other than that of your major.  The topic of the course should have ready application to later B M E-related electives in that discipline. Courses that satisfy this requirement are provided here. Students need to pick from this list or use other courses, if approved by the Minor Chair, to satisfy this requirement.

**300-500 level engineering course with clear biomedical engineering application. Courses that satisfy this requirement are provided here. Students need to pick from this list or use other courses, if approved by the Minor Chair, to satisfy this requirement.

***300-500 level engineering or life sciences course with clear biomedical engineering application OR B M E 490 OR departmental 490 with biomedical engineering topic OR 200+-level life sciences laboratory course (If a 200-level course is chosen here, the student will need to meet the required 6 cr. of 300+ courses by substitution of a higher-level course for the other requirements or by taking an additional course.), OR 300-500 level B M E courses. Courses that satisfy this requirement are provide here. Students need to pick from this list or use other courses, if approved by the Minor Chair, to satisfy this requirement.


Required Course Descriptions and When to Take Them

BIOL 212. Principles of Biology II. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: BIOL 211. Introduction to the nature of life, including the cellular basis of life; energy relationships; the nature of heredity; evolution; form and function of microbial, plant, and animal life. Students enrolled in the bioengineering minor do not need to take BIOL 211.

B M E 220Introduction to Biomedical Engineering.  (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: BIOL 212, ENGR 160 or equivalent, MATH 166, CHEM 167 or CHEM 178, PHYS 222. Engineering analysis of basic biology and engineering problems associated with living systems and health care delivery. The course will illustrate biomedical engineering applications in such areas as: biotechnology, biomechanics, biomaterials and tissue engineering, and biosignal and image processing, and will introduce the basic life sciences and engineering concepts associated with these topics.

Suggested Textbook for BME 220: W. M. Saltzman. Biomedical Engineering: Bridging Medicine and Technology. Cambridge University Press, NY, 2009.

BIOL 256. Fundamentals of Human Physiology. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: high school biology and chemistry, or BIOL 101, or BIOL 255 (recommended)
An introduction to human physiology, studying the function of all body systems. Systems covered include: integumentary, bones and joints, muscles, nervous, sensory, endocrine, circulatory, lymphatic and immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive. Pre-medical students should consider BIOL 335 for their physiology background. Not intended for major credit in biology. Students enrolled in the bioengineering minor do not need to take BIOL 101.

OR

BIOL 335. Principles of Human and Other Animal Physiology. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: BIOL 211, BIOL 212. Introduction to physiology of metabolic function in mammals and other animals. Metabolic processes and their interactions with various subsystems, approached from an organismal perspective. Integration of cellular, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, respiratory, and renal processes, relevant to their control and integration at the nervous and endocrine system levels. Functional aspects of organismal physiology, energy and water balances, physiology of rest exercise, and environmental stress. Students enrolled in the bioengineering minor do not need to take BIOL 211.

Note: Ideally you would take BIOL 212, then together take BME 220 and BIOL 256 or 335. Electives could follow at your convenience but pay attention to when they are offered. Progress can be made on the minor while on co-op, internship or during study abroad as all the required classes and some of the electives are offered as online courses through Engineering LAS Online (ELO).