The biomedical engineering minor is open to undergraduate students from engineering or non-engineering majors 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 and mechanobiology; medical devices; imaging and diagnostics; and therapeutics.

For more information, visit the college's Minor in Biomedical Engineering webpage.


Course Requirements

Completion of 18 credit hours is required for the minor, distributed as follows:

BMEN 2000Introduction to Biomedical Engineering 13
Focused Elective 2
Choose one of the following3
Biomedical Engineering Principles and Methods
Anatomy and Physiology for Biomedical Engineering
Biology for Engineers
Fundamentals of Biotechnology
Tissue Engineering
Engineering Genetic Circuits
Human Anatomy
Human Physiology
Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
Principles of Genetics
Introduction to Medical Ethics
Electives 312
Total Credit Hours18

Requirements for the minor are met by completing the required gateway course, one focused elective from the list above and 12 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).
  • 6 credit hours must be taken in engineering courses (including computer science). Submit enrollment requests for department-restricted courses using the departmental course request forms.
  • 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 credits of which must be at the upper-division level.

Grade Requirements

A grade point average (GPA) of 2.000 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.