Minor in Biomedical Engineering

The Biomedical Engineering Minor (BME) program requires a total of seven subjects selected from a series of categories as outlined below.

Programming and Computational Modeling Core
6.0001Introduction to Computer Science Programming in Python6
6.0002Introduction to Computational Thinking and Data Science6
Mathematics Core
Select two of the following options: 118-24
Option A
Computational Methods for Materials Scientists and Engineers
or 18.03
Differential Equations
Option B
Linear Algebra
Option C
Select one of the following:
Uncertainty in Engineering
Introduction to Probability I
and Introduction to Probability II
Statistics for Brain and Cognitive Science
Human Physiology Core
Select one of the following:12
Quantitative Systems Physiology
Human Physiology 2
Introduction to Neuroscience
Biomedical Engineering and Applications
Select three of the following: 3, 430-36
Biomechanics and Neural Control of Movement 2
Medical Device Design 2
Nanomechanics of Materials and Biomaterials 2
Cellular Solids: Structure, Properties, Applications 2
Biomaterials Science and Engineering 2
Cellular Neurophysiology and Computing
Principles and Practice of Assistive Technology 2
Molecular and Engineering Aspects of Biotechnology 2
Systems Neuroscience Laboratory 2
Disorders and Diseases of the Nervous System 2
Principles and Applications of Genetic Engineering for Biotechnology and Neuroscience 2
Perceptual Systems
Introduction to Neural Computation 2
Pharmaceutical Engineering 2
Future Medicine: Drug Delivery, Therapeutics, and Diagnostics 2
Molecular Design and Bioprocess Development of Immunotherapies 2
Molecular, Cellular, and Tissue Biomechanics 2
Bioinstrumentation Project Lab 2
Principles of Neuroengineering
Foundations of Computational and Systems Biology
Total Units72-84

A minimum of four subjects taken for the biomedical engineering minor cannot also count toward a major or another minor.


Contact minor advisor for additional 6–12 unit subjects that satisfy requirement.


Subject has prerequisites that are outside of the program.


At least one of the subjects must be taken outside the student's major. See the BME Minor website for potential substitutions.


Approved biomedical engineering UROPs with sufficient medical focus, carried out by students with junior or senior standing with prior approval, may be substituted for up to 12 units.

Students should consult with their departmental BME minor advisor, preferably in sophomore year and no later than the end of the fall term of junior year, to choose a course of study, which must be approved in advance by the BME minor advisor. For the list of BME minor advisors and other information, please visit the Biological Engineering website or contact the BE Academic Office, Room 56-651, 617-253-1712.