Minor in Bioengineering

Important for Students Registering for Fall 2014 Courses

Engineering Courses Offered for Fall 2014

Please note the following restriction on registration: The number of students CBE can accommodate in the Bioengineering Lab is limited and registration is only by department approval. For prior approval, please submit a brief (1 page maximum) description of your background in bio and how the class fits into your ed-plan by 12 noon April 9th. Include your name, major, ID #, and classification (Sr, Jr, etc). Turn in to Nadia Casas in the CBE office, 182 Fitzpatrick.

Biology Courses offered for Fall 2014


Description of the Program

Students pursuing the Bioengineering Minor will learn to integrate the tools of engineering analysis with fundamentals of life sciences to enliven the understanding of living organisms, medical treatments, and biochemical pathways with the goal of providing quantitative predictions and insight towards the design of medical and biological devices and processes.


The course work required comprises six classes, two of which may satisfy a requirement in the student's major, in accordance with the Standards for Minors, Concentrations and Certificate Programs within the College of Engineering.

The Minor in Biological and Biomedical Engineering requires six courses. The six courses must be distributed as follows:

  1. Two courses beyond the introductory level of biology, to ensure strong proficiency in Biology:

    One course selected from:

    • BIOS 30341, Cell Biology
    • BIOS 40412, Systems Biology

    One course selected from:

    • BIOS 20303, Genetics (Spring semester only)
    • BIOS 30344, Physiology (Spring and fall)
    • Or another advanced course approved by the program director.

    Students must attain prerequisites for these courses by scoring higher than 5 on the BIOS AP exam, completion of CHEM 10122, or by taking BIOS 20201 and 20202.

  2. A core introductory bioengineering course (CBE 30385) is required (Offered Fall Semester)
    Primary topics include: Use of engineering analysis to describe biological systems starting with mass and energy balances; Basic mechanics applied to biological systems (conservation of momentum), applications to joints and locomotion, and cell deformation (and response); Charge conservaton and application to engineering systems (synapses, etc.); and Chemical aspects of biological response (e.g., from forces) with applications to biological materials.
  3. An elective sequence of three engineering courses taken from one of the following concentration areas:




Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials

Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering

* Only one of these courses can be counted toward the minor. Students wishing to study abroad may complete these requirements based on equivalent or similar course work offered in the London, Dublin, or Perth programs. Please contact Professor Niebur in advance to discuss possible courses.

Procedure for declaring the minor

Students wishing to pursue the Biomedical Engineering Minor should contact Professor Glen Niebur <gniebur@nd.edu>

You will need to complete a change of program form and add the minor code MBIE. Bring the form to 147 Multidisciplinary Engineering Research Building for approval. Normally approval is obtained after completing the introductory course CBE 30385.

Non-engineering majors

The minor is open to all majors. However the engineering coursework will expect proficiency in calculus and physics, even if these courses are not listed as prerequisites. Students should take at least two semesters of calculus, such as MATH 10550 and 10560, and two semesters of calculus based physics, such as PHYS 10310 and 10320.