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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 (CHEM 10122 can usually fulfill the prereq. Contact the instructor)
        • BIOS 40412, Systems Biology (Fall)

        One course selected from:

        • BIOS 20303, Genetics
        • BIOS 30344, Physiology (COE students can usually register for the fall section. Contact the instructor)
        • 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. CBE 30386: An Introduction to Bioengineering.

        This course is offered every spring 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 (note that these classes may not be offered every year. The common scheduling of courses is given, but may deviate from year to year):

Biomaterials

      • CBE 40456: Polymer Engineering
      • CBE 40483: Biomolecular Engineering (Spring)
      • AME 50548: Next Generation Nanoscale Manufacturing of Biomedical Systems (Fall)
      • AME 50571: Biomaterials (Spring)
      • AME 60679: Nanoparticles in Biomedicine (Fall)
      • AME 60677: Biomimetic Tissue Engineering (typically offered in Fall)

Biomechanics

      • AME 50571: Biomaterials (Spring)
      • AME 60671: Orthopedic Biomechanics (Fall)
      • AME 60672: Cell Mechanics (Spring, odd years)
      • AME 60673: Human Body Kinematics (Spring, even years)

Biotransport/Microdevices

      • AME 60677: Biomimetic Tissue Engineering (typically offered in Fall)
      • AME 60675: Biofluid Mechanics (Not currently offered)
      • EE 47040: Biomedical Device Engineering
      • CBE 30357: Biotransport
      • CBE 40485: Biological Thermodynamics
      • CBE 60589: Engineering Applications of Medical Physiology
      • CE 60355: Water, Disease & Global Health
      • EE 40432: Intro to Systems Biology (Fall)

Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials

      • CBE 40325: Immunoengineering (typically offered in Spring)
      • CBE 40479: Tissue Engineering (typically offered in Fall)
      • AME 50548: Next Generation Nanoscale Manufacturing of Biomedical Systems (Fall)
      • AME 60677: Biomimetic Tissue Engineering (typically offered in Fall)
      • AME 60672: Cell Mechanics (Spring odd years)
      • CBE 40483: Topics in Biomolecular Engineering (typically offered in Spring)
      • CBE 41910: Biomolecular Engineering Lab (Fall)
      • AME 50571: Biomaterials (Spring)

Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering

      • CBE 40325: Immunoengineering
      • CBE 40483: Biomolecular Engineering (Spring)
      • CBE 40487: Drug development and methods of action (Spring)
      • CBE 41910: Biomolecular Engineering Lab (Fall)
      • CBE 60589, Engineering Applications of Medical Physiology (Fall)
      • CE 60355: Water, Disease & Global Health
      • AME 60672: Cell mechanics (Spring odd years)
      • EE 40432: Intro to Systems Biology (Fall)
      • PHYS 40432: Biological Physics

Study abroad

Students wishing to study abroad may complete these requirements based on equivalent or similar course work offered in the London, Dublin, or Perth programs. Courses that have equivalent Notre Dame course numbers assigned by the office of International Studies or the respective departments will be accepted automatically. Please contact Professor Niebur in advance to discuss possible courses.

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.