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Biomedical Engineering

The minor in Biomedical Engineering is restricted to enrolled College of Engineering students. The intent is to build upon their existing core strengths and add expertise in biomedical applications. This additional training would make students more attractive to employers in the medical device industry, and would also position students for graduate training in health related applications of engineering.

The minor requires two life sciences courses not typically required for engineering students, one at the cellular level (Biomedical Engineering 102) and the other at the physiological level (Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior 101 or Biomedical Engineering 116). The remaining 12 units are to be selected in consultation with an advisor from the list of upper division Biomedical Engineering courses. Students will be advised to select additional courses to complement their existing curricula.


21 units

Choose two courses (9 units)​

  • NPB 101 Systemic Physiology (5 units)
    • Or BIM 116 Physiology for Biomedical Engineers (5 units)
  • BIM 102 Cellular Dynamics (4 units)

Choose at least 12 units

  • BIM 117 Modeling Strategies for Biomedical Engineering (4 units)
  • BIM 141 Cell and Tissue Mechanics (4 units)
  • BIM 142 Principles and Practices of Biomedical Imaging (4 units)
  • BIM 143 Biomolecular Systems Engineering: Synthetic Biology (4 units)
  • BIM 143L Synthetic Biology Laboratory (2 units)
  • BIM 144 Fundamentals of Biophotonics and Bioimaging (4 units)
  • BIM 152 Molecular Control of Biosystems (4 units)
  • BIM 161A Biomolecular Engineering (4 units)
  • BIM 162 Introduction to the Biophysics of Molecules and Cells (4 units)
  • BIM 163 Bioelectricity, Biomechanics, and Signaling Systems (4 units)
  • BIM 167 Biomedical Fluid Mechanics (4 units)
  • BIM 171 Clinical Applications for Biomedical Device Design (4 units)
  • BIM 173 Cell and Tissue Engineering (4 units)
  • BIM 189A Topics in Biomedical Engineering; Cellular and Molecular Engineering (1-5 units)
  • BIM 189B Topics in Biomedical Engineering; Biomedical Imaging (1-5 units)
  • BIM 189C Topics in Biomedical Engineering; Biomedical Engineering (1-5 units)

Total = 21 units


Minor Advisors

R. Christian
(530) 752-0801

A. Passerini
(530) 754-6715