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Biomedical Engineering Minor Information


The Department of Biomedical Engineering at Penn State offers an Undergraduate Minor in Biomedical Engineering (formerly called the Bioengineering minor). The minor is open to students in any undergraduate program, but is particularly suitable for engineering students seeking careers in health-related professions.

The undergraduate minor in biomedical engineering allows a student to develop his or her interest in medical engineering applications while pursuing an undergraduate degree in a traditional engineering major, physics, or other applied science.

NOTE: The biomedical engineering minor program requirements have changed recently and this information reflects the new minor requirements.

Biomedical Engineering minor information on the Penn State Bulletin

The information on this page is also available in the Biomedical Engineering Minor brochure (pdf) for printing purposes.

Admission Requirements

An applicant should be in their 5th semester of residence, admitted to a major, and have prerequisites for the required courses. PHYS 211 GN(4), PHYS 212 GN(4), and calculus through differential equations (MATH 250 or 251) are required entrance to minor courses. The applicant should use the following form and indicate the semester in which each course is to be completed and return it to 206 Hallowell for department approval. Because of the entrance to minor requirements you can not register for this minor using eLion. It is the student's responsibility to get the Minor Adviser's approval for any subsequent changes to the application.

Minor Admissions Form (pdf)

Program Requirements (18 - 20 credits)

Total biomedical engineering credits must be at least 9. Total of all credits in prescribed, additional, and supporting categories must be at least 18. Only 3 credits of independent research (494 or 496 courses) may be used toward the minor. A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

Additional Courses (6 credits)

Select 3 - 4 credits of physiology from BIOL 141, BIOL 240W, or BIOL472

Select 3 - 4 credits of molecular/cell biology from BME/BIOE 230W, BMB 251, or BME/BIOE 201

Supporting Courses (12 credits)

Select 9-12 credits of BME/BIOE coursework from 3-credit courses at the 400 or 500 level.

Select 0-3 credits of electives (MATSE 403 / BME 443, MATSE 404 / BIOE 444, IE 327, BE 308, BE468, CHE 340, CHE 438, NUCE 420, EE 455/CMPEN 455, EE 453, PHYS 472, ME 491 (offered at Behrend only), other courses will be considered by request).


Questions and Requests for Additional Information

Margaret J. Slattery, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering
The Pennsylvania State University
206 Hallowell Bldg.
University Park, PA 16802-6804

Phone: (814) 863-6614