Biomedical Engineering Minor

As an undergraduate engineering student at Iowa State, you can earn a minor to prepare you for a career in the biomedical engineering field.

The biomedical engineering minor is a unique opportunity that gives you a multidisciplinary life sciences and engineering background along with a foundation that consists of core biology and engineering principles.

Minor requirements build on two core biology courses with an introductory course on the application of engineering principles to biomedical problems.

Because biomedical engineering draws on multiple engineering disciplines, the minor also requires students take a broadening course in an engineering field other than that of their major.

You’ll finish the program with elective choices addressing biomedical applications within your particular department, which could include undergraduate research.

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Coursework for this program is available online and on-campus. Below are online courses available to apply toward this program. For more details on completing this program, visit the course program page and talk with your advisor.

Minor Courses Online

Core Courses

BIOL 212 – Principles of Biology II
B M E/CH E 220 – Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
BIOL 256 – Fundamentals of Human Physiology

3 credits from a list of approved Introductory Engineering Electives:

E M 274 – Statics of Engineering
E M 324 – Mechanics of Materials
M E 231 – Engineering Thermodynamics

3 credits from a list of approved Advanced Engineering Electives:

I E 571 – Occupational Biomechanics
M E 550 – Advanced Biosensors: Fundamentals and Applications
B M E 490 – Independent study that needs to be approved by the department

1-3 Credits from a list of approved Professional Electives:

BIOL 313 – Principles of Genetics

*This list is limited to online courses offered by Engineering Online. Additional courses that apply to this minor may be offered online and/or on-campus by other colleges.

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering Minor

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