Biomedical engineering is a burgeoning field and has been a major driving force in the U.S.’s job market over the recent decades. This interdisciplinary field brings together electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, biologists, medical physicians, business entrepreneurs, and many other professionals to create the modern medical technology and advances that our society has witnessed to dramatically improve healthcare. At the foundation of biomedical engineering is a deep understanding of engineering electrical and mechanical systems and an integration of knowledge in biology and medicine.
Thus, the Biomedical Engineering (BME) minor degree program is designed for students interested in pursuing biomedical engineering in their careers to obtain a strong foundation in one of the major engineering disciplines (EE or ME) and understand how to apply their engineering skills to contribute to the advancement of medical technology and treatments as well as the design of products to improve the human quality of life.
A minimum of 15 units is required, of which 12 can be used to satisfy major requirements in Electrical Engineering or 6 units in Mechanical Engineering (reflects 2018-2019 catalog changes to the Mechanical Engineering program). For example, the EE course offerings in this BME minor are part of an existing upper division specialization in Biomedical Engineering within the BSEE degree program, and thus would enable EE majors to obtain the biomedical minor degree while fulfilling their upper division specialization requirement. A complete list of required coursework may be found on the "Curriculum" page.