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Offered by: Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering Contact: BEE Major Coordinator, 207 Riley-Robb Hall


All undergraduates except Biological Engineering Majors. Students may participate in either the Biological Engineering minor or the Biomedical Engineeering minor, but not both.

Note: Students should meet with the BEE Major Coordinator when they decide to pursue the minor. At that time they will receive a BEE faculty advisor, who will guide them in completing the minor program.

Educational Objectives

Biological engineering is the application of engineering to living systems. Examples of engineering efforts in this field include the development of new biosensor technologies, study and control of biologically based matter-transformation systems, and development of engineered devices to study and regulate fundamental biological processes. This minor is an opportunity for students to further their understanding of living systems and to increase their knowledge of the basic transport processes that occur within these systems.

Courses in the minor provide opportunities to analyze, design, and manipulate living systems at the molecular, cellular, and system levels.


At least six (6) courses (minimum of 18 credits), with at least three courses and 9 credits taught in BEE, chosen as follows:

Biology Foundation (at least one but no more than two courses)

  • BIOMG 3300 or 3310–3320: Principles of Biochemistry
  • BIOMI 2900: General Microbiology Lectures
  • BIONB 2220: Neurobiology and Behavior II: Introduction to Neurobiology

Biological Engineering Core (at least one but no more than two courses)

  • BEE 2600: Principles of Biological Engineering
  • BEE 3310: Bio-Fluid Mechanics
  • BEE 3500: Biological and Bioenvironmental Transport Processes
  • BEE 3600: Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering

Biological Engineering Concentration Electives (Minimum of three courses)

Choose any three courses from the concentration lists below. Courses appearing in more than one concentration do not double count. BEE 3600 may be taken as either a concentration elective or a core course.

Biomedical Engineering Concentration

  • AEP 4700: Biophysical Methods
  • BEE 3600: Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering
  • BEE 3650: Properties of Biological Materials
  • BEE 4500: Bioinstrumentation
  • BEE 4530: Computer-Aided Engineering: Applications to Biomedical Processes
  • BEE 4590: Biosensors and Bioanalytical Techniques
  • BME 3300: Introduction to Computational Neuroscience
  • BME 5020: Biomedical System Design
  • BME 5390: Biomedical Materials and Devices for Human Body Repair
  • BME 5650: Biomechanical Systems—Analysis and Design
  • CHEME 4810: Biomedical Engineering
  • ECE 5780: Computer Analysis of Biomed Images
  • MAE 4630: Neuromuscular Biomechanics
  • MAE 4640: Orthopaedic Tissue Mechanics
  • MSE 4610: Biomedical Materials and Their Applications

Bioprocess Engineering Concentration

  • BEE 3600: Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering
  • BEE 4500: Bioinstrumentation
  • BEE 4530: Computer-Aided Engineering: Applications to Biomedical Processes
  • BEE 4590: Biosensors and Bioanalytical Techniques
  • BEE 4640: Bioseparation Processes
  • BEE 4840: Metabolic Engineering
  • CHEM 3000: Quantitative Chemistry (does not count for Engineering credit)
  • CHEME 3320: Analysis of Separation Processes
  • CHEME 5430: Biomolecular Engineering of Bioprocesses

Bioenvironmental Engineering Concentration

  • BEE 3710: Physical Hydrology for Ecosystems
  • BEE 4010: Renewable Energy Systems
  • BEE 4360: Engineering Design of Aquacultural Systems
  • BEE 4710: Introduction to Groundwater
  • BEE 4730: Watershed Engineering
  • BEE 4870: Sustainable Bioenergy Systems
  • CEE 4510: Microbiology for Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 4520: Water Supply Engineering

Academic Standards

At least C– in each course in the minor and a GPA ≥2.0 in all courses in the minor.