This minor is for engineering majors ONLY.
A biomedical engineering minor coupled with a degree from the College of Engineering can lead to a wide variety of careers, including medical research in industry and government, academics, and professional medical practice. The biomedical engineering minor, with carefully chosen electives, can prepare students for many biomedical engineering applications including biomaterials, biomechanics, biosensors, ergonomics, medical imaging, rehabilitation, robotics, systems biology, and tissue engineering.
The College of Engineering enables its students to participate in this approved minor subject to the following conditions:
- A minor will not reduce or alter the existing course or degree requirements for students electing to pursue a minor.
- A student’s minor program must be organized and approved by an advisor prior to the submission of the senior check to the department chair or head.
- The minor must be approved by the advisor, the department chair or head, the Dean, and the cognizant program offering the minor.
- The College of Engineering will follow the “Plan A/B” format of the College of Arts and Sciences in which a student pursuing a single minor must complete the “Plan A” requirements. A student pursuing a double (or greater) minor must fulfill either the “Plan A” or “Plan B” requirements for both minors depending on which plan is offered by the cognizant department.
- Minors on the Lincoln or Omaha campuses may be added by approval of the College of Engineering Curriculum Committee and faculty.
College Entrance Requirements
Students must have high school credit for (one unit is equal to one high school year):
- Mathematics – 4 units: 2 of algebra, 1 of geometry, and 1 of precalculus and trigonometry
- English – 4 units
- Natural sciences – 3 units that must include 1 unit of physics and 1 unit of chemistry (chemistry requirement waived for students in construction management or computer science)
- Foreign language – 2 units of a single foreign language
- Social studies – 3 units
- Students having a composite ACT score of 28 or greater (or equivalent SAT score) will be admitted to the College of Engineering even if they lack any one of the following: trigonometry, chemistry, or physics. Students without test scores who are missing a full unit of trigonometry/pre-calculus/calculus or chemistry or physics will be evaluated through College Review.
- Students having an ACT score of 19 or less in English (or equivalent SAT score) or a grade lower than B in high school English, must take ENGL 150 Writing and Inquiry or ENGL 151 Writing and Argument.
A total of 16 units is required for admission.
Engineering requires that student performance meet one of the following standards: composite ACT of 24, SAT of 1180, ACT Math subscore of 24, SAT Math subscore of 580, or a 3.5 cumulative GPA.
Any domestic first-year student who does not gain admission to Engineering but does gain admission to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) will be reviewed through College Review. College Review is conducted through the College Review Committee which considers factors beyond standardized testing. Any first-year student who is not admitted through college review is placed in Pre-Engineering (PENG) with the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center (Explore Center). Students in the Explore Center can transfer to the College of Engineering once college admission requirements are met.
Students for whom English is not their language of nurture must meet the minimum English proficiency requirements of the University.
Students who lack entrance units may complete precollege training by Independent Study through the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Office of On-line and Distance Education, in summer courses, or as a part of their first or second semester course loads while in the Explore Center or other colleges at UNL.
Students should consult their advisor, their department chair, or Engineering Student Services (ESS) if they have questions on current policies.
Other Admission Requirements
Students who transfer to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln from other accredited colleges or universities and wish to be admitted to the College of Engineering (COE) must meet COE first-year student entrance requirements, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, and be calculus-ready. Students not meeting either of these requirements must enroll in the Explore Center or another University college until they meet COE admission requirements. Students transferring from UNO, UNL, or UNK to the College of Engineering must be in good academic standing with their institution.
The COE accepts courses for transfer for which a C or better grade was received. Although the University of Nebraska–Lincoln accepts D grades from the University of Nebraska Kearney and the University of Nebraska Omaha, not all majors in the COE accept such low grades. Students must conform to the requirements of their intended major and, in any case, are strongly encouraged to repeat courses with a grade of C- or less.
Students who were previously admitted to COE and are returning to the College of Engineering must demonstrate a cumulative GPA of 2.5 to be readmitted to COE.
College Degree Requirements
In the event of a dispute involving any college policies or grades, the student should appeal to their instructor, and appropriate department chair or school director (in that order). If a satisfactory solution is not achieved, the student may appeal their case through the College Academic Appeals Subcommittee.
Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the catalog for the academic year in which they are first admitted at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a subsequent catalog for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at Nebraska in the College of Engineering. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single catalog year. The catalog which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.
Students who have transferred from a community college may be eligible to fulfill the requirements as stated in the catalog for an academic year in which they were enrolled at the community college prior to attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This decision should be made in consultation with the student’s College of Engineering academic advising team (e.g., ESS professional advisor and the chief faculty advisor for the student’s declared degree program). The chief faculty advisor has the final authority for this decision. Eligibility is based on a) enrollment in a community college during the catalog year the student wishes to utilize, b) maintaining continuous enrollment of at least 12 credit hours per semester at the previous institution for at least 2 semesters, and c) continuous enrollment at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln within 1 calendar year from the student’s last term at the previous institution. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single catalog year and within the timeframe allowable for that catalog year.
Requirements for Minor Offered by Department
|Required Core Courses|
& LIFE 120L
|Fundamentals of Biology I|
and Fundamentals of Biology I laboratory
& BIOS 213L
and Human Physiology Laboratory
|BSEN 317||Introduction to Biomedical Engineering||3|
|Select 9 hours of electives (courses must be from at least two tracks)||9|
|Total Credit Hours||20|
|Track A: Biomaterials and Cellular Interactions|
|BSEN 416||Introduction to Biomaterials||3|
|BSEN 418||Tissue Engineering||3|
|CHME 476||Micro/Nano systems for Engineering and Life Sciences||3|
|MECH 437||Biomedical Device Design||3|
|MECH 433||Microscale Transport Phenomena in Biosystems||3|
|MECH 438||Mechanics of Biomaterials||3|
|MECH 435||Introduction to Cell Mechanics||3|
|Track B: Biomechanics|
|BSEN 410||Biomechanics of Human Movement||3|
|BSEN 412||Rehabilitation Engineering||3|
|MECH 436||Introduction to Continuum Biomechanics||3|
|Track C: Medical Imaging and Signal Processing (Imaging and Information)|
|BSEN 311||Biomedical Signal and System Analysis||3|
|BSEN 414||Medical Imaging Systems||3|
|ECEN 304||Signals and Systems I||3|
|ECEN 453||Computational and Systems Biology||3|
|ECEN 463||Digital Signal Processing||3|
No course taken Pass/No Pass will be counted toward the minor.