Biomedical Engineering


Undergraduate Minor in Biomedical Engineering

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.

A total of 20 units is required, of which 12 can be used to satisfy major requirements in Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering, or minor degree requirements of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology,  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.

Successful completion requires a 2.0 overall grade point average in the BME minor, good academic standing, and completion of all minor courses by the time students earn their baccalaureate.


A minimum of 20 units of which 12 units must come from the upper division level.

Required Courses:

BIOL 2010         Human Anatomy and Physiology I                 (4)

BIOL 2020         Human Anatomy and Physiology II                (4)

ME/EE 3801      Introduction to Biomedical Engineering         (3)

EE 3810             Sensors, Data Acquisition, and                      (3)

                          Instrumentation with Applications in BME

Elective courses:

ME 4500             Biomechanics               (3)

ME 4510             Biomaterials                  (3)

ME 4520             Impact Biomechanics   (3)

ME 4590             Rehabilitation Design & Internship   (3)

EE 4810              Biomedical Devices      (3)

EE 4820              Biomedical Signal Processing    (3)

ME or EE 4990   Directed Study    (3)

BINF 4000          Bioinformatics and Computational Biology    (3)

BINF 4500          Process Estimation and Detection in     (3)

                           Cellular Biology

KIN 3350           Anatomical Kinesiology    (3)


Core BME Faculty                                                                        Department                                          

      Deborah Won, Ph.D.                                          Electrical and Computer Engineering

      David E. Raymond, Ph.D.                                  Mechanical Engineering

      Samuel Landsberger, Sc.D.                               Mechanical Engineering & Kinesiology


Affiliated Faculty                                                                         Core Department                                     

      Nancy Warter-Perez, Ph.D.                               Electrical and Computer Engineering

      Christine Dy, Ph.D.                                            Kinesiology

       Ray de Leon, Ph.D.                                          Kinesiology

       Andrew Cornwell, Ph.D.                                   Kinesiology

       Katrina Yamazaki, Ph.D.                                  Biological Sciences


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