Department of Biomedical Engineering
University of Minnesota
Table of Contents
Philosophy, procedure, policy
Tips for using course lists
Biomedical Transport Processes
Cell and Tissue Engineering
Medical Device Design
Biomedical engineering (BME) encompasses a broad range of approaches to improving health through technology. To function as a biomedical engineer, it is important to go beyond a broad training in the core principles of BME to also gain a depth of expertise in one specialized area of BME. To facilitate this, the department requires that 27 credits of advanced engineering and science coursework be completed beyond that in the core curriculum. These advanced courses should have a coherent theme and should meet the requirements specified in the "policy" section below.
Because BME is a rapidly evolving field, it is important that the areas of emphasis not be rigidly codified, but rather that students be allowed to customize their advanced studies to suit their own particular interests. Nevertheless, the department recognizes that established areas of BME are of interest to many students and that students generally seek advice as to which courses would both meet the students’ needs and satisfy the department’s requirements. To assist students with the process of course selection, the department has developed the following lists of possible courses for some of the more established areas of BME. However, it is important to emphasize that students are not required to select one of the predefined areas, nor are they required to use only those courses listed.
Students should review the course descriptions and select an appropriate set of courses consistent with the requirements. Then students should enter the