Minor in Bioengineering


Bioengineering is a broad, interdisciplinary field that brings together engineering, biology, and medicine to create new techniques, devices, and understanding of living systems to improve the quality of human life. Its practice ranges from the fundamental study of the behavior of biological materials at the molecular level to the design of medical devices to help the disabled.

Any of the existing engineering programs can provide a good foundation for work in bioengineering. However, the engineering undergraduate needs additional education in the biologically oriented sciences to obtain a strong background for bioengineering. With such a background, the student should be able to progress rapidly on the graduate level in any branch of bioengineering. In industry, the graduate will be competent to handle engineering tasks related to biology.

For students pursuing the Bioengineering Minor from non-engineering backgrounds, please note that upper level electives may have engineering courses as prerequisites and these, and any subsequent prerequisite courses, are required for anyone taking the course.

Students may fulfill the requirements for a minor in bioengineering by completing the following course sequence. Engineering students who are proficient in biology may waive MCB 150 as a prerequisite for courses in this minor.

BIOE 120Introduction to Bioengineering1
BIOE 414Biomedical Instrumentation3
or CHBE 472 Techniques in Biomolecular Eng
CHEM 232Elementary Organic Chemistry I3
MCB 244Human Anatomy & Physiology I3
MCB 246Human Anatomy & Physiology II3
or MCB 250 Molecular Genetics
MCB 252Cells, Tissues & Development3
MCB 253Exp Techniqs in Cellular Biol2
Bioengineering Related Technical Elective 13
Total Hours21

For more information regarding the Bioengineering minor, visit the Bioengineering minor Web site, contact the Bioengineering Department Office (1270 Digital Computer Laboratory, 217-333-1867, bioengineering@illinois.edu), or visit the Office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, 206 Engineering Hall.