Bioengineering Minor


Introduction requirement

Select one of five foundational courses that are suitable for students with interests in differing areas of bioengineering. Some of these courses are at the senior elective level, and may build on previous courses. Others at the sophomore level, and provide an introduction to a field. The Foundations course can be taken at any point in the undergraduate curriculum.

Concentration area requirements

Complete the minor requirements with any course in the college that has the BIOE attribute. Students are advised to pursue course sequences that are thematic, either from a single department or in a topic area that spans departments. However, there are no restrictions on specific course groupings.

Biological Sciences Requirements

Complete the standard two semester introductory sequence in biology. These two courses are prerequisites for every biological science class offered at Notre Dame. They provide a solid grounding for students in biological sciences, covering the essential concepts of evolution, basic physiology, gene transcription and translation, proteins and signaling molecules, and progressing to ecosystems. The courses cover multi-organism systems, which is relevant for students interested in environmental engineering and epidemiology.

Non-engineering Majors

Students in the college of science are expected to complete a minimum of two semesters of physics and three semesters of mathematics, including at least Calculus I and II. They must also meet the prerequisites for any engineering courses they plan to take as part of the minor, which generally includes a course in differential equations. Credit for these courses does not apply to the requirements for the bioengineering minor. The course CHEM 20262 has been sufficient, but will limit some of the engineering courses you are prepared to take. Linear algebra and differential equations is preferred.

AP credits and double counted credits

Credit for BIOS 10171 and BIOS 10172 could be satisfied for students who receive a 5 on the AP biology exam, consistent with Notre Dame policy.

Double counted credits

College of engineering students: Courses may be multi-counted to fulfill college/departmental requirements and minor requirements

College of science students: at least 50% (9 credits) of the credits applied to the minor must be unique to the minor.

Course requirements

Biological Sciences:

  • BIOS 10171 - Biology I: Big Questions (3 credits)
  • BIOS 10172 - Biology II: Molecules to Ecosystems (3 credits)

Engineering Courses:

  1. One foundational course
    • CBE 30386: Introduction to Bioengineering
    • AME 40571: Structural aspects of Biomaterials
    • AME 40572: Introduction to Biomechanics
    • AME 407xx: Physiology for engineers (future course)
    • EE 40331: Biomedical Device Design
    • EE 40432: Systems Biology
    • CBE 30357: Biotransport
  1. Any three additional courses with the BIOE course attribute, including any of the courses listed above.