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Get a Minor - BioE Minor Requirements
Pathway to selected minors for BioE Students

EARN A MINOR OR CERTIFICATE

A minor and/or certificate on your transcript and resume distinguishes you as someone who has gone beyond the minimum requirements to get your degree. The minor (certificate) identifies additional skills, knowledge, and abilities that you have acquired. Obtaining a minor or certificate generally requires completing a focused series of five to seven courses. With proper planning, one or more courses can be used to satisfy both major and minor or certificate requirements. Early planning can maximize your educational experience.

Requirements for minors and certificates vary by department and program.

DISCLAIMER: While we attempt to keep these pages current, departments can change minor requirements without our knowledge. Resolution of any conflict or discrepancy that exists between what is described on this web page and the webpage for the department offering the minor defaults to the department offering the minor.

NOTE: Many courses require prerequisites, e.g., MEMS 1028 has a prerequisite of ENGR 0145. The prerequisite requirement means that you need the listed course or its equivalent to do well in the course. BIOENG 1630 is the Bioengineering equivalent of ENGR 0145 and, thus, Bioengineering students do not need to take ENGR 0145 (and cannot use ENGR 0145 as advanced engineering/science course). ALWAYS check with the department offering the minor to see whether you actually need the stated prerequisite or whether you can use equivalent course(s) you have taken or will take.

Undergraduates in other departments can obtain a Minor in Bioengineering by satisfactorily completing (grade of C or better) one BioE seminar and five courses for a total of 16 credits. Students interested in a Bioengineering Minor are required to submit a completed BIOE MINOR CHECKLIST to the BIOENGINEERING UNDERGRADUATE ADMINISTRATOR for course approvals PRIOR TO enrolling in BIOENG courses in order to ensure that the requirements for the minor are fulfilled. Approval to use substitute courses to meet minor requirements must be obtained in advance from the Bioengineering Undergraduate Coordinator.

Requirements for the Bioengineering Minor are :

  1. Bioengineering Seminar - 0 Credits
    • BIOENG 1086 : Bioengineering Seminar for Minors
    •     (register for and attend a minimum of 6 seminars)
  2. Basic Life Science Course - 3 Credits
    Acceptable course options include (others may be used with permission)
    • BIOENG 1070 : Cell Biology 1
    • BIOENG 1071 : Cell Biology 2
    • BIOSCI 0150 : Foundations of Biology 1
    • BIOSCI 0160 : Foundations of Biology 2
    • BIOSCI 1000 : Principles of Biochemistry
      • or BIOSCI 1810 : Macromolecular Structure and Function
      • or CHEM 1810 : Chemical Biology
      • or CHE 1530 : Biochemistry for Engineers
    • BIOSC 1250 : Introduction to Human Physiology
    • HRS 1020 : Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
    • HRS 1022 : Human Anatomy
    • HRS 1023 : Human Physiology
    • HRS 1024 : Introduction to Neurosciences
  3. Course in Statistics - 4 Credits
    • ENGR 0020 : Probability and Statistics for Engineers 1 (SSoE students)
    • or STAT 1000 : Applied Statistical Methods (Non-SSoE students only)
  4. Three BIOENG Elective Courses - 9 Credits
    See BIOENGINEERING COURSES for the list of undergraduate BIOENG courses.
    NOTE : students must meet prerequisites (or equivalent) to enroll in BIOENG courses.

NOTE : BIOENG 1070 (Cell Biology 1) and BIOENG 1071 (Cell Biology 2) are considered Basic Life Science Courses. Neither can be used to satisfy a BIOENG elective course requirement.
NOTE : BIOENG 1241 (Societal, Political and Ethical Issues in Biotechnology) is a humanities/social science course that is restricted to Department of Bioengineering students only. The course cannot be used to satisfy a BIOENG elective course requirement.
NOTE : BIOENG 1095 (Special Projects) cannot be used to satisfy a BIOENG elective course requirement

Bioengineering majors can earn a MINOR IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING by taking

  • CHE 0100 & CHE 0101 (7 credits) : Foundations of Chemical Engineering (& Lab)
          (OFFERED FALL SEMESTER ONLY)
  • CHE 0400 & 0401 (6 credits) : Reactive Processes (& Lab)
          (OFFERED SPRING SEMESTER ONLY).

Neither course satisfies an elective in any Bioengineering track. Both can, however, be used to satisfy the Bioengineering 2-course, 6-credit advanced engineering/science elective requirement.

Bioengineering majors can earn a MINOR IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING by completing three required courses and three elective courses.

  • Required courses
    • ECE/CoE 0031 : Electrical Circuits and Systems 1 (satisfied by BIOENG 1310)
    • ECE/CoE 0257 : Analysis and Design of Electronic Circuits
    • ECE/CoE 0132 : Digital Logic
  • Three elective courses selected from any offered in electrical engineering

Thus, Bioengineering majors need five ECE courses to obtain the minor: two required plus three elective.
The two required courses, ECE 0257 and ECE 0132, ARE NOT track electives for any bioengineering track. They can, however, be used to satisfy the Bioengineering 2-course, 6-credit advanced engineering/science elective requirement.

  • Bioimaging & Signals track students can use three additional ECE courses as track electives ONLY IF justified in their CEP as signals-related courses (i.e., drawn from the recommended courses for the Biological Signal Processing focus in the track).
  • Biomechanics, CE, and MPE track students: no ECE courses are track electives. Therefore, the remaining three courses are extra and on your own.
  •       NOTE: BioE students may not use credit for ECE 1552 toward graduation (duplication of BIOENG 1320)
          NOTE: BioE students may not use credit for both ECE 1673 and BIOENG 1680 toward graduation (duplication of course content)

Bioengineering majors can earn a MINOR IN ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING by completing five courses.

  • CEE 1412 : Hydrology and Water Resources
  • CEE 1503 : Introduction to Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 1513 : Environmental Engineering Processes
  • CEE 1505 : Drinking Water Treatment and Distribution System Design
         or CEE 1515 - Wastewater Collection Pumping and Treatment
  • CEE 1514 : Environmental Impact Assessment

None of the courses can be used for any Bioengineering track elective. Two can be used to satisfy the Bioengineering 2-course, 6-credit advanced engineering/science elective requirement. The remaining three are extra and on your own.

Bioengineering majors can earn a MINOR IN INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING by completing two required courses and three elective courses.

  • Required courses
    • ENGR 0020 : Probability and Statistics for Engineers 1
    • IE 1054 : Productivity Analysis
  • Elective courses (any 3 of the following)
    • IE 1035 : Engineering Management
    • IE 1040 : Engineering Economic Analysis
    • IE 1051 : Engineering Product Design
    • IE 1052 : Manufacturing Processes and Analysis
    • IE 1061 : Human Factors Engineering
    • IE 1080 : Supply Chain Analysis
    • IE 1081 : Operations Research
    • IE 1083 : Digital Systems Simulation

Since Bioengineering majors are required to take ENGR 0020, the Industrial Engineering Minor requires 4 additional courses.

  • Bioimaging & Signals and CE students can use two of the four courses to satisfy the Bioengineering 2-course, 6-credit advanced engineering/science elective requirement. The other two courses are extra and on your own.
  • Biomechanics track students can use IE 1061 as a track elective. Two courses can be used to satisfy the Bioengineering 2-course, 6-credit advanced engineering/science elective requirement. The fourth course is extra and on your own.
  • MPE track
    • business focus students can use IE 1040, IE 1051, and IE 1080 as track electives; the fourth course can be used to satisfy one of the Bioengineering 2-course, 6-credit advanced engineering/science elective requirement.
    • technical focus students can use IE 1051 and IE 1061 as a track electives. The two remaining courses can be used to satisfy the Bioengineering 2-course, 6-credit advanced engineering/science elective requirement.

Bioengineering majors can earn a MINOR IN MATERIALS SCIENCE ENGINEERING by completing five courses.

  • ENGR 0022 : Materials Structure and Properties
  • MEMS 0040 : Materials and Manufacturing
  • MEMS 1053 : Structure of Crystals and Diffraction
  • MEMS 1059 : Phase Equilibria in Multi-Component Materials
  • MEMS 1063 : Phase Transformations and Microstructure Evolution

ENGR 0022 is a track elective for Biomechanics and MPE track (technical focus only) students. None of the courses can be used for any other Bioengineering track elective. Two of the courses can be used to satisfy the Bioengineering 2-course, 6-credit advanced engineering/science elective requirement. Any remaining courses are extra and on your own.

Bioengineering students can earn a MINOR IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING by completing at two required courses and three elective courses in one of four focused option areas.

  • Required courses
    • MEMS 0024: Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Design
      ** MPE track elective
    • MEMS 1028: Mechanical Design 1
      ** Biomechanics & MPE track (technical focus only) elective
      NOTE: BIOENG 1630 satisfies the ENGR 0145 prereq
  • Focus options / elective courses
    • Thermal-Fluids Option
      • MEMS 0051: Introduction to Thermo-Fluids Engineering
        ** satisfied by BIOENG 1210 : Biothermodynamics
      • MEMS 0071: Introduction to Fluid Dynamics
      • and either
        • MEMS 1051: Applied Thermodynamics
        • or MEMS 1071: Applied Fluid Dynamics
    • Dynamic Systems Option
      • MEMS 1014: Dynamic Systems
        ** satisfied by BIOENG 1255: Dynamic Systems
      • MEMS 1015: Rigid-Body Dynamics
        ** Biomechanics track elective
      • MEMS 1045: Automatic Controls (or ECE controls course)
    • Mechanical Design Option
      • MEMS 1029: Mechanical Design 2
        ** satisfied by BIOENG 1161: Senior Design 2
      • MEMS 1033: Fracture Mechanics for Manufacturing and Performance
      • MEMS 1047: Finite Element Analysis
        ** Biomechanics track elective
    • Mechanical Measurements Option
      • MEMS 1014: Dynamic Systems
        ** satisfied by BIOENG 1255: Dynamic Systems
      • MEMS 1041: Mechanical Measurements 1
      • MEMS 1042: Mechanical Measurements 2

Depending upon track, Bioengineering students have several different possibilities to earn a Mechanical Engineering minor.

  • Bioimaging & Signals track students: none of the courses in any option can be used as a track elective. Two courses can be used to satisfy the Bioengineering 2-course, 6-credit advanced engineering/science elective requirement. Two, and possibly three, courses are extra and on your own.
  • Biomechanics track students: MEMS 1028 is a track elective.
    • Thermal-Fluids Option
      BIOENG 1210 (MEMS 0051) is a required course for BioE majors. Two of MEMS 0024, MEMS 0071, or MEMS 1051 (or MEMS 1071) can be used to satisfy the Bioengineering 2-course, 6-credit advanced engineering/science elective requirement. The third course is on your own.
    • Dynamics Systems Option
      BIOENG 1255 (MEMS 1014) is a core selective option for BioE majors. MEMS 1015 is a track elective. MEMS 0024 and MEMS 1045 can be used to satisfy the Bioengineering 2-course, 6-credit advanced engineering/science elective requirement.
    • Mechanical Design Option
      BIOENG 1161 (MEMS 1029) is a required course for BioE majors. MEMS 1047 is a track elective. MEMS 0024 and MEMS 1033 can be used to satisfy the Bioengineering 2-course, 6-credit advanced engineering/science elective requirement.
    • Mechanical Measurements Option
      BIOENG 1255 (MEMS 1014) is a core selective option for BioE majors. Two of MEMS 0024, MEMS 1041, or MEMS 1042 can be used to satisfy the Bioengineering 2-course, 6-credit advanced engineering/science elective requirement. The third course is on your own.
  • CE track students: none of the courses in any option can be used as a track elective. Two courses can be used to satisfy the Bioengineering 2-course, 6-credit advanced engineering/science elective requirement. Two, and possibly three, courses are extra and on your own.
  • MPE track students:  
    • business focus: MEMS 0024 is a track elective. None of the courses in any option can be used as a track elective. Two courses can be used to satisfy the Bioengineering 2-course, 6 -credit advanced engineering/science elective requirement. One, and possibly two, courses are extra and on your own.
    • technical focus: MEMS 0024 and MEMS 1028 are track electives.
      • Thermal-Fluids Option
        BIOENG 1210 (MEMS 0051) is a required course for BioE majors. MEMS 0071 and MEMS 1051 (or MEMS 1071) can be used to satisfy the Bioengineering 2-course, 6-credit advanced engineering/science elective requirement.
      • Dynamics Systems Option
        BIOENG 1255 (MEMS 1014) is a core selective option for BioE majors. MEMS 1015 and MEMS 1045 can be used to satisfy the Bioengineering 2-course, 6-credit advanced engineering/science elective requirement.
      • Mechanical Design Option
        BIOENG 1161 (MEMS 1029) is a required course for BioE majors. MEMS 1033 and MEMS 1047 can be used to satisfy the Bioengineering 2-course, 6-credit advanced engineering/science elective requirement.
      • Mechanical Measurements Option
        BIOENG 1255 (MEMS 1014) is a core selective option for BioE majors. MEMS 1041 and MEMS 1042 can be used to satisfy the Bioengineering 2-course, 6-credit advanced engineering/science elective requirement.

The MINOR IN POLYMER ENGINEERING consists of six courses.

  • Core courses
    • CHE 1754 : Principles of Polymer Engineering
    • CHEM 1600 & 1605 : Synthesis and Characterization of Polymers (& Lab)
  • Required chemistry courses
    • CHEM 0310 : Organic Chemistry 1
    • CHEM 0320 : Organic Chemistry 2
  • Two research projects with polymer content (3 credits each)
    • CHE 1097 : Special Project
    • CHEM 1710 : Undergraduate Research

CHEM 0310 and CHEM 0320 are track electives for all tracks. With prior approval of the Undergraduate Coordinator in both BioE and ChE, BIOENG 1095 : Special Projects can be used to satisfy the CHE 1097 research project requirement as long as a significant polymer content is part of the research project. None of the core or research project courses can be used for any Bioengineering track elective. Two can be used to satisfy the Bioengineering 2-course, 6-credit advanced engineering/science elective requirement. The remaining two are extra and on your own.

Many routes exist to obtain a MINOR IN CHEMISTRY. The most common route for Bioengineering majors is :

  • Two courses in Freshman Chemistry
    • First course: CHEM 0110 or CHEM 0710 or CHEM 0760 or CHEM 0960
    • Second course: CHEM 0120 or CHEM 0720 or CHEM 0770 or CHEM 0970
  • CHEM 0310: Organic Chemistry 1
  • CHEM 0320: Organic Chemistry 2
  • CHEM 0345: Organic Laboratory (2 cr)
  • BIOSC 1000: Principles of Biochemistry (or BIOSC 1810)

Bioengineering majors are required to take Freshman Chemistry.

  • CE track students are required to take CHEM 0310, CHEM 0320 and BIOSC 1000 (or BIOSC 1810 or CHEM 1810) as part of the track requirements. CHEM 0345 (OChem Lab) is on your own.
  • Bioimaging & Signals, Biomechanics, and MPE track students can use CHEM 0310 and CHEM 0320 to satisfy two track electives. BIOSC 1000 can be used to satisfy one of the Bioengineering 2-course, 6- credit advanced engineering/science elective requirement. CHEM 0345 (OChem Lab) is on your own.

Bioengineering majors can earn a MINOR IN MATHEMATICS by completing at least 15 credits in mathematics courses, WITH A GRADE OF C OR BETTER, as follows:

  • At least 9 credits of courses numbered 0250 or higher
  • At least 6 credits of courses numbered 1000 or higher
  • Students cannot use both 0280 and 1180 NOR both 0290 and 1270

Since Bioengineering majors are required to take
      MATH 0280 or MATH 1180 or MATH 1185 (linear algebra)
and
      MATH 0290 or MATH 1270 (differential equations)
the second requirement (two courses numbered 1000 or higher) can be satisfied with required courses.

Regardless, a Mathematics Minor requires 3 additional courses.

  • Bioimaging & Signals, CE, and MPE track students can use two of the three math courses to satisfy the Bioengineering 2-course, 6-credit advanced engineering/science elective requirement. The third course is extra and on your own.
  • Biomechanics track students can use two advanced math courses (MATH 1080 and MATH 1360) to satisfy track requirements. The third course can be used to satisfy one of the Bioengineering 2- course, 6-credit advanced engineering/science elective requirement.

NOTE : The Department of Mathematics offers two courses (MATH 0413 and MATH 1230) with a "W" designation that can be used to satisfy the "W" requirement for graduation.

Requirements for a MINOR IN NEUROSCIENCE are a minimum of 14 credits distributed as follows :

  • NROSCI 1000 (3 credits): Introduction to Neuroscience
    or NROSCI 1003 (4 credits): UHC Introduction to Neuroscience
    ** NOTE: Grade of C or better required for both semesters of freshman chemistry AND BIOENG 1070/1071
    ** NOTE: Grade of C or better required to continue with minor program
  • Three core courses
    • NROSCI 1011 (3 credits): Functional Neuroanatomy (Spring Semester only)
      or NROSCI 1013 (4 credits): Functional Neuroanatomy (UHC) (Fall Semester only)
    • NROSCI 1012 (3 credits): Neurophysiology
      or NROSCI 1018 (4 credits): Neurophysiology (UHC) (Spring Semester only)
    • NROSCI 1017 (3 credits): Synaptic Transmission
    • or two of the three core courses plus another advanced elective

Bioengineering students can accomplish the 14 credit requirement in several ways:

  1. Take at least two UCH courses from NROSCI 1003, 1013, 1018
    ** four lecture courses required to achieve at least 14 credits with this option
  2. Take at least one UCH course from NROSCI 1003, 1013, 1018, two of the three core courses, and an advanced NROSCI elective plus NROSCI 1800. NROSCI 1800 is a 1-credit writing practicum that also satisfies the "W" requirement.
    ** four lecture courses plus writing practicum required to achieve 14 credits with this option
  3. Take NROSCI 1000, two of the three core courses, and two advanced NROSCI elective courses
    ** five lecture courses required - even if one of them is UHC
  • Bioimaging & Signals track students can use two of the courses to satisfy track requirements and the other two courses to satisfy the Bioengineering 2-course, 6-credit advanced engineering/science elective requirement.
  • Biomechanics, CE and MPE track students can use two courses to satisfy the Bioengineering 2-course, 6-credit advanced engineering/science elective requirement. The other two courses are on your own.

NOTE: NROSCI 1800 can be used to satisfy the "W"riting requirement, but cannot be used as a track or advanced engineering/science elective.
NOTE: early planning for a Neuroscience Minor is important because some required prerequisite courses are offered only once a year.

Requirements for a MINOR IN PHYSICS are :

  • PHYS 0174 (4 credits): Basic Physics for Science and Engineering 1 (Integrated)
          or PHYS 0475 : UHC Introductory Physics for Science and Engineering 1
  • PHYS 0175 (4 credits): Basic Physics for Science and Engineering 2 (Integrated)
          or PHYS 0476 : UHC Introductory Physics for Science and Engineering 2
  • PHYS 0219 (2 credits): Basic Laboratory Physics for Science and Engineering
  • PHYS 0477 (3 credits): Int Thermal And Modern Physics
  • one of
    • PHYS 0481 (3 credits): Principles of Modern Physics 2
    • PHYS 1374 (3 credits): Solid State Physics
    • PHYS 1375 (3 credits): Foundations of Nanoscience
    • PHYS 1376 (3 credits): Introduction to Biological Physics
    • PHYS 1378 (3 credits): Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics

Since Bioengineering majors are required to take PHYS 0174 and 0175 (or the UHC equivalents), a Physics Minor requires 3 additional courses. While none of the remaining three count as a requirement or elective in any track, Physics 0477, 0481, 1374, 1375, 1376, and 178 can be used to satisfy the Bioengineering 2-course, 6-credit advanced engineering/science elective requirement. PHYS 0219 (a laboratory course) is extra and on your own.

Requirements for the INTERNATIONAL ENGINEERING STUDIES (IES) CERTIFICATE include a study abroad experience and associated cultural enrichment and language studies. The certificate will indicate the country and language in which the IES program was completed. The certificate can be earned with completion of at least four of the five following requirements.

  • Language Training : A minimum of either one term-long course at the intermediate level in the local language on-site during the study abroad program, or two term-long, intermediate level courses at the University of Pittsburgh. A summer language school program at the study abroad site could be used to satisfy this requirement.
  • Local Culture : A minimum of one term-long course on-site during the study abroad experience. Acceptable areas are broadly defined to include subjects such as fine arts, history, literature etc., and should focus on the culture local to the study abroad program.
  • Culture Requirement at Pitt : An upper division (1000 level) course at the University of Pittsburgh which will serve as a complement to Requirement 2.
  • Academic Courses in Engineering : A minimum of two term-long courses on-site during the study abroad experience. The courses must satisfy graduation requirements for specific courses in the student's major department or program.
  • Work Experience/Internship : Equivalent of one term spent in engineering-related work in the study abroad country. A co-op rotation or an internship may be used to satisfy this requirement.

If the study abroad experience is in an English speaking country, the first requirement is waived and the student must complete three of the remaining four requirements. The courses taken as part of requirements 1, 2, and 3 may be used to satisfy part of the student's humanities and social science requirements as long as the courses are on the approved list of such courses for the School of Engineering and focus on the local culture of the country of interest. The student must formally apply to and be accepted into the IES program.

Application forms may be obtained from the ENGINEERING INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS OFFICE. The application must include a plan for completing the requirements for a certificate. The plan must specify all relevant coursework to be completed at the University of Pittsburgh as well as the activities and site of the study abroad experience. The study abroad program must be formally approved by the student's advisor and the IES Faculty Committee.

The ENGINEERING FOR HUMANITY CERTIFICATE is open to all undergraduate students and both guides and formalizes student participation in engineering projects in which social and/or environmental sustainability is a core thrust. Moreover, the certificate program addresses the significance of cultural, political, and business forces in rapid and effective penetration of new technologies. This certificate will allow students to earn credit for service learning projects. Students have the option of pursuing either a U.S. or international track.
      The certificate embodies significant flexibility, with only 2 of 5 courses being explicitly defined, so participating students may tailor course work to their region and topic of interest. It is expected that with appropriate planning at least two of the courses will align with departmental BS graduation requirements.

  • Required Courses
    • ENGR 1500 : Ethical Dilemmas Balancing Cost, Risk, and Scheduling
      (can be used as advanced engineering/science elective)
    • CEE 1210 : Engineering and Sustainable Development
      (can be used as advanced engineering/science elective)
  • Business Perspective (pick one)
    • ENGR 0715 : Engineering Applications for Society
      (can be used as advanced engineering/science elective)
    • ENGR 1050 : Product Realization
      (MPE concentration elective, can be used as advanced engineering/science elective)
    • ENGR 1060 : Social Entrepreneurship
      (can be used as advanced engineering/science elective)
    • ENGR 1610 : International Product Realization
      (can be used as advanced engineering/science elective)
    • CEE 1209 : Life Cycle Assessment Methods & Tools
      (can be used as advanced engineering/science elective)
    • CEE 1218 : Design for the Environment
      (can be used as advanced engineering/science elective)
    • BUSECN 1010 : Business Economics
    • BUSMKT 1040 : Introduction to Marketing
U.S. Track International Track
  • In Depth Service Learning Project (3 credits)
    Subject to Committee Pre-Approval
    Looking for ideas?
  • Societal Perspective - Select One
    • (Examples for the United States)
    • PS 0200 : American Political Process
    • PS 0300 : Comparative Politics
    • SOC 0312 : Science in Society
    • SOC 0432 : Wealth and Power
    • SOC 0434 : Political Sociology
    • SOC 0444 : Urban Sociology
    • SOC 1445 : Society and Environment
    • ANTH 1777 : American Culture
  • In Depth Service Learning Project (3 credits)
    Subject to Committee Pre-Approval
    Looking for ideas?
  • Societal Perspective - Select One
    • (Examples for the Latin America)
    • SPAN 0082 : Latin America Today
    • SOC 0362 : Latin American Societies
    • SOC 0432 : Wealth and Power
    • SOC 0444 : Urban Sociology
    • PS 1321 : Latin American Politics
    • PS 1503 : International Organization
    • PS 1542 : Global Environmental Politics
    • ENGR 2210 : Understanding Brazil

Bioengineering students need to plan early to obtain this certificate. Required courses can be used to to satisfy the 2-course, 6-credit advanced engineering/science elective requirement. MPE track students can also potentially satisfy a track elective. The Societal Perspective requirement can be used as one of the Humanities/Social Science electives. The In Depth Service Learning Project is on your own.

The objective of the NUCLEAR ENGINEERING CERTIFICATE is to develop the basic competencies needed by science and engineering graduates to contribute quickly and effectively to the renaissance of nuclear science and technology in the United States and abroad.

The nuclear engineering certificate currently targets competency gaps that exist in the following educational areas :

  • Basic theoretical concepts of nuclear physics, reactor physics, reactor kinetics, fuel depletion and energy removal.
  • Fundamental analytical skills that can aid in understanding nuclear energy problems and solutions.
  • Interfaces between engineering disciplines involved with the design of a reactor core and the reactor coolant system for light water reactors.
  • Knowledge of important social and technical issues related to nuclear science and technology.

Requirements for Bioengineering students are :

  • ENGR 1700 : Introduction to Nuclear Engineering
  • ENGR 1701 : Fundamentals of Nuclear Reactors
  • ENGR 1702 : Nuclear Plant Technology
  • two (as yet to be specified) supporting courses

None of the three core courses, ENGR 1700, 1701 or 1702, satisfy any track elective. Two of the three required courses can be used to satisfy the Bioengineering 2-course, 6-credit advanced engineering/science elective requirement. The other three courses are extra and on your own.

The CONCEPTUAL FOUNDATIONS OF MEDICINE CERTIFICATE is offered through the History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) department. The undergraduate certificate program is designed to offer a group of related courses in the areas of medical ethics, the nature of explanation and evidence in the biomedical sciences, and social problems such as assessments of alternative forms of health care delivery. The program is likely to be of particular interest to pre-med students and others interested in health-related professions, but is intended to appeal to all students interested in social and philosophical problems in the biomedical sciences.

Requirements for the Certificate are

  • The two introductory core courses (HPS 0612 and HPS 0613) in conceptual foundations of medicine.
  • A two-term college-level course in biology.
  • Two additional upper-level courses in two different departments dealing with social and conceptual issues in the biomedical sciences.
  • At least a C grade in each of the required courses and at least a C+ average overall in the certificate requirements.

HPS 0612 and HPS 0613 are approved engineering Humanities/Social Science electives and can be used to satisfy the depth requirement. BIOENG 1070 and BIOENG 1071 satisfy the two-term college-level course in biology requirement. BIOENG 1241 is accepted as one of the additional upper-level courses dealing with social and conceptual issues in the biomedical sciences. The other upper-level course requirement can be satisfied within the Humanities/Social Science requirements. Proper planning during the Freshman year will facilitate meeting the requirements. A list of acceptable courses can be found on the Certificate website.

The NANOSCIENCE AND ENGINEERING CERTIFICATE is offered through the Department of Physics.

Required courses for the Certificate include

  • ENGR 0240 Nanotechnology and Nanoengineering
  • PHYS 1375/CHEM 1630 Foundations of Nanoscience
  • ENGR/CHEM 1730 or PHYS 1903 Directed Research in Nanoscience or Nanotechnology

Additionally, two courses must be selected from

  • CHEM 1410 or 1420 Physical Chemistry 1 or 2 or CHEM 1480 Intermediate Physical Chemistry
  • CHEM 1450 Molecular Modeling and Graphics
  • CHEM 1600 Synthesis and Characterization of Polymers
  • CHEM 1620 Atoms, Molecules, and Materials
  • ECE 0257 Analysis & Design of Electronic Circuits
  • ECE 1247 Semiconductor Device Theory
  • ECE 2295 Nanosensors
  • ENGR 0241 Fabrication and Design in Nanotechnology
  • IE 1012/2012 Manufacture of Structural Nanomaterials
  • MEMS 1057 Micro/NanoManufacturing
  • MEMS 1447 Nanocharacterization
  • MEMS 1469 Materials Science of Nanostructures
  • MEMS 1477 Thin Film Processes and Characterization
  • MEMS 1478 Nanoparticles: Science and Technology
  • MEMS 1480 Introduction to Microelectromechanical Systems
  • PHYS 0520 Modern Physics Measurements
  • PHYS 1361 Wave Motion and Optics
  • PHYS 1370 Quantum Mechanics 1 or PHYS 1371 Quantum Mechanics 2
  • PHYS 1374 Introduction to Solid State Physics

Two of the five courses can be used to satisfy the Bioengineering 2-course, 6-credit advanced engineering/science elective requirement. The other three courses are extra and on your own.