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Biomedical Engineering Minor
(for non-engineering students)
Jeffrey O. Hollinger, Director
Campus Office for Student Affairs: Doherty Hall 2100
BME offers a minor program for those students who desire coordinated training in BME but may not have the time to pursue the BME additional major. The Biomedical Engineering Minor is designed to train students to apply engineering techniques to problems in medicine and biology. Emphasis is placed on describing biological organisms as engineering systems and on applying engineering technology to clinical and laboratory situations.
Upon completing the Biomedical Engineering Minor, the student may elect to continue graduate studies in Biomedical engineering or basic biomedical sciences at either the master's or Ph.D. level. In addition, some of the courses in BME minor will assist students in preparing for medical school. Students who pursue jobs in biomedical engineering are involved in developing and improving medical devices, automating medical procedures using information technology, characterizing the operation of physiological systems, designing artificial organs, and altering microbes and mammalian cells for the production of useful drugs and chemicals.
The Biomedical Engineering Minor accepts undergraduate students from both within and outside CIT. Students in the minor program can choose from a wide range of electives to build skills in a number of areas of biomedical engineering. Students who wish to complete the Biomedical Engineering Designated Minor should complete the CIT Minor Request Form and return it to the Associate Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering.
Requirements for non-CIT students: six courses, minimum of 60 units
|42-101||Introduction to Biomedical Engineering||12|
|xx-xxx||A second Introductory Engineering Course *|
(pre-req. 03-121 or permission of instructor)
|xx-xxx||Elective I #|
|xx-xxx||Elective II +|
Electives may be selected from the following:
1. Any Track Gateway, Track Elective or Track Capstone course selected from any of the four Biomedical Engineering tracks. A list of track electives is provided under the BME Additional Major listing in the catalog and is periodically updated on this website.
2. Any course with a 42-5xx or 42-6xx number.
3. 42-203 Biomedical Engineering Laboratory (or the cross-listed version 03-206 for students in the Health Professions Program)**.
4. One semester of 42-200 Sophomore BME Research Project, 42-300 Junior BME Research Project, 42-400 Senior BME Research Project or 39-500 Honors Research Project, as long as the research project is supervised by a regular or courtesy Biomedical Engineering faculty member and the project is conducted for 9 or more units of credit.
5. Some Special Topics, newly offered or intermittently offered courses may be acceptable as track electives. Students should consult with their advisors and petition the BME Undergraduate Affairs Committee for permission to include such courses as track electives.
* Select either 06-100 Introduction to Chemical Engineering 12-100 Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering, 18-100 Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering, 19-101 Introduction to Engineering and Public Policy, 27-100 Engineering the Materials of the Future, or 24-101 Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering. Note that co-requisites are required for these courses.
# This course cannot be a required course in the student’s major.
+ This course must be a Biomedical Engineering Track Gateway, Track Elective or Track Capstone course that is offered by one of the CIT Departments (06-xxx, 12-xxx, 18-xxx, 19-xxx, 24-xxx, 27-xxx or 42-xxx). The only exception is that 03-232, the biotechnology version of Biochemistry I taught each Spring by the Department of Biological Sciences, is also acceptable, provided students meet the prerequisite and corequisites for that course.
** Priority for enrollment in 42-203 or 03-206 will be given to students who have declared the Additional Major in Biomedical Engineering. If sufficient room in the course remains after all majors have been accommodated in a given semester, students who have declared the Biomedical Engineering Designated Minor will be given the next priority for enrollment. If space still allows, other students will be enrolled.
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Engineering Studies Minor
(for non-engineering students)
Kurt Larsen, Director Office: Scaife Hall 110
Carnegie Mellon undergraduate students enrolled in colleges other than engineering can complete a Minor in Engineering Studies in addition to their regular majors. Students pursuing this minor are required to complete courses from at least two different engineering departments in order to assure some breadth of exposure to engineering. In addition, the minor provides students the opportunity to pursue an in-depth concentration in a particular field of engineering.
For the Minor in Engineering Studies, students must complete five engineering courses as follows and must earn a cumulative QPA of 2.00 in these five courses.
Double counting of core courses in student’s primary major is not permitted.
For students declaring this minor after Fall 2011: only up to two EPP courses (including 19-101) can be used toward the minor requirements. Students interested in EPP coursework should consider the Technology and Policy minor instead. Please note that students need special permission to use an Engineering and Public Policy course (EPP-19-xxx) toward minor requirements.
- Two of the following:
12-100 Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering 12 18-100 Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering 12 19-101 Introduction to Engineering and Public Policy 12 24-101 Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering 12 27-100 Engineering the Materials of the Future 12 42-101 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering 12 06-100 Introduction to Chemical Engineering 12
- Three courses of at least 9 units each from one or more CIT departments
- NOTE: The following courses may NOT be included as part of the Minor in Engineering Studies.
18-200 Emerging Trends in Electrical and Computer Engineering 1 18-202 Mathematical Foundations of Electrical Engineering 12 39-200 Business for Engineers 9 24-201 Engineering Graphics 9 42-202 Physiology 9 06-262 Mathematical Methods of Chemical Engineering 12 24-311 Numerical Methods 12 19-609 Public Policy and Regulation 9 19-611 Special Topics:Global Competitiveness: Firms, Nations and Technological Change 12 19-613 Industries and Technological Innovation: Positions, Paths and Progress 9 19-680 E&TIM Seminar on Innovation Management in Practice 3 19-681 Managerial and Engineering Economics 12 19-682 The Strategy and Management of Technological Innovation 12 19-687 Principles and Practices of R&D Management 6 19-688 Innovation for Energy and the Environment 12 19-693 Managing and Leading Research and Development 12 19-699 Special Topics: Institutions Entrepreneurship and Inovation Var.
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Technology and Policy Minor
(for non-engineering students)
Deanna H. Matthews, Director Office: Baker Hall 129
The Technology and Policy Minor is administered by the Department of Engineering and Public Policy (EPP) for students who are majoring in areas other than engineering or computer science. The T&P Minor is designed to give students a basic understanding of the interactions between technology, society and policy and some project experience in problems involving technology and policy.
The T&P Minor requires satisfactory completion of a set of six courses totaling a minimum of 51 units. These courses are:
|19-102||EPP Sophomore Seminar||3|
|or 19-452||EPP Projects|
|73-100||Principles of Economics||9|
|88-223||Decision Analysis and Decision Support Systems||9|
|or 88-302||Behavioral Decision Making|
|xx-xxx||EPP Technical Electives - 2 courses||18|
EPP Technical Electives include courses in CIT, MCS, or SCS that address problems at the society-technology interface and the means of analyzing these issues. A list of qualifying technical electives is assembled each semester and is available from the Associate Department Head for Undergraduate Affairs in EPP.
Students interested in the T&P minor should contact the Department of Engineering and Public Policy early in their course of study.
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Howie Choset, Director
Office: NSH 3205
As its name suggests, the robotics minor focuses on robotics. It is open to students in all colleges of the University. This minor will have a prerequisite: basic programming skills, and familiarity with basic algorithms. Typically, students get these by taking Principles of Computing (15-110). Students should be able to demonstrate programming experience from other courses or independent study work.
A central course for the minor is a new one entitled, Introduction to Robotics (16-311). This course will give students the big picture of what is going on in robotics through topics such as kinematics, mechanisms, motion planning, sensor based planning, mobile robotics, sensors, and vision. The minor also has two other required courses: (1) a controls class and (2) a manipulation, dynamics, or mechanism class. These courses provide students with the necessary intuition and technical background to move on to more advanced robotics courses.
Students may satisfy the elective requirement by taking an upper level Robotics Institute course and an independent research project under Mechanical Engineering Project (24-391) or Honors Research Project (39-500). In any event, the student must have course selection approved by the director of the minor. In order to be awarded the Minor in Robotics, a student must earn a cumulative QPA of 2.0 in these courses.
The robotics minor will have a prerequisite: knowledge of C language, basic programming skills, and familiarity with basic algorithms. Students can gain this knowledge by taking 15-122 Principles of Imperative Computation ( units).
|16-311||Introduction to Robotics||12|
|Controls (choose one of the following):|
|24-451||Feedback Control Systems||12|
|18-370||Fundamentals of Control||12|
|16-299||Introduction to Feedback Control Systems|
|Manipulation (choose one of the following):|
|16-384||Robot Kinematics and Dynamics||12|
|24-355||Kinematics and Dynamics of Mechanisms||9|
|Two Electives (chosen from the following):||Units|
|11-344||Machine Learning in Practice||12|
|15-381||Artificial Intelligence: Representation and Problem Solving||9|
|15-491||Special Topic: CMRoboBits: Creating Intelligent Robots||12|
|15-494||Special Topic: Cognitive Robotics||12|
|16-362||Mobile Robot Programming Laboratory||12|
|18-342||Fundamentals of Embedded Systems||12|
|18-348||Embedded Systems Engineering||12|
|18-349||Embedded Real-Time Systems||12|
|18-549||Embedded Systems Design||12|
|24-491||Department Research Honors||-1|
|39-500||Honors Research Project||-1|
|85-382||Consciousness and Cognition||9|
|85-395||Applications of Cognitive Science||9|
|85-419||Introduction to Parallel Distributed Processing||9|
Courses in the Robotics Minor may not be counted towards another SCS minor.