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Undergraduate Designated Minors in Carnegie Institute of Technology

Undergraduate students in the Carnegie Institute of Technology can elect to complete an interdisciplinary Designated Minor in addition to their regular majors for B.S. degrees. Designated minors have been added to the curriculum of the Carnegie Institute of Technology to promote flexibility and diversity among the college’s engineering students. Independent of a student’s major, he or she is able to pursue a selected designated minor from the following list:

  • Audio Engineering
  • Automation and Controls
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Colloids, Polymers and Surfaces Technology
  • Electronic Materials
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Global Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Behavior of Materials
  • Robotics (see "CIT Minors for Non-Engineering Students")

An engineering student may elect to complete a CIT designated minor. Generally, the student takes all the required courses in an engineering major but uses electives to take courses needed to fulfill the requirements of the designated minor.  Upon completion of the requirements of a CIT designated minor and the engineering degree, the minor is a formally recognized on the student’s transcript.

Each of the CIT designated minors is administered by a Program Committee consisting of faculty from all major engineering departments who serve as faculty advisors. Each Program Committee certifies the completion of requirements of the designated minor. But the student’s major department is responsible for approving the degree with a designated minor after reviewing a student’s entire academic record. Any substitution or departure from the published curriculum should be avoided. For example, non-technical courses may not be substituted for required technical courses or electives. Equivalent technical electives offered by a designated minor as substitutions for required courses in a major must be approved by the Head of the student’s major department.

Although a student generally can complete a designated minor without increasing the number of required units for graduation, early planning in electing a designated minor is important. A student also may find that some minors are more compatible than others with his/her major because of different relations between various major and minor requirements. The requirements for these CIT designated minors are listed below.


Audio Engineering Designated Minor

Tom Sullivan, Director

This sequence is for candidates who are engineering majors with interest in and/or have background in music, recording, sound-editing and/or other music technology areas; or majors from any discipline in the university who have the above interests and who can meet the prerequisite requirements for the engineering courses in the minor.

Note: Students who do not have the requisite engineering/science/math background should investigate the Minor in Music Technology offered by the School of Music.

Faculty Advisor

Tom Sullivan

 

Course Requirements

The student must have taken the appropriate prerequisite courses for the listed courses.

Prerequisite Courses, 0-3 units

Beginning Piano is required of students who do not pass a piano proficiency test.

57-103Elective Studio (Beginning Piano Class)3
Music Courses, 40-43 units

Basic Harmony I is required of students who do not qualify for entrance into Harmony I, based on their scores on the theory placement test.

57-101Introduction to Music Technology6
57-149Basic Harmony I9
or 57-152 Harmony I
57-173Survey of Western Music History *9
57-188Repertoire and Listening for Musicians1
57-337Sound Recording6

* co-requisite 57-188.
 

(choose two of the courses below)

15-322Introduction to Computer Music9
57-338Sound Editing and Mastering6
57-347Electronic and Computer Music6
57-438Multitrack Recording9
Technical Courses, 33 units

Other courses may be taken with the approval of the Audio Engineering Minor Advisor.

33-114Physics of Musical Sound9
18-493Electroacoustics **12

** prerequisites 18-220 and 18-290.
 

(choose one of the courses below)

15-210Parallel and Sequential Data Structures and Algorithms12
or 15-214 Principles of Software Construction: Objects, Design, and Concurrency
18-320Microelectronic Circuits +12
18-348Embedded Systems Engineering **12
18-349Embedded Real-Time Systems **12
18-391Noisy Signal Representation and Processing *12

* prerequisite 18-290.

** prerequisite 18-240 and 18-213.

+ prerequisite 18-220.

 

Units required for minor:73-79
 

Automation and Controls Designated Minor

Erik Ydstie, Director
Office: DH 4210 A


The objective of the Designated Minor in Automation and Control Engineering is to expose CIT students to the breadth of knowledge required by the modern practice of control and automation. With this objective in mind, the requirements include not only two courses in control system analysis and design, but also courses on real-time computation, software engineering, hardware implementation, and applications. The minor is expected to attract primarily students from Chemical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. The main interdisciplinary component of the minor is between engineering and computer science, although many opportunities exist for creating a program across several CIT departments.

Faculty Advisor

All CIT departments — Erik Ydstie

 

Course Requirements

The minor requires a minimum of six courses as described below:

Note: The course lists below are not necessarily current or complete. Appropriate courses not listed below may be counted toward the requirements for the minor upon approval by one of the departmental the faculty advisors. Students interested in the Automation and Control Engineering Designated Minor are encouraged to look for applicable courses each semester in CIT, CS, and Robotics.

One basic control course: Units
18-370Fundamentals of Control12
24-451Feedback Control Systems12

 

One course on control system analysis and design:
06-708Advanced Process Dynamics and Control12
18-771Linear Systems12

 

One course on computing and software
15-211Fundamental Data Structures and Algorithms12
12-741Data Management6
18-549Embedded Systems Design12
18-649Distributed Embedded Systems12

 

One course on hardware implementation:
06-423Unit Operations Laboratory9
18-474Embedded Control Systems12
18-578Mechatronic Design12

 

One course on applications:
06-606Computational Methods for Large Scale Process Design & Analysis9
16-311Introduction to Robotics12
16-761Mobile Robots12
24-356Engineering Vibrations11
24-351Dynamics10
xx-xxxIndependent project12

 

One elective course:
xx-xxxAny course in the list above excluding the basic control course category6-12
15-381Artificial Intelligence: Representation and Problem Solving9
15-385Introduction to Computer Vision6
15-413Software Engineering Practicum12
15-440Distributed Systems-Time Software12
18-348Embedded Systems Engineering12
18-349Embedded Real-Time Systems12
18-491Fundamentals of Signal Processing12
18-771Linear Systems12
24-341Manufacturing Sciences9

 

Biomedical Engineering Minor

Conrad M. Zapanta, Ph.D.
www.bme.cmu.edu
Campus Office for Student Affairs: Doherty Hall 2100

The minor program is designed for engineering students who desire exposure to biomedical engineering but may not have the time to pursue the Biomedical Engineering additional major. The program is open to students of all colleges and is popular among science majors. In conjunction with other relevant courses, the program may provide a sufficient background for jobs or graduate studies in biomedical engineering. Students interested in a medical career may also find this program helpful.

The Biomedical Engineering minor curriculum is comprised of three core courses and two or three electives. Students pursuing the minor may contact BME Associate Head for advice. Students interested in declaring Biomedical Engineering minor should contact either the Associate Department Head of Biomedical Engineering or the Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Program Coordinator.

Requirements

College of Engineering Students (5 courses):

03-121Modern Biology9
42-101Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
(co-req. or pre-req. 03-121)
12
42-202Physiology
(pre-req. 03-121 or permission of instructor)
9
xx-xxxElective I (>= 9 units) #
xx-xxxElective II (>= 9 units) +

Non-Engineering Students (6 courses)

03-121Modern Biology9
42-101Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
(co-req. or pre-req. 03-121)
12
42-202Physiology
(pre-req. 03-121 or permission of instructor)
9
xx-xxxElective I (>= 9 units) #
xx-xxxElective II (>= 9 units) +
xx-xxxA second Introductory Engineering Course* or Any 42-xxx Course Numbered 42-3xx or Higher and worth at Least 9 Units

Some Special Topics, newly offered or intermittently offered 42-xxx may be acceptable as electives.  Students should consult with their advisors and petition the Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Affairs Committee for permission to include such courses.

Notes

# Elective I cannot be a required course in the student’s major. It may be

  1. Any track gateway, restricted elective, or track elective course selected from any of the four Biomedical Engineering tracks. See the online catalog for a listing of courses.
  2. Any 42-xxx course with a 42-300 or higher number and worth at least 9 units.
  3. 42-203 Biomedical Engineering Laboratory (or the cross-listed version 03-206 for students in the Health Professions Program). The course has a limited capacity and priority is given to students who have declared the Additional Major in Biomedical Engineering.**
  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 CIT Honors Research Project. The project must be supervised by a core or courtesy Biomedical Engineering faculty member and for 9 or more units.

+ Elective II must be a Biomedical Engineering track gateway, track elective, or restricted Elective course that is offered by one of the Engineering 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-focused version of Biochemistry taught each Spring by the Department of Biological Sciences, is also acceptable. Organic Chemistry I 09-217 is a pre-requisite of 03-232.

* Selected from 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 these courses may involve co-requisites.

** 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.

Colloids, Polymers and Surfaces Designated Minor

Annette Jacobson, Director
Office: Doherty Hall 3102B
Website: http://www.cit.cmu.edu/current_students/services/majors_minors/engineering_minors/cps.html

The sequence of courses in the Colloids, Polymers and Surfaces (CPS) designated minor provides an opportunity to explore the science and engineering of fine particles and macromolecules as they relate to complex fluids and interfacially engineered materials. These topics are very relevant to technology and product development in industries that manufacture pharmaceuticals, coatings and paints, pulp and paper, biomaterials, surfactants and cleaning products, cosmetics and personal care products, food, textiles and fibers, nanoparticles, polymer/plastics, composite materials.

Course Requirements

This minor requires a total of five classes. The following four courses are mandatory:

06-609/09-509Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules9
06-607Physical Chemistry of Colloids and Surfaces9
06-426Experimental Colloid Surface Science9
06-466Experimental Polymer Science9

 

In addition, the student must take one course from the following list:

06-221Thermodynamics9
24-221Thermodynamics I10
27-215Thermodynamics of Materials12
33-341Thermal Physics I10
09-345Physical Chemistry (Thermo): Macroscopic Principles of Physical Chemistry9

Electronic Materials Designated Minor

David W. Greve, Director
Office: Hamerschlag Hall B204

Lisa A. Porter, Co-Director
Office:  Roberts Engineering Hall 145

Website: http://www.cit.cmu.edu/current_students/services/majors_minors/engineering_minors/electronic_materials.html
 

Many of the technological changes in recent decades-notably the rise of digital data processing-has been made possible by continuing advances in the performance of electronic devices. These advances include continuous improvement in microprocessor performance, optical communication bandwidth, and magnetic disk storage capacity. Other new areas of innovation include the development of micromechanical systems and the development of flat panel display technology. These advances depend on interactions between engineers from many different disciplines. In particular, there is a strong interaction between device design and materials engineering and processing.

The Electronic Materials Minor is intended to provide students with a firm basis for the application of electronic materials in advanced systems. This minor is well suited for students who intend to pursue careers in the electronics industry (included, but not limited to, semiconductor integrated circuit design and manufacturing, and magnetic storage engineering). The minor also provides an excellent preparation for students interested in pursing graduate work in MSE, ECE, or Applied Physics.

This minor is primarily intended to offer ECE and MSE students an understanding of the important features that must be built into a material during processing so that it will function as required in an electronic or magnetic device. Other students interested in pursuing this minor should consult their advisors to determine whether it will be practical in their own curriculum.  Such students are expected to take both 18-100 and 27-201 as introductory courses.

Students in the Electronic Materials program are urged to consider registering for an undergraduate project in addition to the requirements below, especially if they intend to apply to graduate school. The co-directors will make every effort to arrange a suitable project for interested students.
 

Course Requirements

The minor requires an introductory course together with a minimum of 48 additional units as specified below.

Required Introductory Courses:
18-100Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering
(MSE students)
12
27-201Structure of Materials
(ECE students)
9
 
Elective Courses:

48 additional units, with 24 units from Group A and 24 units from Group B.  Some courses are a required part of one of the curricula and consequently cannot be counted again for the minor program.

We have determined that “courses which are a required part of a curriculum” are those which are specifically named in the curriculum requirements.  Consequently technical electives and breadth and depth electives may be double-counted.

Group A
27-202Defects in Materials
(ECE students only)
9
06-619Semiconductor Processing Technology9
27-542Processing and Properites of Thin Films9
27-217Phase Relations and Diagrams
(ECE students only)
12
27-533Principles of Growth and Processing of Semiconductors6
27-432Electronic and Thermal Properties of Metals, Semiconductors and Related Devices9
27-433Dielectric, Magnetic, Superconducting Properties of Materials & Related Devices
(only if not required in your curriculum)
9
27-551Properties of Ceramics and Glasses9
27-216Transport in Materials
(ECE students only)
9
33-225Quantum Physics and Structure of Matter
(ECE students only)
9

 

Group B
18-310Fundamentals of Semiconductor Devices12
18-715Physics of Applied Magnetism12
18-716Advanced Applied Magnetism12
18-8xx— An appropriate 800-level course (for example, 18-813, 18-815, 18-819).

Note: Other appropriate courses may be substituted with the approval of the coordinators in the event that limited course offerings make it impossible to satisfy the requirements as described above.
 

Environmental Engineering and Sustainability Designated Minor

Neil M. Donahue,  Director
Office:  Doherty Hall 2116

Concern for the environment now influences a wide range of public, private and engineering decisions. Environmental Engineering is widely recognized as a discipline at the graduate and professional level, and undergraduate training in environmental issues and processes can provide the preparation necessary to pursue this career path, or serve as a useful complement to a career in any of the traditional areas of engineering. Sustainability issues are not considered critical across engineering disciplines.Effective preparation requires broad knowledge and skills in the areas of environmental engineering, sustainability, and environmental policy.

Pursuit of the minor program of study provides an introduction to environmental sustainability issues as well as a preparation for graduate work in Environmental Engineering and Sustainability.

Faculty Advisors

The Environmental Engineering program is a focus for faculty members from diverse engineering backgrounds. The faculty are actively engaged in teaching and conducting research in this field. Current faculty advisors are:

  • Biomedical Engineering — Robert Tilton
  • Chemical Engineering – Meagan Mauter
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering —  Peter Adams and Scott Matthews
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering — Marija Ilic
  • Engineering and Public Policy — Edward Rubin
  • Mechanical Engineering — Ryan Sullivan
  • Materials Science and Engineering — Robert Heard

Course Requirements

The requirements include two core courses, three technical electives, and two policy electives.

(12 units)A1. Core Courses in Sustainability

Select one course from:

12-712/19-717Introduction to Sustainable Engineering12
12-714Environmental Life Cycle Assessment12
(9 units)A2. Core Courses in Environmental Engineering

Select one course from:

12-351Environmental Engineering9
24/19-424Energy and the Environment9
12-651Air Quality Engineering9
24-425Combustion and Air Pollution Control9
12-702Fundamentals of Water Quality Engineering12
(27 units)B. Technical Electives in Environmental Engineering and Sustainability

Select three from the following list

03-121Modern Biology9
09-106Modern Chemistry II10
09-510Introduction to Green Chemistry9
12-201Geology9
12-351Environmental Engineering9
12-651Air Quality Engineering9
12-702Fundamentals of Water Quality Engineering12
12-657Water Resources Engineering9
12-658Hydraulic Structures9
12-718Sustainable Engineering Project12
24/19-424Energy and the Environment9
24-425Combustion and Air Pollution Control9
27-322Processing of Metals
or 27-323 Powder Processing of Materials, but not both
9
27-367Selection and Performance of Materials *6
27-421Processing Design *6
27-594Electrochemical Degradation of Materials9
48-315Environment I: Climate & Energy9
79-289Animal Planet: An Environmental History of People and Animals9

*    6 units; must be combined with 3 additional units

C. Policy Electives (18 units)

Select two from the following list of humanities/social science-oriented courses:

19-448Science, Technology & Ethics9
48-576Mapping Urbanism9
73-148Environmental Economics9
73-357Regulation: Theory and Policy9
73-358Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources9
73-359Benefit-Cost Analysis9
76-319Environmental Rhetoric9
79-303Pittsburgh and the Transformation of Modern Urban America6
79-372Perspectives on the Urban Environment9
80-244Environmental Ethics9
88-220Policy Analysis I9
88-221Policy Analysis II9
88-223Decision Analysis and Decision Support Systems9
90-758Ethics & Public Policy in a Global Society6
90-765Cities, Techonology and the Environment6
90-789Sustainable Community Development12
90-798Environmental Policy & Planning12

NOTES:

  1. Courses cannot be double-counted for lists A and B.
  2. Courses used to fulfill the first year restricted technical electives for CIT cannot be double counted for list B requirements
  3. A group of three environmental policy courses, from List C, excluding Heinz courses, may be counted as fulfilling the general education depth requirement required of all CIT students if and only if the student completes the Environmental Engineering and Sustainability Minor. Approval of the selected courses from List C for fulfillment of this CIT depth sequence is required from the student’s home department advisor.
  4. Courses required within a student’s CIT major can be double counted for list A or B course requirements, with the exception that 12-351 Environmental Engineering can be counted toward completion of the minor for non-CEE students only.
  5. Students may take up to two list B courses in their home department. One list B course must be from outside their home department. EPP double majors should NOT consider EPP their home department. BME double majors should NOT consider BME their home department.
  6. At most ONE 48-xxx course can be used as a List B course and one as a List C course. The 48-xxx courses may not be acceptable as technical electives by some CIT engineering departments.
  7. Other environmentally related technical electives with similar or related content may be substituted for List B courses only with written permission of the Director.
  8. Other humanities and social science courses with similar or related content may be substituted for Type C courses only with written permission of the Director.
  9. A list of available courses for the minor in each semester is provided to students who have declared the minor and to all faculty advisors for the minor.

Global Engineering Designated Minor

Treci Bonime, Director
Office: Scaife Hall 110

Many engineers work on international projects or for multinational companies.  Carnegie Mellon is an international community, with a significant fraction of international students and many events featuring foreign speakers and cultural experiences.  This minor is intended for engineering students interested in broadening their background in international experiences and global awareness and engagement.

Course Requirements

International Management (1 course)

Complete one course in international management or business such as:

70-342Managing Across Cultures9
70-365International Trade and International Law9
70-381Marketing I9
70-430International Management9
88-384Conflict and Conflict Resolution in International Relations9
Or approved equivalent.

 

Regional Specialization (1 course)

Complete one course in non-US History, international politics, or literature in a single region of the world. See the list at http://www.cit.cmu.edu/global/courses_degrees.html below for examples (Note: Please consult with the Global Engineering director before planning your course schedule, as some course information may have changed).
 


Ethics (1 course)

Any ethics course that provides some exposure to international ethics issues such as:

70-332Business, Society and Ethics9
80-136Social Structure, Public Policy & Ethics9
80-244Environmental Ethics9
80-247Ethics and Global Economics9
Or approved equivalent

 

 

Modern Languages

Demonstration of basic competency in a foreign language via one of the three options listed below:

  • Complete one (1) Modern Languages course at the 200 level, with a minimum grade of C, or
  • Achieve a score of 4 or higher in one foreign language Advanced Placement examination, or
  • Demonstrate equivalent proficiency to the satisfaction of the Department of Modern Languages

 

Study/Work Abroad

Study or engineering internship work abroad for a semester or a summer. The region visited should be consistent with the language and regional culture/history studied.
 

Materials Science and Engineering Designated Minor

Michael E. McHenry. Director
Office: Roberts Engineering Hall 243

The Designated Minor in Materials Science and Engineering provides the CIT student with a background in the field of Materials Science and Engineering.  This minor is open to all CIT students, with the exception of MSE majors.  All required and elective courses are taught within the MSE Department.

Course Requirements

The minor requires a minimum of 45 units, with two semester long required courses (the first being a sequence of two minis).

Prerequisites

Students wishing to take the MSE minor must have prerequisite thermodynamics and transport courses.  The prerequisite MSE courses may be substituted for by a thermodynamics and transport course  in another engineering discipline.

Core Courses (21 units)
27-211Structure of Materials (Minor Option)6
27-212Defects in Materials (Minor Option)6
27-217Phase Relations and Diagrams12

The laboratories with these courses are not required as core but will be counted as elective units if desired.

Elective Courses (24 units minimum)

The student must select a minimum of 24 units from the following list:

27-100Engineering the Materials of the Future12
27-301Microstructure and Properties I9
27-302Microstructure and Properties II9
27-311Polymeric Biomaterials9
27-312Metallic and Ceramic Biomaterials9
27-322Processing of Metals9
27-323Powder Processing of Materials9
27-324Introduction to Polymer Science and Engineering9
27-325Polymer Physics and Morphology9
27-357Introduction to Materials Selection6
27-367Selection and Performance of Materials6
27-582Phase Transformations in Solids9
27-433Dielectric, Magnetic, Superconducting Properties of Materials & Related Devices9
27-432Electronic and Thermal Properties of Metals, Semiconductors and Related Devices9
27-421Processing Design6
27-445Structure, Properties and Performance Relationships in Magnetic Materials9
27-512Diffraction Methods in Materials Science9
27-510Polymeric Biomaterials9
27-511Introduction to Molecular Biomaterials12
27-591Mechanical Behavior of Materials9
27-530Advanced Physical Metallurgy9
27-454Supervised ReadingVar.
27-533Principles of Growth and Processing of Semiconductors6
27-555Materials Project IVar.
27-565Nanostructured Materials9
27-542Processing and Properites of Thin Films9
27-551Properties of Ceramics and Glasses9
27-566Special Topics in MSE:Using Matls Informatics to Assess Societal Impact of Matls9
27-592Solidification Processing9
27-594Electrochemical Degradation of Materials9
42-444Medical Devices9


 

Mechanical Behavior of Materials Designated Minor

Warren M. Garrison, Jr., Director   
Office: Wean Hall 3303

An understanding of mechanical behavior is important to both the development of new materials and the selection of appropriate materials for many applications. The mechanical behavior of materials is best investigated and understood by integrating solid mechanics with the microstructural basis of flow and fracture. The purpose of this minor is to allow a formal basis for students to pursue an integrated approach to the mechanical behavior of materials.


Although this minor is open to all CIT students, only students in the departments of Civil Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering can take advantage of the double counting permitted for some courses in their department majors. Students in other departments may have difficulty in fulfilling the requirements in four years.

Faculty Advisors

  • Chemical Engineering — Paul Sides  
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering — David W. Greve
  • Mechanical Engineering — Paul S. Steif
  • Materials Science and Engineering — Warren M. Garrison, Jr.

Course Requirements

The minor requires six courses: three core courses, two solid mechanics courses, and one materials science course. In satisfying these course requirements, each student must take three out-of-department courses. Each student is required to complete three core courses:

Core Courses:
27-201Structure of Materials9
27-591Mechanical Behavior of Materials9-12
or 27-791 Mechanical Behavior of Materials
12-212Statics9
or 24-261 Statics
Group A: Materials Science Courses

Each student must take one course from this list of Materials Science courses:

27-202Defects in Materials 19
27-357Introduction to Materials Selection 26
27-551Properties of Ceramics and Glasses9
27-530Advanced Physical Metallurgy9
42-411Engineering Biomaterials9

 

1 27-202 cannot be used by MSE students to satisfy the requirements of the minor.

2 27-357 cannot be used by MSE students to satisfy the requirements of the minor.

 
Group B: Solid Mechanics Courses

Each student must take two of the following Solid Mechanics courses:

12-231Solid Mechanics9
or 24-262 Stress Analysis
12-635Structural Analysis9
or 24-351 Dynamics
24-751Introduction to Solid Mechanics I12

 

Students should check with the director of the program or their faculty advisor for an up-to-date list of relevant courses that will count towards this minor. For more information, please consult the Undergraduate Course Catalog and the current Schedule of Classes.

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