Engineering Minors for Non-Engineering Students
Biomedical Engineering Minor
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 also 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 three electives. Students pursuing the minor may contact the BME Associate Head for Undergraduate Education for advice. Students interested in declaring Biomedical Engineering minor should contact either the BME Associate Head for Undergraduate Education or the Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Program Coordinator.
Minimum units required for minor:57
|or 03-151||Honors Modern Biology|
|42-101||Introduction to Biomedical Engineering||12|
|42-xxx||BME Elective (>= 9 units), Any course offered by the Department of Biomedical Engineering numbered 42-300 or higher and worth at least 9 units|
|xx-xxx||Elective I (>= 9 units) #|
|xx-xxx||Elective II (>= 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.
Elective I cannot be a required course in the student’s major. It may be
Elective II must be a Biomedical Engineering Required or additional track elective.
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.
Engineering Studies Minor
(for non-engineering students)
Kurt Larsen, Director
Location: Scaife Hall 120
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. Students may declare the minor by contacting the director after they have successfully completed one introductory engineering courses (from list #1 below).
- At least one and up to three of the following:
12-100 Exploring CEE: Infrastructure and Environment in a Changing World 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
- Four courses of at least nine units each. Students must demonstrate both breadth and depth by taking courses from at least two of the below departments; and at least two courses from the same department.
- Biomedical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Engineering and Public Policy*
- Materials Science and Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
Up to one of the following Robotics courses can count toward the ES minor. But it cannot be double-counted with the Robotics minor or double major.
16-311 Introduction to Robotics 12 16-362 Mobile Robot Algorithms Laboratory 12 16-384 Robot Kinematics and Dynamics 12 16-385 Computer Vision 12 16-421 Vision Sensors 12 16-474 Robotics Capstone 12
NOTE: The following courses may NOT be included as part of the minor in Engineering Studies.
|06-262||Mathematical Methods of Chemical Engineering||12|
|15-213||Introduction to Computer Systems||12|
|18-090||Twisted Signals: Multimedia Processing for the Arts||10|
|18-099||Special Topics: Mobile App Design & Development||12|
|18-200||ECE Sophomore Seminar||1|
|18-202||Mathematical Foundations of Electrical Engineering||12|
|18-213||Introduction to Computer Systems|
for a core major requirement (e.g. CS minor)
|24-280||Special Topics: C++ Programming for Engineers||9|
|24-282||Special Topics: Linear Algebra and Vector Calculus for Engineers||11|
Double counting of core courses in student's primary major is not permitted.
*Because of the nature of the courses offered by Engineering and Public Policy, only two EPP courses (including 19-101) can be used toward the minor requirements. Most EPP courses (19-xxx) are not permissible for the minor; students need special permission to use 19-xxx toward this minor and should contact the director for prior approval. Students interested in EPP coursework should consider the Technology and Policy minor instead.
Technology and Policy Minor
(for non-engineering students)
Deanna H. Matthews, Director
Location: 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. The Technology and Policy 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.
Students should have prerequisite knowledge in economics (73-102 Principles of Microeconomics or higher level economics course) and statistics (36-202 Statistics & Data Science Methods or higher level statistics course) in order to pursue the Technology and Policy Minor.
|19-101||Introduction to Engineering and Public Policy||12|
|19-301||Decision Making Methods for Engineers and Scientists|
or other approved Decision Science course
|or 19-351||Applied Methods for Technology-Policy Analysis|
|or 19-452||EPP Projects|
|xx-xxx||Two EPP Technology-Policy Electives||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 Technology-Policy electives is assembled each semester and is available from the EPP Department. Example Technology-Policy electives include:
|19-211||Ethics and Policy Issues in Computing||9|
|19-365||Water Technology Innovation and Policy||9|
|19-402||Telecommunications Technology and Policy for the Internet Age||12|
|19-411||Global Competitiveness: Firms, Nations and Technological Change||9|
|19-424||Energy and the Environment||9|
Students must earn a cumulative QPA of 2.0 in all courses taken for the minor. Required courses taken for a student’s primary major may not be counted toward the Technology and Policy Minor. Elective courses for a student’s primary major or courses fulfilling general education requirements may be counted, however.