Engineering Minors

The Albert Nerken School of Engineering offers four minors to undergraduate students: Bioengineering Minor, Chemistry Minor, Computer Science Minor, and a Mathematics Minor. Students can also obtain a Humanities and Social Science (HSS) Minor from our HSS Program. Please see below for further information:


Bioengineering Minor (BEM) Worksheet [PDF]

The Departments of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering offer a minor in Bioengineering that is accessible to undergraduate engineering students across all majors. The Bioengineering Minor is flexible in that students, in consultation with their faculty advisor, can individually tailor their own minor by selecting elective courses from the list of available courses to better fit their major. Those who complete the requirements for the minor will have that indicated on their transcript. 

The Minor in Bioengineering will provide graduates with the following knowledge and skills:  

  • Knowledge of molecular and cellular biology and physiology.  
  • The ability to apply principles of engineering to solve bioengineering problems, including those associated with the interaction between living and non-living systems. 
  • The ability to make measurements on and interpret data from living systems. 
  • Preparation for advanced studies and research opportunities in bioengineering-related fields.  

See the full requirements.


Chemistry Minor (CM) Worksheet [PDF]

The Department of Chemistry offers a minor in Chemistry to all undergraduate students in the School of Engineering. Students must complete General Chemistry (Ch110, 3 credits) and General Chemistry Laboratory (Ch111, 1.5 credits) as well as 16 additional credits from a list of approved courses. At least 2 credits must come from a 200+ level Chemistry laboratory course and at least 2 courses must be “advanced” courses, as determined by the Department. No more than 4 credits may be used towards the fulfillment of any specific degree requirements, and no more than 6 credits may be chosen from Ch 391-398 and Ch 491-494.

Students who complete the Minor in Chemistry will 

  1. demonstrate a broad understanding of introductory chemistry concepts and analytical laboratory techniques, 
  2. develop intermediate-level training and hands-on capabilities in modern experimental chemistry, 
  3. gain skills and knowledge within one or more of the principal subfields of modern chemistry according to their interests and professional goals, and 
  4. have opportunities to participate in undergraduate research in chemistry.

See the full requirements.


Computer Science Minor (CSM) Worksheet [PDF]

The Department of Electrical Engineering offers a minor in Computer Science to all engineering students. Students seeking a minor in Computer Science must complete Data Structures & Algorithms I (ECE 264), Data Structures & Algorithms II (ECE 365), or a course selected from a list of alternative courses, and 12 additional credits at the 300 or 400 level from a list of approved courses. At most six credits of 300 level courses that are required in the major can be applied toward the requirements for the Computer Science Minor. For students receiving both the Math Minor and the Computer Science Minor, at most three credits can be used to satisfy both minor requirements. Any 400 level courses used to fulfill the requirements for the Computer Science Minor cannot be used to fulfill the requirements for the Master of Engineering degree. The minimum cumulative GPA for the set of courses (including ECE 264) used to fulfill the requirements for the Computer Science Minor is 3.0.

See the full requirements.


Mathematics Minor (MM) Worksheet [PDF]

The department of Mathematics offers a minor in mathematics. Students seeking a minor in mathematics must complete at least 15 credits of mathematics coursework in addition to the 17 credits required by every engineering department. These additional credits must include Mathematical Analysis I and II (Ma 350, 351), Linear Algebra (Ma 326), Modern Algebra (Ma 347) and an elective course in mathematics at or above the 300 level. An overall G.P.A., at graduation, of at least 3.0 among the mathematics portion (32 credits) of the program is required to obtain a minor in mathematics.

Please consult with Professor Mili Shah for more details.


Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Minor Advisory Worksheet [PDF]

Engineering Students who complete a minimum of 12 upper-division credits with a grade of B or higher in a specific field of liberal arts may qualify for a minor in that field of Humanities and Social Sciences. Minors are offered and may be designated on student transcripts in the following five fields: (click on each field for details)

The HSS Minor's 12 credits must consist of elective credits, in addition to the HSS Core Curriculum required of all Engineering majors. HSS4 does not count toward a Minor unless it is taken a second time for elective credit and when the course topic contributes significantly to the program of the student's minor area, subject to approval of both the course instructor and the HSS Dean. Please find a HSS Advisory worksheet here to download and fill out to send to: HSS Academic Advisor.

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