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Biomedical Engineering Interdisciplinary Minor

This Minor is for students who would like to learn about processes and principles encountered in Biomedical Engineering (BME) innovation, and would like to enhance their ability to apply knowledge from their major to problems in health care, medical technology and biotechnology. The Minor offers an opportunity for students to be recognized for study in this growing multidisciplinary field, and to enhance competitiveness for job opportunities upon graduation. The Minor can be completed by taking two BME courses, an elective course and a course from their major.

All pre-requisites and co-requisites of the indicated courses have to be satisfied. The hours for pre- and co-requisites are not counted toward the requirements for the Minor.  All students who complete the Minor will receive a BME credential that will appear on their transcript.


Why take this Minor?

For students majoring in an Engineering or Engineering Technology discipline: The Minor provides an opportunity to learn biomedical skills and knowledge not available in traditional engineering disciplines. Engineers who complete the Minor will have an advantage when competing for certain jobs.

For students majoring in a Science, Technology, or Math discipline:  The Major provides an opportunity to gain knowledge and a credential in an engineering field, which are not usually available for students who are not majoring in engineering. This is expected to increase competitiveness for jobs and salaries after graduation.

For advanced students in any major: The Minor provides an opportunity to learn how knowledge gained from a major can be applied to real-world problems in health and health technology.  Students may also gain science literacy, interest in learning and persistence to graduation.  

Any class taken prior to the official start date of the Minor that is or later becomes an approved or required Minor class can be credited toward the student's Minor requirements. The University's GPA requirements will be maintained by all students taking this Minor.


How to enroll in the Minor

Students who wish to take the Minor should send an email to the Minor advisor (Christian Zemlin czemlin@odu.edu). The student will meet with the Minor advisor and identify the course from their major that they wish to apply to the Minor requirements subject to the advisor's approval. The plan-of-work form will be completed that lists the courses that will be applied to the Minor requirements. The Minor advisor will report the completion of the Minor to the registrar.


Program requirements

The Minor requires 2 BME courses, 1 elective course, and 1 approved major course. No more than 3 credits used to satisfy requirements for the Minor can also be used to satisfy requirements for the major.


BME Courses

BME 401. Biomedical Engineering Design and Innovation  (3 credits) This course is designed for students taking the biomedical engineering interdisciplinary Minor. The course will expose students to the design strategies, techniques, tools, and protocols commonly encountered medical technology innovation. Needs identification, concept generation, technology development, market analysis, regulation, and integration will be discussed. (fall)

BME 402. Biomedical Engineering Principles (3 credits) This course at the 400-level is designed for students taking the biomedical engineering interdisciplinary Minor. The course exposes students to principles used in biomedical engineering. Areas discussed include modeling of physiological processes, biomedical signal acquisition and processing, biomaterials, rehabilitation engineering and ethical principles in biomedical engineering. (spring)

In addition to lectures by the instructors in the new courses, each student will make a presentation of the information from their major on which one of the BME areas depends.

The Minor seeks to enhance the student's ability to integrate and apply knowledge from other disciplines with principles used in BME. Material on which some of the BME areas depend is taught in some of the University's existing courses in different disciplines. A minimum of 6 credits from existing courses is required.  At least one course must be chosen from the list of elective courses. One course will be chosen from the student's major.


Elective Courses

At least one course will be selected by the student from the following list of preapproved elective courses in a college at ODU. These electives contain course material on which some of the BME areas depend but that is not covered in the BME lectures. 

BIOL 446         Comparative Biomechanics (3 credits)

BIOL 460        Frontiers in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (1 credit)

BIOL 490        Advanced Human Physiology (4 credits)

BIOL/MAE 483  Bio/Micro Nanofluidics (4 credits)

BIOL/MAE 496 Bio-MicroElectroMechanical Systems (4 credits)

EXSC 322        Anatomical Kinesiology and Human Anatomy (4 credits)
EXSC 417W    Advanced Kinesiology and Biomechanics (4 credits)

ECE 454           Introduction to Bioelectrics (3 credits)
ECE 462          Introduction to Medical Image Analysis (3 credits)

MAE 303             Mechanics of Fluids (3 credits)

MSIM 351        Analysis for M&S (3 credits)
MEDT 324       Clinical Instrumentation and Electronics (3 credits)

NMED 331       Fundamental Concepts in Nuclear Medicine Technology (4 credits)

NURS 458        Studies in Professional Nursing.  Global Health (3 credits)

NURS 458        Studies in Professional Nursing.  Safety (3 credits)

Approved Major Courses

To enhance the student's ability to integrate and apply knowledge from their major, a course will be selected from those that satisfy the students major. This course may be on the list of electives but cannot also be used to satisfy the elective requirement. It will contain course material on which one of the BME areas depends that is not covered in the BME lectures. The choice of this course by the student needs to be approved by the Minor advisor.