Engineer Your Bioengineering Minor: Biology

Bioengineering resides at the interface of engineering and the natural sciences, and a thorough knowledge of both is essential for innovation and problem solving in the discipline. A bioengineering minor is a great way to complement your primary major.

Advising, Key-Details, and Example 4-Year Plan

The Biology Advising Center can answer most questions about course selection and scheduling. For questions related specifically to bioenginnering courses, please contact bioengineering@uoregon.edu.

Key details for all biology majors:

  • Complete the Fundamentals of Bioengineering series (BIOE 251, 252, 253)
    • MATH 251 is a prerequisite for BIOE 251, BI majors should select the MATH 251 series
    • PHYS 251 is a corequisite for BIOE 251, BI majors should select the PHYS 251 series
  • Complete 12 credits of upper-division electives
    • At least 4 credits must be BIOE subject code
    • Up to 8 credits from BI electives may count towards both your BI major and the bioengineering minor, see the list below
    • CH 260 or CH 461 is not required for the BI major, but is a common requirement for med school and counts as a bioengineering minor elective
    • BI 320 is a BI elective that is a common requirement for med school AND counts towards your bioengineering elective requirement

Please see this example 4-year plan that integrates the bioengineering minor into a biology major.

BIOE minor interdisciplinary electives

Up to eight credits from this list may be applied towards the upper-division bioengineering minor requirement. Courses used to complete a student’s major core requirements may not be applied towards the bioengineering minor elective requirement.

Biology:

  • BI 320 Molecular Genetics. 4 Credits. Prereq: BI 214 or BI 282H.
  • BI 322 Cell Biology. 4 Credits. Prereq: BI 214 or BI 282H; CH 331 recommended.
  • BI 326 Immunology and Infectious Disease. 4 Credits.
  • BI 328 Developmental Biology. 4 Credits. Prereq: BI 214 or BI 282H.
  • BI 330 Microbiology. 3 Credits. Prereq: BI 214 or BI 282H.
  • BI 331. Microbiology Laboratory. 3 Credits. Prereq: BI 214 of BI 282H; pre- or coreq: BI 330.
  • BI 353 Sensory Physiology. 4 Credits. Prereq: BI 214 or BI 282H.
  • BI 358 Investigations in Medical Physiology.  4 Credits. Prereq: one from BI 214, BI 283H, HPHY 324.
  • BI 360 Neurobiology 4 Credits. Prereq: BI 214 or BI 282H.
  • BI 423. Human Molecular Genetics. 4 Credits. Prereq: BI 320.
  • BI 424. Advanced Molecular Genetics. 4 Credits. Prereq: BI 320.
  • BI 426. Genetics of Cancer. 4 Credits. Prereq: BI 214 or BI 282H; one from BI 320, BI 322
  • BI 427. Molecular Genetics of Human Disease. 4 Credits. Prereq: BI 320.
  • BI 428. Developmental Genetics. 4 Credits. Prereq: BI 320, BI 328.
  • BI 461. Systems Neuroscience. 4 Credits. Prereq: BI 353 or BI 360 or equivalent.
  • BI 466. Developmental Neurobiology. 4 Credits. Prereq: BI 320, BI 328
  • BI 485. Techniques in Computational Neuroscience. 4 Credits. Prereq: BI 360 or BI 461; MATH 247 or MATH 252 or higher.

Click here for a full-set of interdisciplinary electives, including courses in chemistry and biochemistry, human physiology, and physics.