Engineer Your Bioengineering Minor: Chemistry and Biochemistry

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 Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Undergraduate Advising can answer most questions about course selection and scheduling. For questions related specifically to bioenginnering courses, please contact

Key details for CH and BIC majors:

  • Complete the Fundamentals of Bioengineering series (BIOE 251, 252, 253)
    • PHYS 251 is a corequisite for BIOE 251, CH and BIC 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 eight bioengineering-related elective credits may count towards both your CH or BIC major and the bioengineering minor, see the list below
      • BIC students may not count BI 320, CH 461, CH 462, CH 463, CH 467 towards the bioengineering minor
      • BIC students may count one of BI 322, BI 328, or BI 360 towards both the BIC major and the bioengineering minor.  A second course from this list may count towards the bioengineering minor, but not the BIC major 
      • CH 466 may count as an advanced lab requirement for CH/BIC majors and elective for bioengineering minor.

Please see this CH example 4-year plan or this BIC example 4-year plan that integrates the bioengineering minor into your CH or BIC 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.

Chemistry and Biochemistry:

  • CH 360 Physiological Biochemistry. 4 Credits. Prereq: CH 336 or 343; BI 214 or 282H recommended
  • CH 461 Biochemistry. 4 credits. Prepreq: CH 336 or 343
  • CH 462 Biochemistry. 4 credits. Prereq: CH 461
  • CH 463 Biochemistry. 4 credits. Prereq: CH 461/561; or CH 360 with a grade of B- or better
  • CH 464 RNA Biochemistry. Preqreq CH 463
  • CH 465 Physical Biochemistry. 4 credits. Prereq: CH 461
  • CH 466 Structural Biochemistry. 4 credits. Prereq: CH 461
  • CH 467 Biochemistry Laboratory. 4 credits. Co-req: CH 461

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