Biomedical Design Minor


Biomedical Design bridges the disciplines of engineering, biology and medicine to design and implement systems or devices capable of enhancing human function and meeting patient needs. Demand for biomedical design expertise is growing due to rapid advances in biomedical technology and an aging population.  The Biomedical Design minor, administered by the Mechanical Engineering department, is an 18-credit program primarily designed for Engineering and Biology majors but is available to students in other programs. Some (especially non-engineering) students may need to take several prerequisite courses. Students completing the minor will graduate with the technical expertise of engineering accompanied by a thorough understanding of how technical skills can be applied to biological systems.

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    Program Learning Outcomes

    Graduates of this program will be able to:

    1. apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to solve problems involving biomedical systems
    2. design and conduct biomedical experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
    3. design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints
    4. function on multidisciplinary teams
    5. identify, formulate, and solve biomedical engineering problems
    6. understand professional and ethical responsibility related to biomedical research
    7. communicate effectively
    8. understand the impact of biomedical engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
    9. discuss contemporary biomedical issues

    Biomedical Design Minor Requirements - 18 credits

    Note: some (especially non-engineering) students may need to take several prerequisite courses.

    Required Courses (12 credits):

    • ENGR 1400 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (3 credits)
    • BIO 2300 Principles of Human Anatomy & Physiology Lecture (3 credits) (or BIO 2600 or BIO 4630 or another Anatomy and/or Physiology course approved by program administrator)
    • ETH 3580 Health Care Ethics (3 credits)
    • MENG 4930 Prototype Design I (2 credits) + MENG 4990 Independent Study and Research (1 credit) or MENG 4950 Prototype Design II (3 credits) [Engineering majors] or ENGR 4000 Advanced Topics in Engineering [non-Engineering majors] (3 credits)

    Two Elective Courses (6 credits) from the following options:

    • BIO 1040 Fundamentals of Bioinformatics (3 credits)
    • CIS 3350 Introduction to Human Factors in IT Security (3 credits)
    • CSSE 4620 Introduction to Bioinformatics (3 credits)
    • ELEE 3880 Signals and Systems (3 credits)
    • ELEE 4400 Computational Intelligence Techniques (3 credits)
    • ENGR 4500 Innovation and Creativity (3 credits)
    • MENG 4400 Occupational Biomechanics (3 credits)
    • MENG 4720 Noise and Vibration (3 credits)
    • Others as approved by the minor/department.

    Additional Policies:

    At most, six credits may be counted toward both a student's major and minor.  At most, three credits may be counted towards two separate minors.  At least nine credits will be upper division (3000+ level) courses and no courses will be taken on a pass/fail basis.  A minimum of 12 credits will be taken at Detroit Mercy unless the courses are taken as part of a consortium agreement.

    Students must maintain a cumulative 2.0 grade point average in all minor courses in order for the minor to be earned and posted on the official transcript at the time of graduation.

Program Contact Information

Megan Conrad, Ph.D.
Minor Advisor, Biomedical Design
Mechanical Engineering Department
Office: Engineering 274
Telephone: 313-993-1506