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Freshmen and transfer students must first be admitted to the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) before applying to the Biomedical Engineering major. Visit the CSE's Information for Future Students to find out more about freshman, transfer, and international admission to the college.
Lower-division students are encouraged to work with CSE Academic Advising for course planning, registration, and information on academic policies.
Students at the University of Minnesota in a college other than CSE who would like to major in Biomedical Engineering must complete an inter-college transfer to CSE. The college requires that the following courses be completed before applying to transfer:
Calculus I & II (MATH 1271 & 1272 or 1371 & 1372)
Calculus-based Physics I & II (PHYS 1301W & 1302W)
Chemistry I & II (CHEM 1061/1065 & 1062/1066)
Registration priority for BMEn courses is restricted to CSE students. Seats are only released to non-CSE students after queued registration is complete and open registration has begun. For some classes that often fill up, the department will wait until the week before classes begin to allow non-CSE students to enroll. Non-CSE students who wish to take a BMEn course should fill out the permission number request form and include a thorough explanation/justification for the request.
Lower-division students in the College of Science and Engineering must apply for upper-division standing in Biomedical Engineering by the time they reach 60 semester credits. (Transfer students must complete at least one semester at the U before applying for upper-division.)
There are two criteria for admission to upper-division: (1) successful completion of prerequisite coursework, and (2) minimum technical grade-point average.
The following courses must be completed (or in-progress at the time of application) in order for a student to be admitted to upper-division:
BMEn 2401 - Programming for Biomedical Engineers
BMEn 2501 - Cellular and Molecular Biology for Biomedical Engineers
Chem 2301 - Organic Chemistry I
At least ONE of the following Math courses:
Math 2373 - Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
Math 2374 - Multivariable Calculus
Phys 1302W - Introductory Physics for Science and Engineering II
Refer to the four year plan to see how these courses and their prerequisites can be completed in the first two years of study.
The technical GPA includes coursework in calculus, physics, chemistry, computer science, and engineering. Students can see their current technical GPA by logging into the APAS (Academic Progress Audit System) report.
Students who have completed the required courses for admission to this major and have a 3.2 technical GPA at the end of fall semester will be guaranteed admission. All other students who have completed the required courses will be considered for admission on a space-available basis. Admission following spring semester is based on space availability.
How to Apply
Applications for upper-division are handled and processed by the college, NOT the department. See CSE's policy on applying for a major.
NOTE: Only students who have been admitted to upper-division in Biomedical Engineering are permitted to take the BMEn 3000- and 4000-level courses.