Minors

The College of Engineering offers minors in biomedical engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, and systems engineering.

No more than 8 credits of the minor may be used to satisfy program requirements for the major. Hence, all minors add a minimum of 12 credits to the major. Students must have a declared major on record before they can apply for a minor and they must complete all the prerequisites listed for courses in their chosen minor. A 2.00 GPA is required in the courses used to satisfy the minor. Applications for minors require approval of the relevant department.

Please visit the College of Engineering minors page for more information.

Engineering Science Minor for Non-Engineering Students

This minor has been designed for Boston University students who are not enrolled in the College of Engineering, but who want a general introduction to the concepts and applications of engineering. Track A has a mechanical engineering emphasis, Track B has an electrical and computer engineering emphasis, and Track C has a biomedical engineering emphasis.

A minimum grade of C is required in all courses fulfilling the minor and a 20-credit residency in the College of Engineering is required. All course substitutions must be approved by the College of Engineering Undergraduate Committee. Additional information and specifics regarding prerequisites can be obtained from the College of Engineering Undergraduate Records Office.

Requirements

Prerequisites

  • CAS MA 123 Calculus I (4 cr)
  • CAS MA 124 Calculus II (4 cr)
  • CAS PY 211 Physics I (4 cr)

Required Courses (24 credits)

  • CAS MA 226 Differential Equations (4 cr)
  • ENG EK 127 Engineering Computation (4 cr) or ENG EK 128 Engineering Compuation ++ (4cr)
  • Introduction Course (see below) (4 cr)
  • Track A or Track B or Track C (see below) (12 cr)
INTRODUCTION COURSES—CHOOSE 4 CREDITS FROM THE FOLLOWING LIST
  • ENG EK 130 Introduction to Engineering (4 cr)
  • ENG EK 131 Introduction to Engineering (2 cr)
  • ENG EK 132 Introduction to Engineering (2 cr)
  • ENG EK 156 Design and Manufacture (2 cr)

You must select either Track A, B, or C:

TRACK A SEQUENCE (12 CREDITS)— MECHANICAL
  • ENG EK 301 Engineering Mechanics (4 cr) (Prerequisites: CAS PY 211 and ENG EK 127)
  • Two of the following 4-credit courses:
    • ENG ME 302 Engineering Mechanics II (4 cr) (Prerequisite: ENG EK 301)
    • ENG ME 303 Fluid Mechanics I (4 cr) (Prerequisite: ENG EK 301)
    • ENG ME 304 Thermodynamics (4 cr) (Prerequisite: CAS PY 211)
    • ENG ME 305 Mechanics of Materials (4 cr) (Prerequisite: ENG EK 301)
    • ENG ME 306 Material Science (4 cr) (Prerequisite: CAS PY 212)
    • ENG ME 419 Heat Transfer (4 cr) (Prerequisites: ENG ME 303 and ME 304)
TRACK B SEQUENCE (12 CREDITS)—ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER
  • ENG EK 307 Electric Circuits (4 cr)
  • Any three 4-credit EC courses at the 300 level or above
TRACK C SEQUENCE (12 CREDITS)—BIOMEDICAL
  • ENG BE 209 Princ. Molecular Cell Biology & Biotech. (4 cr) (Prerequisites: CAS PY 212, CAS CH 102 or CH 131, ENG EK 127, ENG BE 200)

Option I

  • ENG EK 307 Electric Circuits (4 cr) (Corequisites: CAS MA 226 and PY 212)
  • One of the following 4-credit courses:
    • ENG BE 401 Signals and Systems in Biomedical Engineering (4 cr) (Prerequisites: CAS MA 226 and ENG EK 307)
    • ENG EC 424 Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics (4 cr) (Prerequisites: CAS PY 212, MA 225, and CH 102)

Option II

  • ENG EK 301 Engineering Mechanics I (4 cr) (Prerequisites: CAS MA 211 and ENG EK 127)
  • One of the following 4-credit courses:
    • ENG BE 436 Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics (4 cr) (Prerequisites: CAS MA 226 and ENG EK 301)
    • ENG BE 420 Introduction to Solid Biomechanics (4 cr) (Prerequisites: CAS MA 226 and ENG EK 301)
    • ENG EK 424 Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics (4 cr) (Prerequisites: CAS PY 212, MA 225, and CH 102)

Minors in Other Schools/Colleges at BU

College of Engineering students may earn minors in a variety of programs in the School of Management, the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Communication, Sargent College, and the College of Fine Arts. Although minors are not available through the School of Education, students may fulfill teacher certification requirements in mathematics or in the sciences. No more than 8 credits of a minor can be applied to the student’s major program. Therefore, a minor adds a minimum of 12 credits to the number of credits required for the degree. Students must complete an Application for Minor form and have it approved by both the school or college of the minor and the College of Engineering. Application forms are available in the Undergraduate Records Office, ERB 108.