Minor in Engineering Science

This minor is available to Boston University students who are not enrolled in the College of Engineering but want a general introduction to the concepts and applications of Engineering. Track A has a Mechanical Engineering emphasis, Track B has an Electrical & Computer Engineering emphasis, and Track C has a Biomedical Engineering emphasis.

  • A Minor in Engineering Science is earned through completion of 20 credits. Twelve credits must be unique to the minor and may not count toward the fulfillment of majors or additional minors.
    • CAS MA 226 and ENG EK 125 are required.
    • The remaining 12 credits are to be selected from among the courses outlined for each track (below).
  • Students are expected to obtain the necessary background (prerequisites or equivalents) to complete their chosen minor program.
  • A minimum 2.00 GPA is required in the courses used to satisfy the minor, with no grade less than a C–.
  • Applications for the Minor in Engineering Science must be approved by the Associate Chair of Undergraduate Programs of the relevant engineering department. Students should then return the completed form to their college of major.
  • All course substitutions must be approved by the College of Engineering Undergraduate Committee.
  • Students planning to pursue a Minor in Engineering Science should apply as early as possible to facilitate course planning.

Minor Prerequisites

Requirements

  • CAS MA 226 Differential Equations (4 cr)
  • ENG EK 125 Introduction to Programming for Engineers (4 cr)
  • Track A, Track B, or Track C (see below) (12 cr)

Track Emphasis

Select one track below, totaling 12 credits. A higher level (300+) course in the program associated with each track (e.g., ME for Track A) may be petitioned as a substitute for one of the electives indicated in the respective lists below.

Track A (Mechanical Engineering emphasis)

Track B (Electrical & Computer Engineering emphasis)

  • ENG EK 307 Electric Circuits (4 cr)
  • ENG EC 300+—any EC course at the 300+ level (4 cr; any prerequisites for courses at this level must be completed prior to enrollment)
  • ENG EC 300+—any EC course at the 300+ level (4 cr; any prerequisites for courses at this level must be completed prior to enrollment)

Track C, Option 1 (Biomedical Engineering emphasis)

  • ENG BE 209 Principles of Molecular Cell Biology and Biotechnology (CAS BI 203 is also accepted) (4 cr)
  • ENG EK 307 Electric Circuits (4 cr)
  • Select one course from the list below. (4 cr)
    • ENG BE 403 Biomedical Signals and Controls (4 cr)
    • ENG EK 424 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (4 cr)

Track C, Option 2 (Biomedical Engineering emphasis)

  • ENG BE 209 Principles of Molecular Cell Biology and Biotechnology (CAS BI 203 is also accepted) (4 cr)
  • ENG EK 301 Engineering Mechanics I (4 cr)
  • Select one course from the list below. (4 cr)
    • ENG BE 420 Introduction to Solid Biomechanics (4 cr)
    • ENG BE 436 Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics (4 cr)
    • ENG EK 424 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (4 cr)

For additional information and specifics regarding prerequisites, please consult with the appropriate Undergraduate Associate Chair listed below. The student should be directed back to their primary college after receiving approval from the appropriate associate chair:

Track A (Mechanical): Professor Caleb Farny
Track B (Electrical & Computer): Professor Tali Moreshet
Track C (Biomedical): Professor Irving Bigio

To apply for the minor, visit the Engineering Science minor page on the College of Engineering website.