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Biomedical Engineering Minor

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Honing your expertise at the nexus of engineering and medicine.

Students interested in both engineering and the life sciences, especially medicine, should strongly consider a career in biomedical engineering. Biomedical engineering (BME) is defined as the application of the concepts and methods of both engineering and the physical sciences to medicine and biology. Biomedical engineering is a rapidly expanding field of study where engineers are applying their knowledge and expertise to developing technologies in the medical field. Examples include prosthetics, implantable medical devices, tissue engineering and medical imaging, among others. This minor provides students with the opportunity to see the latest advancements in the medical field and to see how engineering principles may be applied to improve the lives of patients and caretakers. The biomedical engineering field covers a very broad range of topics from formalized mathematical theory through experimental science and technological development to practical clinical applications. BME is a broad multidisciplinary field that offers rewarding careers related to computer science, electrical engineering, engineering physics, mathematics and statistics, mechanical engineering, software engineering and agricultural and biosystems engineering. SDSU has long prepared students for careers in biomedical engineering by tailoring their engineering degrees for this specialty. Engineering students who complete the 18-credit minor will be well-prepared for engineering careers in industry or for entering graduate or professional programs in biomedical engineering or medicine. SDSU has placed graduates in the top M.D. and biomedical engineering graduate schools throughout the country.

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.