Electives

Choice of technical electives

Students are required to take at least 48 points of engineering content coursework toward their degree. The 48 points is a criterion established by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Taking into consideration the number of engineering content points conferred by the required courses of the BME curriculum, students are advised to complete the remainder of their engineering course work by taking technical electives that are clearly engineering in nature. The requirements for each track are:

  • Cell and tissue engineering track requires 4.5 of the required 9 points of technical electives to be from engineering courses
  • Biomechanics track, 2.5 points of technical electives must be from engineering courses
  • Biosignals and Biomedical Imaging track, core requirements satisfy the 48 points of engineering content

The following are considered technical elective courses with sufficient engineering content to count towards the 48 units of engineering courses required for ABET-accredited engineering degrees. Always confirm your selection of courses with your advisor before signing up.

  1. All 3000-level or higher courses in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, except BMEN E4010, BMEN E4103, BMEN E4104, BMEN E4105, BMEN E4106, BMEN E4107, and BMEN E4108
  2. All 3000-level or higher courses in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, except MECE E4007: Creative engineering and entrepreneurship
  3. All 3000-level or higher courses in the Department of Chemical Engineering, except CHEN E4020: Safeguarding intellectual and business property
  4. All 3000-level or higher courses in the Department of Electrical Engineering, except EEHS E3900: History of telecommunications: from the telegraph to the Internet
  5. All 3000-level or higher courses in the Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics program, except CIEN E4128, E4129, E4130, E4131, E4132, E4133, E4134, E4135, and E4136.
  6. All 3000-level or higher courses in the Earth and Environmental Engineering program

Any course from the following departments is NOT ALLOWED to count towards the 48 units of engineering courses required for ABET-accredited engineering degrees.

  1. Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
  2. Department of Computer Science
  3. Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
  4. All 3000-level or higher courses in the Materials Science program

For details on individual courses see http://www.columbia.edu/cu/bulletin/uwb/

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Students engaged in independent research projects can sign up to receive up to 3 credit points toward their technical elective requirements. The research credit may be considered engineering content depending on the nature of the project. At no time can a student be both paid and receive credit for performing research, see here for more details on undergraduate research.


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