Cell and Molecular Biology and Biomedical Engineering Program (B.S. and M.S.) major

Effective Date: Fall 2011

May be elected as a departmental major

Exclusions: Students who elect a major in CMB:BME may not elect the following majors: Biology; General Biology; Cell and Molecular Biology; Microbiology; Plant Biology; Biochemistry; or Neuroscience. They may also not elect a minor in Biology; Plant Biology; Chemistry; or Biochemistry.

This program is designed for students enrolled in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. The Department of MCDB (College of LSA) and the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) (College of Engineering ) jointly administer the program. A matriculating student will receive the BS in Cell and Molecular Biology from the College of LSA and an MS in Biomedical Engineering from the College of Engineering upon completion of all program requirements. A student will apply to both the Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Biomedical Engineering Departments for entrance. A student will be admitted into the program only after completing the first year of the major prerequisites with a GPA of 3.2 or higher. Advisors from the Departments of MCDB and BME must approve admission to the program.

Prerequisites to the Major.

  • BIOLOGY 171, 172/174, 173; or BIOLOGY 195 and 173; or BIOLOGY 162 or 163
  • CHEM 210, 211, 215, 216;
  • MATH 115 and 116;
  • PHYSICS 125/127 and 126/128; or PHYSICS 135/136 and 235/236; or 140/141 and 240/241.
  • ENGR 101 or EECS 183

A.   Undergraduate Major (BS Phase). 51 credits.

  1. Core courses:
    • Genetics: BIOLOGY 305;
    • Biochemistry: MCDB 310 or BIOLCHEM 415 or CHEM 351
    • Cellular and Molecular Biology: MCDB 306; MCDB 427; MCDB 428 or BIOMEDE 418; MCDB 429.
  2. Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology: one course (such as MCDB 401, 402, 403, 405, 411, 413, 415, 418, 419, 422, 423, 426, 430, 435, 436, 437, 441, 444, 450, 455, 456, 469, 489, 504, and 589; appropriate sections of MCDB 401; MCDB 400) selected in consultation with, and approved by, the program advisors. (BIOMEDE 584 is elected in the graduate phase, and does not count toward this requirement.)
  3. Biology Elective:One course chosen in consultation with, and approved by, the program advisors. This course can be any BIOLOGY, EEB, or MCDB course at the 200-, 300-, or 400-level (except BIOLOGY 200, 201, 262; EEB 300, 302, MCDB 300, 302, 320, or 412). One course in Evolution, Ecology, or Organismal Biology is strongly encouraged, as is undergraduate research.
  4. Engineering courses:
    1. BIOMEDE 419 (BIOMEDE 419 counts as an advanced CMB course in the CMB major).
    2. Choose a Track
      1. Biomedical Engineering Track: BIOMEDE 221, 321, and 331
      2. Chemical Engineering track:CHE 230, 330, AND either CHE 342 or 344.
  5. Cognates:
    1. Statistics: STATS 400, 401, 412, or 425.
    2. Mathematics: MATH 215 and 216.


B.   MS (Graduate) Phase. 

  • Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology: BIOMEDE 584.
  • Graduate Biomedical Engineering Core:BIOMEDE 500, 550, and 590.
  • Graduate Engineering: seven credits, chosen in consultation with the program advisor.
  • One advanced Mathematics course:three credits, chosen in consultation with the program advisor.
  • One advanced Statistics course:three credits, chosen in consultation with the program advisor.



Upon acceptance into the program, each student will be assigned two advisors, one in MCDB and one in Biomedical Engineering. Student course selections must be approved by both advisors each term.

MS phase

A student may apply to the M.S. phase during the fourth year, when the student has achieved senior standing. For admission to the M.S. phase, the student must minimally have completed all major prerequisites and be judged by both academic advisors as making satisfactory progress towards the B.S. At this time, the student must formally apply to the Rackham Graduate School for admission to the M.S. program in Biomedical Engineering. Students with a 3.2 or higher cumulative GPA in the B.S. program in CMB and who are judged by both academic advisors as making timely progress towards the B.S. degree will be admitted to the M.S. phase. Students will be charged graduate tuition for only one academic year. Students are never jointly enrolled in LSA and Rackham; however, students can begin to take graduate BME courses as undergraduates with the permission of the instructor.

Please see the Rackham website for specific policies: www.rackham.umich.edu/help/academic_records/sugs_information_for_engineering/  


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