Biomedical Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

Cellular & Molecular Biotechnology (CMBT) Track

Overview

The CMBT track emphasizes fundamentals and applications of biochemistry, biophysics, and cell biology, and processes on the nanometer to micrometer size scale. Students in this track acquire understanding of the molecular and cellular bases of life processes, and build skills in quantitative modeling of live cell-based biotechnologies and in technologies that exploit the unique properties of biomolecules in non-biological settings. 

Targets

The CMBT track is ideally suited for the combined education of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering, which provides a strong core of chemistry and molecular processing principles. The track may also interest students of Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, or Civil & Environmental Engineering who have an interest in molecular aspects of Biomedical Engineering. The CMBT track prepares students for careers in bio/pharmaceutical, medical diagnostics, biosensors, drug delivery, and biological aspects of environmental engineering.

Track Requirements (Classes of 2017 to 2019)

Track Requirements (Classes of 2020 and Onward)

In addition to the Biomedical Engineering core requirements, students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • One (1) Required CMBT Elective
  • Two (2) CMBT Electives (either Required or Additional)

Required Electives (must take at least one of the following)

42-620 Engineering Molecular Cell Biology – Fall
42-623 Cellular and Molecular Biotechnology - Fall, intermittent
42-624 Biological Transport and Drug Delivery – Spring

Additional Electives

03-240 Cell Biology – Spring
42-622/06-622 Bioprocess Design – Spring, intermittent
42-643/24-615/06-623 Microfluidics – Spring, intermittent
42-645/24-655 Cellular Biomechanics – Intermittent
42-646/06-646/24-657 Molecular Biomechanics – Spring, every other year
42-698B Stem Cell Engineering – Spring, every other year
42-772 Applied Nanoscience and Nanotechnology – Fall
42-X00 BME Research* OR 39-500 CIT Honors Thesis* OR 42-661 Surgery for Engineers – Spring OR 42-671 Precision Medicine for Biomedical Engineers – Fall

* The 42-X00 research project (42-200/300/400 Sophomore/Junior/Senior Biomedical Engineering Research Project OR 39-500 Honors Research Project) must be on a BME topic that is aligned to the track, supervised or co-supervised by a BME faculty member, and conducted for 9 or more units of credits.

Some Special Topics and newly offered or intermittently offered courses may be acceptable as CMBT track electives. Students should consult with their Biomedical Engineering advisors and petition the Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Affairs Committee for permission to include such courses as CMBT track electives.

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Track Requirements (Classes of 2017 to 2019)

In addition to the Biomedical Engineering core requirements, students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • One (1) CMBT Gateway Course
  • One (1) Required CMBT Elective
  • Two (2) other Electives (either one of the two options)
    • One (1) CMBT Elective (either Required or Additional) and one (1) Restricted Elective
    • Two (2) CMBT Electives (either Required or Additional)

Gateway Course

03-231 Biochemistry – Fall OR
03-232 Biochemistry – Spring

Note that only 03-232 satisfies Chemistry Engineering course requirements. Either 03-231 or 03-232 satisfies Materials Science & Engineering requirements. Organic Chemistry I 09-217 is a pre-requisite of 03-232.

Electives

Required Electives (must take at least one of the following)

42-620 Engineering Molecular Cell Biology – Fall
42-623 Cellular and Molecular Biotechnology - Fall, intermittent
42-624 Biological Transport and Drug Delivery – Spring

Additional Electives

03-240 Cell Biology – Spring
42-622/06-622 Bioprocess Design – Spring, intermittent
42-643/24-615/06-623 Microfluidics – Spring, intermittent
42-645/24-655 Cellular Biomechanics – Intermittent
42-646/06-646/24-657 Molecular Biomechanics – Spring, every other year
42-698B Stem Cell Engineering – Spring, every other year
42-772 Applied Nanoscience and Nanotechnology – Fall

Restricted Electives

42-X00 BME Research*
39-500 CIT Honors Thesis*
42-302 Systems Modeling and Analysis for Biomedical Engineering - Fall
42-661 Surgery for Engineers – Spring
42-663 Computational Methods in Biomedical Engineering – Spring
42-664 Bioinstrumentation – Fall
42-671 Precision Medicine for Biomedical Engineers – Fall

*The research project (42-200/300/400 Sophomore/Junior/Senior Biomedical Engineering Research Project OR 39-500 CIT Honors Thesis) must be on a biomedical engineering topic supervised or co-supervised by a core or courtesy Biomedical Engineering faculty member and for 9 or more units.

Some Special Topics and newly offered or intermittently offered courses may be acceptable as CMBT track electives. Students should consult with their Biomedical Engineering advisors and petition the Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Affairs Committee for permission to include such courses as CMBT track electives.

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Revised 08/24/2016