Our Minors

The UNL College of Engineering encourages our students to enhance their major/academic program by considering a minor, allowing for advanced knowledge in specific areas. The minors below provide added expertise in fast-growing career areas. College and faculty advisers can help you determine if a minor will benefit your education and how to get started.

Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering students doing tests in a lab with a computer. With a minor in Biomedical Engineering (BME), you can increase opportunities to take part in one of the fastest growing areas of engineering research and industrial growth. A BME minor, coupled with a degree in one of the engineering majors on the Lincoln campus of the UNL College of Engineering, can lead to careers in medical research, teaching, industrial and government health care, and in medical practice. Ever-growing applications of BME include tissue engineering, biomaterials, biomechanics, biosensors, bioinstrumentation, nanobiology, medical imaging, robotics and ergonomics, as well as clinical, orthopaedic and rehabilitation engineering.

The BME minor requires 24 credit hours and is multidisciplinary. Courses in biology and physiology are required, as well as a minimum of two biomedical engineering courses from outside your engineering major. Depending on your major and the choice of electives within your major, from two to seven additional courses may be needed to complete this minor.

Energy Science
Energy Science students looking at a car Energy is the currency of the future. Make it part of your expertise with a minor in Energy Sciences. Learn how energy production and use affect our economy and environment. Explore the social and political ramifications of energy and natural resources consumption. The minor was developed with support from UNL’s Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research and is offered by the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

In addition to four core classes, a set of three to five upper division, discipline-oriented elective courses are offered in each of four thematic areas: energy and natural resources, plant and animal bioenergy, energy engineering, and energy economics, policy and human dimensions. At least 6 credit hours must be included at the 300 or 400 level from any of the four areas to complete the 18-credit hour minor.

Engineering Leadership
An 18-hour minor in engineering leadership is available through the College of Engineering and the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication. The minor focuses on building the leadership, management, and interpersonal skills needed to solve many of our societal challenges. Students complete a series of leadership, project management and interpersonal skills courses using experiential learning strategies and combine knowledge gained from their majors with strategies and skills to effectively lead in the engineering profession.

International Engineering
International Student overseas This minor is designed to encourage and recognize undergraduate students who enhance their engineering education with courses and experiences consistent with the global nature of engineering and the economy. A minor in International Engineering can increase your marketability in an increasingly energy-dependent, environmentally aware world.

This minor is for engineering majors only:
  • A total of 12 credit hours of courses in international engineering and related courses:
  • A minimum of 3 credit hours must be in ENGR 490 courses
  • A minimum of 6 credit hours must be in 300-level courses or above
  • A maximum of 6 credit hours may be taken Pass/No Pass
  • Two semesters with a minimum of 6 credit hours of college-level foreign language; the actual number of credit hours taken will depend on the specific courses taken by the student.
    Participation in a study abroad experience approved by the associate dean of Academic Affairs and the College of Engineering
  • A minimum of 9 credit hours of the course work listed for the international engineering minor cannot count toward the undergraduate engineering degree or the master of architectural engineering degree.
    Note: the respective departments for the Energy Science and International Engineering minors can provide lists of approved elective courses.
Robotics Engineering
In 2014, the UNL College of Engineering began offering a new minor in Robotics Engineering, incorporating courses from several college areas: mechanical engineering, computer engineering and electrical engineering. The minor is available for students on both of the college's campuses in Lincoln and Omaha.