Carnegie Mellon University

Cellular & Molecular Biotechnology (CMBT) Track

Note: This track in not offered to Classes of 2027+


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 an 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. 


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 in 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

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 (12)
42-621 Principles of Immunoengineering and Development of Immunotherapy Drugs (9)
42-624 Biological Transport and Drug Delivery (9)

Additional Electives

42-616 Bio-nanotechnology: Principles and Applications (9)
42-626 Drug Delivery Systems (9)
42-645/24-655 Cellular Biomechanics (9)
03-320 Cell Biology (9)
06-722 Bioprocess Design (12)
42-X00 BME Research* or  39-500 CIT Honors Thesis* or 42-6XX Clinical Course (Surgery for Engineers/ Precision Medicine/ICU Medicine) (9-12)

* The 42-x00 research project (42-200/300/400 Sophomore/Junior/Senior Biomedical Engineering Research Project OR 39-500 CIT 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 credit.

Some Special Topics and newly offered or intermittently offered courses may be acceptable as track electives. Students should consult with their BME advisors and petition the BME Undergraduate Affairs Committee for permission to include such courses as track electives. The course petition form can be found here.


Revised (10/31/2023)