Minor in Cellular Agriculture

The undergraduate minor in Cellular Agriculture provides students with the opportunity to advance tissue engineering research and the production of affordable, nutritious, protein-rich foods, and translate cellular agriculture research into food industry innovation that has high consumer acceptance and positive environmental and societal benefits. The minor is a convergence of many disciplines with new cross-disciplinary knowledge in an emerging field. The minor is available to students both in the School of Engineering and the School of Arts & Sciences.

Program Director: David Kaplan, Distinguished Professor and Stern Family Professor of Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering


A minor in Cellular Agriculture consists of six courses. Students interested in the minor should speak with Program Director David Kaplan or contact Department Manager Lorin Polidora early in their undergraduate careers to ensure the requirements for the minor are met.

Please utilize the Cellular Agriculture Minor Tracking Form as you progress through the program. Courses that are part of a minor may NOT be taken pass/fail.

Core (two courses)

These courses are required, no substitutions allowed.

  • BME-0173: Cellular Agriculture & Biofabricated Foods (Fall semester)
  • BME-0174: Cellular Agriculture & Cultured Meat Lab (Spring semester)

Project (one course)

This component is required, substitutions are allowed at the discretion of minor program director. The research project must be approved prior to registration.

  • BME-0091: Undergraduate Research (Fall)
  • or BME-0092: Undergraduate Research (Spring)

Electives (three courses)

Choose courses from the list below. Alternative courses may be proposed based on student interest, and they must be approved by the minor program director prior to enrollment.

Select two courses from: 

  • ANTH-0030: Food, Nutrition, and Culture
  • ANTH-0142: American Meat
  • BIO-0185: Food4All: Ecology, Technology, & Sustainability 
  • CHBE-0102: Reactor Design
  • CHBE-0159: Synthetic Biology
  • CHBE-0166: Cell & Microbe Cultivation
  • ENV-0009: Food Systems: From Farm to Table
  • ENV-0100: Sustainability in Action
  • ENV-0190: Practicing in Food Systems 
  • ME-0125: Mechanics of Materials at the Micro & Nano Scale
  • NU-0106: Nutrition-Related Consumer Marketing
  • NU-0161: Sustainability on the Farm
  • NU-0163: Sustainability and Food Consumer
  • STS-0195: Seminar: Politics, Policies, and Risk in Science and Technology

Select one course from:

  • BME-0184: BME Entrepreneurship & Strategy 
  • EM-0052: Technical & Managerial Communication
  • ENT-0100: Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurial Thinking 
  • ENT-0107: Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • ENT-0109: Societal Aspects of Design: Integration, Innovation, and Impact
  • ENT-0162: Bringing Products to Market
  • NU-0189: Nutrition and Entrepreneurship