Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog
2016-17

Biomedical Engineering - Courses

BE 201 Principles of Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering

Introduces students to biomedical engineering. Provides an introduction to bioengineering labs and confidence in performing a lab, and provides competence in technical writing and an introduction to writing lab reports. Finally, students will learn how to assemble a poster presentation and gain an understanding of its important in conveying science and technological findings to their community.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: MTH 141 and (PHY 101 or PHY 107);
Approved and Intended Biomedical Engineering Majors Only



BE 202 Applied Medical and Engineering Biology
Biomedical Engineering

Emphasizes foundations of our understanding of cells, cell organelles, membrane structure, bioenergetics, photosynthesis, cytoskeleton, cell matrix, cell cycle, protein trafficking, nucleic acids, and cell reproduction. Engineering applications of this material are stressed.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: CHE 102 or CHE 106 or CHE 108;
Approved and Intended Biomedical Engineering Majors Only



BE 304 Principles of Medical Imaging
Biomedical Engineering

A one semester course covering the basic aspects of medical imaging. The most commonly used imaging modalities (projection x-ray, computed tomography, nuclear medicine, magnetic resonance, ultrasound, and microscopy) are discussed in terms of the mathematics, the physical systems, data produced, and the quality of these data.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: MTH 142;
Co-Requisites: BE 202;
Approved Biomedical Engineering Majors Only


BE 305 Biomaterials and Mechanics
Biomedical Engineering

This course will introduce the common biomaterials used in biological and medical applications, including metals, polymers, ceramics, composites, etc; properties of biomaterials (physical properties and surface characteristics); interactions of biomaterials with cells and tissues (biocompatibility); testing of biomaterials and biodegradation. This course will also introduce the concepts and models of solid biomechanics, which is an important physical property of the biomaterials.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: (PHY 108 or PHY 118) and PHY 158;
Co-Requisites: BE 201;
Approved Biomedical Engineering Majors Only



BE 307 Biomedical Circuits and Signals
Biomedical Engineering

Designed for BE juniors. Explores fundamental knowledge of biological signals and the circuitry and software used to acquire, analyze, and process these circuits and signals. Reviews basic properties of signals and systems, develops an in-depth knowledge of electronic circuit design, and exposes students to problem-oriented design with special emphasis on problems particular to biomedical applications, and integrates the physiological concepts with electronic design to prepare the students for solving problems in any area of biomedical engineering. Teaches LabView, a graphical programming tool for virtual instrumentation. Students will develop skills to analyze, design, and build both real and virtual instruments for biomedical research applications and prototyping of medical devices.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: (PHY 108 or PHY 118) and PHY 158 and EAS 230;
Co-Requisites: BE 201;
Approved Biomedical Engineering Majors Only


BE 308 Biofluid Mechanics
Biomedical Engineering

Principles of fluid mechanics as applied in physiological systems with the primary focus on the human circulatory system. This course will prepare students for advanced topics in biofluids transport, cardiovascular biomechanics, and biofluids modeling.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: BE 305 and MTH 241 and MTH 306;
Approved Biomedical Engineering Majors Only



BE 310 Biomedical Chemical Principles 2
Biomedical Engineering

Fundamentals of biological chemistry and organic chemistry with a focus on applications and engineering design. Organic chemistry basics (i.e. carbon compounds) such as bonding, stereochemistry and reaction mechanism.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: BE 309 or CHE 201 or CHE 203;
Co-Requisites: BE 202;
Approved Biomedical Engineering Majors Only


BE 400 Biomedical Engineering Special Topics
Biomedical Engineering

Topics and instructors vary by semester as determined by instructor, but each will focus on current aspects of or new technologies within Biomedical Engineering.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



BE 403 Biomedical Instrumentation
Biomedical Engineering

Introduction to biomedical instrumentation covering clinical and research measurements. Covers topics in biomedical electronics, measurement techniques, understanding of transducers used in measurements and system for physical, optical, electrical, mechanical, thermal transductions mechanics. Specifically measurement techniques using biopotential electrodes, strain transducers, pressure sensors, flow sensors, biochemical sensors are discussed. Further, this course also introduces students to basic principles in data acquisition and signal processing of sensory data.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: BE 304 and BE 307 and BE 312;
Approved Biomedical Engineering Majors Only


BE 405 Transport Processes in Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering

Covers the basic molecular mechanics of fluid and electrolyte transport across cell membranes and epithelia. Emphasizes the description of these mechanisms using mathematical formulations and computer modeling. Describes the extraction of parameters from experimental data. subjects include osmotic pressure, conversion of energy between electrical, chemical and physical quantities, application of these principles to ion homeostasis, transport and signaling. Also examines organ level applications in the neuronal action potential, cell volume regulation and water transport.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: BE 308 and BE 310;
Approved Biomedical Engineering Majors Only



BE 406 Biomedical Systems Engineering
Biomedical Engineering

Applies quantitative systems engineering tools to model cellular processes (e.g. metabolism, signal transduction) from large scale molecular datasets in order to predict cellular behavior and identify optimum strategies to alter it for therapeutic or other purposes. Emphasizes (i) the technologies used for global, cell-wide monitoring of cellular processes, and the associated mathematical and computational frameworks for analysis of this information, and (ii) the application of systems engineering principles and methodologies on the study of complex, large-scale biological systems.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: EAS 230 and BE 312 and MTH 306;
Approved Biomedical Engineering Majors Only


BE 420 Biomaterials in Regenerative Medicine
Biomedical Engineering

This course will introduce the concepts and approaches for biomaterial application in the field of regenerative medicine. Significance and role of biomaterials in tissue regeneration, drug delivery, sensors and imaging. Chemical, physical, thermal, mechanical properties of polymers, natural material, ceramics and metals as biomaterials Response of biomaterials. Material sources, scale-up, processing and manufacturability. Methodologies for scaffolding, surface modification and recognition, micro/nanoparticle fabrication. Current status of biomaterial development.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: BE 305 And CHE 201 or CHE 203
Approved Biomedical Engineering Majors Only



BE 430 Bio Micro Sensors and Devices
Biomedical Engineering

The course focuses on the design, fabrication and operation of microsensors for biomedical applications, in particular for wearable devices. The course begins with an overview of sensing concepts in general (sensitivity vs. selectivity, linearity, drift, etc.) and then covers measurement and detection limits. Then it covers sensing methods. There is a discussion of microfabrication techniques as they apply to microsensors, for silicon-based devices and organic devices. Microarrays are also introduced. Finally, the course finishes with a discussion of state-of-the-art point-of-care devices and a discussion of FDA regulations.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: BE 301 and BE 307 and approved BME majors


BE 442 Introduction to Biomedical Optics and Ultrasound
Biomedical Engineering

This course is designed for BME seniors and graduate students. This course content covers the fundamentals of biomedical optics and ultrasound and their applications in medical imaging and therapy.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: BE 304 and 307; BE majors only.



BE 450 Orthopedic Science and Engineering
Biomedical Engineering

This course is designed for BME undergraduate students. The course content is directed towards developing a fundamental knowledge of orthopedic basic science and engineering (functional anatomy, biology, injury mechanisms, and repair techniques/devices/therapeutics). This course will expose students to problem-oriented design with special emphasis on practical problems encountered in orthopedic surgery.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: BE 202 and BE 305


BE 451 Electrochemical Aspects of Metallic Biomaterials
Biomedical Engineering

This lecture based course will cover relevant aspects of metallurgy, materials science, surface science, corrosion science, and elctrochemical characterization of metallic biomaterials used for orthopedic and dental applications

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: BE305LR



BE 455 Biomechanics and Mechanobiology
Biomedical Engineering

This course provides an introduction to both the mechanical behavior of cell and tissues and the biological responses of these biological systems to mechanical stimuli. Topics include subcellular and cellular mechanics, tissue mechanics, experimental methods and theoretical modeling for cell and tissue mechanics, mechanotransduction, mechanoregulation of development, mechanoregulation of diseases, experimental methods for mechanobiology.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: BE 305 or permission of instructor


BE 460 Introduction to Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Biomedical Engineering

This course covers topics related to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) including: Magnetic resonance signal generation and detection; spatial encodings; image formation and reconstruction; image contrasts; biomedical applications; advanced imaging techniques.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: Approved Biomedical Engineering Major



BE 462 Engineering Principles of Computer Tomography
Biomedical Engineering

This class is an introduction to fundamental aspects of Computed Tomography Principles, design Artifacts and Recent Advances. Students will learn basic description of the reconstruction, artifacts and image representation associate with the Computed Tomography Acquisition.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: BE 462


BE 472 Biomedical Microtechnology and Nanotechnology
Biomedical Engineering

This course will introduce principles and applications of micro/nanotechnologies for biomedicine. Topics include biomimetic nanostructure, micro/nanofabrication, micro/nanofluidics, nanomedicine, biosensors and nanotoxicology. Students with satisfactory completion of the course will have a demonstrated knowledge of how to apply micro/nanotechnology to address biomedical problems.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: BE 309 or CHE 201 or CHE 203;
Co-Requisites: BE 202;
Approved Biomedical Engineering Majors Only



BE 480 BioMEMS Fabrication Laboratory
Biomedical Engineering

An introduction into design and fabrication of microelectro mechanical systems for biological and biomedical applications (BioMEMS). Goal is to introduce students to the practice of device fabrication including mask layout, photolithography, chemical etching, thin film deposition, and polymer micromolding through hands on laboratory sessions. Basic cleanroom etiquette and device metrology will also be covered.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: BE 301 and BE 305 and approved BME majors only


BE 493 Research and Design in Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering

This course is an introduction to engineering research and design as applied to biomedical topics, and serves as a first semester of two semesters of senior capstone design (the subsequent course is BE 494 Senior Capstone Design Project). In this course segment the students will learn basic research tools as well as develop skills in project planning for their senior design project. Students will gain experience in group engineering design. By the end of the semester, students will have used these skills to have an initial project plan and schedule for the realization of a biomedical-related device or system. Students are required to attend weekly class meetings

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: BE 201 and BE 311 and BE 312;
Approved Biomedical Engineering Majors Only;
Senior Standing Required



BE 494 Senior Capstone Design Project
Biomedical Engineering

Participation in group engineering design. By the end of the semester, students will design and demonstrate a biomedical-related device or system that is a culmination of their previous biomedical engineering courses. Weekly meetings allow students to discuss problems.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: BE 493;
Approved Biomedical Engineering Majors Only


BE 496 Biomedical Engineering Internship
Biomedical Engineering

This course is designed to allow students to gain credits for their Biomedical Engineering degree while applying the skills and knowledge learned in an industry position. This is a variable unit course, up to three (3) credits. The number of credits to be earned is designated by the number of credits for which the student registers. For each credit hour, a minimum of forty-five (45) hours at the internship or jobsite must be completed.

Credits: 1-3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Other Requisites: Biomedical Engineering Majors only; Seniors only.



BE 498 Undergraduate Research
Biomedical Engineering

Students work with the faculty members on research problems. Topics vary by professor.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: BE 302
Approved Biomedical Engineering Majors Only


BE 499 Independent Study
Biomedical Engineering

Independent study allows individualized guidance of a faculty member; allows students to study a particular topic that is not offered in the curriculum but is of interest to both the student and faculty member. Requires dual registration in department office.Independent study under the guidance of a faculty member.

Credits: 1-3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: Permission of instructor and student's adviser; Approved Biomedical Engineering Majors




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