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Engineering a Healthier Future

Course Descriptions

Biomedical Engineering Department Courses

BE 500 Special Topics (3 cr)

This course varies by semester and covers topics not covered in the other coursework. The course may not be offered every semester. For each semester it is offered a description will be included in HUB.

BE 501 Human Biology for Biomedical Engineers (3 cr)

Basic principles molecular and cell biology and introductory physiology in the context of biomedical engineering. Topics include basic human molecular biology, structure-function of biomolecules, cell architecture, cell membrane, membrane transport, cell communication, cell cycle, basic genetics, tissue hemostasis, basic biological activities, and organization of human body. Understanding of molecular and cellular principles in physiological and pathological condition. Application of basic biology in engineering application. Use of engineering principles to understand biological systems.

BE 520 Biomaterials in Regenerative Medicine (3 cr)

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.

BE 550 Orthopedic Biomaterials and Devices (3 cr)

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). This course will expose students to problem-oriented design with special emphasis on practical problems encountered in orthopedic surgery.

BE 555 Biomechanics and Mechanobiology (3 cr)

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.

BE 560 Intro to MRI (3 cr)

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.

BE 570 Medical Nanotechnology (3 cr)

Nanotechnology is rapidly having a transformational impact on medicine. This main goal of this course is to introduce new and exciting recent advances in nanotechnology, with respect to medical and biomedical engineering applications. Topics covered will include how emerging concepts in nanotechnology can impact diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to medical applications. Students will be asked to present and lead topic discussions, prepare literature reviews, and draft and evaluate NIH-style proposals.

BE 572 Biomedical Microtechnology and Nanotechnology (3 cr)

This course will introduce principles and applications of micro/nanotechnologies for biomedicine. Topics include biomimetic nanostructure, micro/nanofabrication, micro/nanofluidics, nanomedicine, biosensors, BioMEMS, micro/nano-manipulation and nanotoxicology. 

BE 580 BioMEMS Fabrication Laboratory (3 cr)

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.

BE 597 Engineering Project (1-6 CR)

Student's enroll in this course when conducting research pertaining to and during the completion of their Master's Project. This course is required for students completing a Project, and only Project students are allowed to take it towards their degree requirements.

BE 598 Individual Problems (1-6 CR)

This informal course allows students to perform directed research in an independent study to explore a specific problem or topic. The student will present their findings in an NIH-style paper or presentation as directed by their faculty advisor at the end of the term.

BE 599 Master's Research (1-6 CR)

Student's enroll in this course when conducting research pertaining to and during the completion of their Master's thesis. This course is required for students completing a Thesis, and only thesis students are allowed to take it towards their degree requirements.

BE 699 Dissertation Research (1-12 CR)

Student's enroll in this course when conducting research pertaining to and during the completion of their Ph.D. dissertation.