Undergraduate Program

Undergraduate Courses

Please see below for detailed information on the courses offered this year.

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Spring

Check the course schedules/descriptions available via the Registrar's Office for the official schedules for the widest range of terms for which such information is available.


Below you will find a list of all undergraduate courses that have been offered.

NOTE: Not all of these courses are offered in any given year.

BME 099 BIOMATL'S & COMPUTATION LAB

Shared lab course for BME221 and BME245.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

BME 101 INTRODUCTION TO BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

An introductory overview of the multi-disciplinary field of biomedical engineering. Application of elementary engineering principles to the analyses of physiological systems. Course topics include biomechanics, cell and tissue engineering, biosignals, biosystems, bioinstrumentation, medical imaging, medical optics, and bioethics. Includes weekly laboratory and introduction to the use of computers as tools for solving engineering problems.

Prerequisites: Freshmen or sophomores only
Last Offered: Fall 2017

BME 201 FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOMECHANICS

Teaches elementary mechanical equilibrium and motion with extended applications to biology. Lectures present a traditional analysis of idealized particles and rigid bodies. Topics include force and moment balances, frames, trusses and pulleys, systems with friction, mass centers, area moments, and the linear and rotational kinetics and kinematics of rigid bodies. Weekly exercises apply fundamental principles to non-biological problems in two and three dimensions. Weekly problems extend the application to biological problems ranging from human motion to the mechanics of cells. In an end-of-term project students analyze human motion using the MATLAB programming language. This is a required course for BME majors typically taken in the sophomore year. 4 credits. Prerequisites: MTH 161 and 162, BME 101 and PHY 121.

Prerequisites: MTH 161 and 162, BME 101, PHY 121 co-requisite with BME 201P
Last Offered: Fall 2017

BME 201P MATLAB for Biomedical Engineering

Fundamentals of computer programming in MATLAB. Emphasis on programming basics, such as syntax, loop structures, logic, input/output, and graphics.

Prerequisites: Co-requisite: BME 201
Last Offered: Fall 2017

BME 210 BIOSYSTEMS & CIRCUITS

Introduction to electrical circuit theory. Examples will include bioelectric systems and signals and models of biological systems.

Prerequisites: PHY 122, MTH 162, BME 201P
Last Offered: Spring 2017

BME 212 VISCO IN BIO TISSUES

Viscoelastic materials have the capacity to both store and dissipate energy. As a result, properly describing their mechanical behavior lies outside the scope of both solid mechanics and fluid mechanics. This course will develop constitutive relations and strategies for solving boundary value problems in linear viscoelastic materials. In addition, the closely-related biphasic theory for fluid-filled porous solids will be introduced. An emphasis will be placed on applications to cartilage, tendon, ligament, muscle, blood vessels, and other biological tissues. Advanced topics including non-linear viscoelasticity, composite viscoelasticity and physical mechanisms of viscoelasticity will be surveyed.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

BME 218 INTRODUCTION TO NEUROENGINEERING

Quantitative studies of neural responses at the cellular, circuit, and systems levels. Analytical and computational modeling of neurons, including nonlinear behavior of neurons and neural circuits. Neural coding of information by single cells or neural populations. Applications of neural networks. Techniques for recording and monitoring neural activity, and applications of neural recording and stimulation to neural prostheses.

Prerequisites: BME260, strong math/computing skill recommended or permission of instructor
Last Offered: Fall 2015

BME 221 BIOMEDICAL COMPUTATION & STATISTICS

The application of numerical and statistical methods to model biological systems and interpret biological data, using the MATLAB programming language.

Prerequisites: BME 201, BME201P or permission of instructor
Last Offered: Spring 2017

BME 228 PHYSIOLOGICAL CONTROL SYSTEMS

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of control systems engineering. Topics include frequency domain modeling, time domain stability, transient and steady-state error analysis, root locus and frequency response techniques and feedback system design. Emphasis is placed on analyzing physiological control systems, but the concepts and design techniques are applicable and applied to a wide variety of other systems including mechanical and electrical systems. Graduate students will have more homework problems and additional exam problems.

Prerequisites: Math 163 or 165, ECE 241 or BME 230 (Can be concurrent)
Last Offered: Fall 2017

BME 230 BME SIGNALS, SYSTEMS AND IMAGING

Introduction to continuous and discrete time signals and linear time invariant systems, with applications to BME including imaging. Topics include convolution, Laplace and Z transforms, stability of systems, the Fourier series and transform, noise and filtering, and fundamental concepts in image processing and enhancement. Weekly homework assignments are supplemented with labs every other week. Two Midterms and a comprehensive final exam.

Prerequisites: BME210 OR EQUIVALENT AND MTH163/165
Last Offered: Fall 2017

BME 245 BIOMATERIALS

This course provides a background in biomaterials: basic material properties, specifics on ceramics, polymers and metals used in the body, and special topics related to biomaterials including tissue engineering, biological responses to implanted materials, and drug delivery. You must register for a lab section (BME099) when registering for this course. BME099 will be a shared lab time with BME221. If you are co-enrolled in BME245 and BME221, please register for only one section of BME099.4 credits

Prerequisites: CHM131, CHM132, PHY121, PHY122, MTH 161, MTH162, Biomechanics and BIO110 OR permission of instructor
Last Offered: Spring 2017

BME 251 BIOMEDICAL ULTRASOUND

The course presents the physical basis for the use of high-frequency sound in medicine. Topics include acoustic properties of tissue, sound propagation (both linear and nonlinear) in tissues, interaction of ultrasound with gas bodies (acoustic cavitation and contrast agents), thermal and non-thermal biological effects of utrasound, ultrasonography, dosimetry, hyperthermia and lithotripsy.

Prerequisites: Math 163, Math 164, Physics 122 or Permission of instructor
Last Offered: Spring 2017

BME 253 ULTRASOUND IMAGING

This course investigates the imaging techniques applied in state-of-the-art ultrasound imaging and their theoretical bases. Topics include linear acoustic systems, spatial impulse responses, the k-space formulation, methods of acoustic field calculation, dynamic focusing and apodization, scattering, the statistics of acoustic speckle, speckle correlation, compounding techniques, phase aberration correction, velocity estimation, and flow imaging. A strong emphasis is placed on readings of original sources and student assignments and projects based on realistic acoustic simulations.

Prerequisites: BME230 or ECE241
Last Offered: Fall 2017

BME 255 TRANSLATIONAL BIOMEDICAL OPT

This course provides considerations in designing optical instrument suitable for clinical translation, theory behind the light propagation in biological tissues, and data analysis and interpretation skills. In particular, fundamental theory behind the diffuse optical spectroscopy and tomography, diffuse correlation spectroscopy and photoacoustic tomography will be covered.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

BME 257 ESSENTIAL MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

Cell biology and molecular biology are the core of modern biomedical science, whether applied to systems or to cells. The goal of this course is to provide students with a strong foundation of molecular biology and practical knowledge to support future research efforts, and to enable students without extensive backgrounds in biological sciences grasp fundamentals of molecular biological principles.

Prerequisites: BIO110 or permission of instructor; BME student cannot take BIO202 and BME257 to fulfill major requirements.
Last Offered: Summer 2017

BME 258 HUMAN ANATOMY

Human Anatomy is the detailed study of the human organism at the cellular, tissue and organ systems levels. The relationship between structure and function is covered with emphasis on structural relationships. The course includes both lectures and laboratory sessions, an provides a basis for further professional and clinical experience. (Students should not take both BME (or BIO) 258 and BIO 203.)

Prerequisites: BIO 110 or equivalent
Last Offered: Spring 2017

BME 259 TRANSPORT PHENOMENA IN BIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS

This course will provide and overview of transport phenomena in biological systems that are critical to the function of all living organisms. The fundamental laws and equations of transport phenomena will be applied to topics including cellular, cardiovascular, respiratory, liver and kidney transport, blood flow and rheology, and circulation in tissues and arteries. Students will have homework problem sets, mid-term and final exams. In addition, students will give a presentation at the end of the semester based on a topic related to biological transport that they pick based on their interest.

Prerequisites: CHE 243 or permission of instructor
Last Offered: Fall 2017

BME 260 QUANTITATIVE PHYSIOLOGY

A quantitative, model-oriented approach to physiological systems is presented. Topics include muscle and nerve tissue, the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system, the renal system, and a variety of neural systems

Prerequisites: ECE 113 or BME 210, or permission of instructor
Last Offered: Fall 2017

BME 262 CELL & TISSUE ENGINEERING

This course teaches the principles of modern cell and tissue engineering with a focus on understanding and manipulating the interactions between cells and their environment. After a brief overview of Cell and Tissue Engineering, the course covers 5 areas of the field. These are: 1) Physiology for Tissue Engineering; 2) Bioreactors and Biomolecule Production; 3) Materials for Tissue Engineering; 4) Cell Cultures and Bioreactors and 5) Drug Delivery and Drug Discovery. Within each of these topics the emphasis is on analytical skills and instructors will assume knowledge of chemistry, mass transfer, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and physiology consistent with the Cell and Tissue Engineering Track in BME. In a term project, students must present written and oral reports on a developing or existing application of Cell and Tissue Engineering. The reports must address the technology behind the application, the clinical need and any ethical implications.

Prerequisites: BME 260, CHE225, CHE243 (or ME225), CHE244, BIO210, BIO250, CHM203 or permission of instructor
Last Offered: Spring 2017

BME 266 BIOPROCESS ENGINEERING

This course will explore the bioprocesses involved in producing a biopharmaceutical product (therapeutic proteins, cell therapy products, and vaccines). The course will take a stepwise journey through a typical production process from the perspective of a Bioprocess Engineer, starting with cell culture and moving downstream through purification and final fill. Engineering concepts involved in bioreactor design and control, cell removal/recovery operations, and protein purification will be examined. The course will also provide an introduction to the analytical methods used to test biopharmaceutical products for critical quality attributes The role of the regulatory agencies, like the US Food and Drug Administration, and the regulations that govern the industry will be introduced throughout the course in the context of the bioprocess to which they relate. Graduate students will need to complete a semester-end project in order to receive graduate credit for the course.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

BME 267 MODELS & SIMULATIONS OF BME SYSTEMS

Introduction to analytical modeling and computational simulations of systems. Examples will include cardiovascular, respiratory, muscle, neural and population models. Analytical models for several physiological systems will be studied, and simulations will be written in Matlab.

Prerequisites: BME 230 and 221 or permission of instructor
Last Offered: Fall 2011

BME 270 BIOMEDICAL MICROSCOPY

This course covers the principles and practice of light microscopy as applied to biological and medical questions. Topics include basic light microscopy, DIC, phase epifluorescence, confocal and multiphoton laser-scanning microscopy, and selected methods such as CARS, FRET, FRAP, FCS, etc. This course is jointly listed as 470 for graduate students. Some homework problems are “470 only”.

Prerequisites: PHY122 or permission of the instructor
Last Offered: Spring 2017

BME 274 BIOMEDICAL SENSORS, CIRCUITS & INSTRUMENTATION

Course will cover circuits and sensors used to measure physiological systems at an advanced level. Both signal conditioning and sensor characteristics will be addressed. Topics will include measurement of strain, pressure, flow, temperature, biopotentials, and physical circuit construction. The co-requisite laboratory will focus on the practical implementation of electronic devices for biomedical measurements.

Prerequisites: BME 210, ECE113 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
Last Offered: Spring 2017

BME 276 BIOMEDICAL OPTICS

See OPT 276

Last Offered: Fall 2013

BME 283 BIOSOLID MECHANICS

In this course, we will survey the role of mechanics in cells, tissues, organs and organisms. A particular emphasis will be placed on the mechanics of the musculoskeletal system, the circulatory system and the eye. Engineering concepts will be used to understand how physical forces contribute to biological processes, especially disease and healing. Experimental and modeling techniques for characterizing the complex mechanical response of biosolids will be discussed in detail, and the continuum mechanics approach will highlighted.

Prerequisites: ME 226, BME 201 & 201P (or ME 120)
Last Offered: Fall 2017

BME 295 BME DESIGN SEMINAR

Introduction to design of medical devices and instruments. Students are introduced to methods and strategies for creative design while considering ethical, economic, regulatory and safety issues. In addition to benchmarking existing devices, students prepare for a design project to be completed in the following semester. 2 credits

Prerequisites: math, science, and engineering courses appropriate for fourth-year students in BME
Last Offered: Fall 2017

BME 296 BME DESIGN PROJECT

Senior capstone design course in the Biomedical Engineering Program. Students work in teams to design, build, and test a medical device or instrument for a faculty, community or industrial sponsor. Accompanying lectures and discussions introduce issues related to ethics, economics, project management, regulation, safety, and reliability. Students will work in teams to design, build and test a prototype medical device, and document their activities through a variety of reports and presentations

Prerequisites: math, science, and engineering courses appropriate for fourth-year students in BME, BME 295, BME 260. Open only to Senior majors or permission of instructor
Last Offered: Spring 2017

BME 299 BIOMATL'S & COMPUTATION LAB

Lab for students taking BME 221 and/or BME 245/445. During some weeks labs will be computer exercises involving statistics and numerical methods. During other (non-overlapping) weeks labs will focus on biomaterials.

Prerequisites: Must be a BME student enrolled in BME 221 and/or BME 245/445

BME 390 SUPERVISED TEACHING

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

BME 391 INDEPENDENT READINGS

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

BME 393 SENIOR PROJECT

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Last Offered: Fall 2016

BME 394 INTERNSHIP

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

BME 395 RESEARCH

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

BME 395W RESEARCH

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

BME 396 SPECIAL TOPICS

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Last Offered: Fall 2017