Curriculum

Students enjoy close working relationships with the faculty, promoted by small class sizes and joint research projects. The core curriculum provides students with the necessary foundation of knowledge in the interface disciplines of biology, medicine, and engineering. The core is followed by a series of required and elective classes that allow students to focus on a particular aspect of biomedical engineering that is of special interest to them.

Biomedical Engineering Courses

BME 310 Anatomy/Physiology & Medical Terminology for Biomedical Engineers
Cell function, organ systems, and principles of functional anatomy.(online courses)

BME 410 Biological Systems Analysis I
Principles of linear control systems theory applied to the analysis of biological systems. Development of computer simulation techniques to study the dynamic response of physiological systems.

BME 420 Biomaterials
Material properties, biocompatibility characteristics, performance requirements of materials for in vivo implants.

BME 430 Biomedical Measurements I
Concepts of analog and digital circuit design, with emphasis on circuits for biomedical applications using operational amplifiers, active filter, data acquisition, conversion and interface to microcomputers; patient safety; clinical circuits; laboratory project.

BME 440 Biomedical Engineering Systems Design
Design of system elements; prostheses; biomaterials; case study of biomechanical systems, computer-aided design methods, design of sub-systems, product reliability, medicolegal considerations.

BME 460 Biomedical Engineering Design Project
Creative design projects, usually involving actual current problems in biomedical engineering; projects are interdisciplinary, including both engineering and health science cooperation. Emphasizes the practice of concurrent engineering.

BME 480 Optical Engineering in Biomedicine
Introduction of optical and photonic engineering to biomedicine. Concepts of interference and coherence, Fourier transform and Fourier optics, image and signal processing, holography, fiber optics, lasers, instrumentation. Case study in biomedical optics.

BME 510 Individual Investigations: Biomedical Engineering
Individual projects for biomedical engineering graduate students. Investigations could be laboratory studies, engineering design projects, analysis and simulation of a bioengineering system, computer software development and research.

BME 520 Biomedical Engineering Graduate Labs
Introduction to the research laboratories associated with faculty members of the Department of Biomedical Engineering; laboratory experience in cardiovascular and respiratory control, hemo-dynamics, biomaterials, biomechanics, and biomedical image analysis and processing.

Biomechanics / Biofluids Courses

BME 320 Biomechanics
Principles of solid mechanics applied to biomedical systems: emphasis on analytical and experimental applications to the human musculoskeletal system, including conception, design, analysis, implementation, and experimental product development.

BME 330 Biotransport Processes
Application of momentum, heat, and mass transfer principles to biological systems; fluid mechanics of time-dependent flows in the human circulatory system, heat exchange between the biological system and its environment, mass transfer in membranes.

BME 340 Cardiovascular Biomechanics
Anatomy and physiology of the human circulatory system, pressure-flow relationship in arteries, elastic properties of the arterial wall, pulsatile flow dynamics, flow dynamics past valve prostheses, flow-through capillaries, force velocity studies of the heart muscle, force-deformation analysis of left ventricle, application of imaging techniques on left ventricular dynamics.

BME 450 Biomechanics of Orthopedic Devices
Functional anatomy, pathomechanics of the appendicular musculoskeletal system; contemporary total hip, knee, ankle, spine and shoulder designs; endoprosthesis fixation techniques; shoulder, elbow, wrist, finger reconstructive implants; bio-mechanics of fracture healing, fracture stabilization implants; external fixators.

BME 470 Biomechanics of Aging
Techniques to quantify biomechanical/bioelectrical characteristics of hard and soft tissues in aging; kinematics, kinetics of body segments during daily activities, effect of age on hard and soft tissues, joints, nervous system, hearing, vision, cardiovascular system, spine; minimally invasive surgical procedures to alleviate pain and restore joint functions; preventive measures to reduce fracture.

BME 530 Advanced Biomechanics
Anatomy and physiology of the human musculoskeletal system; biomechanical bases of joint degeneration; mechanical properties of hard and soft tissues; three-dimensional kinematics and kinetics of human joints; finite-element analysis of complex joints; onlinear effects in locomotion; optimization methods for the determination of joint forces; spinal biomechanics; design and analysis of artificial joints.

BME 610 Advanced Biofluid Mechanics
Theoretical and experimental studies of pulsatile flow in large vessels; wave propagation in arteries; microcirculation; peristaltic pumping; design and analysis of artificial implant devices.

BME 620 Advanced Cardiac Mechanics
Study of the functional anatomy and physiology of the human heart; cardiac muscle mechanics; advanced imaging techniques for cardiac structures; three-dimensional reconstruction of the human left ventricle, finite element modeling of the left ventricle; interventional radiological techniques in cardiology.

Bioelectrical Engineering Courses

BME 540 Biomedical Measurements II
Signals and noise, types of measurements, measurement errors; applications of biomedical transducers to measure temperature, flow, force, pressure, stress, strain; image processing; computer applications.

BME 630 Biological Systems Analysis II
Application of modern control and systems analysis to study of biological systems; identification and optimization techniques utilizing linear and non-linear, deterministic and stochastic models; selected aspects of cardio-respiratory system used as examples and problems.

BME 640 Physics and Analysis of Biomedical Images
Interaction of radiation with matter, physical principles of medical imaging modalities (X-rays, CT, nuclear medicine, PET, MRI, ultrasound), medical image reconstruction and digital analysis, clinical interpretations.

BME 650 Advanced Biological Systems Analysis
Analysis techniques from systems identification, sensitivity analysis; signal processing using time series analysis, matched filters, and adaptive estimation; information theory applied to the cardiovascular and oculomotor system.

BME 660 Research in Biomedical Engineering, Ph.D. Dissertation
By arrangement with instructor. Experimental and/or analytical investigation of an approved topic for partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Ph.D. dissertation in biomedical engineering.

BME 670 Curriculum Practical Training
By arrangement with instructor. Experimental and/or analytical training with a startup or mature corporation engaged in biomedical engineering device research and development.