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5 Track Courses


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Note: There have been changes in the track classes for the 2010 catalog year that are required for all students entering the program after September 1, 2009. Other students may opt to follow the new requirements after discussion with the Major Advisor.

To successfully complete the track course component of the program requires a selection of courses that meets the following goals:

  1. a minimum of 15 credit hours of course work, of which
  2. at least 5 hours must be from courses taught in the College of Engineering and/or the College of Mines & Earth Sciences* (ensures meeting ABET course requirements), and
  3. at least 9 of the hours must be at the upper division level (3000 or above).
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  4. and of which up to 3 may come from upper division courses outside the colleges of Science and Engineering, provided they are approved by the Major Advisor before they are taken. The goal of such classes is to provide exposure to materials from other disciplines, e.g., Business, Law, Ethics, that directly support the individual goals of each student. All such courses must have a significant and direct link to engineeering and must deepen the skill set and exposure of students in a field related to Biomedical Engineering.
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* When Math 3070 is substituted for BIOEN 3070, the requirement for College of Engineering classes increase from 5 of 15 hrs to 8 of 15 hrs.

Note: Transfer credits are generally only accepted for track if they are lower division (1000 and 2000 level) and must first be approved for transfer by means of a Petition for Transfer Credit or Variance (the ``tan sheet''). See Section 2.3 for more details on transfer classes.


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A student's track plan must be approved by the Department's Major Advisor by submitting a Track Coursework Plan (the ``green sheet'') available from the BE office, the back pack of this handbook, or on the program web site. Seeking approval for the track plan should occur in the first semester after admission to major status and before starting the track sequence. Students who have not submitted a track sheet by the middle of the semester immediately following their admission will not be allowed to register for the following semester Bioengineering courses.

5.1 Tips for planning track classes

Below are some samples of course selections organized by track. Note that in many cases, Bioengineering students can progress directly to the upper division classes offered by other departments without completing the usual requirements for those classes. When in doubt, the Major Advisor or the instructor of the course can provide guidance.

5.2 Bioelectrical Engineering Track

BIOEN 5401 Medical Imaging Systems
BIOEN 5460 Engineering Aspects of Clinical Medicine
BIOEN 5480 Ultrasound
BIOEN 6330 Principles of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
BIOEN 6421 Fundamentals of Micromachining Processes
BIOEN 6500 Mathematics of Imaging
BIOEN 6640 Introduction to Image Processing
ECE 2260 Fundamentals of Electric Circuits
ECE 2280 Fundamentals of Engineering Electronics
ECE 3110 Engineering Electronics II
ECE 3300 Fundamentals of Electromagnetics and Transmission Lines
ECE 3500 Fundamentals of Signals and Systems
ECE 3510 Introduction to Feedback Systems
ECE 5325 Wireless Communication Systems
ECE 5340 Numerical Techniques in Electromagnetics
ECE 5410 Lasers and Their Applications
ECE 5530 Digital Signal Processing

5.3 Biomaterials Engineering Track

BIOEN 5601 Scanning Electron Microscopy
BIOEN 6302 Biomaterials
BIOEN 6422 Biomedical Applications of Micromachining
MSE 2010 Introduction to Materials Science & Engineering
MSE 3010 Materials Processing Laboratory
MSE 3310 Introduction to Ceramics
MSE 3011 Structural Analysis of Materials
MSE 3210 Electronic Properties of Solids
MSE 3310 Introduction to Ceramics
MSE 3410 Introduction to Polymers
MSE 3510 Introduction to Metallic Materials
MSE 5010 X-ray Diffraction Techniques
MSE 5035 Electron Microscopy Techniques
MSE 5061 Transport Phenomena in Materials Science and Engineering
MSE 5201 Semiconductor Device Physics I
MSE 5202 Semiconductor Device Physics II
MSE 5211 Semiconductor Device Fabrication Laboratory I
MSE 5212 Semiconductor Device Fabrication Laboratory II
MSE 5240 Principles and Practice of Transmission Electron Microscopy
MSE 5353 Physical Ceramics
MSE 5354 Processing of Advanced Ceramics
MSE 5471 Polymer Processing
MSE 5473 Polymer Synthesis and Characterization
MSE 5475 Introduction to Composites
ME EN 1300 Statics and Strength of Materials
MET E 1620 Introduction to Physical Metallurgy
MET E 3530 Experimental Techniques in Metallurgy
MET E 5260 Physical Metallurgy I
MET E 5450 Mechanical Metallurgy
MET E 5600 Corrosion Engineering

5.4 Biomedical Imaging Track

BIOEN 5401 Medical Imaging Systems
BIOEN 5460 Engineering Aspects of Clinical Medicine
BIOEN 5480 Ultrasound
BIOEN 5601 Scanning Electron Microscopy
BIOEN 6330 Principles of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
BIOEN 6500 Mathematics of Imaging
BIOEN 6640 Introduction to Image Processing
BIOEN 7320 3-D Reconstruction Techniques in Medical Imaging
BIOEN 7330 Positron Emission Tomography

5.5 Biomechanical Engineering Track

BIOEN 5601 Scanning Electron Microscopy
BIOEN 6230 Functional Anatomy for Engineers
BIOEN 6240 Human Movement Analysis
BIOEN 6421 Fundamentals of Micromachining
BIOEN 7210 Biosolid Mechanics
BIOEN 7220 Biofluid Mechanics
ME EN 1300 Statics and Strength
ME EN 2080 Dynamics
ME EN 2300 Thermodynamics I
ME EN 2450 Numerical Techniques in Engineering
ME EN 3300 Strength of Materials
ME EN 3650 Heat Transfer
ME EN 3700 Fluid Mechanics
ME EN 5300 Advanced Strength of Materials
ME EN 5500 Engineering Elasticity
ME EN 5510 Introduction to Finite Elements
ME EN 5520 Composites
ME EN 5720 Comp. Fluid Mechanics

5.6 Biochemical Engineering Track

BIOEN 5501 Biomolecular Engineering
BIOEN 6002 Molecular Biophysics
BIOEN 6140 Fundamentals of Tissue Engineering
BIOEN 6302 Biomaterials
BIOEN 6421 Fundamentals of Micromachining Processes
BIOEN 6505 Biotransport Phenomena
BIOEN 7111 Physicochemical Approach to Proteins and Nucleic Acids
BIOEN 7120 Biocompatibility
BIOL 2030 Genetics
BIOL 3215 Cell Biology Laboratory
BIOL 3230 Developmental Biology
CH EN 5103 Biochemical Engineering
CH EN 5104 Biochemical Engineering Laboratory
CHEM 3510 Biological Chemistry I
CHEM 3515 Biological Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 3520 Biological Chemistry II
CHEM 3525 Molecular Biology of DNA Lab
CHEM 5810 Nanoscience: Where Biology, Chemistry and Physics Intersect
CHEM 5090 Biophysical Chemistry
MSE 2010 Introduction to Materials Science & Engineering
MSE 3410 Introduction to Polymers
MSE 5010 X-ray Diffraction Techniques
MSE 5035 Electron Microscopy Techniques
MSE 5061 Transport Phenomena in Materials Science and Engineering
PATH 5030 Basic Immunology

5.7 Computational Bioengineering Track

BIOEN 6500 Mathematics of Imaging
BIOEN 6640 Introduction to Image Processing
BIOEN 6760 Modeling and Analysis of Biological Network
BIOEN 7320 3-D Reconstruction Techniques in Medical Imaging
CS 1010 Introduction to Unix
CS 2000 Introduction to Programming in C
CS 2010 Discrete Structures
CS 3200 Scientific Computation
CS 3500 Software Practice I
CS 3505 Software Practice II
CS 3700 Fundamentals of Digital System Design
CS 4100 Advanced Algorithms and Data Structures
CS 5300 Artificial Intelligence
CS 5310 Robotics
CS 5320 Computer Vision
CS 5530 Database Systems
CS 5540 Human/Computer Interaction
CS 5600 Introduction to Computer Graphics
CS 5610 Interactive Computer Graphics
CS 5630 Scientific Visualization
CS 6210 Advanced Scientific Computing I
CS 6220 Advanced Scientific Computing II
ECE 3700 Fundamentals of Digital System Design
ECE 5340 Numerical Techniques in Electromagnetics
CH EN 5353 Computational Fluid Dynamics
CH EN 6703 Applied Numerical Methods
ME EN 5510 Introduction to Finite Elements
MATH 5110 Mathematical Biology I
MATH 5120 Mathematical Biology II
MATH 5600 Survey Numerical Analysis
MATH 5610 Intr. Numerical Analysis I
MATH 5740 Mathematical Modeling

5.8 Premedical Track

Students planning on applying to medical school may wish to design a track that supports this goal. The track courses selected should meet, to the extent possible, three criteria:

  1. Students complete course requirements set by the medical schools for admission;
  2. The selected courses are from a subject area in which the student does well;
  3. The courses provide the student a sound foundation for an alternative career choice should the medical schools not respond favorably.

The BS program in Biomedical Engineering generally meets all the course requirements for medical school with the exception of Organic Chemistry II (lecture and laboratory) and laboratories in introductory courses in Biology and Physics. However, the Biomedical Engineering core courses taken in the junior and senior years supply laboratory course hours which may be accepted in lieu of these explicit laboratory courses. Some medical schools also require an upper division writing course, i.e., they do not accept the Senior Project classes BIOEN 4201/4202 as equivalent.

Because there is considerable variability in what is both recommended and required among different medical schools, students should review the entrance requirements of the medical schools to which they are considering applying and determine which of the following courses (or equivalent) to include in their tracks.

BIOEN 5401 Medical Imaging Systems
BIOEN 5480 Ultrasound
BIOEN 5501 Biomolecular Engineering
BIOEN 5601 Scanning Electron Microscopy
BIOEN 6000 Systems Physiology I: Cardiovascular System
BIOEN 6140 Fundamentals of Tissue Engineering
BIOEN 6230 Functional Anatomy for Engineers
BIOEN 6240 Human Movement Analysis
BIOEN 6430 Systems Neuroscience
BIOEN 6440 Neural Engineering
BIOEN 7330 Positron Emission Tomography
BIOL 2030 Genetics
BIOL 3215 Cell Biology Lab
BIOL 3230 Developmental Biology
BIOL 3510 Biological Chemistry I
BIOL 3515 Biological Chemistry Lab
BIOL 3520 Biological Chemistry II
PATH 5030 Basic Immunology

5.9 Department of Bioengineering courses approved for inclusion in BME tracks

The following courses are all recommended and approved for inclusion in the track plan for Biomedical Engineering. This course list is changing constantly and course offerings change in other departments so please consult with the Major Advisor whenever making a decision on the track plan. It is up to the individual student to ensure that the courses in the track exist and are offered at the time the student wishes to take them. Note that many courses are taught only every second year.

BIOEN 4200 Biomedical Research (max 1 Credit Hour)
BIOEN 4990 Internships and Cooperative Education (max 1 Credit Hour)
BIOEN 5401 Medical Imaging Systems
BIOEN 5460 Engineering Aspects of Clinical Medicine
BIOEN 5480 Ultrasound
BIOEN 5501 Biomolecular Engineering
BIOEN 5601 Scanning Electron Microscopy
BIOEN 6000 Systems Physiology I: Cardiovascular System
BIOEN 6002 Molecular Biophysics
BIOEN 6003 Cellular Electrophysiology and Biophysics
BIOEN 6050 Cellular Physiology for Engineers
BIOEN 6080 Ideas Into Dollars: Writing Grant Proposals
BIOEN 6140 Fundamentals of Tissue Engineering
BIOEN 6230 Functional Anatomy for Engineers
BIOEN 6240 Human Movement Analysis
BIOEN 6302 Biomaterials
BIOEN 6330 Principles of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
BIOEN 6421 Fundamentals of Micromachining Processes
BIOEN 6422 Biomedical Applications of Micromachining
BIOEN 6430 Systems Neuroscience
BIOEN 6440 Neural Engineering
BIOEN 6460 Electrophysiology and Bioelectricity
BIOEN 7111 Physicochemical Approach to Proteins and Nucleic Acids
BIOEN 7120 Biocompatibility
BIOEN 7130 Pharmaceutical Applications of Colloid and Interfacial Science
BIOEN 7140 Advanced Topics in Tissue Engineering
BIOEN 7150 Introduction to Biomimetic Engineering
BIOEN 7160 Physical Nature of Surfaces
BIOEN 7168 Proteins at Interfaces and in Membranes
BIOEN 7210 Biosolid Mechanics
BIOEN 7220 Biofluid Mechanics
BIOEN 7310 Advanced Topics in Magnetic Resonance Imaging
BIOEN 7320 3D Reconstruction Techniques in Medical Imaging

5.10 Courses NOT acceptable for inclusion as a track elective

The following courses are not acceptable as a track elective for the Biomedical Engineering program. The reasons for excluding courses include:


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BE 4999 Honors Thesis/Project
BE 5020 Interactive Science Exhibits
BE 5950/6910 Independent Study
BE 6090/1 Department Seminar
BE 6062 Biomedical Engineering Literature Survey
BE 6480 Biomechanics Seminar*
BE 6464 Cardiac Electrophysiology and Biophysics Seminar*
BE 6900 Special Topics**
BE 6930 Special Project
MSE 2160 Elements of Materials Science and Engineering
  Take MSE 2010 instead (Introduction to Materials Science & Engineering)
MSE 2170 Elements of Materials Science and Engineering
  Take MSE 2010 instead (Introduction to Materials Science & Engineering)
ME 5960 Project Management
PHYS 3110 Physics of the Human Body I
PHYS 3111 Physics of the Human Body II
  Language training courses

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* students may take these courses for track credit only if they otherwise have adequate numbers of hours but need to achieve the required number of college hours.

** Special topics class may count for track electives depending on the type and structure of the course. Please see the Major Advisor before taking a special topics class to determine its status.


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