Department of Biomedical Engineering

“The Biomedical Engineering program at UTSA is very inclusive. There’s a lot of professor-student interaction, which provides further support and incentive to succeed. It’s a competitive program to be admitted into and all of your peers are very motivated and enthusiastic about their studies.”

Marissa Wechsler ’15
San Antonio, TX

The Department of Biomedical Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Engineering

A Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Biomedical Engineering (BME) at UTSA is an interdisciplinary program that combines engineering principles, approaches, and methodologies with biological, chemical and physical sciences in order to define and solve problems in medicine. Students will be trained in the fundamentals of science and engineering and are expected to be able to apply this knowledge to investigate fundamental biomedical engineering questions associated with complex living systems as well as with the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases. A broad understanding of sciences and engineering principles is provided in the first two years of the program, with students having the option to choose one concentration as in-depth focus areas of study in the last two years of the program. Critical thinking and innovative design skills are integrated throughout the program to aid students in developing solutions and in solving biomedical engineering-related problems. Design projects throughout the program and Senior BME Design courses provide students the opportunity to integrate their design, critical thinking and communication skills with the scientific and engineering knowledge they acquired throughout the Biomedical Engineering program. The regulations for this degree comply with the general University regulations (refer to Bachelor’s Degree Regulations).

Admission Requirements

A first-time, full-time freshman admitted as a biomedical engineering major must meet the minimum admission criteria of the College of Engineering. These criteria are:

  • Students must meet all UTSA admission requirements;
  • Students must have credit for MAT 1214 Calculus I or have completed all necessary prerequisites to enroll in MAT 1214 (through a mathematics placement test or credit for MAT 1093 Precalculus or an equivalent).
  • Students must:
  1. have graduated in the top quartile of their high school graduation class, or
  2. have graduated in the second quartile of their high school class and have a combined SAT critical reading and mathematics score of at least 1100 with a minimum mathematics score of 550, or an ACT composite score of at least 24, or
  3. be granted admission into a College of Engineering major by holistic review by the College of Engineering if not meeting the criteria in 1 and 2 above.

All students applying for admission to the Biomedical Engineering program must submit the following supplemental documents to the Department of Biomedical Engineering:

  • two (2) letters of recommendation,
  • a copy of the transcript, and
  • a statement of their interests, professional career goals and how the Biomedical Engineering program will help them achieve those goals.

All transfer students must meet the aforementioned minimum admission requirements for the College of Engineering and the Biomedical Engineering program. Transfer students must also meet the minimum Good Academic Standing Requirements for a Biomedical Engineering Major (see below) in order to be considered for admission to the Biomedical Engineering program. Additionally, transfer students should also have completed at least 15 semester credit hours of mathematics, science, or engineering courses, and have an overall grade point average of a 3.0 or better.

Admissions to the biomedical engineering program will be competitive; meeting the aforementioned requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Admission will be restricted only to the most qualified applicants.

Good Academic Standing Requirements for a Biomedical Engineer­ing Major

All students must be in good academic standing in order to remain in the Biomedical Engineering program. The minimum requirements that a student must satisfy in order to remain in good standing as a biomedical engineering major are stated below:

  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 for all coursework (cumulative GPA will be calculated on all courses, including previously attempted or repeated courses).
  • An average GPA of at least 3.0 for all science, mathematics and engineering coursework (GPA will be calculated on all courses, including previously attempted or repeated courses).

Students who fail to meet the above requirements but have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above will be placed on programmatic probation in the following semester. Students who fail to maintain good academic standing after a semester of programmatic probation or who have a cumulative GPA below 2.5 will be deemed to be not in good academic standing as a biomedical engineering major and will be removed from the program.

Education Objectives

The objectives of this program are founded on the belief that engineering principles and understanding of biological and physical sciences are critical to the investigation of fundamental bioengineering questions associated with complex living systems as well as with the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases. As such, the program educational objectives of the UTSA Biomedical Engineering program are to prepare graduates who will be able to:

  • contribute positively to the biomedical industries and/or other sectors such as hospitals, government agencies, and academia;
  • enhance competence in biomedical engineering by pursuing an advanced or a professional degree; and
  • work successfully as a member in a team environment to facilitate biomedical engineering practice.

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree is 125, at least 39 of which must be at the upper-division level. All candidates for this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements, the General Engineering requirements, and the degree requirements, listed below.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)

Students seeking the Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering must fulfill the University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students. The courses listed below satisfy both major requirements and Core Curriculum requirements; however, if these courses are taken to satisfy both requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for the degree.

MAT 1214 may be used to satisfy the core requirement in Mathematics, as well as one of the General Engineering Require­ments. BIO 1404 and PHY 1943 may be used to satisfy the core requirement in Life and Physical Sciences, as well as one of the General Engineering Requirements.

For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements.

Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements

First Year Experience Requirement (3 semester credit hours)

All students must complete the following course, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AIS 1203Academic Inquiry and Scholarship3

Communication (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

WRC 1013Freshman Composition I (Q)3
WRC 1023Freshman Composition II (Q)3

Mathematics (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

MAT 1023College Algebra with Applications3
MAT 1033Algebra with Calculus for Business3
MAT 1043Introduction to Mathematics3
MAT 1073Algebra for Scientists and Engineers3
MAT 1093Precalculus3
MAT 1193Calculus for the Biosciences3
MAT 1214Calculus I4
STA 1053Basic Statistics3

Life and Physical Sciences (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

ANT 2033Introduction to Biological Anthropology3
AST 1013Introduction to Astronomy3
AST 1033Exploration of the Solar System3
BIO 1233Contemporary Biology I3
BIO 1243Contemporary Biology II3
BIO 1404Biosciences I4
BIO 1414Biosciences II4
ES 1113Environmental Botany3
ES 1123Environmental Zoology3
ES 1213Environmental Geology3
ES 2013Introduction to Environmental Science I3
ES 2023Introduction to Environmental Science II3
GEO 1013The Third Planet3
GEO 1123Life Through Time3
GRG 2613Physical Geography3
PHY 1013Universes3
PHY 1943Physics for Scientists and Engineers I3
PHY 1963Physics for Scientists and Engineers II3

Language, Philosophy and Culture (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AAS 2013Introduction to African American Studies3
AAS 2113African American Culture, Leadership and Social Issues3
ANT 2063Language, Thought, and Culture3
ARA 1014Elementary Arabic I4
ARC 1113Introduction to the Built Environment3
ARC 1413Architecture and Culture3
CHN 1014Elementary Chinese I4
CLA 2013Introduction to Ancient Greece3
CLA 2023Introduction to Ancient Rome3
CLA 2323Classical Mythology3
CSH 1103Literary Masterpieces of Western Culture I3
CSH 1113Literary Masterpieces of Western Culture II3
CSH 1213Topics in World Cultures3
CSH 2113The Foreign Film3
ENG 2013Introduction to Literature3
ENG 2213Literary Criticism and Analysis3
ENG 2383Multiethnic Literatures of the United States3
ENG 2423Literature of Texas and the Southwest3
FRN 1014Elementary French I4
FRN 2333French Literature in English Translation3
GER 1014Elementary German I4
GER 2333German Literature in English Translation3
GLA 1013U.S. in the Global Arena3
GRG 1023World Regional Geography3
GRK 1114Introductory Classical Greek I4
HIS 2123Introduction to World Civilization to the Fifteenth Century3
HIS 2133Introduction to World Civilization since the Fifteenth Century3
HIS 2533Introduction to Latin American Civilization3
HIS 2543Introduction to Islamic Civilization3
HIS 2553Introduction to East Asian Civilization3
HIS 2573Introduction to African Civilization3
HIS 2583Introduction to South Asian Civilization3
HUM 2093World Religions3
ITL 1014Elementary Italian I4
ITL 2333Italian Literature in English Translation3
JPN 1014Elementary Japanese I4
LAT 1114Introductory Latin I4
MAS 2013Introduction to Chicano(a) Studies3
PHI 1043Critical Thinking3
PHI 2023Introduction to Ancient Philosophy3
PHI 2033Introduction to Early Modern Philosophy3
PHI 2123Contemporary Moral Issues3
RUS 1014Elementary Russian I4
RUS 2333Russian Literature in English Translation3
SPN 1014Elementary Spanish I4
SPN 2333Hispanic Literature in English Translation3
WS 2013Introduction to Women’s Studies3
WS 2023Introduction to LGBTQ Studies3

Creative Arts (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AHC 1113Survey of Art and Architecture from Prehistoric Times to 13503
AHC 1123Survey of Art and Architecture in Europe and the New World from 1350 to 17503
AHC 1133Survey of Modern Art3
ARC 1214Design I4
ARC 1513Great Buildings and Cities of the World3
ART 1103Introduction to Visual Arts3
ART 1143Art for Non-Art Majors3
CLA 2033Introduction to Classical Literature3
DAN 2003Introduction to Dance3
ENG 1113Introduction to Creative Literary Arts3
HUM 2023Introduction to the Humanities I3
HUM 2033Introduction to the Humanities II3
HUM 2053History of Film3
MAS 2023Latino Cultural Expressions3
MUS 2243World Music in Society3
MUS 2623Fundamentals of Music for the Non-Music Major3
MUS 2633American Roots Music3
MUS 2663History and Styles of Jazz3
MUS 2673History and Styles of Rock3
MUS 2683Masterpieces of Music3
MUS 2693The Music of Latin America and the Caribbean3
MUS 2743Music and Film3
PHI 2073Philosophy of Art3

American History (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

HIS 1043United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era3
HIS 1053United States History: Civil War Era to Present3
HIS 2053Texas History3

Government-Political Science (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

POL 1013Introduction to American Politics3
and one of the following two courses:
POL 1133Texas Politics and Society3
POL 1213Civil Rights in Texas and America3

Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AMS 2043Approaches to American Culture3
ANT 1013Introduction to Anthropology3
ANT 2043Introduction to Archaeology3
ANT 2053Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
BBL 2003Language, Culture, and Society3
BBL 2243Globalizing the Local: Bilingual Families, Communities, and Schools3
BIO 1033Drugs and Society3
CRJ 1113The American Criminal Justice System3
ECO 2003Economic Principles and Issues3
ECO 2013Introductory Macroeconomics3
ECO 2023Introductory Microeconomics3
EGR 1343The Impact of Modern Technologies on Society3
GRG 1013Fundamentals of Geography3
GRG 2623Human Geography3
HTH 2413Introduction to Community and Public Health3
HTH 2513Personal Health3
IDS 2113Society and Social Issues3
PSY 1013Introduction to Psychology3
SOC 1013Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 2013Social Problems3
SOC 2023Social Context of Drug Use3

Component Area Option (CAO) (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete either one of the following courses or any additional core curriculum course not previously used to satisfy a core competent area requirement, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

COM 2113Public Speaking3
CS 1173Data Analysis and Visualization3
EGR 1403Technical Communication3
ENG 2413Technical Writing3
PAD 1113Public Administration in American Society3
PHI 2043Introductory Logic3
Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements
First Year Experience Requirement 3
Communication 6
Mathematics 3
Life and Physical Sciences 6
Language, Philosophy and Culture 3
Creative Arts 3
American History 6
Government-Political Science 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Component Area Option 3
Total Credit Hours 42

General Engineering Requirements

All degree-seeking candidates in engineering must complete the following 22 semester credit hours, as well as the Core Curriculum requirements and major requirements:

CHE 1103General Chemistry I3
EGR 2323Applied Engineering Analysis I3
MAT 1214Calculus I4
MAT 1224Calculus II4
or EGR 1324 Calculus II for Engineers
PHY 1943
PHY 1951
Physics for Scientists and Engineers I
and Physics for Scientists and Engineers I Laboratory
4
PHY 1963
PHY 1971
Physics for Scientists and Engineers II
and Physics for Scientists and Engineers II Laboratory
4
Total Credit Hours22

Gateway Course

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering must successfully complete the following Gateway Course with a grade of “C-” or better in no more than two attempts. A student who is unable to successfully complete this courses within two attempts, including dropping the course with a grade of “W” or taking an equivalent course at another institution, will be required to change his or her major.

EGR 2323Applied Engineering Analysis I

Biomedical Engineering Requirements

A. Core Biomedical Engineering Requirements
All students majoring in Biomedical Engineering are required to complete 36 semester credit hours in the following Core Biomedical Engineering courses.
BME 1002Introduction to Biomedical Engineering2
BME 2103Physiology for Biomedical Engineering3
BME 2203Biomechanics I3
BME 3003Biomaterials I3
BME 3013Clinical Internship in Biomedical Engineering3
BME 3022Biomedical Engineering Technology and Product Development2
BME 3114Cellular Biology for Biomedical Engineering4
BME 3211Biomedical Engineering Laboratory I1
BME 3303Bioinstrumentation3
BME 3311Biomedical Engineering Laboratory II1
BME 3703Biotransport Phenomena3
BME 3711Biomedical Engineering Laboratory III1
BME 4903Senior BME Design I3
BME 4913Senior BME Design II3
B. Other Required Courses
All students majoring in Biomedical Engineering are required to complete 6 semester credit hours in the following:
CHE 1113General Chemistry II3
STA 1403Probability and Statistics for the Biosciences3
C. Biomedical Engineering Electives
A minimum of 15 semester credit hours is required to fulfill this requirement. 9 semester credit hours of Biomedical Engineering elective courses must be selected from one of the following concentrations. The remaining semester credit hours must be selected from other concentrations to satisfy the Biomedical Engineering electives. Up to 6 semester credit hours of graduate-level biomedical engineering courses may be used to satisfy the Biomedical Engineering electives, with the approval of the advisor, instructor, Graduate Program Director, and Department Chair.15
Biomechanics Concentration
Biomedical Engineering Internship
Biomedical Engineering Research
Biomechanics II: Cardiovascular
Biomechanics III
Topics in Biomechanics
Biomedical Engineering Thermodynamics
Fundamental Computational Bioengineering
Biomaterials, Cellular, and Tissue Engineering Concentration
Biomedical Engineering Internship
Biomedical Engineering Research
Biomaterials II
Biocompatibility of Materials: Tissue-Biomaterial Interaction
Molecular Techniques for Cell-Biomaterials Interactions
Tissue Engineering
Topics in Biomaterials
Topics in Tissue Engineering
Cellular Engineering
Topics in Cellular Engineering
Biomedical Imaging and Nanobiotechnology Concentration
Biomedical Engineering Internship
Biomedical Engineering Research
Nanomaterials and Nanobiotechnology
Biosensors
Biophotonics
Biomedical Imaging
Biomedical Optics
D. Technical Electives
A minimum of 9 semester credit hours of Technical Electives must be completed by all students. Depending on interest, students should select appropriate courses in sciences and engineering in order to enhance their basic engineering and scientific training. Examples of Technical Electives are:9
Engineering Courses
Electric Circuits and Electronics
Network Theory
Random Signals and Noise
Statics
Thermodynamics I
Mechanics of Solids
Science Courses
Biosciences II
Genetics
Molecular Biology
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
Organic Chemistry II
Biochemistry
Total Credit Hours65

B.S. in Biomedical Engineering – Recommended Four-Year Academic Plan

First Year
FallCredit Hours
AIS 1203Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
BIO 1404Biosciences I (core and major) 4
CHE 1103General Chemistry I 3
MAT 1214Calculus I (core and major) 4
WRC 1013Freshman Composition I (Q) (core) 3
Spring
BME 1002Introduction to Biomedical Engineering 2
CHE 1113General Chemistry II 3
MAT 1224Calculus II 4
PHY 1943Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (core) 3
PHY 1951Physics for Scientists and Engineers I Laboratory 1
WRC 1023Freshman Composition II (Q) (core) 3
Second Year
Fall
BME 2103Physiology for Biomedical Engineering 3
EGR 2103Statics (Tech Elective) 3
STA 1403Probability and Statistics for the Biosciences 3
MAT 2214Calculus III (Tech Elective) 4
PHY 1963Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 3
PHY 1971Physics for Scientists and Engineers II Laboratory 1
Spring
BME 2203Biomechanics I 3
EGR 2323Applied Engineering Analysis I 3
BME 3003Biomaterials I 3
BME 3114Cellular Biology for Biomedical Engineering 4
BME 3211Biomedical Engineering Laboratory I 1
Summer
BME 3013Clinical Internship in Biomedical Engineering 3
Third Year
Fall
BME 3303Bioinstrumentation 3
BME 3311Biomedical Engineering Laboratory II 1
POL 1133 or 1213Texas Politics and Society (core) 3
Technical elective 3
Upper-division BME elective 3
Spring
BME 3022Biomedical Engineering Technology and Product Development 2
BME 3703Biotransport Phenomena 3
BME 3711Biomedical Engineering Laboratory III 1
Upper-division BME elective 3
POL 1013Introduction to American Politics (core) 3
Summer
BME 3033Biomedical Engineering Internship (BME Elective) 3
Fourth Year
Fall
BME 4903Senior BME Design I 3
Upper-division BME elective 3
Upper-division BME elective 3
American History core 3
Creative Arts core 3
Spring
BME 4913Senior BME Design II 3
American History core 3
Component Area Option core 3
Language, Philosophy and Culture core 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences core 3
 Total Credit Hours: 125.0

Biomedical Engineering (BME) Courses

BME 1002. Introduction to Biomedical Engineering. (2-0) 2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: A grade of “C-” or better in BIO 1404, CHE 1103, and MAT 1214, and concurrent enrollment in CHE 1113, MAT 1224, PHY 1943, and PHY 1951. This course is an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of biomedical engineering. Topics covered include core biomedical engineering areas such as Biomechanics, Biomaterials and Bioimaging. Generally offered: Spring.

BME 2103. Physiology for Biomedical Engineering. (3-1) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Major in Biomedical Engineering and a grade of “C-” or better in BIO 1404 and CHE 1113. Fundamental principles of general and organs systems physiology, including composition and concentration of cellular and other body fluids, types of transport (e.g., diffusion, membrane transporters), energy (thermodynamics, metabolism), enzymes, feedback control, and membrane potentials with engineering applications and mathematical modeling. This course includes a 3 hour lecture and a 1 hour recitation. Generally offered: Fall.

BME 2203. Biomechanics I. (3-1) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: A grade of “C-” or better in EGR 2323 and PHY 1963. Introduction to the fundamental engineering mechanics with focus on the human body. This course includes a 3 hour lecture and a 1 hour recitation. Generally offered: Spring.

BME 3003. Biomaterials I. (3-1) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: A grade of “C-” or better in BIO 1404 and CHE 1113. Introduction to the fundamental science of natural and synthetic biomaterials used for repairing human tissues and organs. Topics include crystal structures, phase diagrams, and properties of materials. This course includes a 3-hour lecture and a 1-hour recitation. (Formerly BME 2403. Credit cannot be earned for both BME 3003 and BME 2403).

BME 3013. Clinical Internship in Biomedical Engineering. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: A grade of “C-” or better in BME 2203, BME 3003, and BME 3114. This course will introduce students to the clinical environment, interacting with clinicians on current clinical problems and engineering approaches. Generally offered: Summer.

BME 3022. Biomedical Engineering Technology and Product Development. (2-0) 2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: A grade of “C-” or better in BME 3013. This course will introduce students to current biomedical technologies and product development. (Formerly BME 3023. Credit cannot be earned for both BME 3022 and BME 3023.).

BME 3033. Biomedical Engineering Internship. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: A grade of “C-” or better in BME 3022. Internship with a biomedical industry. May be repeated for credit but no more than 3 semester credit hours will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

BME 3041. Biomedical Engineering Research. (0-0) 1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Advanced laboratory practice and introduction to biomedical engineering research. This course may be counted as one of the courses to satisfy one of the BME tracks. May be repeated for credit but no more than 3 semester credit hours will apply towards a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering.

BME 3042. Biomedical Engineering Research. (0-0) 2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Advanced laboratory practice and introduction to biomedical engineering research. This course may be counted as one of the courses to satisfy one of the BME tracks. May be repeated for credit but no more than 3 semester credit hours will apply towards a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering.

BME 3043. Biomedical Engineering Research. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Advanced laboratory practice and introduction to biomedical engineering research. This course may be counted as one of the courses to satisfy one of the BME tracks. May be repeated for credit but no more than 3 semester credit hours will apply towards a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering.

BME 3114. Cellular Biology for Biomedical Engineering. (3-4) 4 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Major in Biomedical Engineering and a grade of “C-” or better in BME 2103 and CHE 1113. Introduction to cell structure and function, energy conversions, protein sorting, signaling, cytoskeleton, cell adhesion, cell cycle, and mammalian genetics. A laboratory component will focus on techniques and procedures commonly used in cell and molecular biology with bioengineering applications. This class includes a 3-hour lecture and a 4-hour laboratory. (Formerly BME 2114. Credit cannot be earned for both BME 3114 and BME 2114).

BME 3203. Biomechanics II: Cardiovascular. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: A grade of “C-” or better in BME 2203 and BME 3211. Continuation of fundamental biomechanics to include elasticity, viscoelasticity, deformation, stress analysis, blood flow in the systemic and pulmonary circulation, and fluid-structure interaction. Generally offered: Fall.

BME 3211. Biomedical Engineering Laboratory I. (0-4) 1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisites: A grade of “C-” or better in PHY 1963 and STA 1403. A biomedical engineering lab in biomechanics and biomaterials. This lab-based course will emphasize on the synthesis and characterization of mechanical properties as well as physical and chemical properties of biomaterials. (Formerly BME 2211. Credit cannot be earned for both BME 3211 and BME 2211).

BME 3303. Bioinstrumentation. (3-1) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: A grade of “C-” or better in BME 2203, BME 3114, EGR 2323, and PHY 1963, and concurrent enrollment in BME 3311. Fundamental principles of bioinstrumentation used in clinical and research measurements will be covered. Topics include: principles of transducer operation, amplifiers and signal processing, recording and display. This course includes a 3 hour lecture and a 1 hour recitation. Generally offered: Fall.

BME 3311. Biomedical Engineering Laboratory II. (0-4) 1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisites: A grade of “C-” or better in BME 3114, BME 3211, and STA 1403, and concurrent enrollment in BME 3303. A biomedical engineering lab in bioinstrumentation. This course will involve the design and testing of hardware and software for acquiring and analyzing biological signals. Generally offered: Fall.

BME 3403. Biomaterials II. (1-5) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: A grade of “C-” or better in BME 3003 and BME 3211. This course will emphasize materials used in medical applications, including modifications and characterization techniques. This course includes a 1 hour lecture and a 5 hour laboratory.

BME 3413. Biocompatibility of Materials: Tissue-Biomaterial Interaction. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: A grade of “C-” or better in BME 3003 and BME 3211. This course is an introduction to biocompatibility with special emphasis on the interaction of cells and tissues with biomaterials. Blood composition and blood-material interactions, responses of the inflammatory and immune systems to biomaterials, the process of wound healing, protein structure and interactions with material surfaces, and the mechanisms of cell interactions with extracellular matrix components as well as cell/tissue responses to implant materials are reviewed in detail. Case studies of cardiovascular and orthopaedic implants are discussed to illustrate that selection of biocompatible materials is a key aspect of implant design and a crucial choice for the success of various biomedical applications (e.g., tissue engineering and biotechnology) which require regeneration of tissues. Generally offered: Fall.

BME 3503. Nanomaterials and Nanobiotechnology. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: A grade of “C-” or better in BME 3003 and BME 3211. This course will introduce an overview of nanomaterials and nanotechnology development. Topics may include biocompatible nanomaterials, microfabrication, microfluidics, lab-on-a-chip, and applications in biomedical engineering. (Formerly titled “Fundamentals of Nanobiotechnology.”) Generally offered: Spring.

BME 3703. Biotransport Phenomena. (3-1) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: A grade of “C-” or better in BME 3114, BME 3303, EGR 2323 and PHY 1963, and concurrent enrollment in BME 3711. This course introduces the concepts of quantitative modeling of biological systems with respect to mass, momentum and energy transport. We will study the use of conservation laws to model cardiopulmonary, renal, and thermal systems of the human physiology, and also apply these principles to design artificial and extracorporeal devices, drug delivery systems for pharmacokinetic analysis. This course includes a 3 hour lecture and a 1 hour recitation. Generally offered: Spring.

BME 3711. Biomedical Engineering Laboratory III. (0-4) 1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisites: A grade of “C-” or better in BME 3114, BME 3303, and STA 1403, and concurrent enrollment in BME 3703. A biomedical engineering lab in biotransport phenomena. Experiments related to mass, momentum, and energy conservation in biological systems such as measurements of apparent viscosity in microcirculation, oxygen diffusivity and thermal conductivity. Generally offered: Spring.

BME 4203. Biomechanics III. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: A grade of “C-” or better in BME 3203. Topics may include elasticity, viscoelasticity, deformation, stress analysis, strain measurement, and stress and strain in organs. Tissues covered may include heart, blood vessels, cartilage, and bone.

BME 4213. Tissue Mechanics. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: A grade of “C-” or better in BME 2203. Topics may include biomechanics characterization, modeling, and properties of regenerating tissues ranging from bone, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, skin, adipose tissue, nerves, bladder, eye, and pulmonary and cardiovascular tissues.

BME 4293. Topics in Biomechanics. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Senior status with a major in Biomedical Engineering and a grade of “C-” or better in BME 3203. Specific topics in biomechanics. May be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 6 semester credit hours will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

BME 4403. Molecular Techniques for Cell-Biomaterials Interactions. (2-4) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: A grade of “C-” or better in BME 3003. Advanced molecular techniques for characterizing cell-biomaterials interactions will be taught. Current understanding of topics in cell receptors and signaling mechanisms with application for biomaterial design will be emphasized. Topics will include receptor-ligand communication, methods of identification and quantification, and pathways involved for cell to material stress response. This course includes a 2 hour lecture and a 4 hour laboratory.

BME 4423. Tissue Engineering. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: A grade of “C-” or better in BME 3003. This course is an introduction to the current status of, practice, and advances in tissue engineering, the biomedical engineering discipline that applies science and technology to develop replacements for damaged and/or diseased tissues of the body. The course focuses on fundamental aspects of new tissue formation, specifically, cells, biomaterials, biochemical and biophysical stimuli. Applications in bone, cartilage, skin, and vascular tissues are reviewed in detail. Strategies which are used to address current challenges, pursue emerging opportunities and explore new directions are discussed.

BME 4483. Topics in Biomaterials. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Senior status with a major in Biomedical Engineering and a grade of “C-” or better in BME 3403. Specific topics in biomaterials. May be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 6 semester credit hours will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

BME 4493. Topics in Tissue Engineering. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Senior status with a major in Biomedical Engineering and a grade of “C-” or better in BME 4423. Specific topics in tissue engineering. May be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 6 semester credit hours will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

BME 4503. Biosensors. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: A grade of “C-” or better in BME 3503. Basics to biological detection and in-depth view of device design and performance analyses. Topics may include optical, electrochemical, acoustic, piezoelectric, and nanobiosensors.

BME 4603. Biophotonics. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: A grade of “C-” or better in BME 3303. This course will introduce the fundamental principles of biophotonics and will focus on their applications to address critical issues in the frontier of biomedical science and technology. Topics may include fundamentals of light interactions with molecules, cells, and tissues, optical imaging, optical biosensing, flow cytometry, photodynamic therapy, laser tweezers and laser surgery, and nanobiotechnology. Generally offered: Fall.

BME 4613. Biomedical Imaging. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: A grade of “C-” or better in BME 4603. This course will examine, from a systems perspective, the techniques used in a variety of medical imaging modalities, which include x-ray imaging, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine, ultrasound imaging, and photoacoustic imaging. The fundamental principles and engineering underlying each imaging modality will be discussed and a performance analysis of each system will be examined.

BME 4623. Biomedical Optics. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: A grade of “C-” or better in BME 3303. This course will introduce the fundamental principles of modern and classical optics and their applications for biomedical research. State-of-the-art topics on cutting-edge research in the area of optics and lasers in medicine and biology will be covered.

BME 4703. Biomedical Engineering Thermodynamics. (3-1) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: A grade of “C-” or better in BME 3703 and EGR 2323. This course is introduces the basics of engineering thermodynamics and applications in biomedical engineering. The course covers first and second laws, properties of pure substances and mixtures, phase rule, phase and chemical equilibria, and an introduction to statistical thermodynamics. This course includes a 3 hour lecture and a 1 hour recitation.

BME 4713. Cellular Engineering. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: A grade of “C-” or better in BME 3703. This course focuses on using engineering skills and principles in the analysis and design of cellular functions. The emphasis will be on protein biochemistry, cell metabolism, signaling and adhesion.

BME 4793. Topics in Cellular Engineering. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Senior status with a major in Biomedical Engineering and a grade of “C-” or better in BME 4713. Specific topics in cellular engineering. May be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 6 semester credit hours will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

BME 4803. Fundamental Computational Bioengineering. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Major in Biomedical Engineering and a grade of “C-” or better in BME 3114 and EGR 2323. This course will include fundamental knowledge and skills of mathematical modeling, computer simulation and visualization, with applications in biomedical engineering.

BME 4903. Senior BME Design I. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Senior status with a major in Biomedical Engineering and a grade of “C-” or better in BME 3022 and STA 1403. Development of project proposals and presentation of conceptual designs. Industrial collaboration and/or faculty sponsorship of these projects is encouraged.

BME 4913. Senior BME Design II. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Senior status with a major in Biomedical Engineering and a grade of “C-” or better in BME 4903. Continuation of the development of an instructor-approved design project, testing of the design project, and presentation of the findings. Industrial cooperation or faculty sponsorship of projects is encouraged.