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- Secretary of Biomedical Engineering
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- tel: 610-499-4033
Curriculum: Master of Science in Engineering, Biomedical
The master's degree in biomedical engineering can be earned with or without the thesis option. Students who elect to pursue a thesis take 24 credits of classroom study (8 graduate courses) and complete a 6-credit thesis. The classroom study includes 12 credits of required courses: three core courses are appropriate to any engineering discipline (engineering mathematics, technical communications) and one course is specially designed for BME major (Application of Biology in BME), 9 credits of BME electives in either bioinstrumentation, biomechanics/biomaterials, or tissue engineering areas, and 6 credits of technical electives. Students who elect the non-thesis option replace the 6-credit thesis with 6 credits of technical electives.
Here is a selection of courses students typically take as part of the biomedical engineering graduate program.
BME 610 BIOMEDICAL MICROSCOPIC IMAGING
This course focuses on principles and description of microscopy techniques (light, electron, and atomic force microscopy) for application to biomedical research.
BME 611 DESIGN OF MEDICAL INSTRUMENTATION
This course covers the principles, applications, and design of medical instrumentation, as well as medical imaging, electrical safety, and measurement of ventilation, blood pressure, and flow.
BME 612 PRINCIPLES OF MEDICAL IMAGING
This course focuses on the basic physics and the mathematical descriptions of imaging principles for all major medical modalities: X-Ray, CT, MRI, SPECT/PET, US. The course presents a detailed analytical and quantitative illustration of the concepts of image resolution, SNR, and scan time and an in-depth discussion of the problem between detected signal and image source for these major medical modalities.
BME 613 ADVANCED CELL & TISSUE ENGINEERING
This course covers the basic science principles of wound healing, regeneration, and
repair through remodeling, as well as cellular engineering principles such as energy
balance between cells and their environment (metabolism), gene therapy, and stem cell
physiology and therapeutic applications. The course also covers tissue scaffold design,
bioreactors in tissue engineering, and molecular surface modifications for integration
of engineered tissues in situ.
BME 620 ADVANCED BIOMATERIALS
This course covers the clinical uses of biomaterials as components in medical devices, implants, and artificial organs, as well as the characterization of the physical, chemical, biochemical, and surface properties of these materials. Topics include biological interactions of biomaterials, regulatory and ethical issues, current biomaterials technologies, and future directions.
BME 621 BIOMEDICAL OPTICS
This course introduces students to principles of optical photon transport in biological tissue and optical imaging technologies. The course covers ballistic imaging, optical coherence tomography, photoacoustic tomography, and ultrasound-modulated optical tomography.
BME 623 BIOMEDICAL NANOTECHNOLOGY
This course introduces the basics of nanotechnology in biomedical applications. The course covers nanomaterials in biomedical applications and nanofabrication. This course also presents applications of nanotechnology, such as drug delivery, imaging and diagnostics, and tissue regeneration and engineering.
BME 625 BIOSEPARATIONS
This course is an exploration of principles, approaches, and techniques relevant to the separation and downstream processing of biologically produced molecules. Protein purification, recovery of small biomolecules (amino acids and antibodies), and the isolation of primary metabolites will be covered. Particular attention will be paid to the physical chemistry of biological molecules in solution. This approach will result in the development of efficient separation techniques for biomolecules while maintaining biological activity.
BME 630 ADVANCED BIOMECHANICS
This course provides students with an in depth knowledge in biomechanical analysis of fundamental human movements. The course covers anatomical foundations and mechanical principles involved in human motion.
BME 631 CELLULAR MECHANICS
This course introduces students to the principles of cell mechanics and mechanotransduction in biological processes. The course covers a measurement of mechanical properties of cells, cytoskeleton mechanics, models of cell mechanical properties, cell adhesion, effects of physical forces on cell function, and mechanotransduction.
BME 632 TISSUE MECHANICS
This course introduces the mechanical properties of tissues and fluids. The course exercises static force analysis, optimization theory, fluid mechanics on bone, fibrous tissues, blood vessels, musculoskeletal and cardiovascular, and other biological systems.
BME 646 ADVANCED BIOHEAT AND MASS TRANSFER
This course combines the basic principles and theories of transport in biological systems with fundamental bioengineering. It provides real-world applications in tissue engineering, cryobiology, and artificial organs. Considerable significance is placed on developing a quantitative understanding of the underlying physical, chemical, and biological phenomena. Therefore, many mathematical methods are developed using compartmental approaches.
BME 651 MEDICAL DEVICES AND DESIGN
This course introduces the common medical devices used in hospitals and the design principles and methodology for these devices. Topics include cell-matrix control volumes, stress analysis in the design process, selection of biomaterials, and safety and efficacy of medical devices.
BME 652 BIOMEDICAL MICRODEVICES
This course focuses on the design, characterization, and microfabrication of the biomedical microdevices, such as Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems, micro-fluidic device, and nanotechnology.
For more information about courses and requirements for the biomedical engineering graduate program, see the course catalog.