School of Engineering
- Kirkbride Hall
- tel: 610-499-4037
- fax: 610-499-4059
- Secretary of Biomedical Engineering
- Kirkbride Hall, Room 269
- tel: 610-499-4033
Curriculum, Biomedical Engineering
The biomedical engineering degree offers graduates productive careers in a wide variety of health care-related industries and government agencies. Graduates are trained not only to have a core understanding of traditional engineering disciplines, but also to have an in-depth knowledge of the body and the interactions between products developed and living beings. Biomedical engineers play a critical role in the design of artificial organs, prostheses, instrumentation, medical information systems, health management and care delivery systems, medical devices used in various medical procedures, and imaging systems.
Technical electives in chemical, electrical, and mechanical engineering can significantly broaden the career choices for biomedical engineering graduates and are highly recommended.
Here is a selection of courses students typically take as a biomedical engineering major.
BME 340 BIOINSTRUMENTATION
The study of fundamental principles in bioinstrumentation. Topics include design and building of biomedical instrumentation, data acquisition, and signal processing. Prerequisites: ENGR 219 and BIOL 122. 3 semester hours
BME 360 BIOMATERIALS
This course covers materials used in biomedical applications, biological/ biomaterials interactions, host responses, and materials evaluations. Topics include chemical structures of materials used in medicine, physical and mechanical properties, biocompatibility, tissue-biomaterial interactions, and immune response.
BME 442 CELL AND TISSUE ENGINEERING
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of tissue engineering and understanding of the biomaterials, cells, and growth factors used in tissue engineering. Specific applications include skin, nerve, bone, and soft tissue regeneration.
BME 446 BIOMEDICAL FLUID MECHANICS
This course introduces and applies the fundamentals of fluid mechanics to biological cardiovascular, respiratory and other biofluid systems.
BME 448 BIOMEDICAL DEVICES
An examination of policies and procedures relating to medical device design and approval. Topics are applied through the study of a currently marketed medical device.
BME 449 BIOIMAGING
This course introduces the major imaging modalities used in clinical medicine and biomedical research, as well as the fundamentals of images from a signals and systems standpoint.
BME 460 REGULATORY AND MANUFACTURING PRACTICES (SAME AS CHE 460)
Understanding the regulatory structure and regulations governing the manufacture of healthcare and pharmaceutical products. Regulatory requirements for the design, construction, and operations of manufacturing facilities. Quality control and quality management systems used in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.
BME 465 BIOMECHANICS
This course introduces the engineering and biological foundations of biomechanics. The course focuses on the response of the body to different applied loads, with a particular emphasis on relationships among anatomy (structure), physiology (function), and mechanical behavior in these systems. Examples are drawn from diverse fields in biomechanics, including automobile safety, orthopedic biomechanics, and injury biomechanics.
For more information about courses and requirements for biomedical engineering, see the course catalog.