Bioengineering (BE)

BE 500. Special Topics in Bioengineering3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Description: This course will be devoted to topics that usually are not treated in detail in the general curriculum.

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BE 522. Biomedical Acoustics3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Prerequisite(s): BE 420.

Description: An introduction to the fundamental principles of physical acoustics with an emphasis on biomedical applications. Major concepts covered include (i) acoustic wave physics, (ii) transducers, and (iii) ultrasound imaging.

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BE 540. Machine Learning in Medicine3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Prerequisite(s): BE 420.

Description: Topics: 1) fundamentals of medical data, 2) application of machine learning models & algorithms to medicine, 3) learning from data & classification of disorders, and 4) overview of health data, collection with sensors, body area networks, brain Image data and other publicly available medical applications data. Students will learn about machine learning applications to real world medical data through examples and reading papers. Students are expected to work on a team project and write technical reports.

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BE 551. Gene and Drug Delivery3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Prerequisite(s): BE 354 and BE 450, or graduate standing.

Description: This course covers advanced topics of gene and drug delivery, including the physiological barriers and challenges to delivery, biomaterials used in delivery, considerations for specificity of drug/gene targeting, nanoscale delivery vehicles, the delivery of biologies and vaccines, and intracellular delivery. In addition, this course integrates literature and discussion regarding specific platform design and delivery considerations against cancer, viral, and bacterial applications.

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BE 552. Introduction to Tissue Engineering3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 341, BE 354, BE 359, and BE 450.

Description: Design, development and clinical application of tissue engineered components, including blood vessels, bone, cartilage, pancreas, liver and skin, for use in the human body.

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BE 553. Nanoscale Bioengineering: Application and Methodology of Nanobiomaterials in Bioengineering3 Units

Prerequisite(s): BE 450 or BE 453 or permission of department chair.

Description: An introduction to the fundamental principles of nanoengineering with a focus on (i) synthetic methodologies of tailored nanobiomaterials (physical, chemical and electrochemical). (ii) nanobiomaterial characterization using advanced analytical, microscopic and spectroscopic techniques, and (iii) therapeutic and diagnostic applications.

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BE 581. Advanced Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing for Bioengineers3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): BE 340 or by permission of Department Chair.

Description: An introduction to the engineering design and manufacturing processes for bioengineering applications with an emphasis on the use of modern computer-based analysis, design and presentation tools as well as manufacturing techniques such as casting, machining, forming and assembly for polymer and metal-based materials.

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BE 593. Independent Study in Bioengineering1-4 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): Faculty consent.

Description: A theoretical or experimental investigation of a problem area related to Bioengineering.

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BE 600. Advanced Topics in Bioengineering1-6 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate/Professional Standing in Bioenginering or Consent of Instructor.

Description: An advanced course in bioengineering topics not covered by regularly scheduled courses.

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BE 601. Bioengineering Doctoral Seminar1 Unit

Prerequisite(s): Admission to PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Specialization in Translational Bioengineering.

Description: Current research topics in the field of translational bioengineering will be presented and discussed. Sessions will include guest speakers, student presentations on research projects with interaction and feedback from students and faculty, and critical discussion of scientific literature.

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BE 602. Graduate Internship in Bioengineering2 Units

Grading Basis: Pass/Fail

Prerequisite(s): Admission to Graduate Study and Chair Permission.

Description: This course provides the structure and focus for the graduate intern field assignment to ensure that the assignment is appropriate and consistent with the intern's graduate course of study and professional development.

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BE 603. Bioengineering Research Ethics2 Units

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the PhD in interdisciplinary Studies with a Specialization in Translational Bioengineering or by permission of Department Chair.

Description: Complex ethical issues facing bioengineers will be addressed, including conflicts of interest, patient rights, protection, beneficence and confidentiality, equitable allocation of scarce health resources, research misconduct, animal experimentation, and clinical trails for new medical devices.

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BE 605. Tissue & Molecular Biology Techniques Laboratory3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Summer Only

Prerequisite(s): BE 359 or equivalent.

Description: Introduces students to techniques used in tissue and molecular biology laboratories including cell and tissue culture, cell assays, cell and tissue imaging techniques and sterilization techniques.

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BE 611. Cardiovascular Dynamics3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate or professional standing in Bioengineering.

Description: Review of basic cardiovascular physiology. Application of basic engineering principles, including electrical and mechanical analog models to describe cardiovascular function and data acquisition and analysis techniques to develop medical devices and instrumentation.

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BE 621. Bioinstrumentation4 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Prerequisite(s): Graduate/Professional Standing; and BE 354 and BE 423 or equivalent(s); or consent of instructor.

Description: Analysis and design of Bioinstrumentation. Basic circuitry, electronics and laboratory techniques including sensors, transducers, biopotentials, amplifiers, measurement and safety.

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BE 630. Biomechanical Computer Modeling and Simulation of Human Movement3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate/professional standing; BE 354 or equivalent.

Description: Development and application of musculoskeletal computer modeling and simulation techniques to analyze human movement biomechanics.

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BE 639. Injury Biomechanics3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ME 649 or BE 354 or equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

Description: Application of mechanics to the study of human injury. Response of the human body to injurious conditions. Injury tolerance of the human body. Applications to child abuse, transportation safety and the medico-legal environment.

Note: Cross-listed with ME 639.

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BE 640. Computational Methods for Medical Image Analysis3 Units

Prerequisite(s): BE 420.

Description: This course covers the theory of stochastic and geometric models of medical imaging, including spatial interaction models, intensity models, and geometric shape models. The emphasis is on understanding the underlying mathematics in a practical sense.

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BE 650. Advanced Biomaterials3 Units

Prerequisite(s): BE 450 or consent of instructor.

Description: Advanced topics on the use of biomaterials,and their performance, in reconstructive surgery. Specifically skin, nerve, bone, and soft tissue regeneration utilized for burn patients, cancer patients, and trauma patients.

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BE 654. Advanced Physiology for Engineers3 Units

Prerequisite(s): BE 354.

Description: This course provides an in-depth view of the fundamental principles of how biochemistry and physiology are integrated. Emphasis is placed on the physiologic mechanisms for feedback control of physiologic function in humans.

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BE 658. Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ME 649 or BE 354 or equivalent or permission of instructor.

Description: Introduction to rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology. Medical aspects of disability, assistive technology applications and current rehabilitation research.

Note: Cross-listed with ME 658.

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BE 668. Translational Bioengineering teaching Practicum2 Units

Prerequisite(s): Admission to Translational Bioengineering PhD program and permission of course instructor.

Description: A guided learning experience in inquiry-based instructional techniques and best practices in engineering education that includes field experience as a graduate instructor.

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BE 680. Bio-Micro3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate/Professional standing and ECE 543, or instructor's permission.

Description: Application of microtechnology principles to the biomedical field in areas that include tissue engineering, lab-on-a-chip, biosensors, drug delivery, etc. Application-specific criteria supporting the need for miniaturizaton.

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BE 681. Biomedical Microfluidics3 Units

Description: Provides students with an overview of microfluidics and device design considerations,introduce commonly used fabrication techniques to accomplish design, fabrication and validation of a device for an application in cell or molecular biology.

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BE 683. Artificial Organs3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Prerequisite(s): Graduate/professional standing in bioengineering.

Description: Bioengineering design of artificial organ replacement systems and their clinical usage. Commercially available systems analyzed for mass transfer efficiency; biomechanics and henodynamics; and size and efficiency of the device.

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BE 685. Modeling of Biological Phenomena3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Summer Only

Prerequisite(s): Graduate/professional standing in Bioengineering, BE 359 and BE 354 or equivalent(s).

Description: Current research topics in the field of translational bioengineering will be presented and discussed. Sessions will include guest speakers, student presentations on research projects with interaction and feedback from students and faculty, and critical discussion of scientific literature.

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BE 691. Bioengineering Non-thesis Design/Research Project3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Summer Only

Prerequisite(s): Graduate/Professional standing in bioengineering, BE 491, and BE 497.

Description: Design or research project involving a literature search, project planning, design objectives, fabrication and/or experimentation, analysis, technical report writing, and oral presentation under a faculty member's guidance. Final technical report is required to be presented orally to course instructor and faculty mentor for graded evaluation.

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BE 692. Bioengineering Clinical Rotation2 Units

Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of Translational Bioengineering qualifying exam, permission of advisor and program director, and HIPAA certified.

Description: Students will observe day to day clinical activities associated with patient care by participating in clinical rounds and/or scheduled specialty clinics led by residents, fellow and/or clinical faculty. Exposure to the clinical setting will allow students to gain an understanding of concepts such as patient history, disorder/disease presentation, diagnostics, clinical decision making, treatment modalities, disease management, procedures and clinical outcomes. Students must work with their PhD advisor and the ISSTBE-PhD Program Director to identify clinical rotation opportunities in specialty areas of interests within the Schools of Medicine or Dentistry.

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BE 693. Independent Study in Bioengineering1-6 Units

Prerequisite(s): Faculty consent.

Description: An advanced theoretical or experimental investigation of a problem area related to Bioengineering.

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BE 695. Bioengineering Research Design & Methods3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Prerequisite(s): Graduate/Professional standing.

Description: Focus on study designs & methodologies and their appropriate application. Emphasis placed on development of specific aims, testable hypotheses, and interpretation and communication of research findings. Data analysis concerns and strategies for parametric and non-parametric applications will be addressed using SPSS. Students will learn to communicate scientific methodologies and findings, and to interpret their

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BE 697. Master of Engineering Thesis in Bioengineering1-6 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate/Professional standing in bioengineering.

Description: Original design or research activity in a bioengineering discipline, under the direction of a faculty member. A written thesis must be presented to a faculty committee and defended.

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BE 698. MS Thesis in Bioengineering1-6 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): Graduate or Professional school standing and permission of Department Chair.

Description: Experimental or design-based thesis research performed as part of Master of Science degree requirements. A written thesis is required to be presented and defended orally and submitted to the faculty for approval.

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BE 699. Dissertation Research3-15 Units

Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of the Translational Bioengineering PhD qualifying exam.

Description: Original research activity in an appropriate translational bioengineering discipline, under the direction of a graduate faculty member affiliated with PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Specialization in Translational Bioengineering (ISSTBE PHD).

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BE 700. Dissertation Research-Translational Bioengineering1-15 Units

Grading Basis: Pass/Fail

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): Dissertation director approval.

Description: Program director approval for initial credits. Original research activity in bioengineering under the direction of a Bioengineering graduate faculty member. Permission of program director required to register for initial credits. Permission of dissertation director required. A written dissertation must be submitted to a dissertation examination committee. The dissertation must also be orally defended.

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