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Curriculum

The master's degree in BME is a 32 credit program with or without thesis that provides breadth and specialized experience in BME. The thesis option culminates in research experience resulting in publishable work. The coursework for thesis and non-thesis options consists of a biomedical engineering core comprising 15 credits, 9 credits of approved electives, and two 1-credit seminars. For the thesis option, there are 6 credits of research. For the non-thesis option, 6 additional credits are taken in approved electives. 

Core Graduate Courses

Biomedical Engineering I and II (3 credits each)
This course sequence covers aspects of biomedical engineering, tying in physical and life sciences to engineering concepts. Subject areas include instrumentation, applied molecular and cell biology, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, and other areas of physics and engineering related to living systems. 


Mathematical and Computational Methods in Biomedical Engineering I and II (3 credits each)
This course covers applied mathematics needed for biomedical engineering. Emphasis is placed on software tools and computational methods. A rigorous overview of statistics is covered, including frequentist and Bayesian methods. 


Biomedical Ethics (3 credits)
This course covers ethical matters related to healthcare and research with human subjects. Institutional Review Board, clinical trials, and regulatory pathways will be considered with respect to ethical questions. 


Seminar in Biomedical Engineering (1 credit)
This course will cover timely topics in biomedical research and practice. This course may be repeated for a total of 2 credits.


Elective Courses

Engineering Computation I and II (3 credits each)
This course introduces mathematical and computational techniques that are relevant for describing and modeling physical processes encountered in biomedical engineering. Topics will include ordinary and partial differential equations, matrix methods including the singular value decomposition, and integral transforms, such as Fourier and wavelet. Mathematical methods will be introduced within the context of current problems in biomedical engineering. For instance, numerical solutions to the diffusion equation will be developed during study of heat conduction in tissue. Similarly, edge enhancement techniques using the wavelet trans- form will be shown in medical images. This course makes extensive use of Matlab.

Biomaterials & Characterization Methods (3 credits)
This course will cover the standard characterization methods used on various biomaterials such as engineered heart valves typically encountered by biomedical engineers in the field. The course will cover theory, use, and limitations of various characterization methods such as electron microscopy, spectroscopy, optical imaging, and other typical characterization methods. Students will gain hands on use for various instruments and will learn the practical applications and limitations of real characterization devices for biomaterials. 


Introduction to Biomedical Imaging (3 credits)
This course introduces the fundamental principles of imaging and image processing from major modalities - X-ray, CT, MRI, Ultrasound and optical imaging systems including microscopy - used in clinical medicine and biomedical research. The course is a combination of lectures as well as demonstrations that introduce the fundamentals of acquiring and processing images from a signals and systems standpoint, grounded on mathematical modeling of imaging systems. A strong foundational understanding of imaging techniques will be established through assignments involving simulation of image acquisition processes as well as basic algorithmic image processing for image filtering and de-noising. To this end, course will involve programming focused assignments in Matlab. 


Biomedical Optics (3 credits)
This course covers various aspects of light and its interaction with tissue along with applications of lasers and light sources in medicine and biology. Theories of light transport, including Monte Carlo methods will be covered, as well as research and clinical applications of light. 


Biomechanics (3 credits)
This course will cover the physics of locomotion and body structure, with emphasis on skeletal structure and the interface with the muscular system. Applications of biomechanics in the context of orthotics and prosthetics will be covered, as well as the use of biomaterials as implants for injury repair.