Graduate Study
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Biomedical Engineering (PhD)
Track Requirements

Students in the PhD program enter into one of six "tracks" respresenting the broad research areas in our department. The purpose of these tracks is to guide students in their course selection, providing depth in areas relevant to their selected research area.

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Biomaterials

Students who are taking the biomaterials track are required to take the following courses:

  • BME 343- Biomaterials and Medical Devices
  • BME 442- Thermodynamics and Interactions at Biointerfaces

Additional Competencies

Students are required to be competent in each of the following areas:

Physiological and Biological Sciences

This competency requires you to focus on the following topics and take the courses that correspond with the subject.

  • Neurophysiology- BME 401
  • Cardiopulmonary Physiology- BME 402
  • Renal, Digestive, Endocrine, and Metabolic Physiology- BME 403

Quantitative Sciences and Engineering

This competency requires you to focus on the following topics and take the courses that correspond with the subject.

  • Introductory Statistics- STAT 330-1, IEMS 303
  • Ordinary Differential Equations- ES_APPM 311-1
  • Multivariable and Vector Calculus- MATH 234
  • Linear Algebra- MATH 240

Recommended Courses

These are some suggested courses for students interested in biomaterials:

  • BME 441- Biointerface Science
  • BME 444- Nanomedicine
  • BME 344- Biological Performance of Materials
  • BME 346- Tissue Engineering
  • CHE 475- Cell-Material Interactions
  • CHEM 411- Organic Spectroscopy
  • BIOL 390- Molecular Biology I
  • MAT SCI 380- Surface Science Spectroscopy
  • MAT SCI 420- Self-Assembled Colloidal Materials
  • MAT SCI 460- Electron Microscopy
  • BIOL 401- Biochemistry and Biophysics
  • ME 495- Nanotechnology

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Imaging and Biophotonics

Students are required to take one of the following courses:

  • EECS 302/495- Probabalistic Systems and Random Signals
  • EECS 332- Digital Imaging Analysis
  • EECS 420- Digital Image Processing

They are also required to take two of the following integrated courses:

MRI Concentration

  • BME 327- Introduction to MRI
  • BME 427- Advanced MRI
  • BME 495- Functional MRI

Biophotonics Concentration

  • BME 333- Optical Microscopy
  • BME 429- Advanced Physical & Applied Optics
  • PHYSICS 357- Photonics Laboratory

Additional Competencies

Students are required to be competent in each of the following areas:

Physiological and Biological Sciences

This competency requires you to focus on the following topics and take the courses that correspond with the subject.

  • Neurophysiology- BME 401
  • Cardiopulmonary Physiology- BME 402
  • Renal, Digestive, Endocrine, and Metabolic Physiology- BME 403

Quantitative Sciences and Engineering

This competency requires you to focus on the following topics and take the courses that correspond with the subject.

  • Transport Processes- BME 350
  • Physics of Electrodynamics- PHYSICS 414-1
  • Introductory Statistics- STAT 330-1, IEMS 303
  • Ordinary Differential Equations- ES_APPM 311-1

RECOMMENDED COURSES

These are some suggested courses for students interested in imaging and biophotonics:

  • BME 333- Optical Microscopy
  • BME 338- Interaction of Laser Radiation with Tissue (rarely taught)
  • BME 343- Biomaterials and Medical Devices
  • BME 350- Transport Fundamentals
  • BME 371- Mechanics of Biological Tissues
  • BME 377- Intermediate Fluid Mechanics
  • BME 444- Nanomaterials
  • BME 463- Systems Neuropathophysiology
  • BME 475- Cardiovascular Biology and Engineering
  • BME 495- Graduate Mass and Heat Transfer
  • BME 495- Graduate Mass and Heat Transport

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Mechanics and Transport

Students who are taking the mechanics and transport track are required to take the following two courses:

  • BME 371- Mechanics of Biological Tissues
  • BME 450- Graduate Transport

ADDITIONAL COMPETENCIES

Students are required to be competent in each of the following areas:

Physiological and Biological Sciences

This competency requires you to focus on the following topics and take the courses that correspond with the subject.

  • Neurophysiology- BME 401
  • Cardiopulmonary Physiology- BME 402
  • Renal, Digestive, Endocrine, and Metabolic Physiology- BME 403

Quantitative Sciences and Engineering

This competency requires you to focus on the following topics and take the courses that correspond with the subject.

  • Introductory Statistics- STAT 301-1, IEMS 303
  • Ordinary Differential Equations- ES_APPM 311-1
  • Multivariable and Vector Calculus- MATH 234
  • Linear Algebra- MATH 240

RECOMMENDED COURSES

These are some suggested courses for students interested in mechanics and transport:

  • BME 452- Transport through Connective Tissues
  • MATH 426- Theory of Flows with Small Inertia
  • MATH 420-1- Asymptotic and Perturbation Methods
  • CHE 424-1,2- Transport Phenomena
  • CHE 462- Viscoelasticity and Flow in Polymer Systems
  • CE 365- Transport Processes in Porous Media
  • PHYSICS 416-1,2- Statistical Mechanics and Modern Hydrodynamics
  • ME 362- Stress Analysis
  • ME 365- Finite Elements for Stress Analysis

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Neural Engineering

Students are required to take two of the following integrative courses:

  • BME 461– Sensory Acquisition
  • BME 462– Computational Neuromechanics and Neuroethology
  • BME 463– Systems Neuropathophysiology
  • BME 469– Neural Control and Mechanics of Movement

Students are also required to take one of the following computational courses:

  • NUIN 495– Bayesian Brain
  • ESAM 370– Introduction to Computational Neuroscience
  • EECS 349– Machine Learning
  • EECS 435– Neural Networks
  • EECS 479– Nonlinear Optimization
  • EECS 495– Topics in Machine Learning

Additional Competencies

Students are required to be competent in each of the following areas:

Physiological and Biological Sciences

This competency requires you to focus on the following topics and take the courses that correspond with the subject.

  • Neurophysiology- BME 401
  • Cardiopulmonary Physiology- BME 402
  • Renal, Digestive, Endocrine, and Metabolic Physiology- BME 403
  • Neuroanatomy- NUIN 440

Quantitative Sciences and Engineering

This competency requires you to focus on the following topics and take the courses that correspond with the subject.

  • Numerical Methods- EECS 328
  • Systems Analysis- ME 390
  • Introductory Statistics- STAT 330-1, IEMS 303
  • Ordinary Differential Equations- ES_APPM 311-1
  • Multivariable and Vector Calculus- MATH 234
  • Linear Algebra- MATH 240

RECOMMENDED COURSES

These are some suggested courses for students interested in neural engineering:

  • BME 317- Biochemical Sensors
  • BME 343- Biomaterials and Medical Devices
  • BME 346- Tissue Engineering
  • BME 349- Bioregenerative Engineering
  • BME 365- Human Limbs and Their Artificial Replacements
  • BME 465- Musculoskeletal Modeling
  • BME 467- Biomedical Robotics
  • ME 314- Theory of Machines - Dynamics
  • ME 391- Fundamentals of Control Systems (equivalent to EECS 360)
  • ME 333- Mechatronics
  • ME 433- Advanced Mechatronics
  • ME 381- Introduction to Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS)
  • ME 451- Micromachining
  • NUIN 480- Neural Control of Movement
  • NUIN 433- The Neurobiology of Disease

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Rehabilitation

Students are required to take one of the following engineering fundamentals courses:

  • ME 314– Theory of Machines
  • EECS 390– Introduction to Robotics

Students are required to take one of the following neurophysiological courses:

  • BME 463– Systems Neuropathophysiology
  • BME 469– Neural Control and Mechanics of Movement

Take at least one of the following computational courses:

  • BME 366- Biomechanics of Movement
  • IEMS 315– Stochastic models and Simulation
  • EECS 349– Machine Learning
  • EECS 479– Nonlinear Optimization

ADDITIONAL COMPETENCIES

Students are required to be competent in each of the following areas:

Physiological and Biological Sciences

  • Neurophysiology- BME 401
  • Cardiopulmonary Physiology- BME 402
  • Renal, Digestive, Endocrine, and Metabolic Physiology- BME 403
  • Neuroanatomy- NUIN 440

Quantitative Sciences and Engineering

  • Numerical Methods- EECS 328
  • Systems Analysis- ME 390
  • Introductory Statistics- STAT 330-1, IEMS 303
  • Ordinary Differential Equations- ES_APPM 311-1
  • Multivariable and Vector Calculus- MATH 234
  • Linear algebra- MATH 240

RECOMMENDED COURSES

These are some suggested courses for students interested in rehabilitation:

  • BME 465– Biomechanical Modeling and Computer Simulation of Human Movement (requires instructor permission and proof of competency in both BME 366 and ME 314 material)
  • ME 433- Advanced Mechatronics
  • ME 495- Technology Innovations and Commercialization
  • EECS 330- Human-computer interaction
  • EECS 334- Introduction to computer Vision
  • BME 365- Human Limbs and Their Artificial Replacements
  • BME 467- Biomedical Robotics
  • ME 391- Fundamentals of Control Systems (equivalent to EECS 360)
  • ME 381- Introduction to Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS)
  • ME 451- Micromachining
  • NUIN 433- The Neurobiology of Disease

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Regenerative Medicine and Engineering

Students are required to take two of the following courses:

  • BME 346– Tissue Engineering   
  • BME 349– Biological Regenerative Medicine   
  • BME 444- Nanomedicine

Student have to take at least one of the following courses:

  • BME 343- Biomaterials and Medical Devices
  • BME 344- Biological Performance of Materials
  • BME 441- Biointerface Science
  • BME 442- Thermodynamics and Interactions at Biointerface

ADDITIONAL COMPETENCIES

Students are required to be competent in each of the following areas:

Physiological and Biological Sciences

  • Neurophysiology- BME 401
  • Cardiopulmonary Physiology- BME 402
  • Renal, Digestive, Endocrine, and Metabolic Physiology- BME 403
  • Cell Biology- BIOL SCI 406
  • Regenerative Engineering Laboratory- BMD ENG 359

Quantitative Sciences and Engineering

  • Introductory Statistics- STAT 330-1, IEMS 303
  • Ordinary Differential Equations- ES_APPM 311-1

RECOMMENDED COURSES

These are some suggested courses for students interested in regenerative medicine and rehabilitation:

  • BMD ENG 314- Models of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • BMD ENG 317- Biomedical Sensors
  • BMD ENG 325- Introduction to Medical Imaging
  • BMD ENG 327- Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • BMD ENG 333- Modern Optical Microscopy and Imaging
  • BMD ENG 350- Mass and Heat Transport
  • BMD ENG 365- Human Limb and Artificial Replacements
  • BMD ENG 366- Biomechanics of Movement
  • BMD ENG 371- Mechanics of Biological Tissues
  • BMD ENG 377- Intermediate Fluid Mechanics
  • BMD ENG 383- Cardiovascular Instrumentation
  • BMD ENG 395- Engineering Design of Therapeutic Antibodies
  • BMD ENG 452- Transport through Connective Tissues
  • BMD ENG 463- Systems Neuropathophysiology
  • BMD ENG 475- Cardiovascular Biology and Engineering
  • IEMS 304- Statistical Methods for Data Mining
  • BIOL SCI 301- Biochemistry
  • BIOL SCI 315- Cell Biology
  • BIOL SCI 323- Bioinformatics: Sequence and Structure
  • BIOL SCI 390- Molecular Biology I
  • BIOL SCI 391- Developmental Biology
  • BIOL SCI 401- Molecular Biophysics
  • BIOL SCI 403- Genetics and Genomics
  • IGP 460- Cellular and Molecular Aspects of the Cytoskeleton