BME 302-0-01: Quantitative Systems Physiology (Lecture)

Quarter Offered

Winter : TTh 11:00am-12:20pm ; Backman


MATH 230


The course provides a rigorous overview of cardiovascular and respiratory anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology. The course includes case studies and a design term project.

Who Takes It?

The course is oriented primarily to senior and junior biomedical engineering students. There are no formal prerequisites but knowledge of basic biology is essential.


  • Overview of the cardiovascular system
  • Heart muscle I
  • Heart muscle II
  • Heart muscle pathophysiology
  • Heart mechanics I
  • Heart mechanics II
  • CV anatomy
  • Case study
  • Principles of electrocardiography
  • Interpretation of electrocardiography, myocardial ischemia and arrhythmias
  • Systemic circulation I
  • Systemic circulation II
  • Midterm Exam
  • Blood I
  • Blood II
  • Immune response
  • Respiratory system I
  • Respiratory system II
  • Respiratory pathophysiology I
  • Respiratory pathophysiology II
  • Project presentations

Required Class Materials

Concepts in Medical Physiology, Julian Seifter, Austin Ratner, and David Sloane
Pathophysiology of Heart Disease, edited by L.S. Lilly

Teaching Methods

In addition to lectures, the class includes case studies, student presentations of a term project and a series of interactive learner-centered exercises.