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Core Courses


Course Number
Course Title/Description
BIOE 601 Biomolecular and Cellular Rate Processes
Presentation of techniques for characterizing and manipulating non-linear biochemical reaction networks. Advanced topics to include mathematical modeling of the dynamics of biological systems; separation techniques for heat sensitive biologically active materials; and rate processes in cellular and biomolecular systems. Methods are applied to current biotechnological systems, some include: recombinant bacteria; plant, insect and mammalian cells; and transformed cell lines.
BIOE 604 Transport Phenomena in Bioengineering Systems
A study of the transport processes of fluid flow, heat transfer, and mass transfer applied to biological organisms and systems, using analogical and systems approaches.    
BIOE 605/606 Laboratory Rotations
Provides the opportunity to experience different laboratory environments. Students gain exposure to graduate research, learn a wide variety of laboratory and/or computational techniques, become familiar with BIOE program faculty, and develop insight on personal research interests and direction.
BIOE 608 Bioengineering Seminar Series
A variety of topics related to Bioengineering will be presented in weekly seminars.
BIOE 612 Physiological Evaluation of Bioengineering Designs
Bioengineering designs of biomaterials, biomedical devices, imaging and drug delivery agents, tissue engineering, prosthesis (among others), offer the opportunity to improve health care. This course is aimed at providing knowledge to lead bioengineering designs on the basis of biocompatibility and to provide tools to assess their patho-physiological impact in biological systems.               


Restricted Elective Courses

Restricted elective courses consist of topics spanning fundamental bioengineering disciplines. Please note that not all courses are offered every semester. Courses include:


Course Number
Course Title/Description
BIOE 602 Cellular and Tissue Biomechanics
Introduction to the fundamentals of biomechanics including force analysis, mechanics of deformable bodies, stress and strain, multiaxial deformations, stress analysis, and viscoelasticity. Biomechanics of soft and hard tissues.
BIOE 611 Tissue Engineering
A review of the fundamental principles involved in the design of engineered tissues and organs. Both biological and engineering fundamentals will be considered. We recommend one advanced biology course and one advanced engineering math course prior to taking BIOE 611.
BIOE 631 Biosensor Instrumentation and Techniques
A thorough review of fundamental concepts of biosensing systems, principles of common detection methods, and modern applications of biosensors. Primarily literature driven. Students will obtain a detailed understanding of cutting-edge biosensing techniques, the instrumentation used, and the application space. Students also will develop skills in using current literature as a source of knowledge.
BIOE 632 Biophotonic Imaging and Microscopy
Principles and instrumentation of various biomedical optical techniques, including fluorescene and Raman spectroscopy, confocal and multi-photon microscopy, optical coherence tomography, and diffuse optical tomography. Biomedical applications will also be discussed.
BIOE 689A Special Topics in Bioengineering: Protein Design and Engineering
BIOE 689D Special Topics in Bioengineering: Computational Molecular Bioengineering
BIOE 689J Special Topics in Bioengineering: Bioengineering Devices for Cancer Research
BIOE 689P Special Topics in Bioengineering: Pharmacoengineering Principles and Applications for Biotherapeutics
BIOE 689T Special Topics in Bioengineering: Biomaterials in Immunology and Immunotherapy


Unrestricted Electives

Unrestricted elective courses may be selected from other disciplines and in consultation with the student's advisor. Please note that not all courses are offered every semester. The list below provides examples of unrestricted electives that may be suitable for a student’s program:

AMSC/CMSC 660: Scientific Computing I

AMSC/CMSC 666: Numerical Analysis I

BCHM 676: Biological Mass Spectronomy

BIOL 620: Cell Biology

BIOL 622: Membrane Transport Phenomena

BIOL 744: Neurophysiology

BIOM 601: Biostatistics I

CHEM 684: Chemical Thermodynamics

CHEM 687: Statistical Mechanics and Chemistry

CHEM 705: Nuclear Chemistry

CMSC 828U: Advanced Topics in Information Processing: Exploiting Biological Resources

ENAE 684: Computational Fluid Dynamics I

ENCH 620: Methods of Engineering Analysis

ENCH 648: Special Topics in Chemical Engineering: Advanced Biochemical Engineering

ENEE 620: Random Processes in Communication and Control

ENEE 630: Advanced Digital Signal Processing

ENEE 631: Digital Imaging Processing

ENEE 680: Electromagnetic Theory I

ENEE 719A: Advanced Topics in Microelectronics: Mixed Signal VLSI Circuit Design

ENMA 620: Polymer Physics

ENMA 626: Fundamentals of Failure Mechanisms

ENME 808C: System-Level MEMS Design and Simulation

ENME 808E: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering: Nanomechanics II

ENME 808K: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering: MEMS I

EPIB 650: Biostatistics I

MOCB 630: Eukaryote Molecular Genetics

MOCB 639: Advanced Cell Biology

MOCB 640: Protein Structure and Function

NACS 641: Introduction to Neurosciences

NACS 642: Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience

NACS 643: Computational Neuroscience

NACS 728R: Computational Neuroscience

NACS 728Y: Selected Topics in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science: Introduction to Cognitive Science

NFSC 631: Advanced Food Microbiology