BME 201 (3) Biomolecules: Structure, Function, and Engineering Applications
- Prerequisites: CHM 116, ENGR 131 & 132, and MA 166, or equivalents.
- Corequisites: BIOL 230
Classes of molecules (biomolecules) such as sugars, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids that form the cellular components of living organisms. Explores the chemistry behind the structure and function of these important classes of biological molecules. Hydrogen-bonding, hydrophobic forces, electrostatic interactions along with other weak interactions discussed with reference to their importance in biomolecular systems in an engineering context.
BME 205 (1) Biomolecular and Cellular Systems Laboratory
- Corequisites: BIOL 230, BME 201
Introductory laboratory experience focused on engineering concepts and practices in the analysis of biomolecules and cells. Topics include fundamental quantitative techniques of analysis, methods of isolation, identification, and quantification of biomolecules and cells, and analysis of integrated biosystems. Concludes with student-driven design project.
BME 290 (1) Frontiers in Biomedical Engineering
This course introduces the rapidly emerging field of biomedical engineering by exposing students to a wide range of research activities in the Weldon School and to a variety of experiential learning opportunities. Topics addressed include career paths, professional development opportunities, and career development skills including creating a plan of study, informational and job interviewing, writing a resume, technical writing, preparing effective oral presentations, and peer-editing.
BME 204 (3) Biomechanics of Hard and Soft Tissues
- Prerequisite: BME 205 and ME 270 or equivalent
Covers the mechanics of biological materials, with applications in the musculo-skeletal system, nerves, spinal cord, and vascular tissue, down to the level of the cell. Topics include center of mass, moment of inertia, basic understanding of stresses, strains, and deformations, axial elements, pressure vessels, beams, torsion, viscoelasticity, and thermal stress. Case studies and problem solving sessions used to emphasize the unique biological criteria which must be considered when mechanically analyzing both soft and hard tissues.
BME 206 (1) Biomechanics and Biomaterials Laboratory
- Prerequisites: BME 205 and ME 270, or equivalent.
- Corequisite: BME 204
Provides hands-on training in engineering and biological principles of biomaterials and biomechanics. Topics include evaluation and interpretation of experimental results, modeling and testing of tissue and body mechanics, and interactions of living (e.g., tissue/cell) and nonliving (e.g., biomaterial) systems.
BME 256 (3) Physiological Modeling in Human Health
- Prerequisites: MA 166 or equivalent
- Concurrent Prerequisite: CS 159 or equivalent
Description: Introduction to the physiology and medicine underlying practical problems in biomedical engineering, especially with respect to medical device development. Engineering skills taught and practiced within the context of human disease, injury, and illness on extended problem sets which include mathematical modeling and problem solving with appropriate documentation. Main physiological systems of focus are cardiovascular, pulmonary, and renal, and common afflictions thereof.