Biomedical Engineering​

BME 1010


This course introduces the biomedical engineering field to freshman engineering students. The course focuses in teaching the main scope of the profession in the medical devices industry, healthcare industry, and research and development.

BME 2110


Introduction to Computer Aided and Drafting and Design (CADD), Engineering design process: drafting solid modeling dimensioning and tolerances. Graphics communication in biomedical engineering. 2D and 3D construction, visualization, sketching and standard lettering techniques using CADD. Orthographic Projections. Multi-view drawings for engineering design and production. Basic Dimensioning and tolerancing.

BME 2220


This course is an introduction and survey course in Bioethics and will expose students to some of the most challenging questions and debates of contemporary biomedical ethics. This course is general in nature, but students will also be given the opportunity to focus their research on specific topics in bioethics. In this course, students will first be given the tools with which they can analyze ethical arguments. Next, we will make a brief survey of the defining issues in the field of bioethics. Students will be introduced to the substantial and philosophically rigorous debates in the field and try their hand at participating in these debates. Students will read primary texts including philosophical essays, court decisions and opinion pieces. Real and hypothetical cases will be discussed. The student will benefit from this course such that he or she will be more skilled in recognizing flawed arguments and how to improve these arguments. Additionally, the student will be challenged to provide adequate reasons for holding particular positions in a debate.Students will also hone oral presentation skills by participating in a collaborative oral exam for which they will prepare original philosophical responses to a series of challenging bioethical cases/dilemmas. By the end of this course, students will have gained exposure not only to prominent ethical challenges of biomedicine, but also to some of the complicated histories behind and surrounding these challenges.

BME 2300


Introduction to an understanding of human Anatomy and the engineering aspects of different physiological systems. Focuses on a number of organ systems that may include cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, endocrine, skeletal, muscular, Gastrointestinal, reproductive and lymphatic and immune. Introduction to the basic concepts of human anatomy and the gross anatomical features of the human body systems. This course will use the Anatomage table to provide a full body digital cadaver for to recognize the structure of the human body.

BME 3010


This course is designed to be the first experience in computer programming and is intended for the biomedical engineering students. The students will learn how to design, write, and implement MATLAB scripts and subroutines to solve simple engineering problems. Topics include MATLAB environment selection and repetition structures, used defined functions, Data input and output, 2D Plottingand how to create simple Graphical User Interface (GUI). Students are required to complete a series of computer programming projects.

BME 3020


A wide variety of biomedical processes behave as dynamic systems where the system states vary in time, often in response to external stimuli or interventions. The aims of this module are to introduce techniques and computer tools for modeling, predicting, analyzing, and understanding dynamic behavior in biomedical systems.

BME 3120


This course introduces biomaterials of synthetic as well as natural origin that can be in contact with tissue, blood, and biological fluids with the intended use for prosthetic, diagnostic, therapeutic, and storage applications without adversely affecting the living organism or its components. The course emphasizes the selection and application of biomaterials to the design of bioengineering applications.

BME 3130


The mechanics of living tissue, e.g., arteries, skin, heart muscle, ligament, tendon, cartilage, and bone. Constitutive equations and some simple mechanical models. Mechanics of cells applications.

BME 3131


This laboratory course provides a hands-on introduction to the experimental analysis of the biomechanics of human motion. Students will learn to use computer software for data acquisition and analysis. Kinematic analysis will be performed using optoelectronic and electromagnetic motion sensors. Movement kinematics will be correlated to muscle activity data provided by electromyography (EMG). Analysis of movement kinetics will be performed using strain gauges and force sensors, including force plates for balance control experiments. The laboratory course emphasizes teamwork and communication skills through the submission of group written reports and oral presentations.

BME 3140


This course introduces the integrated study of momentum, mass, and energy transfer, as well as thermodynamics and chemical reactions kinetics for the physiological and cellular processes characterization. This course is used for designing and operating medical devices and developing new therapies. Examples include kidney dialysis machines, heart-lung bypass machines, and membrane oxygenators.

BME 3150


This course covers typical manufacturing processes in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Industries. Processes such as cleaning in place processes, automation, cnc programming, metal stampings, wiring, among others are covered.

BME 3220


Overview of semiconductors materials, introduction to solid-state devices such as diodes, Bipolar Junction Transistors (BJTs), Metal Oxide Semiconductor Field Effect Transistors (MOSFETs) and their characteristics, operation, circuits, and typical applications. The operating principles and understanding of these nonlinear devices are studied to learn their use in electronic equipment. Characteristics of the Operational Amplifier and typical applications such as inverting and non-inverting amplifiers, comparators, summing and differentiating amplifiers, and active filters are studied. Classical applications of OPAMPs in biomedical circuits are discussed.

BME 3221


This laboratory is designed to develop in the students the necessary skills to perform electrical measurements, as well as the necessary skills for the implementation and testing of typical electronic circuits. Experimental verification of the fundamental laws of electric circuits is required for all the experiments. Electrical measuring devices are used in the laboratory such as, the multimeter, the oscilloscope and the RLC meter, and any other equipment like power supplies, function generators and breadboards, which are used in the construction and testing of electric and electronic circuits. Practical electronics circuits that contain diodes, transistors and operational amplifiers are studied and implemented. Use of computer programs to simulate the circuits to be implemented in the laboratory.

BME 3230


This course is centered on the theory of signal and systems with focus on the analysis of signals that originate in living systems. In particular, the course emphasizes signal examples related to the human body such as ECG, EEG, EMG, and others. Topics covered include Continuous-Time Signal and Systems, Discrete-Time Signal and Systems, Sampling, Fourier Analysis, z-Transform, Basic Filter Design and Spectral Analysis with applications to biomedical signals.

BME 4010


This is the application of science and technology to design, research or improve devices and their ability to work and live as normally as possible. Assistive technology is applicable to musculoskeletal and sensory disabilities. Additionally, the course includes automation and digital control of industrial applications using electrical, electronic, hydraulic, and pneumatic control devices and systems.

BME 4011


Laboratory experiences in Rehabilitation Engineering and Industrial Automation using electrical, electronic, hydraulic, and pneumatic systems. The laboratory practices include the selection and implementation of sensors and actuators (i.e., mechanical, pneumatics and hydraulics), along with Programmable Logic Controllers and Microcontrollers. The laboratory emphasizes the application of these technologies in the rehabilitation and/or improvement of the quality of life for individuals with disabilities.

BME 4020


This course explores the content and interpretation of the FDA pharmaceutical and medical devices regulations. Using the regulations and warning letters the students analyze and apply their knowledge to identify trends and implications to compliance with the FDA regulations.

BME 4030


This course focuses on the methodology for administering critical engineering services from facilitation of innovation and technology transfer to the performance of the technology assessment and operations support of clinics and hospitals. Roles of the clinical engineer include supervision of clinical engineering departments, design, repair, purchase, and evaluate new and existing medical equipment, biomedical computer support, input to clinical facilities, and documentation and implementation protocols.

BME 4210


This course is intended to teach students how to use the information systems to program and maintain hospital information system (HIS), computer-based patient records (CBPR), imaging, communications, standards, and other related areas.

BME 4230


The course describes the principles, design, and applications of the most used medical instruments in hospitals. Due to the rapid change in the different model of instruments, the course focuses more on the fundamental principles of operation of those instruments that are common to all different models of these kinds of instruments. The course assumes the students are familiar with differential equations, strong knowledge of physics, and some knowledge in electric and electronic courses.

BME 4250


The course covers the topics such as basic sensors in biomedical engineering, biological signal measurement and conditioning, data acquisition and data analysis. The student will learn the techniques of collecting biological signals using basic sensors. The student must need a previous course that covers digital signal processing and filtering analog signals in other to using simulation software as Mathlab and Labview in their classroom projects.

BME 4990E


Arrange by individual faculty with special expertise; these courses survey fundamentals in areas that are not covered by the regular Biomedical engineering course offerings. Exact course descriptions are disseminated by the Biomedical Engineering Office well in advance of the offering. Courses may be in Tissue Engineering, Nanotechnology in Biomedical Engineering, Multiphysics Simulation of Biomedical Systems, and Continuous Improvement in Healthcare.

BME 4992


The team performs a systematic design process to solve a multidisciplinary biomedical engineering problem. Weekly written and oral reports required.

BME 4994


Teams perform a systematic design process to solve a multidisciplinary biomedical engineering problem. Weekly written and oral reports are required.

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Asynchronous instructional modality. The instructional content is divided into 12 modules. 

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The following academic programs are accredited by ABET’s Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC)
  1. a. BS in Biomedical Engineering
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  3. c. BS in Civil Engineering
  4. d. BS in Computer Engineering
  5. e. BS in Industrial Engineering is accredited
  6. f. BS in Electrical Engineering is accredited
  7. g. BS in Environmental Engineering is accredited
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The BS in Land Surveying is accredited by Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission (ANSAC) of ABET The BS in Computer Science is accredited by the Computer Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET
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