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Bioengineering Core


The Bioengineering core curriculum was originally designed as a fall-and-spring term sequence of courses consisting of four pairs of courses (21 credit hours) that focus on the life sciences, quantitative methods, technology, and research methods with clinical experiences.

As the program has grown, course offerings have evolved, and currently the spring term life science and technology requirement can be met by one of several approved alternatives. Please see the Bioengineering  Handbook for more details on the core coursework requirement.

The core curriculum is designed to be taken in Year 1 of a student's training program. In some cases, MS students choose to spread out their coursework over two years; PhD students must receive mentor and/or committee approval for any modifications to the core curriculum.


Fall Term Core

BIOE 5010 - Cell and Molecular Biology for Bioengineers

Introduction to cellular and molecular biology, with a focus on using engineering methods and literature to analyze structure and function of cells throughout lifecycle and multiple scales. Design experiments to test hypotheses. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Bioengineering. Credit Hours: 3

BIOE 5020 - Analytic Methods for Engineering Analysis

This course provides mathematical tools essential for graduate level bioengineering work. Studies selected topics from probability, linear algebra, and vector calculus, with emphasis on bioengineering applications. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Bioengineering. Credit Hours: 3

BIOE 5030 - Technology for Bioengineers

This course will prepare students fundamental bioengineering principles common to areas of active research. This includes fundamental principles behind systems and instrumentation in mechanics, electronics, fluid flow and clinical imaging modalities, as well as an introduction to polymeric biomaterials. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Bioengineering. Credit Hours: 3


Spring Term Core

BIOE 5011 - Systems Physiology for Bioengineers

Use engineering principles to study key physiological systems. Topics: cardiovascular, neuroscience, urological, or renal medicine. Related engineering principles: pressure-flow relationships, stress-strain, electromechanical coupling and signal transduction. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Bioengineering. Credit Hours: 3

Note that the second life sciences requirement can also be met by BIOE 5073, several approved non-BIOE classes or through a petition process for yet unapproved classes. See the Bioengineering Handbook for more details.

BIOE 5021 - Numerical Methods for Engineering Analysis

Provides computational skills and knowledge of numerical methods for engineering/scientific computation using Matlab. Topics: root finding, interpolation, difference and integration rules, solution of initial and boundary value ODEs, and introduction to the solution of PDEs. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Bioengineering. Credit Hours: 3

Second Technology Requirement (Formerly BIOE 5031)

The second Technology requirement can be met by a number of Bioengineering classes including BIOE 5053, 5063, 5064, 5073 and 5083, several approved non-BIOE classes or through a petition process for a yet-unapproved class. Please see the Bioengineering Handbook for more details. Credit Hours: 3

BIOE 5040 - Research Methods for Bioengineers

This course provides an introduction to research methods for bioengineers in order to prepare for basic research, clinical applications and commercialization of medical technologies. Topics include literature review, regulatory policy. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Bioengineering. Credit Hours: 2

BIOE 5041 - Clinical Experiences for Bioengineers

This course provides opportunities for clinical experiences such as observing surgeries and touring intensive care units to prepare students for clinical applications and foster collaborations with clinical practitioners. Experiences take place through the school year. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Bioengineering. Credit Hours: 1