Core Courses: The 21-credit core curriculum can be completed in year 1 of a student's training program. However, in some cases, students choose to spread out their core coursework over two years; students must receive mentor and/or committee approval for any modifications to the core curriculum.
Life Science Core (6 credits)
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 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 there are a small number of approved substitutions for the Life Science Core II Requirement. See the Graduate Handbook for more information.
Quantitative Core (6 credits)
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 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
Technology Core (6 credits)
Students will select 6 credits (usually two courses) from the list of approved Technology Core options. See the Graduate Handbook for more information.
Research Methods and Clinical Experiences Core (3 credits)
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: 3
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: 3
Elective Bioengineering Courses:
Students can meet their elective requirements with any relevant graduate level class offered at CU Denver or CU Boulder (through concurrent enrollment). Students should consult their advisors to ensure their course selections meet their program needs. The full course catalog for CU Denver can be found here (select Graduate Catalog from the drop-down menu). Please see the Graduate Handbook for specific MS and PhD elective credit requirements.
MS and PhD students will register for a required number of research credits (thesis; project or dissertation). Please see the Graduate Handbook for specific MS and PhD research credit requirements.