Department of Biomedical Engineering

Courses

Biomedical Engineering Core Courses 

As part of the course requirements for the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, all students will be required to complete 36 course units. These units include 6 core classes and three quarters of the BME seminar series, two elective course classes and four units of independent research. A successful biomedical engineer is able to describe and analyze biomedical and biological systems in a quantitative fashion. Thus, at a minimum, a biomedical engineer must demonstrate competence in quantitative analysis, biological and biomedical structure and function, and an awareness of the clinical environment. The core courses and descriptions are as follows:

  • BME 210: Cell & Tissue Engineering (4 units)
    A biochemical, biophysical, and molecular view of cell biology.  Topics include the biochemistry and biophysical properties of cells, the extracellular matrix, biological signal transduction, and principles of engineering new tissues.
  • BME 220: Quantitative Physiology: Sensory Motor Systems (4 units)
    A quantitative and systems approach to understanding physiological systems.  Systems covered include the nervous and musculoskeletal systems.
  • BME 221: Quantitative Physiology: Organ Transport Systems (4 units)
    A quantitative and systems approach to understanding physiological systems. Systems covered include the cardiopulmonary, circulatory, and renal systems. Same as CBEMS204.
  • BME 230A: Applied Engineering Mathematics I (4 units)
    Analytical techniques applied to engineering problems in transport phenomena, process dynamics and control and thermodynamics.
  • BME 230B: Applied Engineering Mathematics II (4 units)
    Advanced engineering mathematics for biomedical engineering. Focuses on biomedical system identification. Includes fundamental techniques of model building and testing such as formulation, solution of governing equations (emphasis on basic numerical techniques), sensitivity theory, identifiability theory, and uncertainty analysis.
  • BME 240: Introduction to Clinical Medicine for Biomedical Engineering (4 units)
    An introduction to clinical medicine for graduate students in biomedical engineering. Divided between lectures focused on applications of advanced technology to clinical problems and a series of four rotations through the operating room, ICU, interventional radiology/imaging, and endoscopy.
  • BME 298: Seminars in Biomedical Engineering (2 units)
    Presentation of advanced topics and reports of current research efforts in biomedical engineering. Designed for graduate students in the biomedical engineering program. Required course for Years One and Two.
     

Elective Courses 

The two elective courses required to fulfill the course requirements for the M.S. and Ph.D. degree will be comprised of courses offered within the School of Engineering, School of Biological Science, School of Physical Science, or College of Medicine.  The group of elective courses must be approved by the BME Graduate Advisor (see Important People and Contacts in the Graduate Student Handbook). The courses will be chosen to meet the specific needs of the student. The electives must provide breadth in biomedical engineering, but also provide specific skills necessary to the specific research the student may undertake as part of the degree requirements. Potential elective courses are listed on our website. Additional courses (including upper division undergraduate courses) not listed may be selected upon approval by the student's advisory committee. Below is a select list of courses that are of particular interest. 

  • BME 213: Systems Cell & Developmental Biology (4 units) Winter
  • BME 233: Dynamic Systems in Biology & Medicine (4 units) Fall
  • BME 234: Neuroimaging Data Analysis (4 units) Spring
  • BME 236: Engineering Optics for Biomedical Applications (4 units) Winter
  • BME 247: Microfluids and Lab-on-A-Chip (4 units) Winter
  • BME 248: Micro Implant (4 units) Spring
  • BME 249: Biomedical Microdevices I (4 units) Fall
  • BME 295: Bio-Spectroscopy (4 units) Spring
  • BME 295: Imaging Principles (4 units) Fall
  • BME 295: Introduction to Computational Biology (4 units) Fall
  • BME 295: Medical Techniques I (4 units) Winter
  • BME 295: Medical Techniques II (4 units) Spring
  • BME 295: Biofluid Mechanics (4 units) Winter
  • BME 295: Multi-Time Variant Systems (4 units) Winter
  • BME 295: Linking Modeling & Experiments in Bioengineering (4 units) Spring

Special Courses

Besides the formal lecture oriented courses that comprise the core and elective requirements, there are a series of special courses in which you will enroll at various times during your study (see description below). These special course titles are listed below. 

  • BME 296: Masters of Science Thesis Research (1-16 units – F, W, S Quarters )
    Individual research or investigation conducted in the pursuit or preparing and completing the thesis required for the M.S. degree in Engineering. May be repeated for credit.
  • BME 297: Doctor of Philosophy Dissertation Research (1-16 units – F, W, S Quarters )
    Individual research or investigation conducted in the pursuit of preparing and completing the dissertation required for the Ph.D. in Engineering. May be repeated for credit.
  • BME 298: Seminar in Biomedical Engineering (2 units – F, W, S Quarters)
    Presentation of advanced topics and reports of current research efforts in biomedical engineering. Designed for graduate students in the biomedical engineering program. Required course for Years One and Two.
  • BME 299: Individual Research (1-16 units – F, W, S Quarters)
    Individual research or investigation under the direction of an individual faculty member. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (The course code will vary depending on the instructor with whom you will enroll).

If you are interested in courses offered outside of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, refer to the General Catalogue for more information.