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2017-2018 Academic Catalog: Course Descriptions - Biological Engineering

BIOE 2000 FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING
Fundamental concepts of biological engineering are developed that integrate principles of physical and life sciences, engineering, computer science and mathematics. (4 credits) fall
Prerequisite: BIOL1100, CHEM1100, PHYS1250 and ENGR1800

BIOE 2500 BIOLOGICAL INSTRUMENTS AND MEASUREMENTS
This course explores computer programming using high-level language is developed. The software being developed communicates with instrumentation and databases, methods for signal conditioning, signal analysis, graphing and data storage are explored. The instrumentation utilizes sensors and actuators relevant for biological engineering applications. Application programmable interfaces to databases are utilized to obtain and store data. Methods for characterization of obtained data are explored. Aspects of recording and stimulation of cells or tissue in aqueous environments are investigated. (4 credits) fall
Prerequisite: BIOL1000 and ENGR1600

BIOE 2550 MICROFLUIDS
Introduction to fundamental principles and methods of microfluidics including capillarity, low Reynolds number flows, diffusion, osmosis, electrical fields, flow through porous media, microfabrication and lateral flow assays with an emphasis on global health diagnostic technologies. Fluid dynamics concepts for bulk flows both in physiological systems and in terms of microfluidic tools for exploring transport phenomena of single cells and tissue scale systems will be covered. (4 credits)
Prerequisite: BIOE3025

BIOE 3025 BIOMATERIALS & TISSUE ENGINEERING
The chemical and mechanical properties of materials for biological systems are investigated. Cell culture, scaffolds and constructs for tissue engineering application are explored. (4 credits) summer
Prerequisite: BIOE2000 and CHEM2400

BIOE 3500 GENETICS AND TRANSGENICS
This course builds upon the conceptual and technical approaches learned in BIOL1100 and BIOE2000 in the context of genetics and genetic engineering.  Students will apply their knowledge of gene expression to explore the growing field of genetic research and novel genomic therapies. Specifically, the course will focus on the molecular underpinnings of genome modification and methods used for harnessing molecular machinery to combat disease, modify resources and serve as important tools in research.  Students will be immersed in current trends in genetic research, which range from applied classical genetics to the controversies surrounding genetic medicine and genomics. (4 credits) fall
Prerequisite: BIOL1100 and BIOE2000

BIOE 3550 UNIT OPERATIONS & PROCESS CONT
This course introduces fundamental design and operation principles of biological engineering systems, including bioreactors, phase transfer, separation and other mass transfer operations. (4 credits) summer

BIOE 3650 COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY
Introductions to concepts, techniques and programming skills for computational biology, including simulation and game theory. The system models include central control, multiple actor based, deterministic, stochastic, differential equations, and spatial representation and graphics (at least two dimensional). (4 credits)
Prerequisite: MATH2500 AND BIOE2500

BIOE 4000 CELL PHYSIOLOGY AND SIGNALING
This course focusses on intercellular communication via chemical, electrical and mechanical stimuli. Topics include membrane-bound and intracellular receptor proteins, cellular responses to receptor activation, membrane potentials, sensory receptors and the endocrine and nervous organ systems. (4 credits) spring
Prerequisite: BIOL1100

BIOE 4500 BIOTRANSPORT PHENOMENA
This course explores transport phenomena (momentum, heat, and mass transfer) as related to biological systems. This includes microscale and molecular processes for membrane transport and perfusion, such as diffusion, osmosis, passive and active transport, and electrophysiology.  Dynamics of mechanical flow for fluid and heat are introduced for cells, tissues and organ systems. (4 credits) spring
Prerequisite: BIOE2000, BIOE2500 and MATH2500