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The College of Engineering - Bioengineering

Coursework

Following is an identification of acceptable coursework, course descriptions, HEGIS number, and assigned credits.  It should be noted that not all electives are offered every semester.

Chemical Engineering

Bioprocess Engineering (3 s.h.) CHE.06.462     
This course reviews the fundamentals and engineering of bioprocess engineering with emphasis on applying biotechnology to industrial processes. Essential aspects of biochemistry, microbiology and kinetics are presented. This course discusses bioreactor engineering, and recovery and purification processes. Processing applications of engineering kinetics and enzyme technology are included. Laboratory experiments and demonstrations will be integrated throughout the course.  prerequisites = CHEM.06.100 or CHEM.06.105, 1701.130

Principles of Biomedical Engineering (3 s.h.) CHE.06.472        
This course introduces students to chemical engineering fundamentals applied to biomedical systems. Students analyze and design biomedical processes. The basic biochemistry and physiology required for understanding of biomedical systems is presented. Basic principles of mass transfer, heat transfer, fluid flow, and chemical reaction are used to analyze or design drug delivery systems, pharmacokinetic models, the circulatory system, transport across cell membranes, and human and artificial organs. Laboratory experiments and demonstrations will be integrated throughout the course.  prerequisites = CHEM.06.100 or CHEM.06.105, 1701.131

Principles of Bioseparation Processes (3 s.h.)  CHE.06.476       
This course will focus on the fundamental principles of bioseparation processes. The characteristics of bioseparations will be presented as applied to downstream processing in the pharmaceutical/biotechnology and related industries. Theory and design of filtration, microfiltration, centrifugation, cell disruption, extraction, adsorption, chromatography, precipitation, ultrafiltration, crystallization, and drying will be presented as applied to biosystems. Commercial design considerations, such as sanitary design/sterilization, water quality, solvent recovery, waste disposal and biosafety will be reviewed.  prerequisite = CHE.06.314

Principles of Food Engineering (3 s.h.) CHE.06.482     
This course introduces students to chemical engineering fundamentals applied to food processing systems. Students analyze and design food engineering processes. The basic chemistry required for understanding of food systems is presented. Basic principles of mass transfer, heat transfer, fluid flow, chemical reaction, process control, and mixing are used to analyze or design food production systems. Computer simulations will be used for the design of food processing systems. Laboratory experiments and demonstrations will be integrated throughout the course.  prerequisites = CHEM.06.100 or CHEM.06.105, 1701.131

Principles of Engineering Exercise Physiology (4 s.h.)  CHE.06.483
This course introduces students to chemical engineering fundamentals applied to physiologic systems, primarily during exercise. The basic biochemistry and physiology required for understanding these systems is presented. Basic principles of mass transfer, heat transfer, fluid flow, thermodynamics, and chemical reaction are used to analyze the human metabolic system, respiratory system, cardiovascular system, and thermal system. The interrelationships of these systems will be investigated, and their dynamic response to exercise will be studied. Laboratory experiments will be conducted throughout the course. This course is jointly taught with the Department of Health and Exercise Science.  prerequisites = CHEM.06.100 or CHEM.06.105, 1701.236

Fundamentals of Controlled Release (3 s.h.)  CHE.06.484
Controlled release systems are designed to provide delivery of an agent at a pre-determined rate for an extended period of item. Controlled release offers several advantages over traditional methods of formulation and administration: maintenance of effective concentrations for a sustained period, less total agent required, cost effectiveness, convenience and compliance. This course introduces students to chemical engineering fundamentals applied to controlled release systems. Basic principles of materials, mass transfer, heat transfer, fluid flow and chemical reactions are used to analyze and design controlled release systems. Applications to pharmaceutical, agricultural, and food industries will be explored. Laboratory experiments and demonstrations will be integrated throughout the course. Prerequisites: Chemistry I (Lecture and Lab) – CHEM.06.100 or Advanced College Chemistry I – CHEM.06.105 and Calculus II – 1701.131.

Membrane Processes (3 s.h.)  CHE.06.486
Principles of membrane processes: reverse osmosis, ultrafiltration, microfiltration, electrodialysis, prevaporation, gas permeation, and their application to traditional and emerging fields. Membrane materials and structure. Mass transfer and design aspects for both liquid and gas separation systems. (Implementation Fall 2004). Prerequisites: Chemistry I (Lecture and Lab) – CHEM.06.100 or Advanced College Chemistry I – CHEM.06.105 and Calculus II – 1701.131.

Civil Engineering


Environmental Engineering I (CEE.08.311) 3 s.h.
Topics in principles of environmental engineering, including ecosystems, water and wastewater treatment and design, and sludge/residuals management.  (Prerequisites: CHEM.07.300, must be taken with Corequisite ENGR.01.341)

Environmental Engineering II (CEE.08.312) 3 s.h.
Topics in solid and hazardous waste and air pollution engineering, including regulations, fundamentals, evaluation, management, prevention, treatment and disposal.  (Prerequisites: CEE.08.311 or permission of instructor)

Site Remediation Engineering Principles (CEE.08.422) 3 s.h.

Topics in site remediation engineering, including site characterization, site safety, modeling site conditions, conducting feasibility studies, and designing remediation systems, such as pump and treat, stabilization, containment, treatment walls, natural attenuation, enhanced bioremediation, phytoremediation, oxidation, soil flushing, and soil vapor extraction.  (Prerequisites: Senior standing or permission of instructor)
 
Pollutant Fate and Transport Principles (CEE.08.432) 3 s.h.
Topics include Characteristics and Properties of Organic Pollutants, Aquatic Chemistry, Transport Mechanisms for Pollutants (Absorption, Retardation, Attenuation, Volatilization, Biodegradation), Groundwater (Properties, Flow Equations, Transport in Porous Media) and Mathematical Modeling. (Prerequisites: Senior standing or permission of instructor)

Principles of Integrated Solid Waste Management (CEE.08.433) 3 s.h.
The course deals with the theories and principles of integrated solid waste management as applied to real-world analysis and design problems. The course covers the design of facilities and programs, such as landfills, composting facilities, transfer stations, collection programs, and drop-off centers, and planning of integrated systems for municipalities and counties. Computer applications are included.  (Prerequisites: Senior standing or permission of instructor)

Electrical Engineering

Principles of Biomedical Systems and Devices (ECE.09.404) 3 s.h.
As a survey of biomedical engineering, this class will introduce various systems of the human physiology from an engineering perspective. In particular, students will be introduced to signals of biological origin obtained from these systems; biosensors, transducers and bioelectrodes used to acquire such signals, along with medical quality amplifiers for measuring biopotentials. Electrical safety of medical devices; measurements of the blood pressure, blood flow, and respiratory system will also be discussed. Along with a carefully designed set of experiments, this course will provide the fundamental principles of biomedical engineering from an electrical and mechanical engineering perspective.  (Prerequisite: ECE.09.311, ECE.09.321)

Mechanical Engineering

Introduction to Biomechanics (ME.10.470) 3 s.h.
This course presents an introduction to biomechanics of human motion.  The course will encompass the use of engineering principles to describe, analyze and assess human movement.  Topics will include kinematics, kinetics, anthropometry applied to the synthesis of human movement and muscle mechanics.  Prerequisite:  Dynamics (ENGR.01.291)

Introduction to Biofluids (ME.10.471) 3 s.h.
The goal of this course is to present an introduction to fundamental concepts of fluid mechanics and mass transport that are involved in mammalian cell function.  Special attention is given to the vascular circulation system and problems that commonly occur therein.  This course will include a small laboratory component and will involve independent learning about the state-of-the-art in biofluids research.  Prerequisite:  Fluid Mechanics I (ENGR.01.341).

Introduction to Biomaterials (ME.10.472) 3 s.h.
The goal of this course is to present an introduction to the numerous issues that factor into the choice of material selection for biomedical devices.  Issues to be examined include mechanical properties, biocompatibility, production costs, and ease of manufacture.  This course will familiarize students with relevant material issues and highlight the process for matching material performance with the desired design characteristics and functionality.  Prerequisite:  Materials Science (ENGR.01.281).

Introduction to Crash Safety Engineering (ME.10.475) 3 s.h.
This course presents an introduction to the design and analysis of crashworthy cars and light trucks.  The course will encompass three major focus areas: the crash response of (1) the vehicle structure, (2) the occupant, and (3) the occupant restraints. Topics will include the analysis of crash tests, vehicle crash kinematics, vehicle modeling, the biomechanics of impact injury, occupant modeling, and airbag design.  (Prerequisite: ENGR.01.291)

Biological Sciences

Biological Systems & Applications (BIOL.01.210)

Fundamental concepts and applications of biochemistry, cellular biology, microbial physiology, and environmental microbiology will be presented during this course.  Emphasis will be placed on the theme that all biological systems (from the molecular level to the community level) are dynamic and interactive.  Laboratory sessions will expose students to a variety of standard biological techniques from areas such as biotechnology, microbiology, and environmental biology.  No credit towards biology major.  Pre-requisites: Advanced Chemistry I

Work Physiology (BIOL.10.350)
This course studies the effect of short term and long term work stress on the human organism. This course may not be offered annually.  Prerequisites: Bio I (BIOL.01.100) and Bio II (BIOL.01.101)

Environmental Toxicology (0420.425)
This course covers topics related to the fate and impact of pollutants in the environment. This course deals with the laws and regulations of pollutant discharge, the kinds of chemical pollutants, the transport and distribution of such chemicals into the environment, and their effect in populations and communities as well as individual organisms. The acute and chronic effect of these pollutants, the principles of environmental monitoring and assessment, and special examples and case studies will be analyzed.  Prerequisites: BIOL.01.100, BIOL.10.101, CHEM.06.100, CHEM.06.101, CHEM.07.200, 0420.310, Junior or Senior class standing; or permission from the instructor

Microbiology (0411.330)

This course deals with the morphology and physiology of unicellular organisms, with emphasis upon bacteria.  It studies culture methods, growth parameters, isolation, identification and characterization, and metabolism of microorganisms in the laboratory.
Pre-requisites:  Bio I & II

Cell Biology (BIOL.01.430)

This laboratory course addresses the fundamental properties of cell biology from an experimental perspective by exploring modern and classic experimental approaches to understanding cellular function.  The course will focus on experimental design, current technology and techniques, and data interpretation.  Pre-requisites: BioI and BioII

Developmental Biology- it will be offered beginning Fall 2006

Developmental biology is a dynamic field that addresses the development of organisms from fertilization through embryonic and post-embryonic stages.  The field of developmental biology has both a rich history and an exciting future.  Current research uses the tools of cell biology, genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology to address the basic questions of how an organism is formed.  By studying both classical and current research, students will explore the fundamental processes of embryology as well as the cellular and molecular signaling involved in complex developmental mechanisms. The course will include lecture, discussion, student presentation, and independent laboratory projects.  Pre-requisites: Biology 1 (BIOL.01.100), Biology II (BIOL.01.101), and any one of the following Genetics (BIOL.22.335), Introduction to Biochemistry (0414.348), Introduction to Biochemistry-Lecture only (0414.440), Embryology of Animals (0427.401), Cell Biology (BIOL.01.430) or permission of instructor

Concepts in Human Genetics: (undergraduate-BIOL.22.410 and graduate-BIOL.22.598)
This is an advanced course for senior undergraduate (Human Genetics-BIOL.22.410) and graduate level (Concepts in Human Genetics: BIOL.22.598). This course will discuss the application of genetics principles to the human species. All major areas of genetics such as transmission genetics, cytogenetics, biochemical genetics, molecular genetics and population genetics will be covered. However, the course is not a traditional human genetics course, but rather emphasizes fundamental concepts and technological advances in the study of human genetics as they pertain to medical practice. Therefore, various case studies related to different genetic disorders will be used to exemplify the concepts discussed. The general objective of the course is to extend the principles of human genetics by applying them to counseling, screening, ethics, law, and evaluating their social implications. Lectures will alternate with laboratory sessions, allowing students to experimentally test various human genetics concepts.
Prerequisites: This is a course designed for senior undergraduate students as well as for graduate students. Genetics (BIOL.22.335) is required or permission from the instructor. In the later case, students must have a reasonable understanding of the molecular processes in both eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells, and be able to supplement their basic genetics knowledge by individual study. The course will briefly review, not cover in depth, basic genetics principles.

Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL.10.210)
This course offers a molecular, cellular and systematic approach to the structure and function of the component units and organizational systems of humans. Emphasis is placed on membrane physiology and the skeletal, molecular, digestive and circulatory systems.  Pre-requisites: Bio I and Bio II

Human Anatomy and Physiology II (BIOL.10.212)
This laboratory course focuses on the gross and microscopic structure of the body. The course is the second semester of a two-semester sequence that covers all of the functional systems of the human organism. In this course, the systems of the body to be studied in detail include the endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, excretory, digestive, and reproductive systems. Whole body metabolism and fluid balance will also be studied.  Pre-requisites: Bio I and Bio II

Chemistry

Biochemistry (CHEM.07.348) 4 s.h.
This course deals with chemical compounds and reactions important to the functioning of biological systems and includes a discussion of the metabolic pathways for energy production and biosynthesis.  Prerequisite:  Organic Chemistry II – CHEM.07.201.

Advanced Biochemistry (CHEM.07.408) 4 s.h.

This course provides an in-depth study of the principles involved in biological processes. It emphasizes the significance of biochemical reactions and regulations as well as mechanisms. A thorough elucidation of the structure, function and mechanism will be presented. The overall strategy of living systems will be illustrated. The laboratory experiments will provide exposure to representative procedures and some important modern techniques.  Prerequisite:  Biochemistry.

Biophysical Chemistry (1908.305) 4 s.h.
This course covers the topics of physical chemistry and their applications in biochemistry. Topics include thermodynamics, kinetics and spectroscopy. This course also provides laboratory experience in physical methods that apply to biological systems.   Prerequisites:  Organic Chemistry II – CHEM.07.201; Calculus II – 1701.131; Physics II (for scientists and engineers) – 1902.201; Quantitative Analysis – 1909.250; and Biology II – BIOL.01.101.

Medicinal Chemistry (CHEM.07.410) 3 s.h.
A study of the biochemical principles and metabolic pathways with particular emphasis on pharmaceutical
applications and biotechnology. This course will focus on the molecular mechanisms of drug action and chemical basis of drug therapy.  Current methods used to study medicinal chemistry including recombinant DNA, combinatorial chemistry and bioinformatics will be reviewed. A 3-D molecular modeling of drug targets and drug design will be integrated throughout the course.  Clinical trials of drug case study are included. (Prerequisite: CHEM.07.201)