BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING - Dept. Code:  BME
http://www.miami.edu/bme


INTRODUCTION

Biomedical engineering is a multidisciplinary field at the interface of traditional engineering disciplines and biological sciences. Biomedical engineers apply engineering principles and techniques to solve problems in medicine and biology. Applications include the design of medical devices, implants and prostheses, the development of new biomaterials or drug delivery systems, cellular or tissue engineering, medical applications of optics and lasers, or the acquisition and interpretation of physiological signals and medical images for diagnostic and monitoring purposes. Biomedical engineering has an impact on virtually all fields of medicine.

The Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Miami was formally established in 1979, as a graduate program. The four-year undergraduate program leading to the B.S degree in BME was created approximately ten years later to address the growing importance of the field and the need for professional biomedical engineers. The undergraduate BME program at the University of Miami was the first of its kind in Florida, with the first class of B.S.B.E. students graduating in 1993. It has been Accredited by the Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) since 1997. The Department of Biomedical Engineering also offers graduate courses leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. In addition, qualified undergraduate students may apply for the combined BS/MS program (details are provided following the curricula for the BS degrees).

Graduates of the biomedical engineering undergraduate program find employment in industry or continue their studies either in graduate school or in a professional school in medicine and other health-related disciplines (such as dentistry, optometry, orthotics), law or business.

Some special features of the program include the small class size and open-door policy of the faculty, which facilitates student-faculty interaction. The Department has very strong ties with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Undergraduate students have a wide range of research and internship opportunities in some of the leading research laboratories in their respective field. The Department strongly encourages undergraduate student participation in research and professional activities.


MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the biomedical engineering program is to prepare students to become skilled engineers with an understanding of the ethical and other professional aspects of biomedical engineering. Design skills and an ability to work both independently and as part of a team are emphasized.

 


EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

The educational objectives of the biomedical engineering program at the University of Miami are to graduate engineers who:
1. have a sound background in the fundamentals of engineering, physical and life sciences, and are prepared to solve problems at the interface of engineering and life sciences.
2. have mastered the skills and knowledge expected by the biomedical industry.
3.  are prepared to enter graduate and professional degree programs, as well as other careers.


PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Curriculum: The three educational objectives of the Biomedical Engineering program are achieved via the implementation of a curriculum with four parallel concentrations which include a common core and concentration-specific courses. The core curriculum is designed to provide a broad foundation in the basic sciences and in engineering. Concentration-specific courses provide the depth required to be proficient engineers.

The four concentrations are Electrical (E), Mechanical (M), Biomaterials and Tissue (B) and Premedical (P). The Premed concentration satisfies the requirements for admission to medical school and provides depth in the area of biomaterials and tissue engineering. The curriculum is designed to provide all graduates with the analytical and design skills required to formulate and solve problems at the interface of engineering and life sciences. Outstanding students are prepared for graduate studies or medical school.

Required courses in the humanities and social sciences provide students with an awareness of social, ethical and environmental issues related to their profession. The curriculum has been carefully designed with the prerequisite structure in mind so that students have to draw from previously acquired knowledge to complete the upper level course requirements successfully. The curriculum includes two or three technical electives selected by the student based on their individual professional interests.

The curriculum places a special emphasis on written and oral communication skills. Many of the Biomedical Engineering courses, as well as the capstone design project, include a requirement for a written term paper and oral presentation on a course-related topic related to the class.

Design experience: The biomedical engineering design experience is integrated in the curriculum throughout the four years of study, starting in the freshman year with the Introduction to Biomedical Engineering course. Each semester includes classroom or laboratory courses which place a heavy emphasis on theoretical and practical biomedical engineering design concepts. The design experience culminates in the senior year with a year-long capstone Senior Design Project. The Senior Design Project is typically completed by teams of two students who build on their knowledge and previous design experience to solve one major design problem which integrates the various components of the curriculum.  The senior project starts in the second semester of the junior year with a 1-credit course which covers the basic principles of biomedical engineering design.

The curriculum includes a Technical Entrepreneurship course which can serve as an alternative to the Senior Design Project. The students form entrepreneurial teams of 4 to 6 members to design and develop new products, including a business or commercialization plan. This course was established with a grant from the National Collegiate Innovators and Inventors Alliance (NCIIA) in 1999 and it is currently supported by additional grants from NCIIA.

Teaching and design laboratories: Biomedical Engineering students have open access to several teaching laboratories which are used for the laboratory courses and design projects. The laboratory equipment and instructional modules are geared towards instruction in the areas of tissue mechanics, instrumentation, measurements, biomedical optics, physiological signals, among others.

Undergraduate research and internships: Biomedical Engineering students are strongly encouraged to gain research or professional experience through internships. Many undergraduate students conduct research in laboratories at the Department of Biomedical Engineering and at the School of Medicine, or are hired as interns by the local biomedical industry.


DEGREE PROGRAMS

The department offers one degree program with four concentrations: Electrical, Mechanical, Biomaterials and Tissue, and Premed. The Premed Concentration prepares graduates for admission to medical school and provides depth in the area of biomaterials and tissue engineering. A tabular listing of the course requirements for the degree Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering is included below for each concentration.

 


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING
Electrical Concentration (133 credits)

FRESHMAN YEAR
Fall Semester
BME 111 Introduction to Engineering I   3
ENG 105 English Composition I   3
MTH 151 Calculus I for Engineers           5
PHY 205 University Physics I   3
People and Society Elective*   3
17 Spring Semester
BME 112 Introduction to Engineering II   2
CHM 111 Principles of Chemistry I   3
CHM 113 Chemistry Laboratory I   1
ENG 107 Writing about Science   3
MTH 162 Calculus II   4
PHY 206 University Physics II   3
PHY 208 University Physics II Lab   1
17
SOPHOMORE YEAR
Fall Semester
BIL 150 General Biology 4
BIL 151 General Biology Laboratory 1
CHM 112 Principles of Chemistry II 3
CHM 114 Chemistry Laboratory II 1
EEN 201 Electrical Circuit Theory 3
MTH 311 Ordinary Differential Equations 3
PHY 207 University Physics III 3
                                                  18 Spring Semester
BME 265 Medical Systems Physiology   3
BME 310 Mathematical Analysis in Biomedical Engineering                                         3
EEN 118 Introduction to Programming   3
EEN 204 Electrical Circuits Laboratory   1
IEN 311 Applied Probability & Statistics   3
PHY 209 University Physics III Lab   1
Humanities and Arts Elective*   3
17
JUNIOR YEAR
Fall Semester
BME 311 Matlab for Biomedical Engineers             1
BME 375 Fundamentals of Biomechanics             3
BME 470 Biomedical Signal Analysis           3
EEN 304 Logic Design   3
EEN 305 Electronics I   3
People and Society Elective*   3
16   Spring Semester
BME 330 Foundations of Medical Imaging             3
BME 335 Biomaterials 3
BME 401 Senior Project 1
BME 440 Biomedical Measurements 4
EEN 315 Digital Design Laboratory 1
Humanities and Arts Elective* 3
              15
SENIOR YEAR
Fall Semester
BME 402 Senior Project II                   2
BME 450 Biomedical Transport Phenomena 3
BME 480 Biomedical Instrumentation 3
BME 507 LabView Applications for Biomedical Engineering                                         1
Technical Elective Lab*** 1
Technical Elective** 3
Advanced PS/HA Elective*           3
        16     Spring Semester
BME 403 Senior Project III   3
BME 540 Computer Based medical Instrumentation   3
BME 541 Medical Electronics Systems Laboratory     2
BME 570 Biomedical Signal Processing           3
Technical Elective**    3
Advanced PS/HA Elective*           3
17

* To be selected from lists of approved People and Society (PS)/Humanities and Arts (HA) electives found in this Bulletin in the College of Engineering section.

** Technical Electives are chosen from the BME course offerings (300 level and above) with the approval of the advisor. Any other courses selected need to be approved by the advisor and the chairperson.

*** Technical Elective Labs are selected from BME506, BME566 or BME395.
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING
Mechanical Concentration (133 credits)

FRESHMAN YEAR
Fall Semester
BME 111 Introduction to Engineering I   3
ENG 105 English Composition I   3
MTH 151 Calculus I for Engineers           5
PHY 205 University Physics I   3
People and Society Elective*   3
17 Spring Semester
BME 112 Introduction to Engineering II   2
CHM 111 Principles of Chemistry I   3
CHM 113 Chemistry Laboratory I   1
ENG 107 Writing about Science   3
MTH 162 Calculus II   4
PHY 206 University Physics II   3
PHY 208 University Physics II Lab   1
17
SOPHOMORE YEAR
Fall Semester
BIL 150 General Biology   4
BIL 151 General Biology Laboratory   1
CHM 112 Principles of Chemistry II   3
CHM 114 Chemistry Laboratory II   1
EEN 201 Electrical Circuit Theory   3
MTH 311 Ordinary Differential Equations   3
PHY 207 University Physics III   3
18 Spring Semester
BME 265 Medical Systems Physiology   3
BME 310 Mathematical Analysis in Biomedical
Engineering   3
EEN 118 Introduction to Programming   3
EEN 204 Electrical Circuits Laboratory   1
IEN 311 Applied Probability & Statistics               3
PHY 209 University Physics III Lab   1
Humanities and Arts Elective*   3
        17
JUNIOR YEAR
Fall Semester
BME 311 Matlab for Biomedical Engineers             1
BME 330 Foundations of Medical Imaging             3
BME 375 Fundamentals of Biomechanics   3
BME 470 Biomedical Signal Analysis             3
CAE 210 Mechanics of Solids I   3
Humanities and Arts Elective*   3
        16     Spring Semester
BME 335 Biomaterials   3
BME 401 Senior Project I   1
BME 440 Biomedical Measurements   4
BME 450 Biomedical Transport Phenomena   3
MAE 202 Dynamics   3
People and Society Elective*   3
        17
SENIOR YEAR
Fall Semester
BME 402 Senior Project II   2
BME 480 Biomedical Instrumentation   3
BME 506 Computer-Aided Design for Biomedical Engineers   1
BME 575 Tissue Mechanics   3
Technical Elective**   3
Technical Elective Lab***   1
Advanced PS/HA Elective*   3
16 Spring Semester
BME 403 Senior Project III   3
BME 460 Physiological fluid mechanics                 3
BME 587 Finite Element Analysis for Engineers         3
Technical Elective**   3
Advanced PS/HA Elective*   3
15

* To be selected from lists of approved People and Society (PS)/Humanities and Arts (HA) electives found in this Bulletin in the College of Engineering section.

** Technical Electives are chosen from the BME course offerings (300 level and above) with the approval of the advisor. Any other courses selected need to be approved by the advisor and the chairperson.

*** Technical Elective Labs are selected from BME507, BME566 or BME395.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING
Biomaterials and Tissue Concentration (133 credits)

FRESHMAN YEAR
Fall Semester
BME 111 Introduction to Engineering I   3
ENG 105 English Composition I   3
MTH 151 Calculus I for Engineers           5
PHY 205 University Physics I   3
People and Society Elective*   3
17 Spring Semester
BME 112 Introduction to Engineering II   2
CHM 111 Principles of Chemistry I   3
CHM 113 Chemistry Laboratory I   1
ENG 107 Writing about Science   3
MTH 162 Calculus II   4
PHY 206 University Physics II   3
PHY 208 University Physics II Lab   1
17
SOPHOMORE YEAR
Fall Semester
BIL 150 General Biology   4
BIL 151 General Biology Laboratory   1
CHM 112 Principles of Chemistry II   3
CHM 114 Chemistry Laboratory II   1
EEN 201 Electrical Circuit Theory   3
MTH 311 Ordinary Differential Equations   3
PHY 207 University Physics III   3
18 Spring Semester
BME 302 Cellular Engineering   3
BME 265 Medical Systems Physiology   3
BME 310 Mathematical Analysis in Biomedical
Engineering   3
EEN 118 Introduction to Programming   3
PHY 209 University Physics Lab III                   1
People and Society Elective*   3
        16  
JUNIOR YEAR
Fall Semester
BME 311 Matlab for Biomedical Engineers             1
BME 330 Foundations of Medical Imaging             3
BME 335 Biomaterials           3
CHM 201 Organic Chemistry I (Lecture)   3
CHM 205 Organic Chemistry Lab I   1
EEN 204 Electrical Circuits Laboratory   1
IEN 311 Applied Probability & Statistics               3
Humanities and Arts Elective*   3
        18 Spring Semester
BME 375 Fundamentals of Biomechanics   3
BME 401 Senior Project I   1
BME 450 Biomedical Transport Phenomena   3
BME 470 Biomedical Signal Analysis           3
CHM 202 Organic Chemistry II (Lecture)   3
Humanities and Arts Elective*   3
        16
SENIOR YEAR
Fall Semester
BME 402 Senior Project II   2
BME 440 Biomedical Measurements   4
BME 565 Tissue Engineering   3
BME 566 Cell and Tissue Engineering Lab   1
Tech. Elective**   3
Advanced PS/HA Elective*           3
        16   Spring Semester
BME 403 Senior Project III   3
BME 480 Biomedical Instrumentation   3
BME 535 Advanced Biomaterials   3
Technical Elective**   3
Advanced PS/HA Elective*           3
15

* To be selected from lists of approved People and Society (PS)/Humanities and Arts (HA) electives found in this Bulletin in the College of Engineering section.

** Technical Electives are chosen from the BME course offerings (300 level and above) with the approval of the advisor. Any other courses selected need to be approved by the advisor and the chairperson.



BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING
Premed Concentration (133 credits)

FRESHMAN YEAR
Fall Semester
BME 111 Introduction to Engineering I   3
ENG 105 English Composition I   3
MTH 151 Calculus I for Engineers           5
PHY 205 University Physics I   3
People and Society Elective*   3
17 Spring Semester
BME 112 Introduction to Engineering II   2
CHM 111 Principles of Chemistry I   3
CHM 113 Chemistry Laboratory I   1
ENG 107 Writing about Science   3
MTH 162 Calculus II   4
PHY 206 University Physics II   3
PHY 208 University Physics II Lab   1
17
SOPHOMORE YEAR
Fall Semester
BIL 150 General Biology   4
BIL 151 General Biology Laboratory   1
CHM 112 Principles of Chemistry II   3
CHM 114 Chemistry Laboratory II   1
EEN 201 Electrical Circuit Theory   3
MTH 311 Ordinary Differential Equations   3
PHY 207 University Physics III   3
18 Spring Semester
BIL 160 Evolution & Biodiversity   4
BIL 161 Evolution & Biodiversity Lab   1
BME 265 Medical Systems Physiology   3
BME 310 Mathematical Analysis in Biomedical
Engineering   3
EEN 118 Introduction to Programming   3
PHY 209 University Physics Lab III                   1
People and Society Elective*   3
        18  
JUNIOR YEAR
Fall Semester
BME 330 Foundations of Medical Imaging             3
BME 335 Biomaterials           3
CHM 201 Organic Chemistry I (Lecture)   3
CHM 205 Organic Chemistry Lab I   1
EEN 204 Electrical Circuits Laboratory   1
IEN 311 Applied Probability & Statistics               3
Humanities and Arts Elective*   3
        17 Spring Semester
BME 311 Matlab for Biomedical Engineers             1
BME 375 Foundations of Biomechanics   3
BME 401 Senior Project I   1
CHM 202 Organic Chemistry II (Lecture)   3
CHM 206 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II   1
Advanced Bioscience Elective***   3
Humanities and Arts Elective*   3
        15
SENIOR YEAR
Fall Semester
BME 402 Senior Project II   2
BME 440 Biomedical Measurements   4
BME 470 Biomedical Signal Analysis           3
Tech. Elective**   3
Technical Elective Lab****   1
Advanced PS/HA Elective*           3
        16   Spring Semester
BME 403 Senior Project III   3
BME 450 Biomedical Transport Phenomena   3
BME 480 Biomedical Instrumentation   3
Technical Elective**   3
Advanced PS/HA Elective*           3
15

* To be selected from lists of approved People and Society (PS)/Humanities and Arts (HA) electives found in this Bulletin in the College of Engineering section.

** Technical Electives are chosen from the BME course offerings (300 level and above) with the approval of the advisor. Any other courses selected need to be approved by the advisor and the chairperson.

*** Advanced Bioscience Elective is to be chosen from BMB260, BIL250, BIL255, BIL268 or MIC301.

**** Technical Elective Lab is selected from BME506, BME507, BME566 or BME395.


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING
(Any of the three Concentrations) AND
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

• Juniors from any of the three BME Concentrations who have maintained at least a 3.0 CGPA have the option to apply for admission to the combined BS-MS in Biomedical Engineering program.
• Those who are accepted into this accelerated program must maintain at least a 3.0 CGPA and a minimum of a 3.0 GPA for the final 30 credits to meet the requirements of the Graduate School.
• The participants are excused from BME 401/402/403 Senior Design I, II and III, but are required to complete BME 605/606 Master Design Project I and II.
• If a student needs to withdraw from the BS/MS BME program then all the requirements for the specific BS BME Concentration must be completed for graduation with the BS BME degree.
• The first four years of the curriculum are altered only by the elimination of the 6 credits for BME 401/BME402/BME403. Instead, one 3 credit Technical Elective is added in the first semester of the senior year and one 3 credit Technical Elective is added in the second semester of the senior year.
• Six credits of Technical electives earned during the fourth year are counted toward the 30 credits required for the MS degree.
• The curriculum for the fifth year is shown below.

FIFTH YEAR
Fall Semester
BME 605 M.S. Design Project I                   3
Technical Elective*           3
Technical Elective *                   3
Technical Elective *                   3
        12 Spring Semester
BME 606 M.S. Design Project II                   3
Technical Elective *                   3
Technical Elective *                   3
Technical Elective *                   3
        12

* Technical Electives are chosen from the BME course offerings (500 level and above) with the approval of the advisor.


DUAL MAJOR

The College of Engineering offers a dual major in Biomedical Engineering. In order to obtain the dual major in Biomedical Engineering, the student will have to obtain, in parallel, a major in one of the fundamental engineering programs, plus 24 credit-hours of course work, including 18 credits of required course work and 6 credits of elective course work from the lists given below. Of this total of 24 credits, at least 12 have to be at the level of 400 and above.

The required courses for the dual major are:

BME 335. Biomaterials I 3 credits
BME 375. Foundations of Biomechanics 3 credits
BME 440. Biomedical Measurements 4 credits
BME 480. Biomedical Instrumentation 3 credits
BME 501. Unified Medical Sciences 3 credits
BME 502. Unified Medical Sciences II 3 credits

The electives are to be chosen from the BME course list.
DEPARTMENTAL HONORS

Upon request departmental honor is noted in a student’s diploma and transcript upon fulfillment of the requirements specified in the College Bulletin.