We Stand in Solidarity Against Racism
The Department of Bioengineering stands in solidarity with our students, staff and faculty against social injustice and acts of racism. We are shocked and saddened by the recent, brutal deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Nina Pop, Rayshard Brooks and others. Like many members of our community, we are frustrated that these deaths are only the most recent manifestations of long-standing racial inequality in this country.
The Department supports the call to action made by the Bourns College of Engineering.
• We acknowledge that systemic racism permeates and poisons all levels of academia.
• We affirm that the Department has zero tolerance for racism, institutional bias or acts of violence against Black members of our community.
• We are committed to supporting Black students and combating the bias and inequity they face.
• We are committed to critically examining our recruitment and retention efforts to better support Black students, faculty and staff.
We would also like to take this moment to recognize the essential contributions made every day by Black students, faculty and staff. They are part of the Bioengineering family, and the department would not be as strong today without their efforts.
Undergraduate Bioengineering Courses
BIEN 001 Introductory Colloquium in Bioengineering
Colloquia on current topics in bioengineering and other related fields delivered at an introductory level. Presented by faculty members, visiting scientists, or individuals with industrial bioengineering experience.
BIEN 010 Overview of Bioengineering
Provides an overview of the various aspects of bioengineering. Illustrates the application of engineering principles for the design of the various aspects of bioengineering. Illustrates the various products and processes related to the health science industries. Covers diagnostic instruments, artificial organs, biotechnology, and cell and tissue engineering. Covers engineering ethics.
BIEN 101 Quantitative Biochemistry
Provides Bioengineering students with an in depth experience in applying mathematical modeling and simulation methods to understand the dynamics of biochemical systems. The quantitative approach in this course will prepare bioengineering students for designing new applications of genetic engineering.
BIEN 105 Circulation Physiology
Introduces tensor and vector mathematics that describe the conservation of momentum and mass transport in biological sciences, the cardiovascular system, and pulmonary system. Includes constitutive equations such as the Navier-Stokes and Casson models, significance of fluid stress in biological vessels, and the physiological relevance of fundamental parameters. Emphasizes the relation between function and system behavior.
BIEN 110 Biomechanics of the Human Body
Introduces the motion, structure and function of the musculoskeletal system, the cardiovascular system, and the pulmonary system. Topics include applied statics, kinematics, and dynamics of these systems and the mechanics of various tissues (ligament, bone, heart, blood vessels, lung). Emphasis is on the relation between function and material properties of these tissues.
BIEN 115 Quantitative Physiology
Analyzes engineering aspects of physiological systems and artificial organs. Covers the nervous system, muscular system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, and renal system. Addresses ethical and professional considerations in the development and utilization of medical devices and interventions.
BIEN 120 Biosystems and Signal Analysis
Provides basic knowledge for the quantitative analysis of the dynamic behavior of biological systems. Particular applications include neural systems, control of metabolic and hormonal systems, and design of instruments for monitoring and controlling biological systems. Topics include system theory, signal properties, control theory, and transfer functions.
BIEN 125 Biotechnology & Molecular Bioengineering
Provides an overview of biochemical processes in cells and their use in developing new products and processes. Presents cellular processes such as metabolism, protein synthesis, enzyme behavior, and cell signaling and control from an engineering viewpoint of modeling and control.
BIEN 130 Bioinstrumentation
Introduces basic components of instruments for biological applications. Explores sources of signals and physical principles governing the design and operation of instrumentation systems used in medicine and physiological research. Topics include data acquisition and characterization; signal-to-noise concepts and safety analysis; and interaction of instrument and environment.
BIEN 130L Bioinstrumentation Laboratory
Laboratory experience with instrumental methods of measuring biological systems. Introduces various sensors and transducers to measure physical, chemical, and biological properties. Covers reliability, dynamic behavior, and data analysis.
BIEN 135 Biophysics and Biothermodynamics
An introduction to the application of thermodynamic principles to understanding the behavior of biological systems. Discusses biophysical properties of biomacromolecules, such as proteins, polynucleotides, carbohydrates, and lipids, and methods of characterizing their properties and interactions.
BIEN 136 Tissue Engineering
Covers progress in cellular and molecular biology, and engineering, to provide the basis for advancing tissue repair and regeneration with the goal of restoring compromised tissue functions. Presents methods for cell culture, tissue design and development, manipulation of the cell/tissue microenvironment, and current strategies for functional reconstruction of injured tissues.
BIEN 137 Advanced Biomechanics
Mechanical characterization of biological tissues at the cellular, organ, and system levels; exploration of biomechanical factors in physiological and pathological conditions.
BIEN 138 Fundamental Principles of Wound Repair
Provides fundamental understanding of the molecular and cellular biology of wound repair and regeneration. Focuses on the spatiotemporal roles of inflammatory cytokines; growth factors; extracellular matrix; mechanical forces; tissue cells and adult stem/progenitor cells in soft tissue repair. Topics include embryonic wound regeneration and adult skin and cardiovascular repair.
BIEN 140A Biomaterials
Covers the principles of materials science and engineering, with attention to topics in bioengineering. Explores atomic structures, hard treatment, fundamentals of corrosion, manufacturing processes, and characterization of materials.
BIEN 140B Biomaterials
Covers the structure-property relations of metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites, as well as hard and soft tissues such as bone, teeth, cartilage, ligament, skin, muscle, and vasculature. Focuses on behavior of materials in the physiological environment.
BIEN 142 Introductory Biomedical Optical Imaging
Examines fundamental theory and basic design of biomedical optical imaging systems. Topics include a basic understanding of the working principles of optical components, diagnostic light-tissue interaction, and design of imaging systems to exploit the interaction of light with biological phenomena.
BIEN 155 Biotechnology Laboratory
Laboratory experience in cell culture, bioreactors, optical techniques, array techniques, and separation and purification methods.
BIEN 159 Dynamics of Biological Systems
Covers engineering principles for the analysis and modeling of biological phenomena. Topics include molecular diffusion and transport, membranes, ligand-bioreceptor interactions, enzyme kinetics, and dynamics of metabolic pathways. Examines the application of these principles to the design of bioreactors, bioassays, drug delivery systems, and artificial organs.
BIEN 160 Biomedical Imaging
An introduction to the fundamental physics and engineering principles for medical imaging systems. Covers Xray, ultrasound, radionuclide, magnetic resonance imaging, positron emission tomography, optical coherent tomography, and other optical methods. Includes image formation and reconstruction, image characteristics, and quality and image processing.
BIEN 165 Biomolecular Engineering
Emphasizes engineering, biochemical, and biophysical concepts and technologies intrinsic to specific topics of biomolecular engineering. Introduces the history of genetic and protein engineering. Topics include biological thermodynamics, molecular kinetics, biochemical and biophysical approaches, protein engineering, high-throughput screening technologies, and protein engineering with unnatural amino acids.
BIEN 166 Bioinspired Engineering for Sustainable Energy
Introduces the use of concepts from basic biological sciences (including biochemistry and biophysics) for applied energy engineering. Covers biological energy conversion (including photosynthesis) and its implication for sustainable energy technologies. Discusses recent advances in biomimetic and bioinspired energy conversion.
BIEN 167 Medical Diagnostics
Provides an overview of medical diagnostics. Topics include methods of biochemical detection, genotyping, DNA sequencing, medical imaging, hematology, microfluidics, epidemiology, diagnostics for point-of-care and resource-limited settings, and case studies of commercially successful diagnostic products.
BIEN 175A/B/C Senior Design
Covers the entire design process for bioengineering. Explores intellectual property, quality control, and regulatory and ethical considerations. Requires working in small teams effectively to prepare formal engineering reports, web pages notebooks, oral presentations, a project demonstration, and a business plan.
BIEN 190 Special Studies
Provides individual study to meet special curricular needs.
BIEN 197 Research for Undergraduates
Directed research on a topic relevant to bioengineering.