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Begin Date: Fall Semester 2006
End Date: Spring Semester 2008

Bioengineering

University Park, College of Engineering (BIO E)

Not all options are available at every campus. Contact the campus you are interested in attending to determine which options are offered.

PROFESSOR HERBERT H. LIPOWSKY, Head of the Department of Bioengineering

The Bioengineering B.S. program provides the knowledge base and design skills needed for graduates to advance the biophysical sciences and develop technologies for health-care delivery. Graduates of the program are expected to assume positions in the healthcare industry, to pursue further studies of the biomedical and engineering sciences, or go on to study medicine.

Within the healthcare industry, graduates with a B.S. in Bioengineering are expected to be employed in product research and development, design, production, testing, quality assurance, clinical trials, sales and technical service. To succeed at these tasks, the Bioengineering B.S. program provides graduates with a broad base of mathematics, physics, chemistry and the biological sciences, and an understanding of the principles of engineering analysis and design. The program develops the skills needed to work in multidisciplinary teams, communicate effectively, and appreciate the ethical and regulatory constraints governing development, manufacture and distribution of healthcare products.

Research in the biophysical sciences is a major force driving world social and economic development. Bioengineers bring the unique perspective of engineering analysis to experiment design and data interpretation, and are at the forefront in the development of new instrumentation and devices for biophysical research and technologies to advance medical care. The Bioengineering B.S. program prepares students for work in this rapidly-changing field by instilling an appreciation for the current state and anticipated trends in biophysical and applied research, and by stressing the need to maintain and expand this knowledge base through graduate studies and lifelong learning activities.

The Bioengineering B.S. program prepares its graduates for careers as physicians, dentists, and physician-scientists by providing the broad science base needed for medical training. In addition, students obtain the engineering insight needed to develop and apply new diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, including new developments in medical imaging, in artificial organs, and in biomaterials.

For the B.S. degree in Bioengineering, a minimum of 132 credits is required.

Students in residence at the Commonwealth campuses may satisfy the course requirements for semesters 1-3. They should then transfer to University Park to begin studies in their major beginning with semester 4.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(27 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of the Bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 114-115 credits
(This includes 27 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 9 credits of GWS courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 94 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (75 credits)
BIOL 141 GN(3), BIOL 142(1), EDSGN 100(3) (Sem: 1-2)
CHEM 110 GN(3)[1], CHEM 111 GN(1), CHEM 112 GN(3), CHEM 113 GN(1) (Sem: 1-2)
MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 141 GQ(4)[1], PHYS 211 GN(4)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
BIOE 201(3)[1] (Sem: 3-4)
CMPSC 201 GQ(3), E MCH 210(5) (Sem: 3-4)
MATH 230(4), MATH 251(4)[1], PHYS 212 GN(4) (Sem: 3-4)
BIOE 301(3)[1], BIOE 302(1), BIOE 303(3)[1], BIOE 313(3), BIOE 401(3)[1], BIOE 402(3)[1], BIOE 403(1), BIOE 404(3) (Sem: 5-6)
ENGL 202C GWS(3) (Sem: 5-6)
BIOE 440(1), BIOE 450W(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (10 credits)
Select 1 credit of First-Year Seminar (Sem: 1-2)
ENGL 015 GWS(3) or ENGL 030 GWS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
CAS 100A GWS(3) or CAS 100B GWS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
ECON 002 GS(3), ECON 004 GS(3), or ECON 014(3) (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (9 credits)
Select 6 credits of BIOE courses (Sem: 7-8)
Select 3 credits of Science or Engineering Elective courses (Sem: 7-8)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 20-21 credits

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING OPTION: (20 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (18 credits)
CHEM 210(3) (Sem: 3-4)
BIOE 409(3), BIOE 413(3), CHEM 212(3) (Sem: 5-6)
BIOE 423(3), CHEM 450(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (2 credits)
B M B 401(3), or CHEM 213(2)

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING OPTION: (21 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (11 credits)
E E 210(4) (Sem: 3-4)
E E 310(4) (Sem: 5-6)
BIOE 406(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (4 credits)
E E 330(4), or CMPEN 271(3) and CMPEN 275(1) (Sem: 5-6)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (6 credits)
Select 6 credits from Electrical Engineering Option department list (Sem: 7-8)

MATERIALS SCIENCE OPTION: (20 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (20 credits)
CHEM 210(3), PHYS 214 GN(2) (Sem: 3-4)
MATSE 201(3), MATSE 443(3) (Sem: 5-6)
MATSE 403(3), MATSE 404 IL(3), MATSE 430(3) (Sem: 7-8)

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING OPTION: (20 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (11 credits)
E MCH 212(3), E MCH 315(2), E MCH 316(1), MATH 220 GQ(2-3) (Sem: 3-4)
BIOE 409(3) (Sem: 5-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (3 credits)
M E 360(3) or M E 370(3), MATSE 403(3) or MATSE 404 IL(3) (Sem: 5-6)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (6 credits)
Select 6 credits from Mechanical Engineering Option department list (Sem: 6-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2006

Blue Sheet Item #: 34-05-057

Review Date: 2/28/06

UCA Revision #1: 8/2/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/26/07

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