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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Bioengineering (BIOE)

BIOE 100S Bioengineering Seminar (1) First-year seminar to introduce the role of engineering in biomedical research and in instrument development for the medical device industry.

BIOE 100S Bioengineering Seminar (1)

BIOE 1OOS is a first-year seminar aimed at students interested in pursuing a career in Bioengineering. Through a series of lectures, demonstrations and problem solving sessions, the multifaceted world of bioengineering will be explored. Two general classes of problems will be studied: one is the application of engineering to decipher the mysteries of how the human body works in health and disease, and the other is the design and development of medical devices. Overviews of engineering analyses of physiological function at the tissue, cellular and molecular level will be given. For example, diverse problems such as neural transmission and signaling, how cells move, transport of substances by the blood stream, and movement of molecules between bodily compartments and within cells will be considered. The analysis of medical devices used in the diagnosis of a disease state or used to treat a pathological disorder will be reviewed. For example, diagnostic tools such as the electrocardiogram, ultrasound imaging and nuclear magnetic resonance imaging will be explored. The design of artificial organs and prosthetic devices will also be examined, such as the artificial kidney, heart and lungs, and orthopedic devices.

The general educational approach of the seminar series will be that of problem based learning. Students will be given assignments to be performed either individually or in groups. Assignments will be designed to expose students to the breadth of engineering applications in medicine and biology, the vocabulary of the life sciences, specific engineering tools, and library and Internet resources. Emphasis will be placed on developing an appreciation for the range of skills and specialized knowledge needed to solve biomedical engineering problems and enhancement of communication skills through class discussions.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Fall 2001 Ending: Summer 2014

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.