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The Department of Bioengineering

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The Department of Bioengineering



226 Engineering Research Building · Box 19138 • 817-272-2249
www.uta.edu/bioengineering


Overview

The Department of Bioengineering offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Biomedical Engineering (BS BME). The goal of the program is to prepare students for bioengineering careers requiring skills in research, development, and teaching in a variety of setting in industry, hospitals, research facilities of educational and medical institutions and government regulatory agencies. Graduates may also pursue their continuing education in the medical and dental field or graduate studies in bioengineering.

BS BME degree offers two areas for concentration: Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering; and Medical Imaging.



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Educational Objectives of the Undergraduate Program

The purpose of the Bioengineering Department is to advance the cause of the profession through teaching and research and to produce technically knowledgeable, well rounded graduates who have the capability of developing into professionally competent engineers pursuing lifelong learning and assuming leadership roles in the profession. The BE Department supports the University and College of Engineering mission by offering a broad-based undergraduate education leading to a degree of bachelor of science in Biomedical Engineering with emphasis on technical, professional, ethical, and societal responsibilities associated with the practice of engineering. Advanced masters and doctoral degrees are offered with emphasis on technical specialization and the advancement of knowledge in several areas of bioengineering.

The overall goal of the Biomedical Engineering undergraduate program is to promote intellectual development of those interested in the bioengineering profession, and to produce graduates who possess the knowledge, tools and traits necessary for a successful career, and for assuming a leadership role in the bioengineering profession. More specifically, the educational program objectives are to produce graduates who:

  • Possess a broad-based bioengineering education to successfully obtain professional positions, and practice bioengineering in a wide range of professional settings including industries, healthcare facilities, and consulting firms.
  • Exhibit professional growth throughout their careers by taking on increasing professional responsibilities, and pursue life-long learning by participation in job-related advanced training activities, and/or attending graduate school, or professional school (medical or dental school).
  • Demonstrate success and leadership in practice of engineering by contributing to the economic well-being of their employers and society, and by dedicated service to professional societies.


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Student Outcomes of the Undergraduate Program

From these Program Educational Objectives, the department designed its baccalaureate program to offer its graduates:

  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, physical and life science, and engineering, especially bioengineering
  • an ability to design and conduct in-vitro and in-vivo experiments
  • an ability to analyze and interpret data
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of bioengineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for bioengineering practice


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Admission Requirements

Requirements for admission as a Biomedical Engineering major are governed by the requirements stated under the College of Engineering section of this catalog. Biomedical Engineering majors are only allowed to enroll in pre-professional courses until they meet the requirements for the professional program as outlined below. They must register only for courses approved by their faculty advisor and obtain their advisor's authorization for add/drops.



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Undergraduate Advising

Students entering directly from high school and those with less than 24 hours of transferrable credit are advised initially in the University College. Students are transitioned to advising in the College of Engineering as they progress successfully in their degree programs.

Biomedical Engineering majors are required to be advised by an assigned advisor during the period set aside each semester by the College of Engineering for this purpose. Students are responsible for meeting with their advisors during the advising period. Periods set aside for advising and registration may be different, and students who do not meet with their advisors during the regular advising period may not be able to complete registration. All students should consult the departmental bulletin board for advisors' names and periods set aside for advising.

Biomedical Engineering students who have not been admitted to the professional program must register only for courses approved by their faculty advisor and obtain their advisor's authorization for add/drops. Failure to do so is grounds for dismissal from the Biomedical Engineering program. Students, including those in the professional program, who enroll in courses before taking the proper prerequisites or co-requisites, will be subject to dismissal from the Biomedical Engineering program.

Transfer students registering for the first time are advised separately prior to the beginning of the semester they enroll in courses. They should contact the department to set up an appointment for advising with a departmental undergraduate advisor prior to registration.



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Admission to the Professional Program

Requirement for admission to the professional program in Biomedical Engineering are in accordance with those of the College of Engineering and additional requirements as follows.

  • Application to the professional program is to be submitted to the BE Department after completion of all the pre-professional required courses listed below, and prior to taking any Bioengineering 3000 level course.
  • No 3000 level Bioengineering course may be taken until the student is admitted into the professional program or obtains the written consent for the BE Undergraduate Advisor.
  • Each student must complete all the courses in the pre-professional required courses with a minimum grade of C in each course and a minimum GPA of 2.25 in (1) all courses, (2) in math, science, and engineering courses.
  • Upon receipt of the application, a student's record is individually reviewed. This review will include grades, academic and personal integrity, record of drops and course withdrawals, the order in which courses have been taken, the number of times a student has attempted a course for credit, and any other aspect of the student's record that may be deemed pertinent to admission.

The student must be admitted to the professional program and have an approved degree plan on file in order to graduate. The degree plan is generated upon entry to the professional program. Graduating seniors should apply to graduate during the next-to-last semester.



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Prior Preparation and Course Requirements

The undergraduate baccalaureate degree in Biomedical Engineering is a four-year program and requirements for the degree are based upon prior high school preparation through either an honors or college track program. Students who have not had the appropriate prior preparation should contact the departmental advising office for a curriculum guide that will assist them in structuring a study plan that will include leveling courses. Students requiring leveling courses may require a period of time greater than four years to complete their undergraduate degree.



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Academic Requirements

Academic performance requirements establishing satisfactory progress and grade point requirements are given in the College of Engineering section of this catalog.

Grade Requirements for BE Course Prerequisites
Biomedical Engineering majors (BE-Intended or BE) may not attempt a BE course until they have earned a grade of C or better in the prerequisite course(s).

Repeating Courses
Biomedical Engineering majors (BE-Intended or BE) may not attempt any course more than three times and apply that course toward a degree in Biomedical Engineering. Enrollment in a course for a period of time sufficient for assignment of a grade, including a grade of W, is considered an attempt.

Grounds for Dismissal from the BE Program
Requirements for grounds for dismissal as a Biomedical Engineering major are governed by the requirements stated under the College of Engineering section of this catalog.



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Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Engineering

Pre-Professional Courses

English

1301, 1302.

Mathematics

1426*, 2425, 2326, 3319.

Science

BIOL 1441, 1442, CHEM 1441, 1442, 2321, 2181, 4311, PHYS 1443, 1444.

Computer Science and Engineering

1311.

Bioengineering

1104, 1225.

Other General Educational Courses

Literature

A three-credit-hour course on literature chosen by student.

Fine Arts Elective

A three-credit-hour course on fine arts chosen by student.

Social/Cultural Studies

A three-credit-hour course on ethics chosen by student.

Liberal Arts Elective

For Biomedical Engineering majors, COMS 2302 must be used to satisfy this requirement.

History

1311, 1312.

Political Science

2311, 2312.

Professional Program Courses

Bioengineering

The B.S. Biomedical Engineering Degree offers two concentrations: The Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Concentration and the Medical Imaging Concentration. In addition to the courses listed under the Pre-Professional Courses and Other General Education Course above, the following courses are required for BOTH concentrations: BIOL 3301, MATH 3316 (or IE 3301), EE 3317, BE 3320, 3380, 4382, 4350, 4355.

The additional required courses for each concentration are as follows:

Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Concentration: BE 3310, 3364, 4331, 4337, 4366.

Medical Imaging Concentration: BE 3344, 3346, 3352, 4345, EE 2320.

Total (BS BME degree) ***

120 hours minimum. (More hours may be required to strengthen student's program or demonstrate proficiency. See Prior Preparation and Course Requirements.)

*The Mathematics Department requires MATH 1323 or passing a placement test provided by the Mathematics Department before enrolling in Math 1426.

***Total hours will depend upon prior preparation and academic qualifications. Also, students who do not have two units of high school foreign language will be required to take modern and classical languages courses in addition to the previously listed requirements.

Refer to the College of Engineering section of this catalog for information concerning the following topics: Admission into Engineering, Admission into Pre-Engineering, Admission into the Professional Program, Counseling or Advising, Transfer and Change of Major Policies, Honors Program, Academic Regulations, Professional Engineering Registration, Cooperative Education, Academic Probation, Repeating Course Policy and Academic Dishonesty.



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Transfer Students and Transfer Credit

When a student transfers to the Bioengineering Department from another department or institution, a loss of credit can occur and his/her academic plans may have to be changed. Courses that appear to be similar may be different in either content or level of difficulty and, as a result, cannot be used for degree credit. When a student's record indicates weakness in certain areas of study, he/she will be required to retake courses or to take additional courses. Transfer students should contact the Department of Bioengineering after admission and prior to registration.

Transfer students with 24 hours or more of transferable credit must meet the following requirements:

  • Completed prerequisites necessary to enroll in MATH 1426 (Calculus I) and PHYS 1443 (General Technical Physics I)
  • Students for whom English is a primary language must present two high school units in a single foreign language or will be admitted with a foreign language deficiency that must be removed prior to graduation.
  • A GPA of 3.0 or above calculated on transferred credits which include at least 15 hours of applicable math, science, and engineering courses.
  • Students must be prepared to repeat any transferred courses with a grade below a C until a grade of C or higher is obtained prior to enrolling in any course for which such courses are prerequisite. To transfer bioengineering course credits, the limitation on the number of times a course can be repeated is three, as described under Academic Requirements section of this catalog.

Students who do not meet these criteria will be reviewed and considered on individual merits for admission into the BE Intended (or Pre) Major.

Prior to advising, a transfer student should present to an undergraduate advisor a transcript (official or copy) from each school previously attended. Only the equivalent courses in a program accredited by ABET or equivalent freshman and sophomore courses accepted by the department can be counted toward a degree in Biomedical Engineering. To be acceptable as an equivalent course, it must be equivalent to UT Arlington's corresponding course in credit value and course content. Junior and senior level courses taken at a college or university which does not have a Bioengineering program accredited by ABET cannot be used to satisfy the requirements for a degree in Biomedical Engineering.

A student in the Department of Bioengineering at UT Arlington who wishes to enroll in courses at another college or university for transfer credit toward a degree in Biomedical Engineering should, first, consult with an undergraduate advisor to receive approval that the course can be used in the student's Biomedical Engineering degree plan.



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Competence in Oral Communication and Computer Use

Completion of COMS 2302, Professional and Technical Communication, with a grade of C or better, is required to earn a degree in Biomedical Engineering. Also, successful completion of COMS 2302 meets the University's oral communication requirement.

All Bioengineering students are required to complete BE 1104 Introduction to Engineering, and BE 1225 Introduction to Bioengineering, with a grade of C or better. Successful completion of these courses satisfies the University's computer proficiency requirement.



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Bioengineering Degree Programs at UT Arlington

At the undergraduate level, the department offers a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering degree with two concentrations for the undergraduate program 1) Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering and, 2) Medical Imaging. Descriptions of BE degree options are available in the BE Advising Office. All degree options are designed to provide a strong foundation in science, mathematics, and engineering science; technical competence in multiple areas of Bioengineering practice; and an understanding of the importance of ethics, safety, professionalism, and socioeconomic concerns in resolving technical problems through synthesis, planning, and design. Elements of design are introduced at the freshman level. This is followed by an analysis and design component in professional program courses, culminating in a comprehensive design experience.

At the graduate level, the Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees are offered. Graduate bioengineering degrees are concentrated in one of the areas of specialization available within the department: Bioinstrumentation, Biomaterial/Tissue Engineering, Biomechanics/Orthopedics, Medical Imaging, or Protein Engineering (Doctor of Philosophy only).

The Department of Bioengineering has active student chapters associated with the Biomedical Engineer Student Society (BMESS). Students are encouraged to participate in the activities of the organization. Membership is by election and is limited to students in the upper third of the junior and senior classes who satisfy other requirements listed in the society's bylaws.



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Fast Track Programs for a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Physics or Biochemistry

The Department of Bioengineering also offers Fast Track dual degree program in collaboration with the Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Physics departments at UT Arlington. These programs offer the interested students an opportunity to earn a Master's Degree in Biomedical Engineering (MS) and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry, or Physics. The Fast Track Program enables outstanding senior undergraduate Physics or Biochemistry students to receive dual undergraduate and graduate course credits leading to receiving both a Bachelor of Science Degree in either Physics or Biochemistry and a Master's Degree in Biomedical Engineering. See the departmental advisors for additional information on these programs.

Further, undergraduate students in other engineering disciplines may develop a fundamental knowledge of the field of bioengineering. Student having permission from their department's undergraduate advisor may enroll in the courses listed below and obtain an emphasis in bioengineering. Ordinarily, the student will take these courses as technical elective, free electives and science electives. Interested students should contact the undergraduate advisor of the Department of Bioengineering for additional information.

Elective courses for students who wish to obtain an emphasis in bioengineering:

BE 1225: Introduction of Bioengineering

BE 4325: Fundamentals of Bioengineering

At the graduate level, the Department of Bioengineering offers a program of studies leading to masters and doctoral degree in Biomedical Engineering.



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Combined Degree Plan: Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering

This five-year curriculum prepares students for careers in the fast growing biotechnology and bioengineering industries. The curriculum also prepares students for medical school and advanced study. Students are required to take courses from engineering, life sciences and liberal arts, culminating in a five-year Master of Science Degree in Biomedical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. The curriculum is offered jointly by the College of Engineering and the College of Science. In this program, two areas of emphasis are offered: Medical Imaging, and Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering.

Description

Bioengineers use quantitative methods and innovation to analyze and to solve problems in biology and medicine. Students choose the bioengineering field to be of service to people, to partake in the excitement of working with living systems, and to apply advanced technology to complex problems of medical care.

Through this program, students learn the essentials of life science, engineering theory, and the analytical and practical tools that enable them to be successful in the biotechnology and bioengineering industries. The program includes course work in the basic sciences, core engineering, biomedical engineering, and advanced biotechnology disciplines. Both didactic classroom lectures and hands-on laboratory experience are emphasized. Additionally, students are required to take general educational courses in literature, fine arts, history, political science, and social science.

Career Opportunities

The program prepares students as bioengineers for careers in industry, in hospitals, in research facilities of educational and medical institutions, and in government regulatory agencies. It also provides a solid foundation for those wishing to continue for advanced degrees. For those planning to pursue a medical degree, this cross-disciplinary curriculum offers a solid foundation in engineering, which is an advantage in preparing for a medical career.

Requirements

Regardless whether a student chooses Medical Imaging or Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering emphasis, after completion of 120 semester credit hours of the undergraduate courses from the list for the emphasis (below) and prior to taking any graduate course, the student must apply to the UT Arlington Graduate School for admission to the Bioengineering Department. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the 120 semester credit hours as well as a minimum average of 3.0 in the required English courses (1301 and 1302) and a minimum average of 3.0 in the required Mathematics courses (1426, 2425, 2326, and 3319) is required for admission to the Bioengineering Department. The student should also submit two letters of recommendation, one from the Bioengineering five-year program advisor or a faculty member and one from the Biology undergraduate advisor.



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Medical Imaging Emphasis Courses

English

1301, 1302.

Mathematics

1426, 2425, 2326, 3319.

Natural Science other than Biology

PHYS 1443, 1444, CHEM 1441, 1442, 2181, 2182, 2321, 2322, 4311.

Biology

1441, 1442, 3301, 3315, 3444, 4365, 5314.

Core Engineering

CSE 1311, EE 2347, EE 2440, EE 3317, EE 3318, EE3407, MAE 3319

Bioengineering

1225, 3344, 3346, 3352, 4325, 4345, 5316, 5320, 5326, 5327, 5345, 5347, 5382.

Human Physiology

BE 5309.

Other General Educational Courses

Literature

Three hours of English or modern and classical languages literature.

Liberal Arts/Speech

BIOL 3305 or COMS 2302.

Fine Arts

Three hours from art, dance, music, architecture, or theatre arts.

Political Science

2311, 2312.

History

1311, 1312.

Social/Cultural Studies

Three hours from social or cultural anthropology, archaeology, social/political/cultural geography, economics, sociology, classical studies, psychology, or linguistics.

Total (for dual degrees)

159 semester hours.



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Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Emphasis Courses

English

1301, 1302.

Mathematics

1426, 2425, 2326, 3319.

Natural Science other than Biology

PHYS 1443, 1444, CHEM 1441, 1442, 2181, 2182, 2321, 2322, 4311.

Biology

1441, 1442, 3301, 3312, 3315, 3444, 4329, 4365, 5314.

Core Engineering

CSE 1311, EE 2320, EE3317,MAE 2314, 2381, 3310.

Bioengineering

1225, 4325, 4331, 4333, 5335, 5337, 5361, 5364, 5366, 5372, 5382, & Two BE Electives (Approved by 5-yr advisor).

Human Physiology

BE 5309.

Other General Educational Courses

Literature

Three hours of English or modern and classical languages literature.

Liberal Arts/Speech

BIOL 3305 or COMS 2302.

Fine Arts

Three hours from art, dance, music, architecture, or theatre arts.

Political Science

2311, 2312.

History

1311, 1312.

Social/Cultural Studies

Three hours from social or cultural anthropology, archaeology, social/political/cultural geography, economics, sociology, classical studies, psychology, or linguistics.

Total (for dual degrees)

160 semester hours.



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Minor Field of Study

The Bioengineering program does not currently offer the option of pursuing a minor in Bioengineering by other engineering or non-engineering majors.



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Bioengineering Faculty

Chair

Professor Behbehani

Professors

Chuong, Liu, Tang

Associate Professors

Alexandrakis, Davé, Nguyen, Romero

Assistant Professors

Hong, Kim, Yuan

Adjunct Professors

Eberhart, Tsai



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Course Descriptions

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Bioengineering (BE)



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