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Vol LXXXVII - July 2004
Graduate Catalog 2004-2006
 
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     Note: This Catalog is superseded by the 2005-2006 Catalog.

Department of Bioengineering

department web page: www.uta.edu/biomed_eng/
department contact: bme@uta.edu
graduate web page:
graduate contact:

Director

Khosrow Behbehani
220 Engineering Lab
817.272.2249

Admission Requirements | Continuation | Degree Requirements | Courses: BME, UTSW | Combined Degree Plan

Area of Study and Degrees

Biomedical Engineering
M.S., Ph.D.

Biomedical Engineering

Industrial Internship

Master's Degree Plans

Thesis and Thesis-Substitute

Director

Khosrow Behbehani
220 Engineering Lab Bldg., 817.272.2249

Graduate Advisor

Hanli Liu
227 Engineering Laboratory, 817.272.2249

Graduate Faculty

Professors

Behbehani, Chuong

Associate Professors

Liu, Nelson, Tang

Assistant Professor

Zuzak

Adjunct Faculty

(U.T. Southwestern and U.T. Arlington)

Ahrens, Antich, Blomqvist, Cadeddu, Cameron, Chiao, Cook, Devarajan, Eberhart, Elsenbaumer, Finnegan, Franklin, Gall, Garner, Giller, Hagler, Horton, Jessen, Johnson, Kondraske, Kulkarni, Lucas, Manry, Markin, Mason, McColl, Nomura, Ordway, Peshock, Peterson, Petroll, Srebro, Timmons, Triano, Wallace, Wang

Objectives

The Biomedical Engineering Program is jointly offered by The University of Texas at Arlington and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (U.T. Southwestern). Research and teaching efforts of various departments in the biological, engineering, mathematical, physical, and medical sciences of both institutions are coordinated through the Committee on Graduate Studies in Biomedical Engineering. The goal of the program is to prepare students as biomedical engineers for productive research, development, and teaching careers in academic, industrial, hospital, or governmental positions.

The program includes coursework and research in medical imaging, artificial organs, biosensors, physiological control systems, biomedical signal processing, biomedical instrumentation, rehabilitation, orthopedics, biomechanics, biomaterials and tissue engineering, cell and molecular engineering, genomics, recombinant DNA technology, and neurosciences. Specifically, during the first year of their studies, students in the master's and doctoral programs must select one of the concentration tracks in Biomedical Engineering: 1) Bioinstrumentation, 2) Biomaterials/Tissue Engineering, 3) Biomechanics, 4) Medical Imaging, and 5) Molecular and Computational Biomedical Engineering. An advisor is available to advise students on the relevant courses and the research opportunities in each track.

Depending on the availability of positions with industrial partners, an internship in Dallas/Fort Worth industry prepares students for careers in the biomedical engineering industry.

The master's program is based upon graduate level work in biomedical engineering, life sciences and related physical sciences.

The doctoral program is based upon graduate level work in biomedical engineering, extensive graduate training in the life sciences and related physical sciences. The program is aimed at the development of professional biomedical engineers capable of independent research.

Admission

Application for admission should be made at either U.T. Arlington or U.T. Southwestern. Normally, the institution through which the student applies and is admitted is the student's home institution.

In addition to admission requirements of the Graduate School, the bachelor's degree held by applicants to the program may be in engineering, biological, physical, or mathematical sciences. Depending on the applicant's background, some preparatory coursework may be required, prior to admission into the program. The UTA Biomedical Engineering Program uses the following guidelines in the admission review process:

Unconditional Admission

Master's Program
  1. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work in an engineering discipline as calculated by the Graduate School.
  2. GRE quantitative score greater than 700 and a verbal score of 400 or better.
  3. Three favorable letters of recommendation.
  4. A TOEFL score of 575 (232 for computer-based testing) or better for international applicants whose native language is not English.

Doctoral Program

  1. Minimum GPA of 3.4 in the last 60 hours taken in the major field of study of engineering or physical sciences as calculated by the Graduate School.
  2. GRE quantitative score greater than 775 and a verbal score of 400 or better.
  3. Three favorable letters of recommendation.
  4. A TOEFL score of 575 (or 230 for computer testing) or better for international applicants whose native language is not English.

Probationary Admission

Master's Program
  1. If the applicant meets any two of the above items 1, 2, and 3.
  2. A TOEFL score of 575 (or 230 for computer testing) or better for international applicants whose native language is not English.
Doctoral Program
  1. If an applicant meets any two of the above items 1, 2, and 3.
  2. A TOEFL score of 575 (or 230 for computer testing) or better for international applicants whose native language is not English.

Provisional Admission

An applicant who is unable to supply all required documents prior to the admission deadline, but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.

Deferral

If an applicant does not present adequate evidence of meeting admission requirements, the admission decision may be deferred until admission records are complete or the requirements are met.

Denial

A candidate may be denied admission if he/she has less than satisfactory performance in two out of the three admission criteria, excluding TOEFL.

Fellowship

No additional requirements besides what is published by the Graduate School.

Continuation

The Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program has established certain policies to fulfill its responsibility to graduate highly qualified professional engineers. In addition to the requirements of the Graduate School listed in this catalog under Advanced Degrees and Requirements, each biomedical engineering graduate student who wants to continue in the program must:

  1. Maintain at least a B (3.0) overall GPA in all coursework, and
  2. Demonstrate suitability for professional engineering practice.

At such time as questions are raised by biomedical engineering graduate faculty regarding either of the above, the student will be notified and will be provided the opportunity to respond to the Committee on Graduate Studies in Biomedical Engineering. The Committee on Graduate Studies will review the student's performance and make a recommendation concerning the student's eligibility to continue in the program. Appeal of a decision on continuation may be made through normal procedures outlined in the section of this catalog entitled "Grievances Other than Grades."

Degree Requirements

Master of Science Degree Plans

Students in the Thesis Degree plan must take a minimum of 32 credit hours, and students in the Thesis-Substitute Degree plan must take a minimum of 33 credit hours as specified below.

Required Biomedical Engineering: One laboratory course in biomedical engineering approved by the graduate advisor such as Laboratory Principles (BME 5382) or Tissue Engineering Lab (BME 5365); BME Seminar (BME 5101).

Biomedical Engineering: Four courses from the following list consistent with the student's track of study and approval of the Graduate Advisor: Biological Materials, Mechanics, and Processes (BME 5335); Finite Element Applications in Biomedical Engineering (BME 5340); Biosensors and Applications (BME 5345); Modeling and Control of Biological Systems (BME 5350); Digital Control of Biomedical Systems (BME 5351); Digital Processing of Biological Signals (BME 5352); Design and Application of Artificial Organs (BME 5360); Thermoregulation and Bioheat Transfer (BME 5362); Biomaterials and Blood Compatibility (BME 5361); Introduction to Orthopedic Mechanics (BME 5331D); Orthopedic Biomaterials (BME 5332D); Tissue Engineering (BME 5364); Tissue Engineering Laboratory (BME 5365); Process Control in Biotechnology (BME 5366); Biomaterial-Living System Interactions (BME 5370).

Engineering: One course from biomedical engineering or other engineering departments, with the approval of the Graduate Advisor.

Required Life Sciences: Human Physiology (BME 5309D) and one other life science course with the approval of the Graduate Advisor.

Thesis Plan: Directed Research in Biomedical Engineering (BME 5391), re-enroll as needed; Thesis (BME 5698) at the semester in which the student expects to submit and defend the thesis.

Thesis-Substitute Plan: Master's Comprehensive Examination (BME 5193); Research Project (BME 5390), re-enroll as needed or a minimum of three hours of Biomedical Internship (6395, 6695 or 6995); and one 3-hour graduate level course from biomedical engineering, life science or engineering with the approval of the Graduate Advisor.

Doctor of Philosophy Degree Plan

The Ph.D. degree program consists of a minimum of 49 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree level (exclusive of required Ph.D. exams) and includes the courses as specified below. Course requirements differ for the Molecular and Computational Biomedical Engineering track. See track advisor for details.

Required Biomedical Engineering: One laboratory course in biomedical engineering approved by the Graduate Advisor, such as Laboratory Principles (BME 5382) or Tissue Engineering Lab (BME 5365); BME Seminar (BME 5101); Ph.D. Seminar in BME (BME 6103) for at least two semesters.

Elective Biomedical Engineering: Six courses from: Biological Materials, Mechanics, and Processes (BME 5335); Finite Element Applications in Biomedical Engineering (BME 5340); Biosensors and Applications (BME 5345); Modeling and Control of Biological Systems (BME 5350); Digital Control of Biomedical Systems (BME 5351); Digital Processing of Biological Signals (BME 5352); Design and Application of Artificial Organs (BME 5360); Thermoregulation and Bioheat Transfer (BME 5362); Biomaterials and Blood Compatibility (BME 5361); Introduction to Orthopedic Mechanics (BME 5331D); Orthopedic Biomaterials (BME 5332D); Tissue Engineering (BME 5364); Tissue Engineering Laboratory (BME 5365); Process Control in Biotechnology (BME 5366); Biomaterial-Living System Interactions (BME 5370).

Engineering: One course from biomedical engineering or other engineering departments with the approval of the Graduate Advisor.

Life Sciences: Human Physiology (BME 5309D); Biochemistry (BME 5306D) or General Biochemistry I (CHEM 4311) and General Biochemistry II (CHEM 4312); Three additional life science courses are required, unless six hours are taken in Physiology or Biochemistry. Two of these courses may be Human Anatomy BME 5307D and BME 5308D. Other life science courses may also be taken with the approval of the Graduate Advisor.

Mathematics, Statistics, Computer and Physical Sciences: A course in statistics and another relevant graduate level course with the approval of the Graduate Advisor.

Ph.D. Examinations and Dissertation: All doctoral students must satisfactorily complete the following exams: Doctoral Diagnostic Examination (BME 6194), Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (BME 6195), and Dissertation (BME 6999) at the semester in which the student expects to submit and defend the dissertation.

Although qualified applicants may be accepted into the Ph.D. program without earning the Master of Science in biomedical engineering, all students must satisfactorily pass the Doctoral Diagnostic Examination (BME 6194). This examination will cover all relevant coursework taken by the student. The examination may be written, oral, or both and consists of a timed, written analysis of a major problem in the student's general area of research interest, followed by an oral examination covering the same material. Elements of engineering, physical and biological science, mathematics, computer science and statistics may be included in this examination.

For additional information, applicants and students should contact the BME Graduate Advisor for a copy of the "Information Brochure" for related and amplified information about the graduate program. The information can also be found at http://www.uta.edu/biomed_eng/.

Note: In degree plan descriptions, course numbers followed by a D are offered at U.T. Southwestern.

Courses


The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; completing course requirements in a later semester cannot change it. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.

An incomplete grade (the grade of X) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded X. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an X, the student must complete the course requirements. Enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned cannot change a grade of X. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.

Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses). The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour thesis courses and nine-hour dissertation courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either "Graded P/F/R" or "Graded R." Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled "R" Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)

Courses in Biomedical Engineering (BME)

Course fee information is published in the online Student Schedule of Classes. Please refer to www.uta.edu/schedule for a detailed listing of specific course fees.

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