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Thesis and Thesis-Substitute
Khosrow Behbehani220 Engineering Lab Bldg., 817.272.2249
228 Engineering Laboratory, 817.272.2054
Behbehani, Chuong, Liu
Alexandrakis, Dave, Nguyen, Zuzak
(U.T. Southwestern and U.T. Arlington)
Cadeddu, Cameron, Cook,
Devous, Diller, Doller,
Eberhart, Elsenbaumer, Finnegan, Franklin, Gall, Garner, Giller, Hagler, Horton, Jessen,
Johnson, Kondraske, Kulkarni, Lucas, Manry, Markin, Mason,
McColl, Peshock, Peterson, Petroll,
Pollo, Sherry, St. John,
Timmons, Triano, Wallace, Wang
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 Bioengineering. 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 Bioengineering: 1) Bioinstrumentation, 2) Biomaterials/Tissue Engineering, 3) Biomechanics, 4) Medical Imaging, and 5) Molecular and Computational Bioengineering. 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 bioengineering industry.
The master's program is based upon graduate level work in Bioengineering, life sciences and related physical sciences.
The doctoral program is based upon graduate level work in Bioengineering, 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.
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 UT Arlington Biomedical Engineering Program uses the following guidelines in the admission review process:
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.
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.
A candidate may be denied admission if he/she has less than satisfactory performance in two out of the three admission criteria, excluding TOEFL.
No additional requirements besides what is published by the Graduate School.
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 bioengineering graduate student
who wants to continue in the program must:
At such time as questions are raised by bioengineering 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 Bioengineering. 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."
Students in the Thesis Degree plan must take a minimum of 31 credit hours, and students in the Thesis-Substitute Degree plan must take a minimum of 33 credit hours as specified below.
Required Bioengineering: One laboratory course in Bioengineering approved by the graduate advisor such as Laboratory Principles (BE 5382) or Tissue Engineering Lab (BE 5365); BE Seminar (BE 5101).
Bioengineering: 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 (BE 5335); Finite Element Applications in Bioengineering (BE 5340); Biosensors and Applications (BE 5345);
Modeling and Control of Biological Systems (BE 5350); Digital Control
of Biomedical Systems (BE 5351); Digital Processing of
Biological Signals (BE 5352); Design and Application of Artificial
Organs (BE 5360); Thermoregulation and Bioheat Transfer (BE
5362); Biomaterials and Blood Compatibility (BE 5361); Introduction
to Orthopedic Mechanics (BE 5331D); Orthopedic
Biomaterials (BE 5332D); Tissue Engineering (BE 5364); Tissue
Engineering Laboratory (BE 5365); Process Control in Biotechnology
(BE 5366); Biomaterial-Living System Interactions (BE 5370).
Engineering: One course from Bioengineering or
other engineering departments, with the approval of the Graduate Advisor.
Required Life Sciences: Human Physiology (BE 5309D) and
one other life science course with the approval of the Graduate Advisor.
Thesis Plan: Directed Research in Bioengineering
(BE 5391), re-enroll as needed; Thesis (BE 5698) at the semester
in which the student expects to submit and defend the thesis.
Thesis-Substitute Plan: Master's Comprehensive Examination
(BE 5293); Research Project (BE 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
Bioengineering, life science or engineering with the approval of
the Graduate Advisor.
The Ph.D. degree program consists of a minimum of 48 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 Bioengineering track. See track advisor for details.
Required Bioengineering: One laboratory course in bioengineering approved by the Graduate Advisor, such as Laboratory Principles (BE 5382) or Tissue Engineering Lab (BE 5365); BE Seminar (BE 5101); Ph.D. Seminar in BE (BE 6103) for at least two semesters.
Elective Bioengineering: Six courses from: Biological Materials, Mechanics, and Processes (BE 5335); Finite Element Applications in Bioengineering (BE 5340); Biosensors and Applications (BE 5345); Modeling and Control of Biological Systems (BE 5350); Digital Control of Biomedical Systems (BE 5351); Digital Processing of Biological Signals (BE 5352); Design and Application of Artificial Organs (BE 5360); Thermoregulation and Bioheat Transfer (BE 5362); Biomaterials and Blood Compatibility (BE 5361); Introduction to Orthopedic Mechanics (BE 5331D); Orthopedic Biomaterials (BE 5332D); Tissue Engineering (BE 5364); Tissue Engineering Laboratory (BE 5365); Process Control in Biotechnology (BE 5366); Biomaterial-Living System Interactions (BE 5370).
Engineering: One course from bioengineering or other engineering departments with the approval of the Graduate Advisor.
Life Sciences: Human Physiology (BE 5309D); Biochemistry (BE 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 BE 5307D and BE 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 (BE 6194), Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (BE 6195), and Dissertation (BE 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 (BE 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 BE 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.
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.)
BE5101- SEMINAR IN BIOENGINEERING (1 - 0)University and guest lecturers speak on topics of current interest in the field of bioengineering.
BE5191- DIRECTED RESEARCH IN BIOENGINEERING (1 - 0)Student participates in a research project under the individual instruction of a faculty supervisor.
BE5193- MS COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION (1 - 0)Individual instruction, directed study, consultation, and comprehensive examination over coursework leading to the Thesis-Substitute Master of Science degree in bioengineering. Graded P/F/R. Required of all Thesis-Substitute MS students.
BE5291- DIRECTED RESEARCH IN BIOENGINEERING (2 - 0)Student participates in a research project under the individual instruction of a faculty supervisor.
BE5293- MASTERS COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION (2 - 0)Individual instruction, directed study, consultation, and comprehensive examination over coursework leading to the Master of Science degree in bioengineering. Required of all MS students.
BE5300- SELECTED TOPICS IN BIOENGINEERING (3 - 0)Material may vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit if different topics are covered for each registration. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.
BE5335- BIOLOGICAL MATERIALS, MECHANICS, & PROCESSES (3 - 0)Typical functional behavior of various biological materials, flow properties of blood, bioviscoelastic fluids and solids, mass transfer in cardiovascular and pulmonary systems.
BE5340- FINITE ELEMENT APPLICATIONS IN BIOENGINEERING (3 - 0)The course describes the fundamental principles of the finite element method and various numerical modeling techniques. Topics include variational and Galerkin formulations, linear and Hermitian elements, accuracy and convergence. Applications in biological systems and to the design of prosthetic devices are emphasized. Topic areas include linear elasticity, fluid dynamics, heat transfer, and mass transport processes.
BE5344- BIOINSTRUMENTATION I (3 - 0)Fundamental principles of bioinstrumentation, including operational amplifiers and instrumentation amplifiers; measurements of biopotentials; signals and noise in biological systems; mechanical transducers; resistive, inductive, capacitive transducers; measurement of temperature, blood pressure and flow; electrical safety.
BE5345- BIOSENSORS AND APPLICATIONS (3 - 3)Fundamental principles of biosensors, including electrochemical and fiber-optic sensors. Topics include introduction to fabrication, miniaturization techniques, and discussion of future directions including semiconductor fabrication and nano-fabrication technology.
BE5350- MODELING AND CONTROL OF BIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS (3 - 0)Introduction to fundamental methods of modeling, analysis and control of biological systems. Linear system modeling, state space modeling, stability analysis, basic identification techniques. Examples from cardiopulmonary, visual, and motor control systems. Prerequisite: an undergraduate course in linear systems, control theory, or consent of the instructor.
BE5351- DIGITAL CONTROL OF BIOMEDICAL SYSTEMS (3 - 0)Design of control strategies for microprocessor-based medical equipment. Discrete and sampled data systems, Z transform, digital control design methods, stability considerations and closed loop system response. Prerequisite: an undergraduate course in control theory or consent of the instructor.
BE5352- DIGITAL PROCESSING OF BIOLOGICAL SIGNALS (3 - 0)Fundamental techniques for extraction of useful information from signals acquired from biological systems. Topics include time and frequency domain analysis, cross correlation, spectrum analysis, and convolution. Design of FIR and IIR filters for processing biological signals are described. Examples include cardiac, respiratory, and biomechanical movements. Prerequisite: an undergraduate engineering course in signals and systems analysis or consent of the instructor.
BE5360- DESIGN AND APPLICATION OF ARTIFICIAL ORGANS (3 - 0)Fundamental principles of fluid mechanics, mass transfer and chemical reaction in engineered biological systems. Simple solutions are developed for the design of artificial ventricular assist devices, total artificial hearts, lungs and kidneys.
BE5361- BIOMATERIALS AND BLOOD COMPATIBILITY (3 - 0)This course is an introduction to polymer structure and fabrication methods. Blood and tissue interactions with materials, and methods to improve the biocompatibility of materials are discussed.
BE5362- THERMOREGULATION AND BIOHEAT TRANSFER (3 - 0)This course focuses on the application of engineering analysis to problems in physiological and clinical heat transfer. Hyperthermia (including laser, electromagnetic, and ultrasound heating of tissue), hypothermia (including circulatory arrest and tissue freezing), and other applications are analyzed.
BE5364- TISSUE ENGINEERING LECTURE (3 - 0)Fundamentals of cell/extracellular matrix interactions in terms of cell spreading, migration, proliferation and function. Soft and hard tissue wound healing and nerve regeneration. Polymer scaffolding materials and fabrication methods. Cell-polymer interactions. In vitro and in vivo tissue culture and organ replacement.
BE5365- TISSUE ENGINEERING LAB (0 - 3)Each student will be given the opportunity to perform the techniques commonly used in tissue engineering and biomaterial research. These techniques are culture media preparation, cell culture/subculture, degradable scaffold preparation, scaffold modification, histological sections and staining, and cell imaging analyses.
BE5366- PROCESS CONTROL IN BIOTECHNOLOGY (2 - 3)Principles and methods of measurement, data acquisition and analysis. Application of control theory in biological systems and in biotechnology processes; control of pressure, flow, temperature, and pH. Prerequisite: an undergraduate course in control theory or consent of the instructor.
BE5370- BIOMATERIAL - LIVING SYSTEMS INTERACTION (3 - 0)This course describes current developments in molecular structure and organization at synthetic material interfaces with tissues and the subsequent influences on cells and cell membranes. It is designed to lay the groundwork for an improved understanding of events at the biomaterial-living system interface.
BE5372- DRUG DELIVERY (3 - 0)The mathematics of diffusion through various types of biological media is discussed. Diffusion of drug from many of the current delivery devices to either systemic or localized targets is mathematically modeled. Various types of drug delivery devices such as microspheres, nanoparticles, films, foams, and fibers are reviewed. Intracellular delivery and targeting is discussed. Pharmacokinetic drug distribution models are used to describe drug distributions as a function of time. Drug modifications are briefly discussed.
BE5382- LABORATORY PRINCIPLES (0 - 9)Introduction to fundamental biomedical engineering laboratory procedures including human studies and animal surgery; includes clinical laboratory projects; data collection, analysis, and interpretation. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.
BE5390- RESEARCH PROJECT (3 - 0)Taken by students enrolled in the non-thesis option for the MS degree. Individual instruction in research and/or instrumentation development and evaluation conducted under supervision of the instructor. A final report required. Graded P/F/R. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.
BE5391- DIRECTED RESEARCH IN BIOENGINEERING (3 - 0)Student participates in a research project under the individual instruction of a faculty supervisor.
BE5398- THESIS (3 - 0)Graded R/F only. Prerequisite: graduate standing in biomedical engineering.
BE5698- THESIS (6 - 0)Graded P/F/R. Prerequisite: graduate standing in biomedical engineering.
BE6103- PhD SEMINAR IN BIOENGINEERING (1 - 0)Students will be assigned to participate in the journal clubs and medical grand rounds relevant to their areas of research in Bioengineering. Graded P/F only. Prerequisite: Ph.D. student status.
BE6194- DOCTORAL DIAGNOSTIC EXAMINATION (1 - 0)Individual instruction, directed study, consultation, and diagnostic examination. Required of all doctoral students in the semester when they take any portion of the diagnostic examination.
BE6195- DOCTORAL COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION (1 - 0)Individual instruction, directed study, consultation, and comprehensive examination on a detailed prospectus of proposed dissertation research as well as an oral examination. Required of all doctoral students in the semester when they take the comprehensive examination. Prerequisite: BE 6194.
BE6197- RESEARCH IN BIOENGINEERING (1 - 0)Individually approved research projects leading to a doctoral dissertation in the area of biomedical engineering.
BE6297- RESEARCH IN BIOENGINEERING (2 - 0)Individually approved research projects leading to a doctoral dissertation in the area of biomedical engineering.
BE6395- INTERNSHIP IN BIOENGINEERING (3 - 0)Students are placed with a bioengineering company or a hospital to gain firsthand industrial or clinical engineering experience. The company or hospital assigns projects, and a faculty member monitors the student's progress. Students register for 3 (BE 6395), 6 (BE 6695), or 9 (BE 6995) credit hours during each semester. Prerequisite: completion of at least 9 graduate credit hours in BE and good standing in the graduate program.
BE6397- RESEARCH IN BIOENGINEERING (3 - 0)Individually approved research projects leading to a doctoral dissertation in the area of bioengineering.
BE6399- DISSERTATION (3 - 0)Preparation and submission of a doctoral dissertation in an area of bioengineering. Graded R/F only. Prerequisite: admission to candidacy for the Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering.
BE6499- DISSERTATION (4 - 0)Preparation and submission of a doctoral dissertation in an area of bioengineering. This course is only to be taken by students preparing a dissertation for submission that is supervised primarily by a University of Texas Southwestern Medical School faculty member and must be taken concurrently with a 5-hour dissertation course at that institution. To satisfy requirement that a P be awarded in a 9-hour dissertation course in their final semester of enrollment, a student must be concurrently enrolled in this course and the 5-hour dissertation course at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and receive a P in both courses at the end of that semester. If a P is not awarded in both classes, the two classes must be repeated until P grades are concurrently awarded.
BE6695- INTERNSHIP IN BIOENGINEERING (6 - 0)Students are placed with a bioengineering company or a hospital to gain firsthand industrial or clinical engineering experience. The company or hospital assigns projects, and a faculty member monitors the student's progress. Students register for 3 (BE 6395), 6 (BE 6695), or 9 (BE 6995) credit hours during each semester. Prerequisite: completion of at least 9 graduate credit hours in BE and good standing in the graduate program.
BE6697- RESEARCH IN BIOENGINEERING (6 - 0)Individually approved research projects leading to a doctoral dissertation in the area of bioengineering.
BE6699- DISSERTATION (6 - 0)Preparation and submission of a doctoral dissertation in an area of bioengineering. Graded R/F only. Prerequisite: admission to candidacy for the Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering.
BE6995- INTERNSHIP IN BIOENGINEERING (9 - 0)Students are placed with a bioengineering company or a hospital to gain firsthand industrial or clinical engineering experience. The company or hospital assigns projects, and a faculty member monitors the student's progress. Students register for 3 (BME 6395), 6 (BME 6695), or 9 (BME 6995) credit hours during each semester. Prerequisite: completion of at least 9 graduate credit hours in BE and good standing in the graduate program.
BE6999- DISSERTATION (9 - 0)Preparation and submission of a doctoral dissertation in an area of bioengineering. Graded P/R/F. Prerequisite: admission to candidacy for the Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering.
BE 5300D. Special Topics in Bioengineering
BE 5396D. Individual Laboratory Projects
BE 5363D. Digital Processing of Medical Images
BE 5306D. Biochemistry
BE 5307D. Human Anatomy Lectures
BE 5308D. Human Anatomy Laboratory
BE 5309D. Human Physiology
BE 5331D. Introduction to Orthopedic Mechanics
BE 5332D. Orthopedic Biomaterials.
BE 5680D. Mammalian Physiology
See the U.T. Southwestern Graduate Catalog for course descriptions.
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, including a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. The curriculum is offered jointly by the College of Engineering and the College of Science.
Bioengineers use quantitative methods and innovation to analyze and to solve problems in biology and medicine. Students choose the Bioengineering field to serve people, to partake in the challenge and 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 coursework in the basic sciences, core engineering, Bioengineering, 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.
The program prepares students as biomedical engineers 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.
See the U.T. Arlington Undergraduate Catalog for a more detailed description of this program.
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