Concentrations

Concentrations are not required but are intended to provide students with the option to obtain a more focused education in a particular field of study or sub-topic within a given field. To satisfy the requirements for a concentration, students must select at least 4 courses from any of the categories listed below. At least two courses must be from Bioengineering. Below is a list of potential courses; the Graduate Group chair can approve other classes toward the Concentration.  If you would like a concentration listed on your transcript, please complete the “Concentration Request” form.

Biomedical Data Science and Computational Medicine

Employs concepts and infrastructure from computer science and broad-based principles from engineering, applied mathematics, physics, and chemistry, to navigate large data sets of biological information and model biomolecules to gain insight into complex biological systems.

Course options:

  • BE 597 Master’s Thesis
  • BE 504 Epigenomics BE
  • BE 521 Brain-Computer Interface
  • BE 530 Theoretical Neuroscience
  • BE 541 ENGR & Prin of Cancer
  • BE 559 Multiscale Modeling of Biological Systems
  • BE 566 Network Neuroscience
  • BE 568 Causality for Medicine and Biology
  • CIS 521 Artificial Intelligence
  • CIS 520 Machine Learning
  • CIS 545 Big Data Analytics
  • CBE 525 Molecular Modeling and Simulations
  • ESE 305 Foundations of Data Science
  • GCB 535 Introduction to Bioinformatics
  • GCB 536/BIOL 437 Computational Biology
  • GCB 537 Advanced Computational Biology

Biomedical Devices

Design of instruments, implants or other biotechnologies that are used to diagnose, prevent, or treat disease. They require design, fabrication, manufacturing and interfacing with biological systems.

Course options:

  • BE 597 Master’s Thesis
  • BE 502 From Biomedical Science to the Marketplace
  • BE 514 Rehab Engineering & Design
  • BE 518 Optical Microscopy
  • BE 521 Brain-Computer Interface
  • BE 551 Biomicrofluids
  • BE 570 Biomechatronics
  • ENGR 566 APOC Design
  • ESE 505/MEAM 513 Control of Systems
  • ESE 529 Introduction to MEMS and NEMS
  • MEAM 514 Design in Manufacturability
  • MEAM 520 Introduction to Robotics

Cellular/Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials

Engineering of synthetic and/or biological materials to support or manipulate cellular or tissue growth. Constructs are used to understand cell behavior, as tissue implants or as platforms for therapeutic applications.

Course options:

  • BE 597 Master’s Thesis
  • BE 540 Biomolec & Cellular Eng
  • BE 553 Tissue Eng/PR/MTHD/APP
  • BE 558 Prin of Biol Fabrication
  • BE 565 Systems Biology of Tissues and Organogenesis
  • BE 569 Systems Biology of Cell Signaling Behavior
  • BE 578 Principles of Controlled Release Systems
  • CBE 557 Stem Cells, Proteomics and Drug Delivery – Soft Matter Fundamentals
  • MEAM 514 Design in Manufacturability

Biomedical Imaging and Radiation Physics

Physics of medical and biological imaging modalities, the use and effects of radiation in imaging and therapy, methodologies for image acquisition and processing, development of computer-based imaging theory and analysis methods, and the development and use of contrast media and molecular imaging agents.

Course options:

  • BE 597 Master’s Thesis
  • BE 518 Optical Microscopy
  • BE 537 Biomed Image Analysis
  • BE 546 Fund Tech of Imaging I
  • BE 547 Fund Tech of Imaging II
  • BE 580 Medical Radiation ENG
  • BE 581 Tech-Mag Resonance Imaging
  • BE 583 Molecular Imaging
  • BE 584 Math of Med Image/Measure
  • BMB 601 Fundamentals of Magnetic Resonance
  • BMB 602 Imaging Biomarkers
  • BE 650 Adv Biomed Imag Applic
  • MMP 511 (Image Based Anatomy)
  • MMP 512 (Radiation Biology)
  • PHYS 529 Modern Optics

Systems and Synthetic Biology

Understanding the nature of molecular and cellular processes and how individual biological entities interact to produce function at the cellular and organism level. It also includes the development of new devices, biomolecules, or biomimetics to control or manipulate these interactions to introduce new functionality, improve function and/or impair function.

Course options:

  • BE 597 Master’s Thesis
  • BE 540 Biomolec & Cellular ENG
  • BE 541 ENGR & Prin of Cancer
  • BE 554 ENG Biotechnology
  • BE 558 Prin of Biol Fabrication
  • BE 559 Multiscale Modeling of Biological Systems
  • BE 565 Systems Biology of Tissues and Organogenesis
  • BE 567 Modeling Biol Systems
  • BE 568 Causality for Medicine and Biology
  • BE 569 Systems Biology of Cell Signaling Behavior
  • CBE 557 Stem Cells, Proteomics and Drug Delivery – Soft Matter Fundamentals
  • MEAM 663 Entropic Forces in Biomechanics

Neuroengineering

Neuroengineering involves the confluence of neuroscience, device development, computation, and mathematics in an effort to better understand, track, and modulate neural function in health, disease, and degeneration.

Course options:

  • BE 597 Master’s Thesis
  • BE 521 Brain-Computer Interface
  • BE 530 Theoretical Neuroscience
  • BE 566 Network Neuroscience
  • NGG 572 Electrical Language of Cells
  • NGG 573 Systems and Integrative Neuroscience

Multiscale Biomechanics

Understand how biomolecules, cells, tissues, or living subjects interact mechanically with their environment and to use this knowledge to understand disease and repair processes and/or to guide the design of technological solutions to rehabilitate subjects with injuries or disabilities.

Course options:

  • BE 597 Master’s Thesis
  • BE 510 Biomech & Biotrans
  • BE 514 Rehab Engineering & Design
  • BE 550 Continuum Mechanics
  • BE 570 Biomechatronics
  • BE 561 Musculoskeletal Biology and Bioengineering
  • MSE 650 Mechanics of Nano and Biomaterials

Therapeutics, Drug Delivery and Nanomedicine

Encompasses drug discovery, drug design, manufacturing, preparation of micro- and nanodelivery platforms, gene and cell therapy, innovations in targeting, controllable drug release, biodegradation and the mathematical modeling of these systems.

Course options:

  • BE 597 Master’s Thesis
  • BE 554 ENG Biotechnology
  • BE 555/CBE 555 Nanoscale Systems Biology
  • BE 562 Drug Discovery & Develop
  • BE 578 Principles of Controlled Release Systems
  • CBE 557 Stem Cells, Proteomics & Drug Delivery – Soft Matter Fundamentals
  • CBE 563 Dev & Manuf of Biopharm
  • CBE 564 Drug Delivery
  • IMUN 609 Vaccines and Immune Therapeutics