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B.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering

B.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering

The undergraduate biomedical engineering program at Khalifa University provides a solid foundation in both engineering and the life sciences.

The B.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering program integrates engineering and molecular and cellular biology into a single BME core (45 credits), in addition to the Mathematics/Science courses (32 credits), and General Studies courses (26 credits). Each student selects an Area of Specialization (12-16 credits) that provides more depth in a selected area of Biomedical Engineering. The instructional program is designed to impart knowledge of contemporary issues relevant to the health challenges in the UAE and at the forefront of biomedical engineering research in student-centered, collaborative learning environments.

The programs overall goal is to produce high quality engineers who will be leaders in their field and who are well equipped to pursue further graduate degrees, medical school, or professional careers.

Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.  

  • Graduates will meet the expectations of employers of Biomedical engineers.
  • Qualified graduates will pursue advanced study if they so desire.

Students graduating from the Department of Biomedical Engineering degree program will have the following abilities:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. 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.
  4. an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. an ability to communicate effectively.
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Biomedical Engineers  apply engineering principles and design concepts to medicine and biology in order to improve the quality of human health and life. They are employed in

  • health services (hospitals and clinics)
  • healthcare and device industries
  • research departments/institutes
  • governmental regulatory agencies
  • bioinstrumentation
  • biomechanics
  • genetic engineering
  • regenerative medicine
  • clinical engineering
  • systems physiology

 

To be recommended for the degree of B.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering, students must satisfactorily complete the courses in the specified categories as set out below. The categories cover an extended set of requirements, including the Biomedical Engineering core requirements and Area of Specialization. The program includes a total of 140 credits of required coursework.

General Education Requirements
College of Engineering Requirements

Math/Science Requirement (8 credits)

To satisfy the College of Engineering requirements, Biomedical Engineering requires the following additional Math and Science courses.

Course Code Course Name Credits
MATH 213 Probability and Statistics for Engineers 4 cr. 
CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry 4 cr. 

Course Requirements (64 credits)

Courses for the B. Sc. in Biomedical Engineering have been divided into two categories: Core requirements (41 credits) provide the foundational material and capstone design and internship experience; they are required for all BME students. Technical electives (20 credits) provide depth in targeted technical areas; they are used to fulfill the Area of Specialization and the technical-elective requirement. BME students have to also take 3 additional free-elective credits.

BME Core Courses (41 credits)

Course Code Course Name Credits
BMED 202 Biomedical Engineering Fundamentals 4 cr.
BMED 211 Physiological Systems and Modeling I 4 cr. 
BMED 212 Physiological Systems and Modeling II 4 cr.
BMED 321 Mechanics for Biomedical Engineers 4 cr.
BMED 331 Biotransport Phenomena 4 cr.
BMED 341 Molecular and Cellular Physiology I 4 cr.
BMED 342 Molecular and Cellular Physiology II 4 cr.
BMED 351 Biomedical Circuits and Signals 4 cr.
BMED 352 Fundamentals of Biomedical Signal Processing 4 cr.
ENGR 399 Biomedical Engineering Internship 1 cr.
BMED 497 Senior Design Project I 4 cr.
BMED 498 Senior Design Project II 4 cr.

Biomedical Engineering Technical Electives Requirements - 16 credits

BME students need to select 4 Technical Electives from the following list:

Course Code Course Name Credits
BMED 322 Functional Biomechanics (2-4-4)
CHEM 311* Biochemistry (3-3-4)
BMED 411* Biomaterials (3-3-4)
BMED 412* Regenerative Medicine (3-3-4)
BMED 413 Application of Bio-molecular Tools (2-4-4)
BMED 430 Bioinformatics (2-4-4)
BMED 421* Physiological Control Systems (2-4-4)
BMED 422* Rehabilitation Engineering (2-4-4)
BMED 495 Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering  

In the future, it is expected that additional Areas of Specialization will be offered as per faculty specialties and available workload and as per student and employer interests. Courses with * are linked and the choice of technical electives must be done in accordance with pre- and co- requisites to each course.

Additional Free Electives – 3 credits

BME students have 3 additional free-elective credits beyond the General Education requirements for a total of 9 Free Electives credits required for graduation.

Undergraduate Research in Biomedical Engineering

Students are provided research opportunities in the laboratories of the BME faculty members.  These research experiences can receive course credit using the BME Independent Study courses. These courses can be used as Free Electives. At most 9 credits of Independent Study may be used for graduation.

BME Independent Study Courses  Credits
BMED 291 Independent Study I  1-4
BMED 391 Independent Study II  1-4
BMED 491 Independent Study III  1-4

The following is a list of courses offered by the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Khalifa University.

BMED 202 - Biomedical Engineering Fundamentals (2-4-4)

Prerequisite: ENGR 111
Co-requisites: MATH 211, PHYS 122

The primary objective of this course is to study the conservation laws of mass, energy, charge, and momentum as applied to problems in biomedical engineering.

BMED 211 - Physiological Systems and Modeling I (2-4-4)
Prerequisite: ENGR 112
Co-requisite: BMED 202; MATH 211

The primary objective of this course is to introduce to students on how to use mathematical modeling to describe homeostasis phenomena in human physiology at the protein, cell and organ level. Introducing the basics in control process as well as the concepts of model formulation, validation, and simulation will also be established. Chemical kinetics, transport equations and feedback systems will be the main focus in this course.

BMED 212 - Physiological Systems and Modeling II (2-4-4)
Prerequisite: BMED 211

The primary objective of this course is to apply the principles and concepts used in BMED 211 (Physiological Systems and Modeling I) to model the physiology of neuronal signaling, muscle, cardiovascular and respiratory systems. The course introduces these physiological systems, coupled with modeling techniques and mathematics of higher complexity. The models will be employed to relate to pathophysiology of the respective systems.

BMED 291 - Independent Study I (Variable course credits from 1 to 4)
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing and approval of the department

This course gives an undergraduate student the opportunity to participate in an individual or group oriented project, study and/or research study under direction of a faculty member. A formal report is required.

BMED 321 Mechanics for Biomedical Engineers (3-2-4)
Prerequisite: BMED 202; MATH 211

This is an introductory course in engineering mechanics. The primary objective is to give students an understanding of the basic principles of statics (equilibrium), dynamics (kinematics and kinetics) and strength of materials (stress, strain, mechanical properties) as applied to problems in biomedical engineering.

BMED 322 - Functional Biomechanics (2-4-4)
Prerequisites: BMED 212; BMED 321

A study of the biomechanical principles underlying the kinetics and kinematics of normal and abnormal human motion.  Emphasis is placed on the interaction between biomechanical and physiologic factors (bone, joint, connective tissue and muscle physiology and structure) in skeleto-motor function and the application of such in testing and practice in rehabilitation.

BMED 331 Biotransport Phenomena (3-2-4)
Co-requisite: BMED 212; MATH 211

The primary objective of this course is to study the fundamental principles of fluid, heat, and mass transfer with particular emphasis on physiological and biomedical systems.  The course also explores the similarities between the fundamental principles of momentum, heat, and mass transfer and develops the mathematical description.

BMED 341 - Molecular and Cellular Physiology I (2-5-4)
Prerequisite: CHEM 211
Co-requisite: BMED 212

This course provide students with an advanced understanding of current topics and techniques in molecular biology, while developing skills in critical thinking and written expression. The goal of this course is to develop a comprehensive understanding of the basic fundamental concepts of molecular biology. This will be achieved both from the perspective of established molecular mechanisms for regulating the fundamental processes of a cell, and also from a technical laboratory-based applied perspective for using molecular biology as an experimental tool.

BMED 342 - Molecular and Cellular Physiology II (3-3-4)
Prerequisite: BMED 341

The primary objective of this course is to emphasize the study of eukaryotic cell structure and function, including bioenergetics, membrane transport, cellular communication, flow of genetic information, immune responses and cell division.  Experimental techniques used in understanding cell biology will be discussed along with the cellular basis of human disease.

BMED 351 - Biomedical Circuits and Signals (3-3-4)
Prerequisite: BMED 212; PHYS 122

The primary objective of this course is to study analogue, digital electronic circuits and their application to biomedical instrumentation and physiological measurements. The course will focus strongly on electronic hardware and software design issues required to produce medical instruments, which satisfy International standards for safety, performance and quality control. Students will be equipped with the fundamental knowledge required to design Biosignal processing system.

BMED 352 - Biomedical Systems and Signal Processing (3-3-4)
Prerequisite: BMED 351

The primary objective of this course is to study analogue and digital signal processing techniques and microcomputer system, and their application to biomedical instrumentation and physiological measurements. This course is designed for students who are expected to have prior knowledge in circuits and physiological system modelling. The main focus is on the technical aspects of biosignal processing and its hardware implementation in medical instruments.

BMED 391 - Independent Study II (Variable course credits from 1 to 4)
Prerequisite: Junior standing and approval of the department

This course gives an undergraduate student the opportunity to participate in an individual or group oriented project, study and/or research study under direction of a faculty member. A formal report is required.

BMED 411 - Biomaterials (3-3-4)
Prerequisite: BMED 331
Co-requisites: BMED 342; BMED 322; CHEM 311

Introduction to the field of biomaterials used in the design of medical devices, and to augment or replace soft and hard tissues. Discussion of bulk properties, applications, and in vivo behavior of different classes of natural and synthetic biomaterials. Analysis of biological response and biocompatibility, degradation and failure processes of implantable biomaterials/devices. This course involves a significant amount of hands-on work in order to perform detailed characterization of biomaterials and it revolves around two main projects.

BMED 412 - Regenerative Medicine (3-3-4)
Prerequisite: BMED 331
Co-requisites: BMED 342; CHEM 311

The purpose of the course is to provide a basic grounding in the principles and practice of regenerative medicine, this course will cover basic molecular and developmental biology relevant to the understanding of differentiation and development at the molecular, cellular and organismal levels.

BMED 413 - Application of Bio-molecular Tools (2-4-4)

Prerequisite: CHEM 211; BMED341

This course will focus on delivery of the principles of genomics, genetic epidemiology and DNA-based marker assisted testing.   It will reinforce the basic principles of these disciplines with emphasis on case studies from forensic science, health science, food science and conservation to deliver a course with an emphasis on developing a student’s practical and problem solving skills.

BMED 421 - Physiological Control Systems (2-4-4)
Prerequisite: BMED 352
Co-requisite: BMED 322

The primary objective of this course is to expose students to the design of physiological control systems from engineering viewpoints. States of "health" versus "disease" as explained from the standpoint of physiological control system function (or dysfunction) will be studied.

BMED 422 - Rehabilitation Engineering (3-3-4)
Prerequisite: BMED 322
Co-requisite: BMED 352

This is a project-based course that focuses via literature search and experimental work on the rehabilitative and neural aspects of biomedical engineering, including human performance measurement and analysis, nerve stimulation, electromyography, motor control and stimulation; Students also learn abouthardware and software applications for rehabilitation engineering and assistive devices.

BMED 430     Bioinformatics (2-4-4)

Prerequisite:    ENGR 112, MATH 211

This course aims to introduce future engineers to bioinformatics tools and analysis methods. Fundamental and current topics in bioinformatics, genomics and proteomics will be highlighted through lectures and literature reviews, that simultaneously develop critical thinking and oral presentations of students. Students will also familiarize themselves with the R project for statistical computing.

BMED 491 - Independent Study III (Variable course credits from 1 to 4)
Prerequisite: Senior standing and approval of the department

This course gives an undergraduate student the opportunity to participate in an individual or group oriented project, study and/or research study under direction of a faculty member. A formal report is required.

BMED 495     Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering

Prerequisite:    Topic Specific

This course mainly deals with new trends in Biomedical Engineering and emerging technologies. Course is repeatable if title and content differ.

BMED 497 - Biomedical Engineering Senior Design I (1-9-4)
Prerequisite: Senior standing or approval of department

Participation in team projects dealing with design and development of a product or a system. Number of project will be offered each year by the different departments, some of which will have a multi-disciplinary nature. This will be an opportunity to exercise initiative, engineering judgment, self-reliance and creativity, in a team environment similar to industry. The design projects require students to draw upon their engineering background, experience, and other pertinent resources. Oral and written presentations are required.

BMED 498 - Biomedical Engineering Senior Design II (0-12-4)
Prerequisite: BMED 497

This course is a continuation of BMED 497.

Year 1  ENGL 111  English Communication I  4cr. ENGL 112  English Communication II  4cr.
MATH 111  Calculus I  4cr. MATH 112  Calculus II  4cr.
CHEM 115 Introduction to General Chemistry for Engineers  4cr. PHYS 121  University Physics I  4cr.
ENGR 111  Engineering Design  4cr. ENGR 112  Introduction to Computing  4cr.
Year 2     MATH 211 Differential Equations and Linear Algebra 4cr. Humanities and Social Sciences 3cr.
PHYS 122 University Physics II  4cr. BMED 212 Physiological Systems and Modeling II  4cr.
BMED 202 Biomedical Engineering Fundamentals  4cr. CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry  4cr.
BMED 211 Physiological Systems and Modeling I  4cr. MATH 213 Probability and Statistics for Engineers 4cr.
    Free Elective  3cr.
Summer  Humanities and Social Sciences  3cr.    
Year 3     ENGR 311 Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Engineering Design  4cr. BUSS 201 Fundamental of Accounting and Finance  3cr.
BMED 341 Molecular and Cellular Physiology I  4cr. BMED 331 Biotransport Phenomena 4cr.
BMED 351 Biomedical Circuits and Signals 4cr. BMED 342 Molecular and Cellular Physiology II  4cr.
BMED 321 Mechanics for Biomedical Engineers  4cr. BMED 351 Biomedical Circuits and Signals 4cr.
  3cr. Humanities and Social Sciences 3cr.
Summer  ENGR 399 Internship  1cr.    
Year 4 Humanities and Social Sciences 3cr. BUSS 301 Inside Organizations  3cr.
Technical Elective    4cr. Technical Elective  4cr.
BMED 497 Senior Design Project I  4cr. BMED 498 Senior Design Project  II  4cr.
Technical Elective  4cr. Technical Elective  4cr.
Free Elective  3cr. Free Elective 3cr.

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