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B.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering

B.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering

The BSc in Biomedical Engineering provides a solid foundation in both engineering and the life sciences. The curriculum integrates engineering and molecular and cellular biology into a single biomedical engineering core. In addition, each student selects an area of specialization 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 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 with a BSc in Biomedical Engineering degree will attain the following:

  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. A recognition of the need for 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

Degree Requirements

To be recommended for graduation with a BSc in Biomedical Engineering degree, students must satisfactorily complete the courses in the specified categories as set out below. The categories cover the University General Education Requirements (GER, 43 credits), College of Engineering Requirements (CER, 27 credits), as well as the Biomedical Engineering Core and Technical/Free Electives requirements. The program includes a total of 138 credits of required coursework.

Additional Math/Science Requirements (12 credits)

To satisfy the College of Engineering requirements, the BSc in Biomedical Engineering requires the following four Math and Science courses in addition to the Math/Sciences required in GER: CHEM115, PHYS121, PHYS122, MATH111, and MATH 112.

Course Code Course Name Credits
MATH204 Linear Algebra 3 cr.
MATH206 Differential Equations 3 cr.
MATH242 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 3 cr.
BIOL101 Biology 3 cr.

Biomedical Engineering Core Requirements (50 credits)

Course Code Course Name Credits
BMED202 Biomedical Engineering Fundamentals 4 cr.
BMED211 Physiological Systems and Modeling I 4 cr.
BMED212 Physiological Systems and Modeling II 4 cr.
BMED321 Mechanics for Biomedical Engineers 4 cr.
BMED322 Functional Biomechanics 4 cr.
BMED331 Biotransport Phenomena 3 cr.
BMED341 Molecular and Cellular Physiology I 4 cr.
BMED342 Molecular and Cellular Physiology II 4 cr.
BMED351 Biomedical Circuits and Systems 4 cr.
BMED352 Fundamentals of Biomedical Signal Processing 4 cr.
ENGR399 Biomedical Engineering Internship 1 cr.
BMED497 Senior Design Project I 3 cr.
BMED498 Senior Design Project II 3 cr.
CHEM211 Organic Chemistry 4 cr.

Biomedical Engineering Technical Electives (12 credits)

The following is a sample list of courses that will satisfy the technical electives in the BSc in Biomedical Engineering.

Course Code Course Name
BMED411 Biomaterials
BMED412 Regenerative Medicine
BMED413 Application of Bio-molecular Tools
BMED421 Physiological Control Systems
BMED422 Rehabilitation Engineering
BMED423 Biorobotics and Medical Devices
BMED430 Bioinformatics
BMED495 Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering
CHEM311 Biochemistry

Additional Free Electives (6 credits)

BSc in Biomedical Engineering students have six additional free-elective credits beyond the College of Engineering requirements for a total of nine Free Electives credits required for graduation.

Undergraduate Research in Biomedical Engineering

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

Credits BMED Independent Study Courses
1–3 cr. Independent Study I BMED291
1–3 cr. Independent Study II BMED391
1–3 cr. Independent Study III BMED491

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.

  Fall   Spring  
Year 1  ENGL111 Academic Communication I 4 cr. ENGL112 Academic Communication II 4 cr.
MATH111 Calculus I 4 cr. MATH112 Calculus II 4 cr.
CHEM115 General Chemistry I 4 cr. PHYS121 University Physics I 4 cr.
ENGR111 Engineering Design 4 cr. ENGR112 Introduction to Computing with C++ 4 cr.
Summer         
Year 2     MATH206 Differential Equations 3 cr. MATH242 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 3 cr.
PHYS122 University Physics II 4 cr. MATH204 Linear Algebra 3 cr.
BMED202 Biomedical Engineering Fundamentals 4 cr. BMED212 Physiological Systems and Modeling II 4 cr.
BMED211 Physiological Systems and Modeling I 4 cr. CHEM211 Organic Chemistry 4 cr.
BIOL101 Biology 3 cr. BUSSXXX Business Elective 3 cr.
Summer         
Year 3     ENGR311 Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Engineering Design 4 cr. BMED322 Functional Biomechanics 4 cr.
BMED321 Mechanics for Biomedical Engineers 4 cr. BMED331 Biotransport Phenomena 3 cr.
BMED341 Molecular and Cellular Physiology I 4 cr. BMED342 Molecular and Cellular Physiology II 4 cr.
BMED351 Biomedical Circuits and Systems 4 cr. BMED352 Fundamentals of Biomedical Signal Processing 4 cr.
HUMAXXX Humanities and Social Sciences* 3 cr. Free Elective 3 cr.
Summer  ENGR399 Engineering Internship 1 cr.
Year 4 BMED497 Senior Design Project I 3 cr. BMED498 Senior Design Project II 3 cr.
HUMAXXX Humanities and Social Sciences* 3 cr. Technical Elective 3 cr.
Technical Elective 3 cr. Technical Elective 3 cr.
Technical Elective  3 cr. Free Elective 3 cr.
Free Elective  3 cr. BUSSXXX Business Elective 3 cr.
HUMAXXX Humanities and Social Sciences* 3 cr.    
Total Credit Hours 138

*At least one Islamic Studies course must be taken from the Humanities Electives to meet graduation requirements.

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