Graduate Courses

BME 510: Biology for Biomedical Engineers (3 units)
Typically offered: Fall
Basic biological principles governing cellular processes and links to applications in medicine, engineering, and applied sciences.

BME 511: Physiology for Biomedical Engineering (3 units)
Typically offered: Spring
Fundamental concepts and principles in physiology relevant to the field of bioengineering and including a survey of materials necessary for an understanding of physiological principles. BME Core

BME 516: Biomedical Imaging (3 units)
Typically offered: Fall
Introduction to the mathematical, physical, engineering and biological principles important to a variety of biomedical imaging methods including optical imaging, x-ray imaging, CT, PET, SPECT and MRI. Graduate-level requirements include a written term paper and an oral presentation. See syllabus for complete course requirements and grading scale. BME Core Option

BME 517: Measurement and Data Analysis in Biomedical Engineering (3 units)
Typicall offered: Spring
Topics in biomedical instrumentation, sensors, physiological measurements, analog and digital signal processing, data acquisition, data reduction, statistical treatment of data, and safety issues. Course includes both lecture and structured laboratory components. Graduate-level requirements include building a biomedical instrument that implements a novel solution to a real-life problem. Examinations for graduate students will include additional essay questions that test ability to formulate creative solutions. Course includes both lecture and structured laboratory components. BME Core

BME 524: Contrast Agents, Molecular Imaging, and Kinetics (3 units)
Typically offered: Every other spring semester
Current topics in drug discovery and molecular imaging involve the integration of a series of research modalities. The pharmaceutical Industry uses these modalities in their developmental and regulatory efforts to attain new indications. As well, the medical device community is continually developing new techniques to enhance medical imaging for the earliest detection of disease. Furthermore, kinetic ADME studies (absorbtion, distribution, metabolism, and excretion) are required so as to determine the fate of these agents as an indicator of efficacy and toxicity.

BME 561: Biological and Synthetic Materials (3 units)
Typically offered: Fall
Discussion of structure and properties of biological materials and composites, such as bone, teeth and elastin. Synthetic materials as substitutes for biological materials, biocompatibility. Graduate-level requirements include additional computational and written exercises. BME Core Option

BME 566: Biomechanical Engineering (3 units)
Typically offered: Fall
Subjects selected yearly from: biosolids, biofluids, biotransport; physiological systems; bioheat transfer. Graduate-level requirements include a project and additional reading assignments. BME Core Option

BME 577: Introduction to Biomedical Informatics (3 units)
Typically offered: Spring
Driven by efforts to improve human health and healthcare systems, this course will cover relevant topics at the intersection of people, information, and technology. Specifically, we will survey the field of biomedical informatics that studies the effective uses of biomedical data, information, and knowledge from molecules and cellular processes to individuals and populations, for scientific inquiry, problem solving, and decision making. We will explore foundations and methods from both biomedical and computing perspectives, including hands-on experiences with systems, tools, and technologies in the healthcare system. Graduate students will be required to submit an additional assignment or project. BME Core Option

BME 586: Biomaterial-Tissue Interactions (3 units)
Typically offered: Fall
Biomaterials and their applications; protein-surface and blood-biomaterial interactions, inflammation, wound healing, biocompatibility, implants, and tissue engineering. Graduate-level requirements include: Three(3) journal club presentations and peer reviews for all presentations. Term paper requires extensive theoretical background and should be formatted to a grant proposal to external funding agencies such as NSF or NIH. BME Core Option

SHLS 649: Survial Skills and Ethics (2 units)
Typically offered: Spring
Provide students with skills to write/communicate effectively for a variety of scientific audiences; including scientific journals, funding institutions, potential employers as well as administration in academia and industry. BME Core

BME 630: Biomedical Optics and Biophotonics (3 units)
Typically offered: Fall
This course covers the basic optical principles, techniques, and instruments used in biomedical research and clinical medicine. It includes in-depth coverage of optical imaging and spectroscopy systems for biomedical research and clinical diagnosis, details of light interaction with tissue, and advanced optical therapeutic instruments and techniques. The course describes commercial devices and instruments as well as new devices and instruments under development for novel applications. This course is intended for advanced graduate students in optical sciences or engineering with a suitable background in optics and imaging.

BME 638: Advanced Medical Imaging (3 units)
Typically offered: Spring
Describes the physical principles behind the medical cross-sectional imaging modalities of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), ultrasound (US), positron emission tomography (PET), and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT).

BME 696A: Seminar (1 unit)
Typically offered: Fall
The development and exchange of scholarly information, usually in a small group setting. The scope of work shall consist of research by course registrants, with the exchange of the results of such research through discussion, reports, and/or papers.

BME 696C: Biomedical Engineering Student Forum (1 unit)
This course is an opportunity for students to exchange ideas, present research topics, and invite guest speakers

University of Arizona College of Engineering
Department of Biomedical Engineering 1127 E James E. Rogers Way P.O. Box 210020 Tucson, AZ 85721-0020