2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog

Bioengineering

Great advances have recently been made in the fields of genetics/molecular biology as well as predictive engineering analysis and design, both enabled by rapid progress in computational sophistication. As a consequence, the highly interdisciplinary applied science of bioengineering has emerged as a critical core curriculum.

The bioengineering program at CLU integrates engineering, biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, exercise science, and physics with a liberal arts foundation to provide graduates with the knowledge and qualifications needed to enter the fields of health care, medicine, manufacturing, electronics, agriculture and materials, or to continue study toward advanced degrees or professional certification.

The interdisciplinary bioengineering program is centered on a mechanistic understanding of the life sciences and builds upon fundamental molecular, genomic and cellular principles to address challenges and opportunities involving, for example, medical devices, implants and sensors, tissue engineering, bioinformatics and imaging. Specific topics that are addressed include biomaterials and tissue engineering, biosystems analysis and control, biomechanics, bioinformatics, biosensors and imaging, bioinstrumentation, ethics and biochemistry.

Furthermore, the bioengineering program comprises three focus areas as illustrated in the figure above:

  • bioinformatics
  • bioelectronics/devices
  • biomaterials/biomechanics.

Students are able to select a specific area of interest based upon their choice of upper division bioengineering classes.

Bioengineering students at CLU are given multiple opportunities to develop practical, hands-on skills for their careers, emphasizing techniques and practices for acquiring and interpreting data from biological systems. Inquiry-based undergraduate student research is a central component of the bioengineering program, with a focus on the critical analysis of the issues that arise at the interfaces between living and non-living materials. All seniors undertake an independent design project that includes optimized solutions and designs.

The bioengineering program is fully supported by an array of experimental laboratories for classroom and design projects. Coupled with these are sophisticated computer-aided design (CAD) capabilities for predictive modeling of the structure and performance of three-dimensional systems. Together, these capabilities provide the bioengineering students with the powerful ability to develop and refine predictive models to solve complex problems. Finally, bioengineering students are frequently involved in interactive projects requiring integration of these interdisciplinary topics, which prepares them both for personal growth as well as a rewarding career.

Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering

39 credits minimum, 24 credits upper division.

BIEN 210/210LIntroduction to Engineering
   and Introduction to Engineering Lab
4
BIEN 220Introduction to Bioengineering/Lab4
BIEN 450/450Seminar
   and Seminar (2 units of BIEN 450)
2
BIEN 495Capstone2
BIOL 121Introduction to Cells and Organisms3
BIOL 122Introduction to Metabolism, Genes and Development3
BIOL 123LIntroduction to Biological Experimentation I2
or BIOL 124L Introduction to Biological Experimentation II
BIOL 461/461LVertebrate Physiology
   and Vertebrate Physiology Lab
4
Select four of the following:15-16
Biomaterials/Tissue Engineering/Lab
Biosensors and Imaging
Biosystems Analysis and Control
Selected Topics (Neurobiology)
Bioinformatics-Analytical
Quantitative Analysis
   and Quantitative Analysis Lab
Chemical Instrumentation
   and Chemical Instrumentation Lab
Biochemistry
   and Biochemistry Lab
Bioinformatics-Computational
Mechanics of Biosystems - Calculus
Bioethics
Applied Electronics
   and Applied Electronics Lab
Digital Electronics
Total Hours39-40

 

Required Supporting Courses

CHEM 151General Chemistry4
CHEM 151LGeneral Chemistry Lab1
CHEM 152General Chemistry II4
CHEM 152LGeneral Chemistry II Lab1
CHEM 201/201LElementary Organic Chemistry
   and Elementary Organic Chemistry Lab
4
CSC/SCI 205Programming for Scientists4
or CSC 210 Introduction to Computer Programming
MATH 251Calculus I4
MATH 252Calculus II4
MATH 261Calculus III4
MATH 265Differential Equations4
MATH 352Probability and Statistics I4
PHYS 201/201LMechanics and Thermodynamics-Algebra
   and Mechanics and Thermodynamics-Algebra Lab
4-5
or PHYS 211/211L Mechanics and Thermodynamics-Calculus
PHYS 202/202LElectricity, Magnetism, and Optics - Algebra
   and Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics - Algebra Lab
4-5
or PHYS 212/212L Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics - Calculus
Total Hours46-48

Recommended Courses

BIOL 341/341LComparative Anatomy
   and Comparative Anatomy Lab
4
BIOL 361/361LMicrobiology
   and Microbiology Lab
4
MATH 343Linear Algebra4
MATH 450Complex Analysis4
Total Hours16

 

 

Minor in Bioengineering

20 credits minimum, 11 credits upper division.

BIEN 220Introduction to Bioengineering/Lab4
BIOL 122Introduction to Metabolism, Genes and Development3
BIOL 124LIntroduction to Biological Experimentation II2
Select two of the following:8
Biomaterials/Tissue Engineering/Lab
Biosensors and Imaging
Biosystems Analysis and Control
Bioinformatics-Analytical
Bioinformatics-Computational
Select remaining upper division credits from the following:3
Selected Topics (Neurobiology)
Quantitative Analysis
   and Quantitative Analysis Lab
Chemical Instrumentation
   and Chemical Instrumentation Lab
Biochemistry
   and Biochemistry Lab
Mechanics of Biosystems - Calculus
Bioethics
Applied Electronics
   and Applied Electronics Lab
Digital Electronics
Total Hours20

 


Courses

Lower Division

BIEN 210. Introduction to Engineering. (4).

An introduction to the basic concepts of engineering - analysis, design, modeling, systems theory, control. Topics include electronics, mechanics, materials with a brief overview of bioengineering.

BIEN 210L. Introduction to Engineering Lab. (0).

BIEN 220. Introduction to Bioengineering/Lab. (4).

The second semester continuation of BIEN 210, emphasizing the application of engineering analysis and design principles to life sciences. Topics include analytical techniques, characterization and analysis, systems analysis. Biomechanics, biocompatibility, hydrodynamics and bioelectronics are introduced.

BIEN 282. Selected Topics. (1-4).

Upper Division

BIEN 320. Introduction to Robotics. (4).

An introductory study of field of robotics - devices designed and programmed to perform various tasks. Topics include: hardware design (mechanical and electronic); software design; power subsystems; sensors; actuators; effectors; applications; comparison to biological systems; safety; societal impact and ethics. Students will study theory (lecture component) and build/program a robot (laboratory component).

BIEN 401. Biomaterials/Tissue Engineering/Lab. (4).

A study of the fundamental relationships between the physical and biological properties of ceramics, metals, polymers, their composites and their microstructures. Topics include methods of synthesis, 3D scaffolds, crystallography, constitutive relationships and failure criteria, biocompatibility criteria, case studies. Interfaces and their characterization are studied in depth. Prerequisites: BIEN 210, BIEN 220 or consent of instructor.

BIEN 402. Biosensors and Imaging. (4).

An introduction to the central concepts of sensing, feedback and control in biological applications, addressing mechanical, thermal, hydrodynamic, electromagnetic and chemical/biological stimuli and detection. Analog/digital conversion and signal conditioning across multiple length, spectral and temporal domains. Signal processing techniques are treated in depth. Prerequisites: BIEN 210, BIEN 220 or consent of instructor.

BIEN 403. Biosystems Analysis and Control. (4).

The development of biological systems analysis and open/closed loop control with an emphasis on techniques and software for predictive modeling. Optimization of the performance of biosystems comprising multiple, parallel processes will be addressed, with an emphasis on electrical and chemical control systems. Prerequisites: BIEN 210, BIEN 220, PHYS 309 or consent of instructor.

BIEN 450. Seminar. (1).

Key topics of interest aimed at familiarizing first- and second-year bioengineering students with key areas of study at the upper division level. External speakers will be utilized to introduce contemporary bioengineering topics to students in a seminar protocol.

BIEN 482. Selected Topics. (1-4).

BIEN 482L. Selected Topics Lab. (0).

BIEN 490. Independent Study. (1-4).

BIEN 492. Internship. (1-4).

BIEN 495. Capstone. (2).

Investigation, analysis and summary of a basic question or problem statement developed by the student arising from related courses and personal interests. The student is encouraged to explore open-ended questions that involve original thinking and the application of knowledge gained during the undergraduate experience. Prerequisite: senior standing.

BIEN 497. Bioengineering Departmental Honors. (4).

Professors

Marcey
Revie
Shaw

Associate professors

LeBlanc
Long
Reinhart

Instructor

Rumer