Biomedical Engineering Minor Program

Curriculum (effective Fall 2021)

A minimum of 16 units of which 9 units must come from the upper division level.  

Required Courses (10 units):                                                                                                               

BIOL 2040         Human Physiology (4)         

EE / ME 2801      Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (3)   

Select one of the following based on your Major:

EE 3810            Sensors, Data Acquisition, and Instrumentation with Applications in BME  (3)   (ME / EE Majors)


CS 3337           Software Engineering (3)    (CS Majors)                                                                                 

Elective courses (6 units):

Select two courses from one of the following groups related to your Major:


ME 4500             Biomechanics (3)                                                                                            

ME 4510             Biomaterials (3)                                                                                            

ME 4590             Rehabilitation Design & Internship (3)                                                                              

ME 4990             Directed Study (3)

Bioelectrical Signals, Devices, and Systems

EE 4630           Machine Learning Principles and Application (3)

EE 4810           Biomedical Devices (3)

EE 4820           Biomedical Signal Processing (3)                                                                               

EE 4990          Directed Study (3)                                                                                         

Biomedical Software Engineering

BINF 4000       Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (3)

CS 4540          Topics in Advanced Computer Science (3)

CS 4550          Computer Graphics (3)

CS 4660          Artificial Intelligence (3)

CS 4661          Introduction to Data Science (3)


Course Descriptions (units)

Required Courses:

BIOL 2040 - Human Physiology (4)
Prerequisite: BIOL 2030 or ME / EE 2801. Students will focus on basic physiological mechanisms underlying human life processes.  Topics to be covered include the integumentary system, skeletal, muscular, nervous, digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphoid, urinary, reproductive and endocrine systems. Lecture 3 hours per week, Lab 3 hours per week.

EE 2049 – Electrical Measurements and Circuits Laboratory (1)
Prerequisite: EE 2040 or ME 2040.  Characteristics and limitations of electrical instrumentation and experimental verification of the laws of electrical circuits.

EE / ME 2801 – Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (3)
Prerequisite: None. Introduction to the field of biomedical engineering; exposure to applications in biomedical engineering and various subfields of biomedical engineering, including biomechanics, rehabilitation engineering, biomedical devices, biosignal processing, and biomedical software engineering; responsible conduct in biomedical research; entrepreneurship in biomedical engineering. 

EE 3810 – Sensors, Data Acquisition and Instrumentation with Applications in Biomedical Engineering (3)
Prerequisite: EE 2049.  Commonly used sensor technologies and measurements in engineering systems, hardware interfaces, data collection; practical applications of sensors and instrumentation in biomedical engineering.  Note: Fullfills G.E. block B2 requirement for engineering majors.


Elective Courses:

BINF 4000 – Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (3)
Prerequisites: BIOL 1100 and CS 2011 (or CIS 2830); upper division or graduate level standing. Theory and application of software programs that analyze genes and proteins; creation of programs designed to search databases and align sequences. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours.

CS 3337 – Software Engineering (3)

Prerequisite: CS 2013. Corequisite: ENGL 2030. Methodologies and tools for requirements analysis and design of large complex software system; process models, project planning, tracking, documentation, communication, and quality assurance; group laboratory project; oral and written presentations. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours.

CS 4540 – Topics in Advanced Computer Science (3)

Current topics of special interest to students in computer science, as announced in Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of 20 units of credit as topic changes.

CS 4550 – Computer Graphics (3)

Prerequisites: CS 3112, MATH 2550. Programming in object oriented graphics environment implementing primitive operations in two and three dimensions; image modeling using affine transformations; polygonal meshes and other topics. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours.

CS 4660 – Artificial Intelligence (3)

Prerequisite: CS 3112. Knowledge representation; problem solving strategies and search algorithms; applications from such areas as theorem proving, expert systems, natural language processing, robotics, and pattern recognition.

CS 4661 – Introduction to Data Science (3)

Prerequisite: CS 3112. Algorithms, tools, and techniques for extracting knowledge or insight from large-scale data, and use it for future purposes such as prediction, classification, and visualization.

EE 4630 – Machine Learning Principles and Application (3)

Prerequisites: EE 3020, EE 3040. Review of linear algebra and probability theory, statistical inference, feature extraction, clustering, classification, independent component analysis, time series modeling, regression analysis, curve fitting, model extraction, neural networks, fuzzy logic.

EE 4810 – Biomedical Devices (3)
Prerequisites: EE 2040, EE 3810. Introduction to engineering of biomedical devices; use of electronic circuit design in medical instrumentation with a focus on implantable devices; electronic device design of neural prostheses and signal conditioning circuitry.

EE 4820 – Biomedical Signal Processing (3)
Prerequisites: EE 3020, EE 3810. Signal processing techniques to analyze bioelectrical signals for biomedical applications, such as diagnostics of neurological disorders and development of neurostimulation therapies.

EE 4990 – Undergraduate Directed Study (3)
Prerequisites: Permission needed by department. Project selected in conference with the sponsor before registration; progress meeting held regularly, and a final report submitted. 

ME 4500 – Biomechanics (3)
Prerequisites: ME 2050, ME 3200. Application of mechanical principles on living things, statics and dynamics of human activities, study of biomechanical mechanisms and structures, and mechanics of materials and tissues.

ME 4510 – Biomaterials (3)
Prerequisites: CHEM 1040, ME 2070, ME 2050. Materials for biomedical applications, their chemical structures, physical and mechanical properties and processing, bio-reaction with biomaterials, bio-integration, implantation, inflammation, immune response, thrombosis, and calcification.

ME 4590 – Rehabilitation Design & Internship (3)

Prerequisite: ME 3200. Corequisite: ME 3210 or 4210. Introduction to Rehabilitation & Biomedical Engineering utilizing cutting-edge analysis and measurement tools to apply students’ skills to maximize independence and enhance activities of people with disabilities. This course requires Service-Learning.

ME 4990 – Undergraduate Directed Study (3)
Prerequisites: Permission needed by department. Project selected in conference with the sponsor before registration; progress meeting held regularly, and a final report submitted.