Biomedical Engineering (BME)

Courses

BME 1600. BME Design 0. 0 or 2 Credits.

Introduction to the biodesign methodology. Hands-on design experiences that emphasize inter-disciplinary teamwork, technical communication, and engineering ethics.

BME 1990. Special Topics. 1-18 Credits.

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BME 1991. Internship. 1-3 Credits.

On-site supervised work experience combined with a structured academic learning plan directed by a faculty member or a faculty-staff team in which a faculty member is the instructor of record, for which academic credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

BME 1993. Independent Study. 1-18 Credits.

A course which is tailored to fit the interests of a specific student, which occurs outside the traditional classroom/laboratory setting under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

BME 2000. Core 1: Biomechanics & Sensing. 0 or 6 Credits.

Studio-style course that fuses lecture with project-based learning and laboratory exercises. Covers force and torque vectors, systems in equilibrium, physical properties of human body segments and biological systems, kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies, stress and strain of solid materials, circuits and instrumentation. Prerequisites: C- or better in MATH 1248, and PHYS 1500.

BME 2050. Core 2: Materials & Transport. 0 or 6 Credits.

Studio-style course that fuses lecture with project-based learning and laboratory exercises. Covers materials related to medical devices, the biological reaction to implanted medical devices, and associated failure mechanisms. Diffusive and convective mass transport in biochemical interactions, oxygen transport, cell adhesion/signaling, drug and macromolecule transport. Prerequisites: BME 2000, BHSC 1340.

BME 2600. BME Design 1. 0 or 1 Credits.

Introduction to ISO standards, FDA, quality control, and regulatory processes. Case studies of BME Capstone Design I teams. Prerequisite: BME 1600 or equivalent.

BME 2650. BME Design 2. 0 or 1 Credits.

Introduction to verification/validation testing. Case studies of BME Capstone Design II teams. Prerequisite: BME 2600.

BME 2990. Special Topics. 1-18 Credits.

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BME 2991. Internship. 1-18 Credits.

On-site supervised work experience combined with a structured academic learning plan directed by a faculty member or a faculty-staff team in which a faculty member is the instructor of record, for which academic credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

BME 2993. Independent Study. 1-18 Credits.

A course which is tailored to fit the interests of a specific student, which occurs outside the traditional classroom/laboratory setting under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

BME 2994. Teaching Assistantship. 1-3 Credits.

Undergraduate student service as a teaching assistant, usually in an introductory-level course in the discipline, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

BME 2995. Undergraduate Research. 1-18 Credits.

Undergraduate student work on individual or small team research projects under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

BME 2996. College Honors. 3-6 Credits.

Honors studies leading to a thesis.

BME 3000. Core 3: Systems & Signals. 0 or 6 Credits.

Studio-style course that fuses lecture with project-based learning and laboratory exercises. Covers linear modeling of biological systems with mechanical, electrical, fluidic, and thermal elements, continuous/discrete-time descriptions of signals and linear systems, fourier and Laplace analysis and feedback systems, collection and processing of signals and images. Prerequisite: BME 2050. Pre/Co-requisite: MATH 3201.

BME 3410. Biomaterials Engineering. 3 Credits.

A materials science and engineering approach is used to explore the structure-function relationships of natural and bio-inspired materials for various engineering applications. The emphasis is on mechanical design and function. The medical applications of biomaterials will be discussed. Prerequisites: ME 2110 or BME 3600. Cross-listed with: ME 3410.

BME 3460. Biomechanics of Human Motion. 3 Credits.

Biomechanics of Human Motion will describe the typical processes-from small scale protein interactions to large scale joint torques-that result in human locomotion. Clinical problems and athletic performance will be discussed. Students will learn about musculoskeletal tissues related to force generation/transmission and will perform kinematic/kinetic analyses. Prerequisite: BME 2000 or ME 1120. Pre/Co-requisites: ME 2110, ME 2120, or BME 3000. Cross-listed with: ME 3460.

BME 3480. Biomechanics: Tissue Engr. 3 Credits.

Solid biomechanics including structure, function and mechanical properties of biological tissues. Tissue engineering involving cell mechanics, scaffold materials, and signaling. Current literature topics are covered. Prerequisites: ME 2110 or BME 3600. Cross-listed with: ME 3480.

BME 3600. BME Design 3. 0 or 2 Credits.

Industry-standard biodesign and project management processes. Application of principles to small-scale team-based design projects in collaboration with existing BME Capstone Design teams and to identify future Capstone projects. Shop training. Prerequisite: BME 2650.

BME 3710. Biomedical Instrumentation. 3 Credits.

Measurement techniques for biomedical engineering research and industry, and health care institutions. Integrated biomedical monitoring, diagnostic, and therapeutic instrumentation. Prerequisite: EE 2145, EE 2175, or EE 2135. Co-requisite: EE 3110, ANPS 1200, or Instructor permission. Cross-listed with: EE 3710.

BME 3720. Biosignal Decoding. 3 Credits.

Overview of biomedical measurement techniques; development of Python software to visualize, denoise, and decode biomedical signals. Prerequisites: CS 1210; (BME 3000 or EE 3150) or (ME 2120 and EE 2845) or Instructor permission. Pre/Co-requisites: Beginner knowledge of Python programming is strongly suggested. Cross-listed with: EE 3720.

BME 3740. Wearable Sensing. 3 Credits.

Covers current state-of-the-art in wearable sensors and the biomechanical and physiological phenomena they are being used to measure. Emphasis will be given to applications related to human health and medicine. Prerequisite: ME 2120 or EE 3150 or equivalent with Instructor permission.

BME 3750. Biomedical Signal Processing. 3 Credits.

Covers several important physiological signals often monitored in biomedical contexts (e.g. EMG, ECG, PPG). Content will include the physiology that generates the signals as well as the signal processing techniques (e.g., LTI filters, empirical mode and wavelet decomposition) and algorithms used for analysis. Prerequisite: ME 2120 or EE 3150 or equivalent with Instructor permission.

BME 3810. Clinical Devices & Instruments. 3 Credits.

Focuses on the development, design and adaptation of biomedical devices and instruments. Team-taught by faculty in the Larner College of Medicine and UVM Medical Center and focuses on exciting active areas of biomedical device development and applications at UVM and the UVM Medical Center. Prerequisites: ANPS 1190, ANPS 1200; or Instructor permission.

BME 3990. Special Topics. 1-18 Credits.

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BME 3991. Internship. 1-18 Credits.

On-site supervised work experience combined with a structured academic learning plan directed by a faculty member or a faculty-staff team in which a faculty member is the instructor of record, for which academic credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

BME 3993. Independent Study. 1-18 Credits.

A course which is tailored to fit the interests of a specific student, which occurs outside the traditional classroom/laboratory setting under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

BME 3994. Teaching Assistantship. 1-3 Credits.

Undergraduate student service as a teaching assistant, usually in an introductory-level course in the discipline, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

BME 3995. Undergraduate Research. 1-18 Credits.

Undergraduate student work on individual or small team research projects under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

BME 4600. Capstone Design I. 0 or 3 Credits.

Teams apply industry-standard biodesign and project management processes to design, build, and test a functional prototype that meets their client's requirements. Prerequisite: BME 3600. Catamount Core: OC.

BME 4650. BME Capstone Design II. 0 or 3 Credits.

Teams refine their functional prototype from BME Capstone Design 1 and explore approaches for manufacturing at scale, regulatory strategy, clinical strategy, IP strategy, health-economics and reimbursement. Prerequisite: BME 4600.

BME 4990. Special Topics. 1-18 Credits.

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