Major: Biomedical Engineering
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 45.0-51.0 (MS) or 90.0 (PhD)
Co-op Option: Available for full-time on-campus master's-level students
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 14.0501
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 17-2031
About the Program
The curriculum develops graduates who can identify and address unmet clinical, diagnostic, and healthcare needs by using their knowledge of modern theories, engineering systems, and mathematical and engineering tools. Biomedical engineers require the analytical tools and broad knowledge of modern engineering and science, fundamental understanding of the biological or physiological system, and familiarity with recent technological breakthroughs.
Master students can choose to include a 6 months graduate co-op cycle as part of their studies. Students may also choose to enroll in a concentration in Biomedical Device Development, or specialize inbiomaterials and tissue engineering, biomechanics, neuroengineering, imaging and devices or bioinformatics,or may pursue a dual-degree MS option. Graduating students work in industry in such fields as medical devices, health care, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, continue academic careers (PhD), or continue to medical schools.
Associate Director for Graduate Programs
School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
Andres Kriete, PhD
Associate Director for Graduate Studies
School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
For more information, visit the The School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems website.
Degree Requirements (MS)
The core requirements for the master's in biomedical engineering encompass approximately 45.0 course credits (most courses carry three credits each). Students who choose the non-thesis option cannot register for thesis or research credits.
The curriculum includes room for specialization in several areas of biomedical engineering, as well as a concentration in biomedical technology development.
Biomedical Technology Development Concentration (Optional)
Students enrolled in this concentration will develop an understanding of critical regulatory, economic, and legal issues in addition to the project management skills that facilitate the development of new medical devices and positive working relationships with intellectual property lawyers, insurance companies, and the federal government.
|BMES 509||Entrepreneurship for Biomedical Engineering and Science||3.0|
|BMES 534||Design Thinking for Biomedical Engineers||3.0|
|BMES 538||Biomedical Ethics and Law||3.0|
|BMES 588||Medical Device Development||3.0|
|BMES 596||Clinical Practicum III||3.0|
Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Concentration (Optional)
This concentration is designed to provide students with advanced training in cellular and molecular biology relevant to tissue engineering and behavior of materials used in biomedical applications
Bioinformatics Concentration (Optional)
This concentration emphasizes a systems engineering approach to provide a foundation in systems biology and pathology informatics. Students are provided students with hands-on experience in the application of genomic, proteomic, and other large-scale information to biomedical engineering as well as experience in advanced computational methods used in systems biology: pathway and circuitry, feedback and control, cellular automata, sets of partial differential equations, stochastic analysis, and biostatistics.
|BMES 543||Quantitative Systems Biology||4.0|
|BMES 544||Genome Information Engineering||4.0|
|BMES 547||Machine Learning in Biomedical Applications||3.0|
|or BMES 549||Genomic and Sequencing Technologies|
|BMES 551||Biomedical Signal Processing||3.0|
Sample Plan of Study (MS)
|BMES 501||Medical Sciences I||3.0|
|BMES 510||Biomedical Statistics||4.0|
Advanced Biocomputational Languages
|BMES 502||Medical Sciences II||3.0|
|BMES 672||Biosimulation I||3.0|
|BMES 503||Medical Sciences III||3.0|
|BMES 673||Biosimulation II||3.0|
|BMES 538||Biomedical Ethics and Law (can be taken in any term)||3.0|
|Elective Courses and/or Thesis*||9.0-12.0|
|Elective Courses and/or Thesis**||7.0-12.0|
|Total Credit: 45.0-54.0|
PhD in Biomedical Engineering Degree Requirements
To be awarded the PhD degree, students must complete 90.0 required credits and fulfill the one-year residency requirement.
The following milestones have to be satisfied during the course of the program:
- Students must successfully pass the candidacy examination.
- Students must submit a PhD dissertation proposal and successfully defend it.
- Students must write a dissertation and successfully pass final oral defense.
Post-Baccalaureate Requirements and Post-Master's Requirements
Both post-baccalaureate and post-master's students are admitted into the doctoral program in Biomedical Engineering, but have slightly differing sets of requirements.
For post-master’s students, 45.0 of the credits that they earned toward their Master’s degree may be applied toward the PhD. If coming from the Master’s program in Biomedical Engineering at Drexel University, those courses they took would apply. For non-Drexel students who have completed their master’s elsewhere, there may be exceptions made. If these students believe that they have covered the material of the required courses in another program, they must show evidence of such material and obtain a formal waiver of this requirement from the Graduate Advisor.
For post-baccalaureate students, students must complete a minimum of 90.0 credits and a research thesis. These 90.0 credits include the core courses required by Drexel’s MS in Biomedical Engineering.
In addition to the required courses, post-baccalaureate PhD students must take at least 21.0 more credits in courses. This balance may be taken as research and/or thesis/dissertation credits.
Thesis Advisor/Plan of Study
During the first year of the program all Doctoral students are required to identify a Thesis Advisor and complete a plan of study. The student’s Thesis Advisor and the Graduate Advisor will guide the student in developing this plan of study. Each plan of study is individually tailored to the student, and includes a combination of research and course credits most beneficial and complimentary to the student’s chosen thesis topic.
The Candidacy Examination
Doctoral students must successfully pass a candidacy examination, preferably at the end of the first year of their study.
The overall objective of the candidacy examination is to test the student's basic knowledge and preparedness to proceed toward a PhD in Biomedical Engineering. After a satisfactory performance on the candidacy examination the student is awarded the Doctoral Candidate status. Candidates must submit a Thesis Proposal by the end of the second year and defend it in an oral presentation to a committee of five faculty members.
After the student has successfully completed all the necessary research and composed a thesis manuscript, in accordance with the guidelines specified by the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, he or she then must formally defend their thesis. A formal thesis defense includes an oral presentation of research accomplishments in front of a committee of faculty members. The thesis defense is open to the general public.
Prospective PhD students are welcome to contact the school to discuss their research interests. For a more detailed description of the PhD requirements, please visit the School of Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems' Biomedical Engineering web site.
Areas of Specialization
Areas of specialization can be pursued within the Biomedical Engineering graduate program. Students can plan their own focus area that will give them strength in a particular sub-discipline. Alternatively, the student can specialize by conducting research and writing a thesis.
Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
Biomaterials and tissue engineering is designed to provide students with advanced training in cellular and molecular biology relevant to tissue engineering and behavior of materials used in biomedical applications.
Biomedical Technology Development
Students pursuing the concentration will develop an understanding of critical regulatory, economic, and legal issues in addition to the project management skills that facilitate the development of new medical devices and positive working relationships with intellectual property lawyers, insurance companies, and the federal government. (This is a formal concentration with specific course requirements.)
Bioinformatics emphasizes a systems engineering approach to provide a foundation in systems biology and pathology informatics. Students are provided with hands-on experience in the application of genomic, proteomic, and other large-scale information to biomedical engineering as well as experience in advanced computational methods used in systems biology: pathway and circuitry, feedback and control, cellular automata, sets of partial differential equations, stochastic analysis, and biostatistics.
Biomechanics and Human Performance Engineering
Biomechanics and human performance engineering is designed to meet two objectives: to acquaint students with the responses of biological tissues to mechanical loads as well as with the mechanical properties of living systems and to provide students with the background and skills needed to create work and living environments which improve human health and enhance performance. Biomechanics and human performance also involves the study of orthopedic appliances and the broader aspect of rehabilitation engineering and the management of disability.
Biomedical Systems and Imaging
Biomedical systems and imaging focuses on the theoretical and practical issues related to machine vision, image processing and analysis, and signal processing associated with such medical applications as well biomedical instrumentation and product development.
Neuroengineering is broadly defined to include the modeling of neural and endocrine systems, neural networks, complexity in physiological systems, evolutionary influences in biological control systems, neurocontrol, neurorobotics, and neuroprosthetics.
Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems Faculty
Fred D. Allen, PhD(University of Pennsylvania)Associate Director, Undergraduate Education. Assistant Professor. Tissue engineering, cell engineering, orthopedics, bone remodeling, wound healing, mechanotransduction, signal transduction, adhesion, migration.
Hasan Ayaz, PhD(Drexel University)School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems. Research Associate Professor. Optical brain imaging, cognitive neuroengineering, brain computer interface (BCI), functional ner infrared (fNIR), and near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS).
Sriram Balasubramanian, PhD(Wayne State University). Assistant Professor. Structural characteristics of the pediatric thoracic cage using CT scans and developing an age-equivalent animal model for pediatric long bones.
Kenneth A. Barbee, PhD(University of Pennsylvania). Professor. Cellular biomechanics of neural and vascular injury, mechanotransduction in the cardiovascular system, mechanical control of growth and development for wound healing and tissue engineering.
Donald Buerk, PhD(Northwestern University). Research Professor. Biotechnology, physiology, systems biology, blood flow, microcirculation, nitric oxide, oxygen transport
Jamie Dougherty, PhD(Drexel University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Brain-computer interface, neural encoding, electrophysiological signal acquisition and processing.
Lin Han, PhD(Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Assistant Professor. Nanoscale structure-property relationships of biological materials, genetic and molecular origins soft joint tissue diseases, biomaterials under extreme conditions, coupling between stimulus-responsiveness and geometry.
Uri Hershberg, PhD(Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel). Assistant Professor. Bioinformatics, immunology, neural computation, system biology, somatic selection, autoimmunity, genetic stability, germline diversity, dendritic cell, transcription elements, pathogens, computational and mathematical modeling, complex systems, cognition and inflammation.
Kurtulus Izzetoglu, PhD(Drexel University)Associate Research Professor. Cognitive neuroengineering, functional brain imaging, near infrared spectroscopy, medical sensor development, biomedical signal processing, human performance assessment, and cognitive aging
Meltem Izzetoglu, PhD(Drexel University). Associate Research Professor. Cognitive neuroengineering, biomedical signal processing, statistical signal analysis, optimal artifact removal, information processing, optical brain imaging, functional near infrared spectroscopy, working memory, attention, learning, reading and mathematical disabilities, cognitive aging, anesthesia awareness, and social anxiety disorders.
Dov Jaron, PhD(University of Pennsylvania)Calhoun Distinguished Professor of Engineering in Medicine. Professor. Mathematical, computer and electromechanical simulations of the cardiovascular system.
Andres Kriete, PhD(University in Bremen Germany)Associate Director for Graduate Studies and Academic Operations. Systems biology, bioimaging, control theory, biology of aging, skin cancer.
Steven Kurtz, PhD(Cornell University). Associate Research Professor. Computational biomechanics of bone-implant systems and impact-related injuries, orthopaedic biomechanics, contact mechanics, orthopaedic biomaterials, large-deformation mechanical behavior and wear of polymers, and degradation and crosslinking of polyolefins in implant applications.
Ryszard Lec, PhD(University of Warsaw Engineering College). Professor. Biomedical applications of visoelastic, acoustoptic and ultrasonic properties of liquid and solid media.
Peter Lewin, PhD(University of Denmark, Copenhagen-Lyngby)Richard B. Beard Professor, School Of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems. Professor. Biomedical ultrasonics, piezoelectric and polymer transducers and hydrophones; shock wave sensors.
Hualou Liang, PhD(Chinese Academy of Sciences). Professor. Neuroengineering, neuroinformatics, cognitive and computational neuroscience, neural data analysis and computational modeling, biomedical signal processing.
Donald L. McEachron, PhD(University of California at San Diego)Coordinator, Academic Assessment and Improvement. Teaching Professor. Animal behavior, autoradiography, biological rhythms, cerebral metabolism, evolutionary theory, image processing, neuroendocrinology.
Karen Moxon, PhD(University of Colorado)Associate Director for Research. Professor. Cortico-thalamic interactions; neurobiological perspectives on design of humanoid robots.
Michael Neidrauer, PhD(Drexel University). Assistant Research Professor. Wound healing, near infrared, spectroscopy, cell culture, data analysis, optical coherence tomography (OCT), matlab, life sciences assay development, confocal microscopy, biomaterials, in-vivo, medical devices
Banu Onaral, PhD(University of Pennsylvania)H.H. Sun Professor; Senior Advisor to the President, Global Partnerships. Professor. Biomedical signal processing; complexity and scaling in biomedical signals and systems.
Kambiz Pourrezaei, PhD(Rensselaer Polytechnic University). Professor. Thin film technology; nanotechnology; near infrared imaging; power electronics.
Ahmet Sacan, PhD(Middle East Technical University). Assistant Professor. Indexing and data mining in biological databases; protein sequence and structure; similarity search; protein structure modeling; protein-protein interaction; automated cell tracking.
Joseph J. Sarver, PhD(Drexel University). Associate Professor. Neuromuscular adaptation to changes in the myo-mechanical environment.
Rahamim Seliktar, PhD(University of Strathclyde, Glasgow)Vice Director, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems. Professor. Limb prostheses, biomechanics of human motion, orthopedic biomechanics.
Patricia A. Shewokis, PhD(University of Georgia). Professor. Roles of cognition and motor function during motor skill learning; role of information feedback frequency on the memory of motor skills, noninvasive neural imaging techniques of functional near infrared spectroscopy(fNIR) and electroencephalograpy (EEG) and methodology and research design.
Adrian C. Shieh, PhD(Rice University). Assistant Professor. Contribution of mechanical forces to tumor invasion and metastasis, with a particular emphasis on how biomechanical signals may drive the invasive switch, and how the biomechanical microenvironment interacts with cytokine signaling and the extracellular matrix to influence tumor and stromal cell behavior.
Wan Y. Shih, PhD(Ohio State University). Associate Professor. Piezoelectric microcantilever biosensors development, piezoelectric finger development, quantum dots development, tissue elasticity imaging, piezoelectric microcantilever force probes.
Kara Spiller, PhD(Drexel University). Assistant Professor. Macrophage-biometerial interactions, drug delivery systems, and chronic would healing. Cell-biomaterial interactions, biomaterial design, and international engineering education.
Marek Swoboda, PhD(Drexel University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Cardiovascular engineering, cardiovascular system, diagnostic devices in cardiology, piezoelectric biosensors, and pathogen detection.
Amy Throckmorton, PhD(University of Virginia). Associate Professor. Computational and experimental fluid dynamics; cardiovascular modeling, including transient, fluid-structure interaction, and patient-specific anatomical studies; bench-to-bedside development of medical devices; artificial organs research; prediction and quantification of blood trauma and thrombosis in medical devices; design of therapeutic alternatives for patients with dysfunctional single ventricle physiology; human factors engineering of mechanical circulatory assist devices
Margaret Wheatley, PhD(University of Toronto)John M. Reid Professor. Ultrasound contrast agent development (tumor targeting and triggered drug delivery), controlled release technology (bioactive compounds), microencapsulated allografts (<em>ex vivo </em> gene therapy) for spinal cord repair.
Ming Xiao, PhD(Baylor University). Associate Professor. Nanotechnology, single molecule detection, single molecule fluorescent imaging, genomics, genetics, genome mapping, DNA sequencing, DNA biochemistry, and biophysics.
Yinghui Zhong, PhD(Georgia Institute of Technology). Assistant Professor. Spinal cord repair, and engineering neural prosthesis/brain interface using biomaterials, drug delivery, and stem cell therapy.
Leonid Zubkov, PhD, DSc(St. Petersburg State University, Russia). Research Professor. Physiology, wound healing, physiologic neovascularization, near-infrared spectroscopy, optical tomography, histological techniques, computer-assisted diagnosis, infrared spectrophotometry, physiologic monitoring, experimental diabetes mellitus, penetrating wounds, diabetes complications, skin, animal models, radiation scattering, failure analysis
Catherin von Reyn, PhD(University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Professor. Cell type-specific genetic engineering, whole-cell patch clamp in behaving animals, modeling, and detailed behavioral analysis to identify and characterize sensorimotor circuits.
Hun H. Sun, PhD (Cornell University). Professor Emeritus. Biological control systems, physiological modeling, systems analysis.
Major: Biomedical Engineering: Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Concentration
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 198.5
Co-op Options: Three Co-op (Five years); One Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 14.0501
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:17-2031
About the Program
The biomaterials and tissue engineering concentration focuses on the fundamental knowledge of natural and synthetic biomaterials and cellular biology and educates students in the emerging field of cellular and tissue engineering.
The concentration in biomaterials and tissue engineering includes courses from the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, and Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics. The program builds on the fundamental knowledge of natural and synthetic biomaterials and cellular biology and educates students in the emerging field of cellular and tissue engineering.
Biomaterials research has recently expanded to include fibrous materials and various prosthetic devices requiring the use of both synthetic and natural fibers. The emphasis is on improved materials and design of biological replacement tissues through cellular tissue engineering.
Upon graduation, students will be able to:
- select and evaluate biomaterials for use in biomedical applications in vivo;
- develop in vitro models for drug delivery, drug toxicity and drug discovery choosing the appropriate biomaterials;
- create high-fidelity tissue models in vitro;
- develop and evaluate tissue engineering approaches to initiate and promote regenerative processes in vivo.
The School maintains extensive facilities and laboratories devoted to areas of research. Visit the School's BIOMED Research Facilities and Laboratory Map web page for more details about the laboratories and equipment available.
For more information about this concentration, see Drexel's School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems web site.
|HIST 285||Technology in Historical Perspective||4.0|
|ENGL 101||Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research||3.0|
|ENGL 102||Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing||3.0|
|ENGL 103||Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres||3.0|
|CIVC 101||Introduction to Civic Engagement||1.0|
|UNIV R101||The Drexel Experience||1.0|
|MATH 121||Calculus I||4.0|
|MATH 122||Calculus II||4.0|
|MATH 200||Multivariate Calculus||4.0|
|PHYS 101||Fundamentals of Physics I||4.0|
|PHYS 102||Fundamentals of Physics II||4.0|
|PHYS 201||Fundamentals of Physics III||4.0|
|CHEM 101||General Chemistry I||3.5|
|CHEM 102||General Chemistry II||4.5|
|BIO 122||Cells and Genetics||4.5|
|ENGR 100||Beginning Computer Aided Drafting for Design||1.0|
|ENGR 101||Engineering Design Laboratory I||2.0|
|ENGR 102||Engineering Design Laboratory II||2.0|
|ENGR 103||Engineering Design Laboratory III||2.0|
|ENGR 121||Computation Lab I||2.0|
|ENGR 122||Computation Lab II||1.0|
|ENGR 210||Introduction to Thermodynamics||3.0|
|ENGR 220||Fundamentals of Materials||4.0|
|ENGR 231||Linear Engineering Systems||3.0|
|ENGR 232||Dynamic Engineering Systems||3.0|
|BIO 201||Human Physiology I||4.0|
|BIO 203||Human Physiology II||4.0|
|BMES 124||Biomedical Engineering Freshman Seminar I||1.0|
|BMES 126||Biomedical Engineering Freshman Seminar II||1.0|
|BMES 130||Problem Solving in Biomedical Engineering||2.0|
|BMES 201||Programming and Modeling for Biomedical Engineers I||3.0|
|BMES 202||Programming and Modeling for Biomedical Engineers ll||3.0|
|BMES 212||The Body Synthetic||3.0|
|BMES 302||Laboratory II: Biomeasurements||2.0|
|BMES 303||Laboratory III: Biomedical Electronics||2.0|
|BMES 310||Biomedical Statistics||4.0|
|BMES 325||Principles of Biomedical Engineering I||3.0|
|BMES 326||Principles of Biomedical Engineering II||3.0|
|BMES 338||Biomedical Ethics and Law||3.0|
|BMES 381||Junior Design Seminar I||2.0|
|BMES 382||Junior Design Seminar II||2.0|
|BMES 491 [WI]||Senior Design Project I||3.0|
|BMES 492||Senior Design Project II||2.0|
|BMES 493||Senior Design Project III||3.0|
|ECE 201||Foundations of Electric Circuits||3.0|
|BIO 218||Principles of Molecular Biology||4.0|
|BIO 219 [WI]||Techniques in Molecular Biology||3.0|
|BMES 345||Mechanics of Biological Systems||3.0|
|BMES 375||Computational Bioengineering||4.0|
|BMES 451||Transport Phenomena in Living Systems||4.0|
|BMES 460||Biomaterials I||4.0|
|BMES 461||Biomaterials II||4.0|
|BMES 471||Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Tissue Engineering||4.0|
|BMES 472||Developmental and Evolutionary Foundations of Tissue Engineering||4.0|
|BMES 475||Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering III||4.0|
|CHEM 241||Organic Chemistry I||4.0|
|CHEM 242||Organic Chemistry II||4.0|
|Laboratory I: Experimental Biomechanics (2cr)|
|Laboratory IV: Ultrasound Images (2cr)|
|Human Physiology Laboratory (2cr)|
|Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (3cr)|
|Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (3cr)|
Writing-Intensive Course Requirements
In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.
A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.
Metropolitan Philadelphia has one of the highest concentrations of medical institutions and pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries in the nation. The bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering gives students access to a broad spectrum of career opportunities in medical device and equipment industry; prosthetics and assist devices industry; biomaterials and implants industry; and the telemedicine, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and agricultural sectors.
Biomedical engineering graduates are also ideally prepared for professional education in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and law. Those who choose to pursue graduate education can aim for careers in research and development, biomedical technology innovation and transfer, as well as health care technology management.
Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for more detailed information on co-op and post-graduate opportunities.