Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Concentration

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.

Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements
HIST 285Technology in Historical Perspective4.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
UNIV R101The Drexel Experience1.0
General Studies Electives (5) *15.0
Engineering Core Courses
MATH 121Calculus I4.0
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
MATH 200Multivariate Calculus4.0
PHYS 101Fundamentals of Physics I4.0
PHYS 102Fundamentals of Physics II4.0
PHYS 201Fundamentals of Physics III4.0
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3.5
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
BIO 122Cells and Genetics4.5
ENGR 100Beginning Computer Aided Drafting for Design1.0
ENGR 101Engineering Design Laboratory I2.0
ENGR 102Engineering Design Laboratory II2.0
ENGR 103Engineering Design Laboratory III2.0
ENGR 121Computation Lab I2.0
ENGR 122Computation Lab II1.0
ENGR 210Introduction to Thermodynamics3.0
ENGR 220Fundamentals of Materials4.0
ENGR 231Linear Engineering Systems3.0
ENGR 232Dynamic Engineering Systems3.0
MEM 202Statics3.0
Required Biomedical Engineering Courses
BIO 201Human Physiology I4.0
BIO 203Human Physiology II4.0
BMES 124Biomedical Engineering Freshman Seminar I1.0
BMES 126Biomedical Engineering Freshman Seminar II1.0
BMES 130Problem Solving in Biomedical Engineering2.0
BMES 201Programming and Modeling for Biomedical Engineers I3.0
BMES 202Programming and Modeling for Biomedical Engineers ll3.0
BMES 212The Body Synthetic3.0
BMES 302Laboratory II: Biomeasurements2.0
BMES 303Laboratory III: Biomedical Electronics2.0
BMES 310Biomedical Statistics4.0
BMES 325Principles of Biomedical Engineering I3.0
BMES 326Principles of Biomedical Engineering II3.0
BMES 338Biomedical Ethics and Law3.0
BMES 372Biosimulation3.0
BMES 381Junior Design Seminar I2.0
BMES 382Junior Design Seminar II2.0
BMES 491 [WI] Senior Design Project I3.0
BMES 492Senior Design Project II2.0
BMES 493Senior Design Project III3.0
ECE 201Foundations of Electric Circuits3.0
Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Concentration Courses
BIO 218Principles of Molecular Biology4.0
BIO 219 [WI] Techniques in Molecular Biology3.0
BMES 345Mechanics of Biological Systems3.0
BMES 375Computational Bioengineering4.0
BMES 451Transport Phenomena in Living Systems4.0
BMES 460Biomaterials I4.0
BMES 461Biomaterials II4.0
BMES 471Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Tissue Engineering4.0
BMES 472Developmental and Evolutionary Foundations of Tissue Engineering4.0
BMES 475Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering III4.0
CHEM 241Organic Chemistry I4.0
CHEM 242Organic Chemistry II4.0
Laboratory Requirement: Choose 2 of4.0
Laboratory I: Experimental Biomechanics (2cr)
Laboratory IV: Ultrasound Images (2cr)
Human Physiology Laboratory (2cr)
Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (3cr)
Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (3cr)
Total Credits198.5
*

 General studies electives include all liberal arts electives plus additional subjects, such as business, which do not fall under the subject areas of science, math or engineering. See the Biomedical Engineering General and Liberal Studies List for approved courses. A certain number of General Studies credits are required for graduation with this major.


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.

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
BMES 124Biomedical Engineering Freshman Seminar I1.0
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3.5
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGR 100Beginning Computer Aided Drafting for Design1.0
ENGR 101Engineering Design Laboratory I2.0
ENGR 121Computation Lab I2.0
MATH 121Calculus I4.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
UNIV R101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits18.5
Term 2
BMES 126Biomedical Engineering Freshman Seminar II1.0
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGR 102Engineering Design Laboratory II2.0
ENGR 122Computation Lab II1.0
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
PHYS 101Fundamentals of Physics I4.0
 Term Credits19.5
Term 3
BIO 122Cells and Genetics4.5
BMES 130Problem Solving in Biomedical Engineering2.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
ENGR 103Engineering Design Laboratory III2.0
MATH 200Multivariate Calculus4.0
PHYS 102Fundamentals of Physics II4.0
 Term Credits19.5
Term 4
BIO 201Human Physiology I4.0
BMES 201Programming and Modeling for Biomedical Engineers I3.0
ENGR 220Fundamentals of Materials4.0
ENGR 231Linear Engineering Systems3.0
PHYS 201Fundamentals of Physics III4.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 5
BIO 203Human Physiology II4.0
BMES 202Programming and Modeling for Biomedical Engineers ll3.0
BMES 212The Body Synthetic3.0
ENGR 210Introduction to Thermodynamics3.0
ENGR 232Dynamic Engineering Systems3.0
MEM 202Statics3.0
 Term Credits19.0
Term 6
BMES 301Laboratory I: Experimental Biomechanics (Laboratory Requirement)2.0
BMES 302Laboratory II: Biomeasurements2.0
BMES 325Principles of Biomedical Engineering I3.0
BMES 372Biosimulation3.0
ECE 201Foundations of Electric Circuits3.0
HIST 285Technology in Historical Perspective4.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 7
BMES 303Laboratory III: Biomedical Electronics2.0
BMES 310Biomedical Statistics4.0
BMES 326Principles of Biomedical Engineering II3.0
BMES 345Mechanics of Biological Systems3.0
General Studies Elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 8
BIO 218Principles of Molecular Biology4.0
BIO 219 [WI] Techniques in Molecular Biology3.0
BMES 338Biomedical Ethics and Law3.0
BMES 381Junior Design Seminar I2.0
CHEM 241Organic Chemistry I4.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 9
BMES 375Computational Bioengineering4.0
BMES 382Junior Design Seminar II2.0
BMES 451Transport Phenomena in Living Systems4.0
CHEM 242Organic Chemistry II4.0
CHEM 244Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (Laboratory Requirement)3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 10
BMES 460Biomaterials I4.0
BMES 471Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Tissue Engineering4.0
BMES 491 [WI] Senior Design Project I3.0
General Studies Elective3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 11
BMES 461Biomaterials II4.0
BMES 472Developmental and Evolutionary Foundations of Tissue Engineering4.0
BMES 492Senior Design Project II2.0
General Studies Elective3.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 12
BMES 475Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering III4.0
BMES 493Senior Design Project III3.0
General Studies Electives (2)6.0
 Term Credits13.0
Total Credit: 199.5

Opportunities

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.

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