Biomedical Informatics Concentration

Major: Biomedical Engineering: Biomechanics Informatics Concentration
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 197.5
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 biomedical informatics concentration focuses on the management, analysis and visualization of data that is generated in molecular and cellular biology, genomics and other areas of biology and biomedicine. Students are trained in the development of useful computational models of living systems and novel informatics technologies in life sciences.

Bioinformatics is an emerging field of science that is concerned with the management, analysis and visualization of the flood of data being generated in molecular and cellular biology, genomics and other areas of biology and biomedicine. The field of bioinformatics enables information at the gene, protein, cell, tissue, organ, and system level to be integrated and interpreted for early detection, accurate diagnosis, and effective treatment of complex diseases such as cancer.

The biomedical informatics concentration includes courses in biology, computer science, and information technology. The concentration introduces information handling systems for people in the allied health professions, with specific examples drawn from health care and covers locating, manipulating, and displaying information in the health system setting. Students are also introduced to the mathematical and computational analysis of biological systems. The systems analyzed include the genome, protein and gene networks, cell division cycles, and cellular level disease. Mathematical tools include matrix algebra, differential equations, cellular automata, and cluster analysis.

Upon graduation, students will be able to:

  • select, access and integrate bioinformatics related databases for applications in genomics and proteomics;
  • apply biostatistical techniques to analyze high-throughput data for genotyping, gene expression and proteomics data;
  • develop and evaluate computational models to describe and simulate gene regulatory, protein and metabolic networks.

The School maintains extensive facilities and laboratories devoted to areas of research. Visit the School's BIOMED Research Facilities and Laboratory Map 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 website.

Degree Requirements 

General Education Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
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
HIST 285Technology in Historical Perspective4.0
UNIV R101The Drexel Experience1.0
General Studies Electives (5)15.0
Engineering Core Courses
BIO 122Cells and Genetics4.5
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3.5
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
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
MATH 121Calculus I4.0
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
MATH 200Multivariate Calculus4.0
MEM 202Statics3.0
PHYS 101Fundamentals of Physics I4.0
PHYS 102Fundamentals of Physics II4.0
PHYS 201Fundamentals of Physics III4.0
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
Biomedical Informatics Concentration Courses
BIO 218Principles of Molecular Biology4.0
BMES 315Experimental Design in Biomedical Research4.0
BMES 375Computational Bioengineering4.0
BMES 401Biosensors I4.0
BMES 483Quantitative Systems Biology4.0
BMES 484Genome Information Engineering4.0
CS 171Computer Programming I3.0
CS 172Computer Programming II3.0
CS 260Data Structures3.0
CS 265Advanced Programming Tools and Techniques3.0
INFO 210Database Management Systems3.0
Laboratory Requirement: Choose 2 of4.0
Laboratory I: Experimental Biomechanics (2 cr)
Laboratory IV: Ultrasound Images (2 cr)
Human Physiology Laboratory (2 cr)
Techniques in Molecular Biology (3 cr)
Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (3 cr)
Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (3 cr)
Bioinformatics concentration electives (2)6.0
Suggested Bioinformatics Electives
Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction
Systems Analysis I
Total Credits197.5

 

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
BIO 218Principles of Molecular Biology4.0
BIO 219 [WI] Techniques in Molecular Biology (Lab Requirement)3.0
BMES 325Principles of Biomedical Engineering I3.0
BMES 372Biosimulation3.0
CS 171Computer Programming I3.0
ECE 201Foundations of Electric Circuits3.0
 Term Credits19.0
Term 7
BMES 303Laboratory III: Biomedical Electronics2.0
BMES 310Biomedical Statistics4.0
BMES 326Principles of Biomedical Engineering II3.0
CS 172Computer Programming II3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 8
BMES 302Laboratory II: Biomeasurements2.0
BMES 304Laboratory IV: Ultrasound Images (Laboratory Requirement)2.0
BMES 315Experimental Design in Biomedical Research4.0
BMES 338Biomedical Ethics and Law3.0
BMES 381Junior Design Seminar I2.0
CS 265Advanced Programming Tools and Techniques3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 9
BMES 375Computational Bioengineering4.0
BMES 382Junior Design Seminar II2.0
CS 260Data Structures3.0
INFO 210Database Management Systems3.0
General Studies Elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 10
BMES 401Biosensors I4.0
BMES 491 [WI] Senior Design Project I3.0
HIST 285Technology in Historical Perspective4.0
Biomedical Informatics Concentration Elective (See degree requirements) 3.0
General Studies Elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 11
BMES 484Genome Information Engineering4.0
BMES 492Senior Design Project II2.0
Biomedical Informatics Concentration Elective (See degree requirements) 3.0
General Studies Elective3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 12
BMES 483Quantitative Systems Biology4.0
BMES 493Senior Design Project III3.0
General Studies Electives (2)6.0
 Term Credits13.0
Total Credit: 198.5

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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