OVERVIEW
OVERVIEW

The BSc in Biomedical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), http://www.abet.org

A BSc in Biomedical Engineering provides a solid foundation in both engineering and the life sciences. The curriculum integrates engineering and molecular and cellular biology into a single biomedical engineering core. In addition, each student selects an area of specialization that provides more depth in a selected area of biomedical engineering. The demand for biomedical engineers in the UAE and the region continues to expand in response to the growing medical industry. The instructional program is designed to impart knowledge of contemporary issues relevant to the health challenges in the UAE and at the forefront of biomedical engineering research in student-centered, collaborative learning environments. The overall goal is to produce high quality engineers who will be leaders in their field and who are well equipped to pursue further graduate degrees, medical school, or professional careers.

Program Educational Objectives
Student Learning Outcomes
Career Opportunities

Biomedical engineers are well prepared for advanced educational opportunities and research, in both masters and doctoral programs connected with the Healthcare Engineering Innovation Center (HEIC) and Biotechnology Center (BTC), as well as in professional degrees, including the Medical Doctor (MD) (via the Pre-Med track embedded within the undergraduate studies) and the Masters in Public Health (MPH). In addition, plenty of employability exists in the Mubadala-connected hospitals, such as Cleveland Clinic and Health Point, and in SEHA Health System (12 hospitals, 46 Primary Healthcare Clinics, 10 Disease Prevention and Screening Centers, 3 Mobile Clinics, 1 School Clinic, 2 Blood banks, 4 Dental Centers, 2 Employee Healthcare Center, and 1 Vaccination Center). Finally, new job opportunities can be found in the Department of Health and Ministry of AI (AI-based healthcare).

Career Specialization
  • Enhancement and application of medical instrumentation and imaging technologies, along with new diagnostic tools, via advanced biosignal processing techniques, employing AI-based solutions.
  • Development of medical devices, such as artificial organs and limbs, and provision of new alternatives in disease diagnosis and intervention, such as in cardiometabolic, mental, and neurodegenerative diseases.
Program Facilities

The Biomedical Engineering Program laboratories and facilities include:

  • Organic Chemistry Laboratory
  • Molecular Biology Laboratory
  • Cell and Tissue Laboratory
  • Electrophysiology Laboratory
  • Human Movement Laboratory
  • Biomaterials Testing Facilities
  • Advanced Microscopy Facilities
  • 3D Bioprinting Facilities
STRUCTURE
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

BMED 202 Biomedical Engineering Fundamentals (2-4-4)

Prerequisite: ENGR 111

Co-requisites: MATH 206, PHYS 122

Introduction to the conservation laws of mass, energy, charge, and momentum in biological systems.  Conservation equations for mass, energy, charge and momentum will be derived and applied using basic mathematical principle and physical laws.

BMED 211 Anatomy for Biomedical Engineers (2-4-4)

Prerequisite: ENGR 112

Co-requisites: BMED 202; MATH 206

The primary objective of this course is to introduce to students on how to use mathematical modeling to describe homeostasis phenomena in human physiology at the protein, cell and organ level. Introducing the basics in control process as well as the concepts of model formulation, validation, and simulation will also be established. Chemical kinetics, transport equations and feedback systems will be the main focus in this course.

BMED 212 Physiological Systems and Modeling II (2-4-4)

Prerequisite: BMED 211

The primary objective of this course is to apply the principles and concepts used in BMED 211 (Physiological Systems and Modeling I) to model the physiology of neuronal signaling, muscle, cardiovascular and respiratory systems. The course introduces these physiological systems, coupled with modeling techniques and mathematics of higher complexity. The models will be employed to relate to pathophysiology of the respective systems.

BMED 321 Mechanics for Biomedical Engineers (2-4-4)

Prerequisites: BMED 202; MATH 206

This is an introductory course in engineering mechanics. The primary objective is to give students an understanding of the basic principles of statics (equilibrium), dynamics (kinematics and kinetics) and strength of materials (stress, strain, mechanical properties) as applied to problems in biomedical engineering.

BMED 322 Functional Biomechanics (2-4-4)

Prerequisites: BMED 212; BMED 321

A study of the biomechanical principles underlying the kinetics and kinematics of normal and abnormal human motion.  Emphasis is placed on the interaction between biomechanical and physiologic factors (bone, joint, connective tissue and muscle physiology and structure) in skeleto-motor function and the application of such in testing and practice in rehabilitation.

BMED 331 Biotransport Phenomena (2-2-3)

Co-requisites: MATH 206; BMED 212

The primary objective of this course is to study the fundamental principles of fluid, heat, and mass transfer with particular emphasis on physiological and biomedical systems.  The course also explores the similarities between the fundamental principles of momentum, heat, and mass transfer and develops the mathematical description.

BMED 341 Molecular and Cellular Physiology I (3-3-4)

Prerequisite: CHEM 211

Co-requisite: BMED 212

This course provide students with an advanced understanding of current topics and techniques in molecular biology, while developing skills in critical thinking and written expression. The goal of this course is to develop a comprehensive understanding of the basic fundamental concepts of molecular biology. This will be achieved both from the perspective of established molecular mechanisms for regulating the fundamental processes of a cell, and also from a technical laboratory-based applied perspective for using molecular biology as an experimental tool.

BMED 342 Molecular and Cellular Physiology II (3-3-4)

Prerequisite: BMED 341

The primary objective of this course is to emphasize the study of eukaryotic cell structure and function, including bioenergetics, membrane transport, cellular communication, flow of genetic information, immune responses and cell division.  Experimental techniques used in understanding cell biology will be discussed along with the cellular basis of human disease.

BMED 351 Biomedical Circuits and Signals (3-3-4)

Pre-requisites: PHYS 122, BMED 212

The primary objective of this course is to study analogue, digital electronic circuits and their application to biomedical instrumentation and physiological measurements. The course will focus strongly on electronic hardware and software design issues required to produce medical instruments, which satisfy International standards for safety, performance and quality control. Students will be equipped with the fundamental knowledge required to design Biosignal processing system.

BMED 352 Fundamentals of Biomedical Signal Processing (3-3-4)

Prerequisite: BMED 351

The primary objective of this course is to study analogue and digital signal processing techniques and microcomputer system, and their application to biomedical instrumentation and physiological measurements. This course is designed for students who are expected to have prior knowledge in circuits and physiological system modelling. The main focus is on the technical aspects of biosignal processing and its hardware implementation in medical instruments.

BMED 391 Independent Study II (Variable course credits from 1 to 3)

Prerequisite: Approval of department and junior standing

This course gives an upper level undergraduate student the opportunity to participate in an individual or group project, study, or research activity under the supervision of a faculty member.  A formal report is required.

BMED 411 Biomaterials (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: BMED 321

Co-requisites: BMED 341

Introduction to the field of biomaterials used in the design of medical devices, and to augment or replace soft and hard tissues. In-depth coverage will be focused on basic material sciences, bulk properties, characterization techniques, applications, and in vivo behavior of different classes of natural and synthetic biomaterials. Analysis of biological response and biocompatibility, degradation and failure processes of implantable biomaterials/devices. This course involves a significant amount of application oriented topics in order to understand detailed characterization of biomaterials and it concludes with one major project (presentation in the end of the semester).

BMED 412 Regenerative Medicine (2-2-3)

Prerequisite: BMED 331

Co-requisites: BMED 342; CHEM 311

The purpose of the course is to provide a basic grounding in the principles and practice of regenerative medicine, this course will cover basic molecular and developmental biology relevant to the understanding of differentiation and development at the molecular, cellular and organismal levels.

BMED 413 Application of Bio-molecular Tools (2-2-3)

Prerequisite: CHEM 211

This course will focus on delivery of the principles of genomics, genetic epidemiology and DNA-based marker assisted testing.   It will reinforce the basic principles of these disciplines with emphasis on case studies from forensic science, health science, food science and conservation to deliver a course with an emphasis on developing a student’s practical and problem solving skills.

BMED 421 Physiological Control Systems (2-2-3)

PrerequisiteBMED 352; BMED 322

This course will expose students to the design of physiological control systems from engineering viewpoints. How states of “health” versus “disease” can be explained from the standpoint of physiological control system function (or dysfunction) will be studied.

BMED 422 Rehabilitation Engineering (2-2-3)

Prerequisite: BMED 322; BMED 352 

This is a project-based course that focuses via literature search and experimental work on the rehabilitative and neural aspects of biomedical engineering, including human performance measurement and analysis, nerve stimulation, electromyography, motor control and stimulation; Students also learn about hardware and software applications for rehabilitation engineering and assistive devices.

BMED 423 Biorobotics and Medical Device Design (2-2-3)

Prerequisite: BMED 322; BMED 352

Fundamentals of Mechatronics. Interactions between surgical instruments and tissues. Intraoperative diagnostic technologies. Examples robots for diagnostics, surgery and therapy. Human-machine interfaces. Surgical navigators and tracking systems and simulators. Endoluminal devices. Instrumented catheters. Design requirements for orthopedic and cardiovascular devices. Extracorporeal Devices. Regulatory Affairs. Issues in medical device design. A design challenge based on real clinical needs.

BMED 430 Bioinformatics (2-2-3)

Prerequisite: ENGR 112, MATH 204; MATH 206

This course aims to introduce future engineers to bioinformatics tools and analysis methods. Fundamental and current topics in bioinformatics, genomics and proteomics will be highlighted through lectures and literature reviews, that simultaneously develop critical thinking and oral presentations of students. Students will also familiarize themselves with the R project for statistical computing.

BMED 491 Independent Study III (Variable course credits from 1 to 3)

Prerequisite: Approval of department and senior standing

This course gives an upper level undergraduate student the opportunity to participate in an individual or group project, study, or research activity under the supervision of a faculty member.  A formal report is required.

BMED 495 Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering

Prerequisite: Topic Specific

This course mainly deals with new trends in Biomedical Engineering and emerging technologies. Course is repeatable if title and content differ.

BMED 497 Biomedical Engineering Senior Design I (1-6-3)

PrerequisiteSenior standing or approval of department

Participation in team projects dealing with design and development of a product or a system. Number of project will be offered each year by the different departments, some of which will have a multi-disciplinary nature. This will be an opportunity to exercise initiative, engineering judgment, self-reliance and creativity, in a team environment similar to industry. The design projects require students to draw upon their engineering background, experience, and other pertinent resources. Oral and written presentations are required.

BMED 498 Biomedical Engineering Senior Design II (0-9-3)

Prerequisite: BMED 497

Continuation of BMED 497

TYPICAL STUDY SEQUENCE