Introduction to molecular, cellular, and physical biology principles and concepts and application of engineering principles to further the understanding of biological systems. Protein and nucleic acid structure and function; DNA replication, mutations, and repair; transcription, translation, and post-translational processing; cellular organization; molecular transport and trafficking; and cellular models.
As part of the continuous assessment and improvement process associated with accreditation of the Biomedical Engineering Program by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), faculty within the program have undertaken a comprehensive review and revision of the undergraduate curriculum and approved (September 28, 2016) several course changes. These changes, which are based upon input from senior course reviews and exit interviews, include modifications to the sequencing of coursework, course pre- and co-requisites, learning outcomes, and course descriptions.
Specifically, the new class BMEN 240 will replace the prior requirement of BIOL 302/L. While BMEN 240 covers several topics included in BIOL 302, it additionally incoporates engineering topics by applying engineering-based models to molecular and cellular systems. Topics to which engineering models will be applied include energy and intramolecular forces, entropy and thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, free energy, enzyme catalysis, molecular transport, and protein folding. Development of this course allows engineering students to learn directly the interplay between engineering concepts and the biological systems to which these concepts and models are applied. In addition, this course will provide a foundation for BMEN 290, Thermodynamics of Biomolecular Systems, to allow more comprehensive coverage of material within that course.
The title for BMEN 240, Cellular and Molecular Biology with Engineering Applications, reflects the integration of Cellular and Molecular Biology with Engineering Models. The course description includes the applicaiton of enginering principles, and the learning outcomes reflect the synthesis of engineering and biology concepts.
Have you gotten concurrence from Biology?
Melissa, Returning this for a quick adjustment - the C&C committee will send it back if you have 15 weeks in the syllabus. It needs to be trimmed to 14 weeks. They may also challenge a major exam in the very last week as being unfair to students.
Kris Finnigan on behalf of Jed Lyons
At Jed Lyon's request, I am approving and forwarding this proposal.
Thank you for submitting your proposal to the Committee on Curricula & Courses. We appreciate your patience and commitment to undergraduate and graduate education.