Properties of metals, ceramics, polymers, natural materials and composites; methods to modify surface and bulk properties of biomaterials; mechanisms of degradation in physiological environments; cell- and tissue-biomaterial interactions; host response to implanted biomaterials; blood-biomaterial interactions; rational design of biomaterials for specific biomedical applications.
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 for BMEN 271, the pre-requisites have been changed to reflect the connection of this course to new courses that have been added to the curriculum. The pre-requisite BIOL 302 has been replaced by BMEN 240, as BMEN 240 will replace the requirement of BIOL 302 in the new curriculum (please see the proposal for BMEN 240 for additional details). In addtion, the pre-requisite BMEN 263 has been added as the result of an oversight in the prior approval of this course. This course, Introduction to Biomechanics, is important to students understanding biomechanical properties of biomaterials. Finally, a C or better progression has been added for the pre-requisite of BMEN 290, a change included to increase the checks and balances since the 'Upper Division' checkpoint has been removed from the program (part of a college-wide effort to streamline and coordinate program progression requirements across the college). We also note that pre-requisites of BIOL 302 and BMEN 260 have been listed as alternates to BMEN 240 and BMEN 263, respectively, to allow current students, who remain in the prior curriculum, to continue to matriculate through the pre-requisites. These pre-requisite options will be removed when those students have graduated.
Approving at request/on behalf of Jed Lyons.
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