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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN
BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING
IN THE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2008-2010


Dean Ben Streetman of the Cockrell School of Engineering has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering in the School of Engineering chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2008-2010. The faculty of the college approved the changes on April 23, 2007, and the dean approved the changes on September 10, 2007. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive interest to a single college or school.

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on October 24, 2007, and forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty. The Faculty Council has the authority to approve this legislation on behalf of the General Faculty. The authority to grant final approval on this legislation resides with the Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs.

If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by the date specified below, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If an objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its next meeting. The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a member of the Faculty Council.

To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General Faculty by noon on November 5, 2007.


Greninger Signature
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council


This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council Web site on October 30, 2007. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.


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CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN
BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING
IN THE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2008-2010


NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S): BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING
EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
1. Add: BME 113L – Introduction to Numerical Methods
2. Replace BME 313- Numerical Methods and Modeling in Biomedical Engineering with EE 312 – Introduction to Programming
3. Remove: BME 360 – Engineering Applications of Immunology and Disease Pathology and BME 361 – Biomedical Engineering Industrial and Business Projects
4. Add BME 377M – Medical Internship
5. Split BME 379 – Cell and Tissue Engineering into two different courses—BME 378 – Cell Engineering and BME 379 – Tissue Engineering
6. Add BME 678 – Undergraduate Thesis in Biomedical Engineering

Indicate pages in the Undergraduate Catalog where changes will be made. Pages 151-155.

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR THE CHANGE(S):
1. During the senior exit interviews and through input from the EAC, one of the most frequent complaints was the absence of programming and numerical modeling. Therefore, to address this shortcoming, a one credit laboratory will be added.
2. At the time of the catalog revisions for the 2006-2008 catalog, BME was planning on offering BME 313 to replace the previously required EE 312. However, the ECE Department revised EE 312 thereby making it much more applicable to the needs of BME. Along with the addition of BME 113L, all the components of BME 313 will be covered by having the students take the new EE 312. BME faculty assisted in the preparation of the new EE 312 course with the EE faculty in charge of the course.
3. BME 360: Based on detailed and on-going input from the EAC, more emphasis is needed on engineering coursework and less on biology. Students wishing to use Immunology/Pathology as one of their electives may do so by taking a biology course.
BME 361: Industry partners may offer projects to students through the senior design course or through BME 377S, Industrial Internship. This project based course replicated this industry option.
4. This course was added to the catalog for 2006-2008 but was omitted from the final copy.
5. Based on input from senior exit surveys and faculty comments, the content in BME 379-Cell and Tissue Engineering needed to be divided into two courses, BME 378 Cell Engineering and BME 379 Tissue Engineering. Either of these courses may be used to satisfy the Technical Area II requirement previously satisfied by the original BME 379.
6. Admission to Engineering Honors is restricted to BME students with 1500 or higher on their SAT scores. The faculty would like to offer the opportunity for students not in Engineering Honors to complete a thesis based on their research. By including this course in the inventory, students in Plan II and others not in Engineering Honors will have the chance to perform research culminating in a thesis. BME 678 is an Honors Thesis course for BME students.
It was created because there are not enough positions allocated for BME students in 679H, so BME 678 provides openings for the “overflow”.  It is a technical elective for BME students. Our degree program allows for only 3 hours of non-didactic credit to count toward the BME degree. Therefore, only the first semester (first 3 hours) of BME 678 count toward the degree. It is not specifically listed in the “Curriculum” section in the new (2008-2010) catalog since it is not a required course.

SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how?
No, but ECE will continue to have 85-100 BME students per year in EE 312 courses.

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Has the other college(s)/school(s) been informed of the proposed change? If so, please indicate their response. Yes.

Person Communicated With: Archie Holmes, associate professor, electrical and computer engineering
Date of communication: Summer 2006

Will this proposal change the number of required hours for degree completion? If yes, please explain.
Yes, this will increase the number of hours from 132 to 133.

Does this proposal involve changes to the core curriculum (42-hour core, signature courses, flags)? If yes, please explain.
These affect the engineering curriculum only.
1. The addition of this one-hour course will be required for all BME students beginning in catalog year 2008-2010.
2. The core has changed to reflect EE 312 instead of BME 313 as well as the addition of BME 113L. All students will be required to take EE 312 and BME 113L.

COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:

Department: yes Date: April 11, 2007
College: yes Date: April 23, 2007
Dean: yes Date: September 10, 2007


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