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CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1
The University

CHAPTER 2
School of Architecture

CHAPTER 3
Red McCombs
School of Business

CHAPTER 4
College of Communication

CHAPTER 5
College of Education

CHAPTER 6
College of Engineering

CHAPTER 7
College of Fine Arts

CHAPTER 8
School of Information

CHAPTER 9
College of Liberal Arts

CHAPTER 10
College of
Natural Sciences

CHAPTER 11
School of Nursing

CHAPTER 12
College of Pharmacy

CHAPTER 13
School of Social Work

CHAPTER 14
The Faculty

Texas Common Course Numbering System
(Appendix A)

APPENDIX B
Degree and Course Abbreviations

 

    

6. College of Engineering

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Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering

The field of aerospace engineering developed because of humanity's desire for aircraft systems for military, commercial, and civilian purposes; it was first called aeronautical engineering or aeronautics. When the space age began, it was natural for aeronautical engineers to participate in the development of spacecraft systems for space exploration. This branch of engineering became known as astronautical engineering or astronautics, and the combined field is called aerospace engineering or aeronautics and astronautics. Because of the diverse nature of the work, the aerospace engineer must have a basic knowledge of physics, mathematics, digital computation, and the various disciplines of aerospace engineering: aerodynamics and propulsion, structural mechanics, flight mechanics and orbital mechanics, and control. Because of their extensive education in fundamental disciplines, aerospace engineers can work in areas other than aerospace engineering and are employed in a wide range of careers.

The objectives of the aerospace engineering degree program are to prepare students for professional practice in aerospace engineering and related engineering and scientific fields; to prepare students for such postbaccalaureate study as their aptitudes and professional goals may dictate; to instill in students a commitment to lifelong education and to ethical behavior throughout their professional careers; and to make students aware of the global and societal effects of technology. To meet these objectives, the faculty has designed a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes fundamentals in the basic sciences, mathematics, and the humanities and integrates classroom and laboratory experiences in the engineering disciplines of aerodynamics and propulsion, structural mechanics, mechanics of materials, flight and orbital mechanics, controls, computation, measurements and instrumentation, design, and technical communication. The curriculum requires students to use modern engineering tools, to work individually, and to practice teamwork.

The first two years of the aerospace engineering curriculum emphasize fundamental material along with engineering sciences, while the third year introduces concepts in the areas of fluid mechanics, structural mechanics, system dynamics and control, and experimentation. The fourth year provides further depth in aerospace engineering, with emphasis on design and laboratory courses. After acceptance into the major sequence, usually during the junior year, the student elects to pursue one of two technical areas, atmospheric flight or space flight. The courses required for each option are listed below. Both area options are complemented by general education courses and courses offered in other engineering disciplines. In addition, the student may choose technical electives that increase the breadth of the program or that provide additional depth within one or more subdisciplines. All of the following subdisciplines are also represented in the required courses for both technical area options.

Aerodynamics and propulsion. This subdiscipline embraces study in one of the more traditional areas of aerospace engineering. It involves fluid motion, propulsion, lift and drag on wings and other bodies, high-speed heating effects, and wind tunnel investigation of these problems. Topics of study include fluid mechanics, gas dynamics, heat transfer, aerodynamics, propulsion, and experimental fluid mechanics.

Structural mechanics. This subdiscipline includes the study of airplane, spacecraft, and missile structures, the materials that make them efficient, and methods for testing, analysis, and design of new structural systems. Course topics include structural analysis, structural dynamics, materials (including advanced composites), aeroelasticity, experimental structural mechanics, and computer-aided design of structures.

Flight mechanics and orbital mechanics. Flight mechanics involves the analysis of the motion of aircraft, missiles, rockets, reentry vehicles, and spacecraft that are subjected to gravitational, propulsive, and aerodynamic forces; the study of uncontrolled motion of satellites and coasting spacecraft is usually referred to as orbital mechanics. Subject matter in these areas includes trajectory analysis and optimization; attitude dynamics, stability, and control; flight test; orbit determination; orbital operations; and simulation.

Flight control. Control theory is applied in aerospace engineering to the development of automatic flight control systems for aircraft (autopilots and stability augmentation systems), attitude control systems for satellites, and guidance and control systems for missiles, rockets, reentry vehicles, and spacecraft. Course topics include linear system theory, classical control theory, digital control, and probability theory.

Curriculum

Course requirements are divided into three categories: basic sequence courses, major sequence courses, and other required courses. Enrollment in major sequence courses is restricted to students who have received credit for all of the basic sequence courses and have been admitted to the major sequence by the College of Engineering Admissions Committee. (Requirements for admission to a major sequence are given in this chapter.) Enrollment in other required courses is not restricted by completion of the basic sequence.

Courses used to fulfill technical and nontechnical elective requirements must be approved by the aerospace engineering faculty before the student enrolls in them. Courses that fulfill the social science and fine arts/humanities requirements are listed in this chapter.

Courses Semester Hours

Basic Sequence Courses
  Aerospace Engineering 201, 102, 211, Chemistry 301, Engineering Mechanics 306, 311M, 319, English 316K, Mathematics 408C, 408D, 427K, 427L, Physics 303K, 303L, 103M, 103N, Rhetoric and Composition 306 47

Major Sequence Courses
  Aerospace Engineering 320, 120K, 321K, 324L, 330M, 333T, 340, 463Q, 365, 366K, 367K, 167M, 369K, 370L, 376K 42
  Technical area courses 7
  Approved technical electives 6

Other Required Courses
  Electrical Engineering 331K, Mechanical Engineering 210, 326 8
  American government, including Texas government 6
  American history 6
  Approved social science elective 3
  Approved fine arts or humanities elective 3

  Minimum Required 128

Technical Area Options

The technical area option allows the student to choose seven semester hours of technical area courses in either atmospheric flight or space flight. Each student should choose a technical area by the end of the first semester of the junior year and plan an academic program to meet the area requirements in the next three semesters. Many students choose technical electives that will strengthen their backgrounds in one specialty area, but this is not required. It should be noted that a student may choose the technical area courses in the other technical area as electives and that, with the addition of only one semester hour beyond the minimum number required, the student can complete all required courses in both technical areas. This route provides a greater emphasis on the design process and gives students more flexibility in the job market.

Area 1, Atmospheric Flight

Also called aeronautics, this area provides the student with a well-rounded program of study emphasizing the major disciplines of aerodynamics, propulsion, structures, design, performance, and control of aircraft. These subjects are treated at a fundamental level that lays a foundation for work in a broad variety of specialties in the aircraft industry. This option is intended for the undergraduate student whose primary interest is aircraft.

Aerospace Engineering 362K, Compressible Fluid Mechanics
Aerospace Engineering 162M, Applied Compressible Fluid Mechanics
Aerospace Engineering 261K, Aircraft Design
Aerospace Engineering 161M, Aircraft Design Laboratory

Area 2, Space Flight

Also called astronautics, this area offers a well-rounded program of study that provides a background in the traditional areas of fluid mechanics, materials, structures, propulsion, controls, and flight mechanics, while also giving the student a chance to learn about the space environment, attitude determination and control, orbital mechanics, mission design, and spacecraft systems and design. These subjects are treated at a fundamental level that lays a foundation for work in a broad variety of specialties in space-related industries. This option is intended for the undergraduate student whose primary interest is space and spacecraft.

Aerospace Engineering 166M, Space Applications Laboratory
Aerospace Engineering 372K, Advanced Spacecraft Dynamics
Aerospace Engineering 274L, Spacecraft/Mission Design Principles
Aerospace Engineering 174M, Spacecraft/Mission Design Laboratory

Suggested Arrangement of Courses

First Year -- Fall Semester
CoursesSemester Hours

ASE 102, Introduction to Aerospace Engineering 1
CH 301, Principles of Chemistry I 3
M 408C, Differential and Integral Calculus 4
M E 210, Engineering Design Graphics 2
RHE 306, Rhetoric and Composition 3
Social science or fine arts/humanities elective 3
 Total16
First Year -- Spring Semester
CoursesSemester Hours

ASE 201, Introduction to Computer Programming 2
M 408D, Sequences, Series, and Multivariable Calculus 4
PHY 303K, Engineering Physics I 3
PHY 103M, Laboratory for Physics 303K 1
American government 3
Social science or fine arts/humanities elective 3
 Total16
Second Year -- Fall Semester
CoursesSemester Hours

ASE 211, Engineering Computation 2
E 316K, Masterworks of Literature 3
E M 306, Statics 3
M 427K, Advanced Calculus for Applications I 4
PHY 303L, Engineering Physics II 3
PHY 103N, Laboratory for Physics 303L 1
 Total16
Second Year -- Spring Semester
CoursesSemester Hours

E M 311M, Dynamics 3
E M 319, Mechanics of Solids 3
M 427L, Advanced Calculus for Applications II 4
M E 326, Thermodynamics 3
American history 3
 Total16
Third Year -- Fall Semester
CoursesSemester Hours

ASE 320, Introduction to Fluid Mechanics 3
ASE 120K, Applications of Fluid Mechanics 1
ASE 321K, Structural Analysis 3
ASE 330M, Linear System Analysis 3
ASE 366K, Spacecraft Dynamics 3
E E 331K, Electric Circuits and Electronics 3
 Total16
Third Year -- Spring Semester
CoursesSemester Hours

ASE 365, Structural Dynamics 3
ASE 367K, Flight Dynamics 3
ASE 167M, Flight Dynamics Laboratory 1
ASE 369K, Measurements and Instrumentation 3
ASE 376K, Propulsion 3
ASE 333T, Engineering Communication 3
 Total16
Fourth Year -- Fall Semester
CoursesSemester Hours

ASE 324L, Aerospace Materials Laboratory 3
ASE 340, Boundary Layer Theory and Heat Transfer 3
ASE 370L, Flight Control Systems 3
Technical area courses 4
Approved technical elective 3
 Total16
Fourth Year -- Spring Semester
CoursesSemester Hours

ASE 463Q, Design and Testing of Aerospace Structures 4
Technical area courses 3
American government 3
American history 3
Approved technical elective 3
 Total16

Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering

An unprecedented growth in the building industry, already one of the largest industries in the nation, has created a pressing demand for engineers with specialized training to plan and direct the activities of the industry. This need has been further intensified by the introduction of new materials, new structural systems, and new methods and management techniques. The curriculum in architectural engineering is designed to meet this demand. It offers training in the fundamentals of engineering, with specialization in structural engineering, construction engineering and project management, environmental systems for buildings, or construction materials.

This curriculum affords the student the opportunity to attain competence in the structural design of buildings from high-rise to long-span structures and from commercial buildings to complex industrial facilities. Courses in environmental control systems permit graduates to integrate modern electrical, mechanical, and utility distribution systems with the structural and architectural elements of buildings. Courses in construction methods and project management offer the student an opportunity to obtain a versatile background suitable for all areas of the building industry.

The extensive technical requirements, coupled with courses in arts and sciences, provide the architectural engineering student with an opportunity to obtain a background that is ideally suited for careers and positions of responsibility with consulting engineers, general contractors, manufacturers, government agencies, and architecture firms. The curriculum also serves as an excellent springboard to graduate study in the areas of structural engineering, construction engineering and project management, environmental systems for buildings, and construction materials.

Graduates of the architectural engineering program are expected to (1) understand the historical context, multidisciplinary nature, and state of the art of architectural engineering in addressing contemporary issues in society; and stay informed of emerging technologies and the challenges facing the profession in the future, (2) demonstrate strong reasoning and quantitative skills in order to identify, structure, and formulate architectural engineering-related problems, as well as design creative solutions that reflect social, economic, and environmental sensitivities, (3) integrate increasingly complex components of architectural, structural, and building environmental systems, as well as project management, for the built environment, (4) display a spirit of curiosity and lifelong learning, and conduct themselves in a professionally responsible and ethical manner, and (5) exhibit strong communication, interpersonal, and resource management skills so that they can become leaders in the architectural engineering profession and contribute to the enhancement of life and community. To meet these objectives, the faculty has designed a curriculum in which students may learn how to apply mathematics, science, and empirical observation to design the fundamental elements of architectural engineering systems. Along with these basic skills, students are expected to use teamwork skills in a design environment that encourages multidisciplinary learning, imparts depth in technical knowledge, and acknowledges the broader societal impact of architectural engineering design. Students are also expected to be able to communicate architectural engineering solutions to a diverse audience in a professional and ethical manner. Overall, the architectural engineering curriculum has the scientific content, the technical rigor, the flexibility, and the breadth to provide students with an academic environment that fosters lifelong learning in a constantly evolving profession.

Dual Degree Program in Architectural Engineering and Architecture

A program that leads to both the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering degree and the Bachelor of Architecture degree is available to qualified students. The program combines the course requirements of both degrees and requires six years for completion. Students who wish to pursue both degrees must apply for admission to the School of Architecture according to the procedures and deadlines established by the school. The program is described in chapter 2; additional information is available from the undergraduate adviser for architectural engineering.

Curriculum

Course requirements are divided into three categories: basic sequence courses, major sequence courses, and other required courses. Enrollment in major sequence courses is restricted to students who have received credit for all of the basic sequence courses and have been admitted to the major sequence by the College of Engineering Admissions Committee. (Requirements for admission to a major sequence are given in this chapter.) Enrollment in other required courses is not restricted by completion of the basic sequence.

Courses used to fulfill technical and nontechnical elective requirements must be approved by the architectural engineering faculty before the student enrolls in them. Courses that fulfill the social science and fine arts/humanities requirements are listed in this chapter.

Courses Semester Hours

Basic Sequence Courses
  Architectural Engineering 102, 217, Chemistry 301, Civil Engineering 311K, 311S, 314K, Engineering Mechanics 306, 319, Mathematics 408C, 408D, 427K, Physics 303K, 303L, 103M, 103N, Rhetoric and Composition 306 44

Major Sequence Courses
  Architectural Engineering 320K, 320L, 323K, 335, 346N, 362L, 465, 366, Civil Engineering 319F, 329, 331, 333T, 335, 357 43
  Approved technical electives 6

Other Required Courses
  Electrical Engineering 331, English 316K, Geological Sciences 312K, Mechanical Engineering 320 12
  American government, including Texas government 6
  History 315K, 315L[2] 6
  Approved architectural history elective[3] 3
  Approved social science elective 3
  Approved mathematics/science elective 3

    Minimum Required 126

Technical Electives

Technical electives in architectural engineering are listed in four areas of specialization below. Six semester hours, the "approved technical electives," must be chosen from the following technical area courses or selected with the approval of the department chair. Lower-division courses may not be used as technical electives.

Area 1, Structural Engineering

Structural engineering is of special interest to the student who plans to pursue a career in the structural analysis and design of buildings for a consulting firm, in industry, or in research. Emphasis is on analysis of indeterminate structures and current design procedures in foundations, reinforced concrete, metals, and timber.

Architectural Engineering 345K, Masonry Engineering
Civil Engineering 362M, Advanced Reinforced Concrete Design
Civil Engineering 362N, Advanced Steel Design
Civil Engineering 363, Advanced Structural Analysis

Area 2, Construction Engineering and Project Management

Construction engineering and project management integrates the technical education of engineering with the financial, legal, and administrative skills required for business management. The expected growth of construction volume and the increasing complexity of projects should provide engineering management career opportunities with construction companies, construction management consultants, government agencies, educational institutions, material suppliers, real estate firms, and others.

Architectural Engineering 350, Advanced CAD Procedures
Architectural Engineering 358, Cost Estimating in Building Construction
Civil Engineering 352, Civil Engineering Measurements
Mechanical Engineering 366L, Operations Research Models

Area 3, Environmental Systems for Buildings

This area emphasizes the design of controlled and comfortable environments in buildings and industrial facilities. Special attention is given to water distribution and sanitary waste in buildings; heating, ventilating, and air conditioning; noise and vibration control; and illumination. Graduates are prepared to seek employment with consulting firms and industries that specialize in the selection and design of mechanical, electrical, and acoustical systems and equipment for buildings.

Mechanical Engineering 339, Heat Transfer
Mechanical Engineering 374L, Design of Thermal Systems
Mechanical Engineering 374S, Solar Energy Systems Design
Mechanical Engineering 379N, Engineering Acoustics

Area 4, Construction Materials

The construction materials area is of special interest to the student who plans a career in materials testing, forensic engineering, or building materials research and development.

Civil Engineering 351, Concrete Materials
Civil Engineering 366K, Design of Bituminous Mixtures
Civil Engineering 366M, Modern Pavement Materials
Mechanical Engineering 349, Corrosion Engineering
Mechanical Engineering 378K, Mechanical Behavior of Materials

Suggested Arrangement of Courses

First Year -- Fall Semester
CoursesSemester Hours

ARE 102, Introduction to Architectural Engineering 1
CH 301, Principles of Chemistry I 3
M 408C, Differential and Integral Calculus 4
RHE 306, Rhetoric and Composition 3
Approved social science elective 3
Total 14
First Year -- Spring Semester
CoursesSemester Hours

E M 306, Statics 3
GEO 312K, Geology of Engineering 3
M 408D, Sequences, Series, and Multivariable Calculus 4
PHY 303K, Engineering Physics I 3
PHY 103M, Laboratory for Physics 303K 1
American government 3
Total 17
Second Year -- Fall Semester
CoursesSemester Hours

C E 311K, Introduction to Computer Methods 3
E M 319, Mechanics of Solids 3
M 427K, Advanced Calculus for Applications I 4
PHY 303L, Engineering Physics II 3
PHY 103N, Laboratory for Physics 303L 1
Approved architectural history elective 3
Total 17
Second Year -- Spring Semester
CoursesSemester Hours

ARE 217, Computer-Aided Design and Graphics 2
C E 311S, Elementary Statistics for Civil Engineers 3
C E 314K, Properties and Behavior of Engineering Materials 3
E 316K, Masterworks of Literature 3
HIS 315K, The United States, 1492-1865 3
Approved mathematics/science elective 3
Total 17
Third Year -- Fall Semester
CoursesSemester Hours

ARE 320K, Introduction to Design I 3
ARE 335, Materials and Methods of Building Construction 3
C E 319F, Elementary Mechanics of Fluids 3
C E 329, Structural Analysis 3
American government 3
Total 15
Third Year -- Spring Semester
CoursesSemester Hours

ARE 320L, Introduction to Design II 3
ARE 346N, Building Environmental Systems 3
C E 333T, Engineering Communication 3
C E 335, Elements of Steel Design 3
M E 320, Applied Thermodynamics 3
Total 15
Fourth Year -- Fall Semester
CoursesSemester Hours

ARE 323K, Project Management and Economics 3
ARE 362L, Structural Design in Wood 3
C E 331, Reinforced Concrete Design 3
C E 357, Geotechnical Engineering 3
E E 331, Electrical Circuits, Electronics, and Machinery 3
  Total 15
Fourth Year -- Spring Semester
CoursesSemester Hours

ARE 465, Integrated Design Project 4
ARE 366, Contracts, Liability, and Ethics 3
HIS 315L, The United States since 1865 3
Approved technical electives 6
  Total 16

Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering

The mission of the Department of Biomedical Engineering is to provide a rigorous education at the intersection of engineering and science as these fields relate to the molecular diagnosis and prevention of disease. The main educational objective is a thorough training in the fundamentals of engineering science, design, and biology. The curriculum is designed to provide concepts central to understanding living systems from the molecular and cellular levels to the tissue and organismal levels. The curriculum incorporates principles of vertical integration, leading to the choice of a technical area (biomedical imaging and instrumentation, cell and biomolecular engineering, or computational biomedical engineering), and culminates in a team capstone design experience. Research, industrial, and clinical internships provide students with novel educational experiences and unique perspectives on biomedical engineering applications. Students are expected to develop an understanding of industrial, research, and clinical biomedical engineering environments; an understanding of regulatory issues and biomedical ethics; the ability to identify, formulate, and solve biomedical engineering problems; the ability to design systems to meet needs in medical/life science applications; an understanding of life processes at the molecular, cellular, tissue, and organismal levels; the ability to make measurements and interpret data in living systems; an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of biomedical engineering research; and the ability to use instrumentation to measure phenomena in living systems.

Curriculum

Course requirements are divided into three categories: basic sequence courses, major sequence courses, and other required courses. Enrollment in major sequence courses is restricted to students who have received credit for all of the basic sequence courses and have been admitted to the major sequence by the College of Engineering Admissions Committee. (Requirements for admission to a major sequence are given in this chapter.) Enrollment in other required courses is not restricted by completion of the basic sequence.

Courses used to fulfill technical and nontechnical elective requirements must be approved by the Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Advising Office before the student registers for them. Courses that fulfill the social science and fine arts/humanities requirements are listed in this chapter. The student must take all courses required for the degree on the letter-grade basis and must earn a grade of at least C in each.

Courses Semester Hours

Basic Sequence Courses
  Biology 205L or 206L, 211, 212, Biomedical Engineering 102, 303, 314, Chemistry 302, 204, 118K, 318M, Mathematics 408C, 408D, 427K, Physics 303K, 303L, 103M, 103N, Rhetoric and Composition 306 45

Major Sequence Courses
  Biomedical Engineering 221, 333T, 335, 348, 251, 353, 360, 365R, 365S, 370, 371 31
  Approved technical area electives 18
  Biomedical engineering senior electives 6

Other Required Courses
  Chemistry 353, Electrical Engineering 312, English 316K 9
  One of the following:
For students in technical areas 1A and 1B: Biomedical Engineering 311, Electrical Engineering 322C;
for those in technical area 2: Chemical Engineering 350, Chemistry 369;
for those in technical area 3: Chemistry 369, Electrical Engineering 322C
6
  American government, including Texas government 6
  American history 6
  Approved social science elective 3
  Approved fine arts or humanities elective 3

    Minimum Required 133

Technical Area Options

The technical area option allows the student to choose eighteen semester hours of technical area coursework in biomedical imaging and instrumentation, cellular and biomolecular engineering, or computational biomedical engineering. Each student should choose a technical area by the end of the sophomore year and plan an academic program to meet the area requirements in the next two years.

Preparation for health professions. Students who plan to go on to medical, veterinary, or dental school in Texas must complete coursework in addition to that required for the BSBmE in order to meet professional school admission requirements; those who plan to attend schools outside Texas may need additional coursework. The student is responsible for knowing and meeting these additional requirements, but assistance and information are available from the Health Professions Office in the College of Natural Sciences.

Technical Area 1, Biomedical Imaging and Instrumentation

The objective of this area is to bring together students with knowledge and skills in the general area of medical instrumentation and imaging science. A solid foundation is established in analog and digital network analysis. Technical area 1A emphasizes instrumentation, while technical area 1B examines biomedical image processing for medical applications. Students must complete the following four courses:

Biomedical Engineering 343, Biomedical Engineering Signal and Systems Analysis
Electrical Engineering 319K, Introduction to Microcontrollers
Electrical Engineering 438, Electronic Circuits I
Electrical Engineering 345S, Real-Time Digital Signal Processing Laboratory

In addition, students must complete six hours of coursework in one of the following options:

Option A: Digital Applications

Biomedical Engineering 374K, Biomedical Electronics, and Biomedical Engineering 374L, Applications of Biomedical Engineering Laboratory

or


Electrical Engineering 345L, Microprocessor Applications and Organization, and Electrical Engineering 345M, Embedded and Real-Time Systems Laboratory

Option B: Imaging Applications

Astronomy 376, Topic: Astronomical Instrumentation
Biomedical Engineering 357, Biomedical Imaging Modalities Laboratory
Electrical Engineering 347, Modern Optics
Electrical Engineering 351M, Digital Signal Processing
Electrical Engineering 371R, Digital Image and Video Processing

Technical Area 2, Cell and Biomolecular Engineering

The major objective of this area is to teach students how to integrate knowledge in cell and molecular biology with engineering analysis, so that they can address problems in molecular-based medicine. Three disciplines within this technical area are tissue engineering as it relates to the underlying molecular biology issues; materials science, with an emphasis on bioactive materials and construction of nanoscale devices and probes; and bioengineering analysis of infectious diseases and immunological responses. Students must take the following three courses:

Biology 325, Genetics
Biomedical Engineering 339, Biochemical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering 352, Advanced Engineering Biomaterials

In addition, students must complete nine hours of coursework from the following list; at least one course must have a laboratory and at least one must be in engineering.

Biology 323L, Laboratory Studies in Cell Biology
Biology 325L, Laboratory Experience in Genetics
Biology 226R, General Microbiology: Microbial Cell Structure and Genetics, and Biology 126L, General Microbiology Laboratory
Biology 344, Molecular Biology
Biomedical Engineering 354, Molecular Sensors and Nanodevices for Biomedical Engineering Applications
Biomedical Engineering 379, Cell and Tissue Engineering
Chemistry 118L, Organic Chemistry Laboratory, and Chemistry 318N, Organic Chemistry II

Technical Area 3, Computational Biomedical Engineering

The objective of this area is to provide students with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to use computational algorithms and techniques in engineering and information science to study problems in biomedicine and health care. Examples include (a) designing medical decision aids using statistical and machine learning models, (b) dynamic modeling and computer simulation to study the biomechanics and control of movement, (c) development of thermodynamic models of dynamic processes at the microscopic and macroscopic scales in biological systems, and (d) image processing techniques for quantitative measurement and interpretation of biomedical images.

All students must complete the following four courses:

Biomedical Engineering 341, Engineering Tools for Computational Biology Laboratory
Computer Sciences 323E, Elements of Scientific Computing
Electrical Engineering 360C, Algorithms
Mathematics 340L, Matrices and Matrix Calculations

In addition, students must complete six hours of coursework from the following list; at least one of these courses must be in engineering.

Biomedical Engineering 342, Computational Biomechanics
Biomedical Engineering 345, Graphics and Visualization Laboratory
Electrical Engineering 332, Computer Graphics
Computer Sciences 313E, Elements of Software Design
Computer Sciences 327E, Elements of Databases
Other approved computer sciences courses

Senior Engineering Electives

All students must complete six hours in senior engineering electives. The following may be counted toward this requirement:

  • An engineering course in any one of the three technical areas. A course may not be counted toward both the technical area requirement and the senior elective requirement.
  • With the adviser's consent, any upper-division engineering course. A course may not be counted toward both the technical area requirement and the senior elective requirement.
  • Biomedical Engineering 361, Biomedical Engineering Industrial and Business Projects
  • Biomedical Engineering 177, 277, 377, Undergraduate Research Project
  • One of the following four courses:
    Biomedical Engineering 377P, Clinical Research Internship
    Biomedical Engineering 377Q, Clinical Medical Internship
    Biomedical Engineering 377R, Research Internship
    Biomedical Engineering 377S, Industrial Internship

The clinical research internship program allows students to perform research in laboratories at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, or an approved program at another medical school; the clinical medical internship program gives students the opportunity to work directly with a single physician or a team of practicing physicians at either institution. In the clinical medical internship, students participate in clinical inpatient rounds, outpatient visits, operating room procedures, and medical grand rounds. This experience gives them direct knowledge of the medical needs that can be addressed by biomedical engineering. In the research internship program, students perform biomedical research with biomedical engineering faculty members at UT Austin and/or the Texas Medical Center in Houston or with faculty members in an approved program at another medical school. The industrial internship program consists of summer internships at partner biomedical companies or government laboratories.

Suggested Arrangement of Courses

First Year -- Fall Semester
CoursesSemester Hours

BIO 211, Introductory Biology: Cell Biology 2
BME 102, Principles of Biomedical Engineering 1
BME 303, Introduction to Computing for Biomedical Engineering 3
CH 302, Principles of Chemistry II 3
CH 204, Introduction to Chemical Practice 2
M 408C, Differential and Integral Calculus 4
Total 15
First Year -- Spring Semester
CoursesSemester Hours

BIO 205L, Laboratory Experiments in Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology, or BIO 206L, Laboratory Experiments in Biology: Structure and Function of Organisms 2
BIO 212, Introductory Biology: Genetics and Evolution 2
E E 312, Introduction to Programming 3
M 408D, Sequences, Series, and Multivariable Calculus 4
PHY 303K, Engineering Physics I 3
PHY 103M, Laboratory for Physics 303K 1
RHE 306, Rhetoric and Composition 3
Total 18
Second Year -- Fall Semester
CoursesSemester Hours

BME 314, Engineering Foundations of Biomedical Engineering 3
CH 118K, Organic Chemistry laboratory 3
CH 318M, Organic Chemistry I 3
E 316K, Masterworks of Literature 3
M 427K, Advanced Calculus for Applications I 4
PHY 303L, Engineering Physics II 3
PHY 103N, Laboratory for Physics 303L 1
Total 18
Second Year -- Spring Semester
CoursesSemester Hours

BME 333T, Engineering Communication 3
BME 335, Engineering Probability and Statistics 3
BME 353, Transport Phenomena in Living Systems 3
CH 353, Physical Chemistry I 3
Technical area prerequisite courses[4] 3 or 6
Total 15 or 18
Third Year -- Fall Semester
CoursesSemester Hours

BME 221, Measurement and Instrumentation Laboratory 2
BME 365R, Quantitative Engineering Physiology I 3
Technical area elective 6
Approved fine arts/humanities elective 3
Total 14 or 17[5]
Third Year -- Spring Semester
CoursesSemester Hours

BME 251, Biomedical Image and Signal Processing Laboratory 2
BME 348, Systems Analysis in Biomedical Engineering 3
BME 365S, Quantitative Engineering Physiology II 3
Technical area elective 3
American history 3
Total 17
Fourth Year -- Fall Semester
CoursesSemester Hours

BME 360, Engineering Applications of Immunology and Disease Pathology 3
BME 370, Principles of Engineering Design 3
Technical area elective 3
Senior engineering elective 3
American government 3
Approved social science elective 3
  Total 18
Fourth Year -- Spring Semester
CoursesSemester Hours

BME 371, Biomedical Engineering Design Project 3
Senior engineering elective 3
Technical area elective 3
American government 3
American history 3
  Total 15

 


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Undergraduate Catalog
Contents
Chapter 1 - The University
Chapter 2 - School of Architecture
Chapter 3 - Red McCombs School of Business
Chapter 4 - College of Communication
Chapter 5 - College of Education
Chapter 6 - College of Engineering
Chapter 7 - College of Fine Arts
Chapter 8 - School of Information
Chapter 9 - College of Liberal Arts
Chapter 10 - College of Natural Sciences
Chapter 11 - School of Nursing
Chapter 12 - College of Pharmacy
Chapter 13 - School of Social Work
Chapter 14 - The Faculty
Texas Common Course Numbering System (Appendix A)
Appendix B - Degree and Course Abbreviations

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