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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 computation, and integrates classroom and laboratory experiences in the engineering disciplines of aerodynamics and propulsion, structural mechanics, mechanics of materials, flight and orbital mechanics, controls, measurements and instrumentation, design, and technical communication. The curriculum requires students to use modern engineering tools and to work individually and in teams.

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.

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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. 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 course. The only exceptions to this policy are the fine arts/humanities and social science electives. They may be taken on the pass/fail basis if the student meets the University requirements for pass/fail registration; these requirements are given in General Information.

Curriculum | Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering

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 Writing 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

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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
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Suggested Arrangement of Courses | Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering

Courses
Semester
hours
First Year — Fall Semester
  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 Writing 3
  Social science or fine arts/humanities elective 3
TOTAL 16
First Year — Spring Semester
  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
TOTAL 16
Second Year — Fall Semester
  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
TOTAL 16
Second Year — Spring Semester
  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
TOTAL 16
Third Year — Fall Semester
  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
TOTAL 16
Third Year — Spring Semester
  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
TOTAL 16
Fourth Year — Fall Semester
  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
TOTAL 16
Fourth Year — Spring Semester
  ASE 463Q, Design and Testing of Aerospace Structures 4
  Technical area courses 3
  American government 3
  American history 3
  Approved technical elective 3
TOTAL 16

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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 structures, building environmental systems, or building 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 structures, building environmental systems, or building 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.

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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.

Curriculum | Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering

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 Writing 306 44
Major Sequence Courses
  Architectural Engineering 320K, 320L, 323K, 335, 346N, 465, 366, Civil Engineering 319F, 329, 331 or 335, 333T, 357 37
  Approved technical electives 15
Other Required Courses
  English 316K, Geological Sciences 312K, Mechanical Engineering 320 9
  American government, including Texas government 6
  History 315K, 315L [2] 6
  Approved architectural history elective [3] 3
  Approved social science elective 3
  Approved mathematics or science elective 3
MINIMUM REQUIRED 126

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Technical Electives

Technical electives in architectural engineering are listed in three areas of specialization below. Fifteen semester hours must be chosen from the following approved technical elective courses or selected with the approval of the department undergraduate adviser. The fifteen semester hours (five courses) may be chosen from one or more of the areas of specialization. Lower-division courses may not be used as technical electives.

Area 1, Structures

  • Architectural Engineering 345K, Masonry Engineering
  • Architectural Engineering 362L, Structural Design in Wood
  • Civil Engineering 331, Reinforced Concrete Design, or Civil Engineering 335, Elements of Steel Design
  • Civil Engineering 360K, Foundation Engineering
  • Civil Engineering 362M, Advanced Reinforced Concrete Design
  • Civil Engineering 362N, Advanced Steel Design
  • Civil Engineering 363, Advanced Structural Analysis
  • Civil Engineering 375, Earth Slopes and Retaining Structures
  • Engineering Mechanics 339, Advanced Strength of Materials

Area 2, Building Environmental Systems

  • Architectural Engineering 346P, HVAC Design
  • Architectural Engineering 370, Design of Energy Efficient and Healthy Buildings
  • Architectural Engineering 371, Energy Simulation in Building Design
  • Architectural Engineering 372, Modeling of Air and Pollutant Flows in Buildings
  • Architectural Engineering 377K, Topic 2: Indoor Air Quality: Transport and Control
  • Civil Engineering 341, Introduction to Environmental Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering 339, Heat Transfer
  • Mechanical Engineering 374S, Solar Energy Systems Design
  • Mechanical Engineering 379M, Topic: Fire Science
  • Mechanical Engineering 379N, Engineering Acoustics

Area 3, Building Construction/Materials

  • Architectural Engineering 350, Advanced CAD Procedures
  • Architectural Engineering 358, Cost Estimating in Building Construction
  • Civil Engineering 351, Concrete Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering 349, Corrosion Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering 378K, Mechanical Behavior of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering 378P, Properties and Applications of Polymers
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Suggested Arrangement of Courses | Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering

Courses
Semester
hours
First Year — Fall Semester
  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 Writing 3
  Approved social science elective 3
TOTAL 14
First Year — Spring Semester
  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
  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
  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
  ARE 320K, Introduction to Design I 3
  C E 319F, Elementary Mechanics of Fluids 3
  C E 329, Structural Analysis 3
  M E 320, Applied Thermodynamics 3
  American government 3
TOTAL 15
Third Year — Spring Semester
  ARE 320L, Introduction to Design II 3
  ARE 335, Materials and Methods of Building Construction 3
  ARE 346N, Building Environmental Systems 3
  C E 331, Reinforced Concrete Design, or C E 335, Elements of Steel Design 3
  C E 333T, Engineering Communication 3
TOTAL 15
Fourth Year — Fall Semester
  ARE 323K, Project Management and Economics 3
  C E 357, Geotechnical Engineering 3
  Approved technical elective 3
  Approved technical elective 3
  Approved technical elective 3
TOTAL 15
Fourth Year — Spring Semester
  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

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Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering

The mission of the Department of Biomedical Engineering is to develop clinically translatable solutions for human health by training the next generation of biomedical engineers, cultivating leaders, and nurturing the integration of science, engineering, and medicine in a discovery-centered environment. The main educational objective is to provide 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, cellular 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 use instrumentation and to make measurements and interpret data in living systems; and an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of biomedical engineering research.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the biomedical engineering program are expected to be able to

  • Apply knowledge of biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering to solve problems at the interface of engineering and biology.
  • Design and conduct experiments and analyze and interpret data to support the understanding of biological systems and processes.
  • Design a biomedical engineering system, component, and/or process that meets specific needs; and demonstrate understanding of relevant technical, professional, and ethical issues.
  • Function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • Communicate effectively in oral, written, and graphical formats.
  • Identify, formulate, and solve biomedical engineering problems that address contemporary issues within a global, societal, and economic context.
  • Recognize the need to pursue continuing educational opportunities in biomedical engineering and have the ability to do so.

Program Educational Objectives

Achievement of the preceding program outcomes gives students the foundation for accomplishing the biomedical engineering program educational objectives. A few years after graduation, students are expected to be able to

  • Conduct themselves with exemplary professional ethics and highest integrity.
  • Demonstrate a quantitative, analytical, and systems approach to problem solving in their professional practice.
  • Demonstrate a continuous quest for professional excellence and success.
  • Participate in continuing education to expand their knowledge of contemporary professional issues.
  • Exhibit effective scientific, technical, communication, and resource management skills in their professional practice.
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Curriculum

Course requirements are divided into three categories: basic sequence courses, major sequence courses, and other required courses. The first two years of the curriculum consist of basic sequence core courses for all biomedical engineering students. Subsequent enrollment in major sequence courses and one of three technical areas 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.

Prior to registration, students must receive approval from the Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Advising Office for courses to be used to fulfill technical and nontechnical elective requirements. 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.

Curriculum | Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering

Courses
Semester
hours
Basic Sequence Courses
  Biology 205L or 206L, 311C, Biomedical Engineering 102, 303, 311, 313, 314, 333T, Chemistry 302, 204, 310M or 318M, Mathematics 408C, 408D, 427K, Physics 303K, 303L, 103M, 103N, Rhetoric and Writing 306 52
Major Sequence Courses
  Biomedical Engineering 221, 335, 348, 251, 353, 365R, 365S, 370, 371, Chemistry 339K or 369 28
  Approved technical area electives 21
  Senior engineering electives 6
Other Required Courses
  Chemistry 118K, 353 or 353M, English 316K 7
  American government, including Texas government 6
  American history 6
  Approved social science elective 3
  Approved fine arts or humanities elective 3
MINIMUM REQUIRED 132

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Technical Area Options

The technical area option allows the student to build on the biomedical engineering core curriculum by choosing twenty-one 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 during the next two years.

Preparation for health professions. Students who plan to attend 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, Geography Building 234.

Preparation for law. There is no sequential arrangement of courses prescribed for a prelaw program. The Association of American Law Schools puts special emphasis on comprehension and expression in words, critical understanding of the human institutions and values with which the law deals, and analytical power in thinking. Courses relevant to these objectives deal with communication of ideas, logic, mathematics, social sciences, history, philosophy, and the physical sciences. Services for prelaw students are provided by Liberal Arts Career Services (LACS), Dorothy Gebauer Building 1.308. Engineering prelaw students may consult the prelaw adviser in LACS.

Plan II Honors Program. Students enrolled in the Plan II Honors Program are encouraged to contact the Biomedical Engineering Plan II faculty adviser, the Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Advising Office, and the Plan II Office to ensure that requirements for both programs are met. Plan II courses may count toward biomedical engineering program requirements.

Certificate programs. Biomedical engineering students may enrich their education through the following certificate programs.

Business Foundations Program. Students who wish to learn about fundamental business concepts and practices may take supplemental coursework that leads to the Business Foundations Certificate, awarded by the Red McCombs School of Business. The Business Foundations Program is described in chapter 3. For more information, contact the McCombs School or the Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Advising Office, or visit http://www.mccombs.utexas.edu/udean/major/foundations/.

Elements of Computing. Students who wish to learn about computer sciences may take the coursework that leads to the certificate in the Elements of Computing, awarded by the Department of Computer Sciences. The Elements of Computing Program is described in chapter 11. For more information, contact the Department of Computer Sciences or the Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Advising Office, or visit http://academics.cs.utexas.edu/ undergraduate/nonmajor/elements.html.

Technical Area 1, Biomedical Imaging and Instrumentation

This technical area is design for students interested in the general area of medical instrumentation and imaging science. The main objective is to prepare students to design and use biomedical instrumentation for imaging, diagnostic, and therapeutic applications, with focus on the new fields of molecular engineering, cell and tissue engineering, and biotechnology. A solid foundation, practical knowledge, and skills are established in analog and digital network analysis, software and hardware programming, electronic circuits, sensors, data acquisition systems, image and signal processing, and computational analysis of data as it applies to living systems.

Students must complete the following five courses:

  • Biomedical Engineering 343, Biomedical Engineering Signal and Systems Analysis
  • Electrical Engineering 319K, Introduction to Microcontrollers
  • Electrical Engineering 322C, Data Structures
  • Electrical Engineering 438, Electronic Circuits I
  • Electrical Engineering 345S, Real-Time Digital Signal Processing Laboratory

In addition, students must complete six hours of coursework chosen from the following list:

  • Astronomy 376, Topic: Astronomical Instrumentation
  • Biomedical Engineering 357, Biomedical Imaging Modalities Laboratory
  • Biomedical Engineering 374K, Biomedical Electronics, and Biomedical Engineering 374L, Applications of Biomedical Engineering Laboratory
  • Electrical Engineering 345L, Microprocessor Applications and Organization, and Electrical Engineering 345M, Embedded and Real-Time Systems Laboratory
  • Electrical Engineering 347, Modern Optics
  • Electrical Engineering 351M, Digital Signal Processing
  • Electrical Engineering 371R, Digital Image and Video Processing

Technical Area 2, Cellular 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 four courses:

  • Biology 325, Genetics
  • Biomedical Engineering 339, Biochemical Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering 352, Advanced Engineering Biomaterials
  • Chemical Engineering 350, Chemical Engineering Materials

In addition, students must complete nine hours of coursework chosen from the following list; at least three hours must be in biomedical engineering.

  • Biomedical Engineering 354, Molecular Sensors and Nanodevices for Biomedical Engineering Applications
  • Biomedical Engineering 379, Cell and Tissue Engineering
  • Approved upper-division biology courses
  • Chemistry 318N, Organic Chemistry II, and 118L, Organic Chemistry Laboratory; or 310N, Organic Chemistry II, and 210C, Organic Chemistry Laboratory

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 design and use computational algorithms to address problems in biomedical research 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 six courses:

  • Biomedical Engineering 341, Engineering Tools for Computational Biology Laboratory, or Biomedical Engineering 346, Introduction to Computational Structural Biology
  • Computer Sciences 323E, Elements of Scientific Computing
  • Electrical Engineering 322C, Data Structures
  • Electrical Engineering 360C, Algorithms
  • Mathematics 325K, Discrete Mathematics, or Philosophy 313K, Logic, Sets, and Functions
  • Mathematics 340L, Matrices and Matrix Calculations

In addition, students must complete six hours of coursework chosen from the following list:

  • Biomedical Engineering 341, Engineering Tools for Computational Biology Laboratory
  • Biomedical Engineering 342, Computational Biomechanics
  • Biomedical Engineering 345, Graphics and Visualization Laboratory
  • Biomedical Engineering 346, Introduction to Computational Structural Biology
  • Computer Sciences 313E, Elements of Software Design
  • Computer Sciences 327E, Elements of Databases
  • Other approved computer sciences courses
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Senior Engineering Electives

All students must complete six hours in senior engineering electives. At least three hours must be in a lecture or laboratory course. Three hours may be in a research project or an internship. 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.
  • An approved upper-division engineering, physics, mathematics, or computer sciences course. A course may not be counted toward both the technical area requirement and the senior elective requirement.
  • Three hours of coursework chosen from the following list:
  • Biomedical Engineering 325L, Cooperative Engineering, or Biomedical Engineering 225M, Cooperative Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering 177, 277, 377, Undergraduate Research Project
  • Biomedical Engineering 377P, Clinical Research Internship
  • Biomedical Engineering 377Q, Clinical Medical Internship
  • Biomedical Engineering 377R, Research Internship
  • Biomedical Engineering 377S, Industrial Internship
Suggested Arrangement of Courses | Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering

Courses
Semester
hours
First Year — Fall Semester
  BIO 311C, Introductory Biology I 3
  BME 102, Principles of Biomedical Engineering [4] 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 16
First Year — Spring Semester
  BIO 205L, Laboratory Experiments in Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology, or BIO 206L, Laboratory Experiments in Biology: Structure and Function of Organisms 2
  BME 313, Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering 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 Writing 3
TOTAL 16
Second Year — Fall Semester
  BME 314, Engineering Foundations of Biomedical Engineering 3
  CH 310M, Organic Chemistry I, or CH 318M, Organic Chemistry I 3
  CH 118K, Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
  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
  BME 311, Network Analysis in Biomedical Engineering 3
  BME 333T, Engineering Communication 3
  BME 335, Engineering Probability and Statistics 3
  CH 353, Physical Chemistry I, or CH 353M, Physical Chemistry I for Life Sciences 3
  CH 369, Fundamentals of Biochemistry 3
  Approved fine arts/humanities elective 3
TOTAL 18
Third Year — Fall Semester
  BME 221, Measurement and Instrumentation Laboratory 2
  BME 348, Systems Analysis in Biomedical Engineering 3
  BME 365R, Quantitative Engineering Physiology I 3
  Technical area electives 9
TOTAL 17
Third Year — Spring Semester
  BME 251, Biomedical Image and Signal Processing Laboratory 2
  BME 353, Transport Phenomena in Living Systems 3
  BME 365S, Quantitative Engineering Physiology II 3
  Technical area electives 6
  American history 3
TOTAL 17
Fourth Year — Fall Semester
  BME 370, Principles of Engineering Design 3
  Technical area elective 3
  Senior engineering elective 3
  GOV 310L, American Government 3
  Approved social science elective 3
TOTAL 15
Fourth Year — Spring Semester
  BME 371, Biomedical Engineering Design Project 3
  Senior engineering elective 3
  Technical area elective 3
  GOV 312L, Issues and Policies in American Government 3
  American history 3
TOTAL 15

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Undergraduate Catalog | 2006-2008
College of Engineering
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