Graduate School Bulletin - Spring 2005

BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

The Graduate Center for Biomedical Engineering offers master's and doctoral degrees in Biomedical Engineering. This graduate program emphasizes the application of engineering principles to the areas of medicine and biology and covers the broad aspects of mechanics, fluids, instrumentation, signal processing, systems analysis, materials, physiology, cellular processes, and laboratory experimentation. The course work also stresses the application of these techniques to specific areas in rehabilitation engineering, sports medicine, computational neuroscience, space physiology, cardiopulmonary physiology, tissue regeneration, implantology, medical instrumentation, and image processing.

The Center for Biomedical Engineering brings together engineers, life scientists, and physicians to conduct original research in a variety of medical-related problems. Areas of research include cardiopulmonary mechanics and controls, neuromuscular function, musculoskeletal mechanics, rehabilitation engineering, computational neuroscience, motor control, orthopedic biomaterials, tissue-biomaterial interactions, orthopedic biomechanics, cryobiology, artificial kidney mass transport, electromagnetic stimulation of tissue, and instrumentation for minimally invasive surgery. The Center is located in the Wenner-Gren Research Laboratory that provides the framework for multidisciplinary research. Faculty and staff of the Center collaborate with investigators from other units of the University including the Departments of Physiology, Anatomy and Neurobiology, Cardiology, Medicine, Surgery, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, and Kinesiology and Health Promotion, as well as the Departments of Biosystems and Agricultural, Chemistry, Chemical and Materials, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering, the College of Pharmacy, the College of Dentistry, and the Center for Robotics and Manufacturing Systems. Center faculty and staff provide opportunities and support for graduate students, medical residents, and selected undergraduates. Graduates of the program enter careers in research institutes, academia, hospitals, and the biomedical industry.

Admission Requirements

Entering students are expected to have an ABET-accredited degree in engineering with some course work in the biological sciences. Applicants with degrees in physical or biological sciences may be required to complete course work in the undergraduate engineering curriculum before being admitted to the graduate program. Admission to the biomedical engineering graduate programs normally requires a GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 for all graduate and undergraduate work and Graduate Record Examination scores of at least 1300 (Quantitative + Analytical) and 550 (Verbal). Additional application materials to be submitted to the Center include a statement describing your reasons for wanting to pursue graduate education in Biomedical Engineering and letters of recommendations from three faculty members who are familiar with your academic record. Satisfying the above requirements does not guarantee admission to the biomedical engineering graduate program.

Master of Science

The Master of Science degree provides students with a combination of experiences in basic research, design, development, and practical applications. The M.S. degree requires successful completion of the core curriculum (26 credit hours) plus an acceptable thesis. In special cases, a non-thesis option consisting of 31 credit hours is available for students with significant previous research or design experience. Enrollment in the non-thesis option requires approval of the Director of Graduate Studies and must be requested within the student's first 9 credit hours of graduate course work.

Core M.S. Curriculum

BME 530 Biomedical Instrumentation (3)
BME 605 Biomedical Signal Processing (3)
BME 661 Biomaterials Science and Engineering (3)
BME 6xx Biomechanics Elective (3)
BME xxx BME Technical Elective (3)
BME 774 Graduate BME Seminar (1)
PGY 412G Principles of Human Physiology (4)
Math Elective (3)
Technical Elective (3)

Professional Master of Biomedical Engineering

The Professional Master of Biomedical Engineering degree seeks to develop a unique combination of managerial, technical, and leadership skills for those who will direct the future course of biomedical technology. In addition to the requirements previously described, the personal statement should clearly communicate the applicant’s career objectives and how the Professional Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering will enable these objectives to be achieved. The P.B.M.E. degree requires successful completion of 42 credits, including the capstone Advanced Study Project, and a summer internship.

Core P.B.M.E. Curriculum

BME Technical Elective (3)
BIO 515 Cell Biology (3)
BME 641 Practice of Biomedical Engineering (3)
HA 621 Quantitative Methods of Research (3)
PA 642 Public Organization Theory & Behavior (3)
BME Technical Elective (3)
PA 623 Decision Analysis (3)
HA 601 Healthcare System Overview (3)
HA 637 Health Finance (3)
MKT 601 Marketing (3)
BME Technical Elective (3)
BME 642 Management of Technology (3)
HA 602 Strategic Planning & Management of Health Care Organizations (3)
BME 777 Advanced Study Project (3)

Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy is a research degree granted on the basis of broad knowledge of engineering applications in biology and medicine and an in-depth study in a specific area leading to a dissertation reflecting original and independent work by the candidate. Applicants to the Ph.D. program are generally expected to have a master's degree. Under special circumstances, exceptional students may bypass the M.S. or be admitted directly to the Ph.D. program upon approval of the biomedical engineering faculty. Courses for advanced study are determined in consultation with an advisory committee and will be selected from the areas of engineering, mathematics, life sciences, and chemistry. To earn a Ph.D. degree, students must:

1. Meet the general requirements of the Graduate School.

2. Successfully complete PGY 502.

3. Pass the Qualifying Examination. This exam, consisting of written and oral components, is designed and administered by the student's Doctoral Advisory Committee.

4. Present and satisfactorily defend a dissertation documenting independent and comprehensive scholarship.

Further information about the graduate programs may be obtained by writing to the Director of Graduate Studies, Center for Biomedical Engineering, Wenner-Gren Research Laboratory, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506-0070, by e-mail at cbmedgs@uky.edu, or by visiting our Web site at <http://www.uky.edu/RGS/CBME>.

GRADUATE COURSES

BME 481G TOPICS IN BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)

BME 501 FOUNDATIONS OF BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING (3)

BME 530 BIOMEDICAL INSTRUMENTATION (3)

BME 579 NEURAL ENGINEERING: MERGING ENGINEERING WITH NEUROSCIENCE (SAME AS EE 579) (3)

BME 605 BIOMEDICAL SIGNAL PROCESSING I (3)

BME 610 BIOMEDICAL CONTROL SYSTEMS I (3)

BME 615 BIOMEDICAL SIGNAL PROCESSING II (3)

BME 620 BIOMEDICAL CONTROL SYSTEMS II (3)

BME 625 ANALYSIS OF NONLINEAR BIOMEDICAL SYSTEMS (3)

BME 635 MAGNETIC RESONANCE INSTRUMENTATION AND MEASUREMENT (3)

BME 641 PRACTICES OF BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING (3)

BME 642 NAVIGATIONAL GUIDES FOR BIOMEDICAL PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT (3)

BME 661 BIOMATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING (3)

BME 662 TISSUE-IMPLANT INTERFACE (3)

BME 670 BIOMECHANICS I (3)

BME 672 MUSCULOSKELETAL BIOMECHANICS (3)

BME 685 BIOFLUID MECHANICS (3)

BME 690 RESEARCH IN BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (1-3)

BME 699 SPECIAL TOPICS IN BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (1-3)

BME 748 MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH (0)

BME 749 DISSERTATION RESEARCH (0)

BME 767 MANAGEMENT OF TECHNOLOGY (3)

BME 768 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR THE MASTER'S DEGREE (1-6)

BME 769 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR THE DOCTOR'S DEGREE (0-12)

BME 772 SEMINAR (0)

BME 774 GRADUATE BME SEMINAR (0-1)

BME 777 SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (1-3)

BME 781 SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (1-3)

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