Biomedical Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

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Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering (BMTE) Track

Overview

The BMTE track addresses issues at the interface of materials science, biology and engineering. The topics include the interactions between materials and cells or tissues, the effects of such interactions on cells and tissues, the design of materials for biological applications, and the engineering of new tissues.

Targets

The BMTE track is ideal for students interested in combining the education of Biomedical Engineering with Materials Science & Engineering or with Chemical Engineering, both provides the necessary foundation in chemistry and/or materials science. Students of this track may develop careers in biotechnology, tissue engineering, biopharmaceuticals, and medical devices that leverage materials properties.

Track Requirements (Classes of 2017 to 2019)

Track Requirements (Classes of 2020 and Onward)

In addition to the Biomedical Engineering core requirements, students must fullfill the following requirements:

  • One (1) Required BMTE Elective
  • Two (2) BMTE Electives (either Required or Additional)

Required Electives (must take at least one of the following)

42-411/27-411 Engineering Biomaterials – Fall
42-612/27-520 Tissue Engineering – Spring
42-670 Biomaterial Host Interactions in Regenerative Medicine

Additional Electives

03-320 Cell Biology – Spring
42-613/27-570 Molecular and Micro-Scale Polymeric Biomaterials in Medicine – Spring, every other year
42-620 Engineering Molecular Cell Biology – Fall
42-624 Biological Transport and Drug Delivery - Spring
42-643/24-615/06-623 Microfluidics – Spring, intermittent
42-698B Stem Cell Engineering – Fall, every other year
42-772 Applied Nanoscience and Nanotechnology – Fall
42-X00 BME Research* OR 39-500 CIT Honors Thesis* OR 42-661 Surgery for Engineers – Spring OR 42-671 Precision Medicine for Biomedical Engineers – Fall

*The 42-X00 research project (42-200/300/400 Sophomore/Junior/Senior Biomedical Engineering Research Project OR 39-500 Honors Research Project) must be on a BME topic that is aligned to the track, supervised or co-supervised by a BME faculty member, and conducted for 9 or more units of credit.

Some Special Topics and newly offered or intermittently offered courses may be acceptable as BMTE track electives. Students should consult with their Biomedical Engineering advisors and petition the Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Affairs Committee for permission to include such courses as BMTE track electives.

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Track Requirements (Classes of 2017 to 2019)

In addition to the Biomedical Engineering core requirements, students must fullfill the following requirements:

  • One (1) BMTE Gateway Course
  • One (1) Required BMTE Elective
  • Two (2) other Electives (either one of the two options)
    • One (1) BMTE Elective (either Required or Additional) and one (1) Restricted Elective
    • Two (2) BMTE Electives (either Required or Additional)

Gateway Course

03-231 Biochemistry – Fall
03-232 Biochemistry – Spring

Note that only 03-232 satisfies Chemistry Engineering course requirements. Either 03-231 or 03-232 satisfies Materials Science & Engineering requirements. Organic Chemistry I 09-217 is a pre-requisite of 03-232.

Electives

Required Electives (must take at least one of the following)

42-411/27-411 Engineering Biomaterials – Fall
42-612/27-520 Tissue Engineering – Spring
42-670 Biomaterial Host Interactions in Regenerative Medicine

Additional Electives

03-240 Cell Biology – Spring
09-217 Organic Chemistry I – Fall OR (but not both) 09-218 Organic Chemistry II – Spring*
42-613/27-570 Molecular and Micro-Scale Polymeric Biomaterials in Medicine – Spring, every other year
42-620 Engineering Molecular Cell Biology – Fall
42-624 Biological Transport and Drug Delivery - Spring
42-643/24-615/06-623 Microfluidics – Spring, intermittent
42-698B Stem Cell Engineering – Fall, every other year
42-699N Applied Nanoscience and Nanotechnology – Fall

*Note that Organic Chemistry I 09-217 is a requirement of Chemical Engineering.

Restricted Electives

42-X00 BME Research**
39-500 CIT Honors Thesis**
42-302 Systems Modeling and Analysis for Biomedical Engineering - Fall
42-661 Surgery for Engineers – Spring
42-663 Computational Methods in Biomedical Engineering – Spring
42-664 Bioinstrumentation – Fall
42-671 Precision Medicine for Biomedical Engineers – Fall

**The research project (42-200/300/400 Sophomore/Junior/Senior Biomedical Engineering Research Project OR 39-500 CIT Honors Thesis) must be on a biomedical engineering topic supervised or co-supervised by a core or courtesy Biomedical Engineering faculty member and for 9 or more units.

Some Special Topics and newly offered or intermittently offered courses may be acceptable as BMTE track electives. Students should consult with their Biomedical Engineering advisors and petition the Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Affairs Committee for permission to include such courses as BMTE track electives.

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Revised 08/24/2016