Biomedical Devices and Imaging Concentration

Major: Biomedical Engineering: Biomedical Devices and Imaging Concentration
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 199.5
Co-op Options: Three Co-op (Five years); One Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 14.0501
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
17-2031

About the Program

Biomedical imaging focuses on the theoretical and practical issues related to machine vision, image processing and analysis, and signal processing associated with such medical applications as ultrasound, optics, magnetic resonance, and autoradiographic imaging.

The concentration in biomedical devices and imaging is for those individuals interested in careers in medical imaging, medical device development, and clinical engineering. The concentration covers the fundamentals of modern imaging methodologies, covering aspects of light imaging, ultrasound imaging, and volumetric and functional imaging systems, and the principles of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Upon graduation, students will be able to:

  • understand the multi-disciplinary background and limitations of current and emerging instrumentation, imaging and internet technologies used in clinical, pharmaceutical and research environments;
  • select and evaluate sensors and imaging modalities for specific biomedical research, diagnostic and theragnostic applications;
  • analyze the performance of different systems including microscopical and medical imaging methodologies in terms of safety, resolution and the trade-offs important for a given application;
  • optimize digital acquisition, enhancement, visualization and analysis of signals from biomedical instruments in multidimensions;
  • understand the impact of compliance with the standards and guidelines of regulatory agencies such as FDA on the design and application of devices in clinical practice and knowledge of basic quality assurance tools.

The School maintains extensive facilities and laboratories devoted to areas of research. Visit the School's BIOMED Research Facilities and Laboratory Map page for more details about the laboratories and equipment available.

For more information about this concentration, see Drexel's School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems website.

Degree Requirements 

General Education Requirements
HIST 285Technology in Historical Perspective4.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
UNIV R101The Drexel Experience1.0
General Studies Electives (5)15.0
Engineering Core Courses
MATH 121Calculus I4.0
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
MATH 200Multivariate Calculus4.0
PHYS 101Fundamentals of Physics I4.0
PHYS 102Fundamentals of Physics II4.0
PHYS 201Fundamentals of Physics III4.0
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3.5
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
BIO 122Cells and Genetics4.5
ENGR 100Beginning Computer Aided Drafting for Design1.0
ENGR 101Engineering Design Laboratory I2.0
ENGR 102Engineering Design Laboratory II2.0
ENGR 103Engineering Design Laboratory III2.0
ENGR 121Computation Lab I2.0
ENGR 122Computation Lab II1.0
ENGR 210Introduction to Thermodynamics3.0
ENGR 220Fundamentals of Materials4.0
ENGR 231Linear Engineering Systems3.0
ENGR 232Dynamic Engineering Systems3.0
MEM 202Statics3.0
Required Biomedical Engineering Courses
BIO 201Human Physiology I4.0
BIO 203Human Physiology II4.0
BMES 124Biomedical Engineering Freshman Seminar I1.0
BMES 126Biomedical Engineering Freshman Seminar II1.0
BMES 130Problem Solving in Biomedical Engineering2.0
BMES 201Programming and Modeling for Biomedical Engineers I3.0
BMES 202Programming and Modeling for Biomedical Engineers ll3.0
BMES 212The Body Synthetic3.0
BMES 302Laboratory II: Biomeasurements2.0
BMES 303Laboratory III: Biomedical Electronics2.0
BMES 310Biomedical Statistics4.0
BMES 325Principles of Biomedical Engineering I3.0
BMES 326Principles of Biomedical Engineering II3.0
BMES 338Biomedical Ethics and Law3.0
BMES 372Biosimulation3.0
BMES 381Junior Design Seminar I2.0
BMES 382Junior Design Seminar II2.0
BMES 491 [WI] Senior Design Project I3.0
BMES 492Senior Design Project II2.0
BMES 493Senior Design Project III3.0
ECE 201Foundations of Electric Circuits3.0
Biomedical Devices and Imaging Concentration Courses
BMES 315Experimental Design in Biomedical Research4.0
BMES 391Biomedical Instrumentation I3.0
BMES 392Biomedical Instrumentation II3.0
BMES 375Computational Bioengineering4.0
BMES 401Biosensors I4.0
BMES 421Biomedical Imaging Systems I: Images4.0
BMES 422Biomedical Imaging Systems II: Ultrasound4.0
BMES 423Biomedical Imaging Systems III4.0
ECES 301Transform Methods and Filtering 4.0
ECES 303Transform Methods II3.0
ECES 304Dynamic Systems and Stability4.0
ECES 352Introduction to Digital Signal Process3.0
or BMES 432 Biomedical Systems and Signals
Laboratory Requirement: Choose 2 of4.0
Laboratory I: Experimental Biomechanics
Laboratory IV: Ultrasound Images
Human Physiology Laboratory
Techniques in Molecular Biology
Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
Biomedical Systems and Imaging Elective3.0
Select one of the following:
Medical Device Development
Clinical Practicum I
Clinical Practicum II
Clinical Practicum III
Total Credits199.5

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.


Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
BMES 124Biomedical Engineering Freshman Seminar I1.0
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3.5
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGR 100Beginning Computer Aided Drafting for Design1.0
ENGR 101Engineering Design Laboratory I2.0
ENGR 121Computation Lab I2.0
MATH 121Calculus I4.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
UNIV R101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits18.5
Term 2
BMES 126Biomedical Engineering Freshman Seminar II1.0
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGR 102Engineering Design Laboratory II2.0
ENGR 122Computation Lab II1.0
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
PHYS 101Fundamentals of Physics I4.0
 Term Credits19.5
Term 3
BIO 122Cells and Genetics4.5
BMES 130Problem Solving in Biomedical Engineering2.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
ENGR 103Engineering Design Laboratory III2.0
MATH 200Multivariate Calculus4.0
PHYS 102Fundamentals of Physics II4.0
 Term Credits19.5
Term 4
BIO 201Human Physiology I4.0
BMES 201Programming and Modeling for Biomedical Engineers I3.0
ENGR 220Fundamentals of Materials4.0
ENGR 231Linear Engineering Systems3.0
PHYS 201Fundamentals of Physics III4.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 5
BIO 203Human Physiology II4.0
BMES 202Programming and Modeling for Biomedical Engineers ll3.0
BMES 212The Body Synthetic3.0
ENGR 210Introduction to Thermodynamics3.0
ENGR 232Dynamic Engineering Systems3.0
MEM 202Statics3.0
 Term Credits19.0
Term 6
BMES 301Laboratory I: Experimental Biomechanics (Laboratory Requirement)2.0
BMES 302Laboratory II: Biomeasurements2.0
BMES 325Principles of Biomedical Engineering I3.0
BMES 372Biosimulation3.0
ECE 201Foundations of Electric Circuits3.0
HIST 285Technology in Historical Perspective4.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 7
BMES 303Laboratory III: Biomedical Electronics2.0
BMES 310Biomedical Statistics4.0
BMES 326Principles of Biomedical Engineering II3.0
ECES 301Transform Methods and Filtering 4.0
General Studies Elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 8
BMES 304Laboratory IV: Ultrasound Images (Laboratory Requirement)2.0
BMES 315Experimental Design in Biomedical Research4.0
BMES 338Biomedical Ethics and Law3.0
BMES 381Junior Design Seminar I2.0
ECES 303Transform Methods II3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 9
BMES 375Computational Bioengineering4.0
BMES 382Junior Design Seminar II2.0
ECES 304Dynamic Systems and Stability4.0
ECES 352
or BMES 432
Introduction to Digital Signal Process
Biomedical Systems and Signals
3.0
General Studies Elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 10
BMES 391Biomedical Instrumentation I3.0
BMES 401Biosensors I4.0
BMES 421Biomedical Imaging Systems I: Images4.0
BMES 491 [WI] Senior Design Project I3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 11
BMES 392Biomedical Instrumentation II3.0
BMES 422Biomedical Imaging Systems II: Ultrasound4.0
BMES 492Senior Design Project II2.0
General Studies Electives (2)6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 12
BMES 423Biomedical Imaging Systems III4.0
BMES 493Senior Design Project III3.0
Biomedical Devices and Imaging Concentration Elective*3.0
General Studies Elective3.0
 Term Credits13.0
Total Credit: 199.5
*

 See degree requirements.

Opportunities

Metropolitan Philadelphia has one of the highest concentrations of medical institutions and pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries in the nation.The bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering gives students access to a broad spectrum of career opportunities in medical device and equipment industry; prosthetics and assist devices industry; biomaterials and implants industry; and the telemedicine, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and agricultural sectors.

Biomedical engineering graduates are also ideally prepared for professional education in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and law. Those who choose to pursue graduate education can aim for careers in research and development, biomedical technology innovation and transfer, as well as health care technology management.

Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for more detailed information on co-op and post-graduate opportunities.

Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems Faculty

Fred D. Allen, PhD (University of Pennsylvania) Associate Director, Undergraduate Education. Assistant Professor. Tissue engineering, cell engineering, orthopedics, bone remodeling, wound healing, mechanotransduction, signal transduction, adhesion, migration.
Hasan Ayaz, PhD (Drexel University) School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems. Research Associate Professor. Optical brain imaging, cognitive neuroengineering, brain computer interface (BCI), functional ner infrared (fNIR), and near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS).
Sriram Balasubramanian, PhD (Wayne State University). Assistant Professor. Structural characteristics of the pediatric thoracic cage using CT scans and developing an age-equivalent animal model for pediatric long bones.
Kenneth A. Barbee, PhD (University of Pennsylvania). Professor. Cellular biomechanics of neural and vascular injury, mechanotransduction in the cardiovascular system, mechanical control of growth and development for wound healing and tissue engineering.
Donald Buerk, PhD (Northwestern University). Research Professor. Biotechnology, physiology, systems biology, blood flow, microcirculation, nitric oxide, oxygen transport
Jamie Dougherty, PhD (Drexel University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Brain-computer interface, neural encoding, electrophysiological signal acquisition and processing.
Lin Han, PhD (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Assistant Professor. Nanoscale structure-property relationships of biological materials, genetic and molecular origins soft joint tissue diseases, biomaterials under extreme conditions, coupling between stimulus-responsiveness and geometry.
Uri Hershberg, PhD (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel). Assistant Professor. Bioinformatics, immunology, neural computation, system biology, somatic selection, autoimmunity, genetic stability, germline diversity, dendritic cell, transcription elements, pathogens, computational and mathematical modeling, complex systems, cognition and inflammation.
Kurtulus Izzetoglu, PhD (Drexel University) Associate Research Professor. Cognitive neuroengineering, functional brain imaging, near infrared spectroscopy, medical sensor development, biomedical signal processing, human performance assessment, and cognitive aging
Meltem Izzetoglu, PhD (Drexel University). Associate Research Professor. Cognitive neuroengineering, biomedical signal processing, statistical signal analysis, optimal artifact removal, information processing, optical brain imaging, functional near infrared spectroscopy, working memory, attention, learning, reading and mathematical disabilities, cognitive aging, anesthesia awareness, and social anxiety disorders.
Dov Jaron, PhD (University of Pennsylvania) Calhoun Distinguished Professor of Engineering in Medicine. Professor. Mathematical, computer and electromechanical simulations of the cardiovascular system.
Andres Kriete, PhD (University in Bremen Germany) Associate Director for Graduate Studies and Academic Operations. Systems biology, bioimaging, control theory, biology of aging, skin cancer.
Steven Kurtz, PhD (Cornell University). Associate Research Professor. Computational biomechanics of bone-implant systems and impact-related injuries, orthopaedic biomechanics, contact mechanics, orthopaedic biomaterials, large-deformation mechanical behavior and wear of polymers, and degradation and crosslinking of polyolefins in implant applications.
Ryszard Lec, PhD (University of Warsaw Engineering College). Professor. Biomedical applications of visoelastic, acoustoptic and ultrasonic properties of liquid and solid media.
Peter Lewin, PhD (University of Denmark, Copenhagen-Lyngby) Richard B. Beard Professor, School Of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems. Professor. Biomedical ultrasonics, piezoelectric and polymer transducers and hydrophones; shock wave sensors.
Hualou Liang, PhD (Chinese Academy of Sciences). Professor. Neuroengineering, neuroinformatics, cognitive and computational neuroscience, neural data analysis and computational modeling, biomedical signal processing.
Donald L. McEachron, PhD (University of California at San Diego) Coordinator, Academic Assessment and Improvement. Teaching Professor. Animal behavior, autoradiography, biological rhythms, cerebral metabolism, evolutionary theory, image processing, neuroendocrinology.
Karen Moxon, PhD (University of Colorado) Associate Director for Research. Professor. Cortico-thalamic interactions; neurobiological perspectives on design of humanoid robots.
Michael Neidrauer, PhD (Drexel University). Assistant Research Professor. Wound healing, near infrared, spectroscopy, cell culture, data analysis, optical coherence tomography (OCT), matlab, life sciences assay development, confocal microscopy, biomaterials, in-vivo, medical devices
Banu Onaral, PhD (University of Pennsylvania) H.H. Sun Professor; Senior Advisor to the President, Global Partnerships. Professor. Biomedical signal processing; complexity and scaling in biomedical signals and systems.
Kambiz Pourrezaei, PhD (Rensselaer Polytechnic University). Professor. Thin film technology; nanotechnology; near infrared imaging; power electronics.
Ahmet Sacan, PhD (Middle East Technical University). Assistant Professor. Indexing and data mining in biological databases; protein sequence and structure; similarity search; protein structure modeling; protein-protein interaction; automated cell tracking.
Joseph J. Sarver, PhD (Drexel University). Associate Professor. Neuromuscular adaptation to changes in the myo-mechanical environment.
Rahamim Seliktar, PhD (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow) Vice Director, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems. Professor. Limb prostheses, biomechanics of human motion, orthopedic biomechanics.
Patricia A. Shewokis, PhD (University of Georgia). Professor. Roles of cognition and motor function during motor skill learning; role of information feedback frequency on the memory of motor skills, noninvasive neural imaging techniques of functional near infrared spectroscopy(fNIR) and electroencephalograpy (EEG) and methodology and research design.
Adrian C. Shieh, PhD (Rice University). Assistant Professor. Contribution of mechanical forces to tumor invasion and metastasis, with a particular emphasis on how biomechanical signals may drive the invasive switch, and how the biomechanical microenvironment interacts with cytokine signaling and the extracellular matrix to influence tumor and stromal cell behavior.
Wan Y. Shih, PhD (Ohio State University). Associate Professor. Piezoelectric microcantilever biosensors development, piezoelectric finger development, quantum dots development, tissue elasticity imaging, piezoelectric microcantilever force probes.
Kara Spiller, PhD (Drexel University). Assistant Professor. Macrophage-biometerial interactions, drug delivery systems, and chronic would healing. Cell-biomaterial interactions, biomaterial design, and international engineering education.
Marek Swoboda, PhD (Drexel University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Cardiovascular engineering, cardiovascular system, diagnostic devices in cardiology, piezoelectric biosensors, and pathogen detection.
Amy Throckmorton, PhD (University of Virginia). Associate Professor. Computational and experimental fluid dynamics; cardiovascular modeling, including transient, fluid-structure interaction, and patient-specific anatomical studies; bench-to-bedside development of medical devices; artificial organs research; prediction and quantification of blood trauma and thrombosis in medical devices; design of therapeutic alternatives for patients with dysfunctional single ventricle physiology; human factors engineering of mechanical circulatory assist devices
Margaret Wheatley, PhD (University of Toronto) John M. Reid Professor. Ultrasound contrast agent development (tumor targeting and triggered drug delivery), controlled release technology (bioactive compounds), microencapsulated allografts (<em>ex vivo </em> gene therapy) for spinal cord repair.
Ming Xiao, PhD (Baylor University). Associate Professor. Nanotechnology, single molecule detection, single molecule fluorescent imaging, genomics, genetics, genome mapping, DNA sequencing, DNA biochemistry, and biophysics.
Yinghui Zhong, PhD (Georgia Institute of Technology). Assistant Professor. Spinal cord repair, and engineering neural prosthesis/brain interface using biomaterials, drug delivery, and stem cell therapy.
Leonid Zubkov, PhD, DSc (St. Petersburg State University, Russia). Research Professor. Physiology, wound healing, physiologic neovascularization, near-infrared spectroscopy, optical tomography, histological techniques, computer-assisted diagnosis, infrared spectrophotometry, physiologic monitoring, experimental diabetes mellitus, penetrating wounds, diabetes complications, skin, animal models, radiation scattering, failure analysis
Catherin von Reyn, PhD (University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Professor. Cell type-specific genetic engineering, whole-cell patch clamp in behaving animals, modeling, and detailed behavioral analysis to identify and characterize sensorimotor circuits.

Emeritus Faculty

Hun H. Sun, PhD (Cornell University). Professor Emeritus. Biological control systems, physiological modeling, systems analysis.
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