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Jeff Burmeister, Program Director
Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering
The Bachelor of Science degree in Bioengineering is offered by the University of the Pacific School of Engineering and Computer Science. Within a few years of graduating, Pacific graduates are expected to achieve one or more of the following Program Educational Objectives:
- Our graduates will have a thorough foundation in engineering, and relevant knowledge of life sciences and ethical issues that enables successful careers in providing services and developing technologies and products to improve human health.
- Our graduates will have a breadth and depth of opportunities, both academic and extracurricular, to enable them to develop their leadership and collaboration skills, especially the ability to communicate effectively.
- Through a variety of opportunities including senior projects, mentored research and co-ops in industry, government or academia, our graduates are well prepared to continue to acquire practical skills and experience.
- Our graduates will be qualified to practice as an engineer and/or pursue advanced study in bioengineering and related fields (e.g. MS, Ph.D., MD, DDS).
Bioengineering is an extremely exciting field. By integrating information, methods and tools of engineering with knowledge found in the sciences and mathematics, it promises challenging careers in a broad range of fields, including medical research and the design of medical instruments, to name just a few.
Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering
Students must complete a minimum of 120 units of academic work in order to earn the bachelor of science in bioengineering. Students must also adhere to the University’s graduation requirements for bachelor degrees. Bioelectrical and Biomechanical Career Paths require a minimum of 32 units of Cooperative Education. Cooperative Education for the Biomedical Career Path is optional.
I. General Education Requirements
|PACS 001||What is a Good Society||4|
|PACS 002||Topical Seminar on a Good Society||4|
|PACS 003||What is an Ethical Life?||3|
Note: 1) Pacific Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 28 or more transfer units complete 2 additional General Education elective courses from below in place of taking PACS 001 and PACS 002.
One course from each subdivision below:
|Social and Behavioral Sciences|
|Two courses from the following:|
|Arts and Humanities|
IIB. ENGR 030
|One course from the following categories:|
Note: 1) Only one course can come from each subcategory (A, B, or C) within each category. 2) No more than 2 courses from a single department may be applied to meet the breadth program requirements, with the exception of certain 1-unit GE IIC courses.
II. Diversity Requirement
|Students must complete one diversity course (3-4 units)|
|ENGR 030||Engineering Ethics and Society||3|
Note: 1) Transfer students with 28 units or more transfer units prior to fall 2011 are encouraged but not required to complete a designated diversity course prior to graduation. 2) Courses may be used also to meet general education and/or major/minor requirements.
III. Fundamental Skills
Students must demonstrate competence in:
Note: 1) Fundamental skills must be satisfied prior to enrolling in upper division courses.
IV. Major Requirements
|MATH 051||Calculus I||4|
|MATH 053||Calculus II||4|
|MATH 055||Calculus III||4|
|MATH 057||Applied Differential Equations I: ODEs||4|
|Select one of the following:||4|
|Introduction to Statistics and Probability|
|Probability with Applications to Statistics|
|Select one of the following:||3-5|
|General Biology with Applications for Engineers I|
|Principles of Biology|
|Select one of the following:||4-5|
|General Biology with Applications for Engineers II|
|Principles of Biology|
|CHEM 025||General Chemistry||5|
|CHEM 027||General Chemistry||5|
|PHYS 053||Principles of Physics I||5|
|PHYS 055||Principles of Physics II||5|
|ENGR 010||Dean's Seminar||1|
|ENGR 019||Computer Applications in Engineering||3|
|ENGR 020||Engineering Mechanics I (Statics)||3|
|ENGR 025||Professional Practice Seminar||1|
|ENGR 045||Materials Science- Properties and Measurements||4|
|ENGR 110||Instrumentation and Experimental Methods||3|
|ENGR 121||Mechanics of Materials||4|
|MECH 015||Mechanical Engineering Graphics||3|
|BENG 005||Introduction to Bioengineering||1|
|BENG 104||Biomedical Imaging||4|
|BENG 108||Engineering Physiology||4|
|BENG 195||Senior Project||4|
|ECPE 041L||Circuits Laboratory||1|
|ENGL 106||Content Engineering||4|
|Career Path Electives|
|Select one career path below:||6-10|
Bioelectrical Career Path
|Digital Design Lab|
|Select one of the following:|
|Digital Signal Processing|
|Advanced Digital Design|
Biomechanical Career Path
|Engineering Mechanics II (Dynamics)|
and one of the following groups:
|Fluid Mechanics I|
|Fluid Mechanics I Lab|
Biomedical Career Path *
|Cooperative Education **|
|ENGR 181||Professional Practice||14-18|
|ENGR 182||Professional Practice||14-18|
|ENGR 183||Professional Practice||14-18|
Bioengineering students interested in applying to professional schools, e.g. medical school, should seek the advice of the pre-medical advisor. MCAT preparation may require additional courses outside the degree program requirements, for example: BIOL 101 and BIOL 153.
Cooperative Education is optional for biomedical career path.
BENG 005. Introduction to Bioengineering. 1 Unit.
This course introduces students to the various sub-disciplines (biomedical, electrical, and mechanical) of bioengineering. Prerequisite: ENGR 010 with a "C-" or better.
BENG 053. General Biology with Applications for Engineers I. 3 Units.
This is the first of a two semester general biology course for engineering students. This course focuses primarily on evolution, plant and animal diversity and ecology. Laboratory activities are integrated into the lecture and are used to reinforce course content with experiential activities and the application of biological principles to an engineering context.
BENG 063. General Biology with Applications for Engineers II. 4 Units.
This is the second of a two semester general biology course for engineering students. This course focuses primarily on metabolism, genetics, and organ systems physiology. A separate laboratory section is used to reinforce course content with experiential activities and the application of engineering techniques used for analysis or control of biological systems.
BENG 103. Biomaterials. 4 Units.
This course discusses biomaterials and lays the ground work for topics such as mechanical chemical, and thermal properties of replacement materials and tissues. Implantation of materials in the body are studies studied from the biological point of view. Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills; ENGR 045; BIOL 061 or BENG 063 with a "C-" or better.
BENG 104. Biomedical Imaging. 4 Units.
This course discusses major medical imaging modalities in radiology, including X-ray, CT, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, and MRI. Specific contents include physical principle of each imaging modality; instrumentation and data acquisition/image reconstruction strategy, clinical applications and imaging techniques. Prerequisites: MATH 055, PHYS 055, COMP 051 or ENGR 019.
BENG 108. Engineering Physiology. 4 Units.
This course is a lecture and lab-based study of the major organ systems in the human body. Lectures cover basic anatomy, function and regulation of the nervous, endocrine, sensory, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, and excretory systems, with the underlying theme of maintaining homeostasis while responding to physiological disturbances. Lectures also compare each system to abiotic models, and utilize basic principles of physics, math, and chemistry. Lab exercises demonstrate basic physiological processes and emphasize techniques of instrument-based data acquisition and data presentation. Students also create virtual instruments (VIs) that use the program LabVIEW and apply the VIs in a final independent lab project. Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills; BIOL 051 or BENG 053; BIOL 061 or BENG 063; CHEM 025 all with a "C-" or better or permission of instructor.
BENG 124. Biomechanics. 4 Units.
This course focuses on the application of engineering mechanics to anatomy and medicine with emphasis on biomechanical phenomena over a range of biological length scales. Engineering mechanics concepts are used to evaluate forces and moments acting on human joints, forces in musculoskeletal tissue, material properties of biological tissues, and disease state conditions. Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills, ENGR 020, ENGR 045 with a “C-“ or better.
BENG 171. Bioelectricity. 4 Units.
This course provides the student with an understanding of the origins, function, and measurement of electrical potentials and currents within biological tissues, such as nerve, muscle, and heart. Topics include: the bioelectrical properties of ion channels, neurons, the synapse and neuromuscular junction, adaptation and learning in small networks of neurons, the functional organization of bioelectrical systems, and bioelectrical measurement and stimulation of tissues such as the heart and brain. Prerequisites: Completion of all Fundamental Skills; BIOL 061 or BENG 063; ECPE 041/ECPE 041L; MATH 055 all with a "C-" or better or permission of instructor.
BENG 191. Independent Study. 1-4 Units.
Special individual projects are undertaken under the direction of one or more faculty members who are knowledgeable in the particular field of study. Permission of department chairperson and faculty members involved.
BENG 195. Senior Project. 4 Units.
Students apply basic sciences, mathematics and engineering topics to meet a stated objective. Students also establish design objectives and criteria, and analyze solution alternatives, synthesize a problem, implement a solution, then evaluate design performance. Design documentation and demonstration are required. The course includes both written and oral reports and presentations. Permission of instructor.
BENG 197. Undergraduate Research. 1-4 Units.
This course is applied or basic research in bioengineering under faculty supervision. Permission of faculty supervisor and department chair. Students must be in good academic standing.
BENG 197D. Undergraduate Research. 1-4 Units.
(a) An ability to apply math, science and engineering. (b) An ability to design, conduct experiments and analyze, interpret data. (c) An ability to design to meet desired needs. (d) An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams. (e) An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems. (f) An ability to understand professional and ethical responsibility. (g) An ability to communicate effectively. (h) An ability to understand the impact of engineering in a global, economic, environmental and societal context. (i) An ability to engage in life-long learning. (j) A knowledge of contemporary issues. (k) An ability to use techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. (l) An ability to apply engineering principles to life sciences.
Jeffrey S. Burmeister, Program Director and Associate Professor of Bioengineering, 2002, BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware, 1988; PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Duke University, 1995. Biomaterials, cell adhesion.
Shelly Gulati, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, 2010, BS, Chemical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2000; PhD, Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco, 2006. Microfluidics, biologiccal fluid flow.
Shadi Othman, Associate Professor of Bioengineering, 2014, BE, Mechanical Engineering, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan, 1999; MS, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, 2002; Ph.D., Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2005; Postdoctoral Associate, Radiology, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2007; Tissue Engineering and Biomedical Imaging.
Eric O. Thomas, Associate Professor, 1993, BS, University of California, Riverside, 1984; MA, 1987; PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1991.
J. Mark VanNess, Associate Professor, 1999, BS, Wheaton College, 1990; MS, California State University, Sacramento, 1993; PhD, Florida State University, 1997.
Huihui Xu, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, 2014, B.E., Biomedical Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, 2006; M.S., Applied Mathematics, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, 2002; Ph.D., Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL., 2006; Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Imaging, Bio-instrumentation.