Graduate Course Listings

Biomedical Engineering Courses

BME 501: Engineering Principles in Cell Biology

Course content is directed toward describing the physico-chemical and biological interactions within cells, and between cells and their environment. The course has two main objectives: 1) to equip students with essential knowledge and stimulate intuitive understanding of molecular and cell biology; 2) to introduce and develop common engineering concepts and approaches for quantitative analysis of physical-chemical systems in the context of cell biology. The long-term goal is to help students operate effectively at the interface of cell biology and engineering, and apply their knowledge of molecular and cellular phenomena and the analytical techniques learned in this course to the design and development of products and processes for improving health and/or medical care. Therefore, a major component of this course will be an individual project requiring the development of a patent for a biomedical device or process, which relies on one or more of the biological (cell and molecular level) and engineering principles covered in class.
Fall, 3 credits, Letter graded (A, A-, B+, etc.)
My not be repeated for credit.

BME 502: Advanced Numerical & Computation Analysis Applied to Biological Systems

Numerical analyses of Biological Data. A unified mathematical/time series framework for modeling and mining biological data. Applications range from cardio-respiratory, renal blood pressure/flow and sequence (DNA,RNA, proteins) to gene expression data. Tools of data analysis include linear algebra, interpolation and extrapolation, parametric and nonparametric spectral estimation with the FFT and singular value decomposition, statistical description of data and integration of ordinary differential equations. Special focus will be placed on the use of linear and nonlinear numerical methods for the identification of physiological system dynamics and the development of computer simulation techniques to study dynamic response of physiological systems.
Spring, 3 credits, Letter graded (A, A-, B+, etc.)
May be repeated 2 times for credit.

BME 503: Cell & Molecular Imaging

This course will cover basics of optics, microscopy, spectroscopy and fluorescence in the context of imaging at the cellular and molecular level. Recently developed advanced imaging techniques for probing protein interactions and live cell functions are also discussed. The course is organized in 3 modules:
Optics and Spectroscopy (e.g., Properties of light, polarization, diffraction, spectra)
Fundamentals of Fluorescence and Applications to Molecular and Cellular Measurements (e.g., Jablonsky diagram, Stokes' shift, emission, excitation spectra, fluorescence anisotropy)
Signal Processing, Image Analysis Techniques and Scientific Visualization (e.g., temporal and spatial filters, 1D and 2D Fast Fourier transform, spectral analysis, cross-correlation).
Theory will be complemented by extensive use of Matlab and its Image Processing Toolbox.
Fall, 3 credits, Letter graded (A, A-, B+, etc.)

BME 504: Biomaterials Science and Analysis

Course content is directed toward providing an introductory treatment of the engineering issues implicit in understanding living tissue interactions with processed materials. Emphasis on identifying and eliminating surface contamination, corrosion, and optimizing material surface properties and compatibility.
Spring, 3 credits, Letter graded (A, A-, B+, etc.)

BME 505: Principles and Practice of Biomedical Engineering

Introduces first year students to the basic and clinical research at the cutting edge of biomedical engineering. The course has two key components: the first is a seminar series presented by internationally renowned bioengineers. An interactive discussion of topic-specific scientific literature precedes the formal presentation. The second component of the course is teaming up with a physician, in rounds, the operating theater, clinics, etc., to get exposure to the real-life problems which face the medical community. It is hoped that the mix of science and clinic will move students towards determining how they can make contributions to health and society.
2 credits, Letter graded (A, A-, B+, etc.)

508: Molecular and Cellular Biomechanics

Course content revolves around the effects and interactions of mechanical forces at the cellular and molecular level. The topics will range from describing the molecular and cellular basis of the adaptation of tissues to physical signals, to prescribing specific mechanical environments for improved tissue engineering, to delineating relevant molecular, cellular, and biomechanical techniques, all the way to issues involved in the development and approval of diagnostics, and therapeutics in molecular engineering. For a deeper understanding of the course material as well as to allow students to apply their newly gained knowledge, this course will contain a module on the design and analysis of experiments (i.e., applied biostatistics) and incorporate practical exercises in both laboratory (e.g., a real time PCR experiment) or simulated computer settints (e.g., modeling of cell behavior).
Fall and Spring, 3 credits, Letter graded (A, A-, B+, etc.)
May be repeated 2 times FOR credit.

BME 509: Fundamentals of the Bioscience Industry

A 4-module course set up to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to the complexities of the bioscience business environment. Registration in BME 509 is by permission of Graduate Program Director. course website
Spring (every year), 3 credits, Letter graded (A, A-, B+, etc.)
May be repeated 2 times FOR credit.

BME 510: Biomechanics

This course emphasizes the application of continuum mechanics to living tissues and organs in order to describe the material properties and their behavior under loading and stress. The interrelationship between biomechanics and physiology is examined in normal function and in disease processes. This course focuses on the physiology of tissue and organ systems in the context of mechanics, stress, strain, viscoelasticity and material behavior, and the constitutive equations and the field equations governing fluids and fluid flow, with an emphasis on the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems. Emphasis is placed on the utilization of engineering principles to analyze processes at the tissue and organ levels, covering soft and hard tissues and organs (blood, cardiovascular system, bone, cartilage, etc.) and to understand how these principles could be applied towards the design and development of prosthetic devices.
Fall, 3 Credits, Letter graded (A, A-, B+, etc.)

BME 515: Biomedical Optical Imaging

An introduction to the principles and applications of biomedical optical imaging, with an emphasis on high-resolution imaging and spectroscopy. This course provides a conceptual overview, along with basic mathematical theory (assignments), of some of the key concepts that are relevant to biomedical optical imaging, including Gaussian beams, refraction, total internal reflection, dispersion, coherence, interference, diffraction, and aberrations. Fundamental concepts in tissue optics will be introduced, including scattering in the ballistic and diffuse regimes. Some of the basic photophysics of absorption, fluorescence, and Raman spectroscopy will be discussed. Students will research and present on various techniques such as interferometry (optical coherence tomography), optical-sectioning microscopy (confocal and multiphoton), light-scattering spectroscopy (LSS, CLASS), and super-resolution microscopy (PALM, STORM, SIM, and STED). Finally, a brief survey of optical molecular imaging will be provided, including contrast agent design, delivery issues, and imaging techniques.

Fall, 3 Credits, Letter graded (A, A-, B+, etc.)

BME 517: Radiation Physics

This graduate offering provides an initial physical background required for the study of the Medical Physics. Sources of ionizing radiation including radioactivity (natural and manmade) and x-ray producing devices are studied as well as sources of nonionizing radiation such as radiofrequency and ultrasound. The physical aspects of these radiations are characterized by their interaction with matter and methods for their detection. Each student will select and present a proposal for solving a clinical medical physics problem.
Fall, 3 Credits, Letter graded (A, A-, B+, etc.)
May be repeated 1 times FOR credit.

BME 518: Radiobiology

The biological consequences of irradiation (ionizing, ultrasound, laser, RF, etc.) will be examined. Interaction mechanisms will first be examined followed by examination of the radiation impact at the molecular and cellular level. The use of radiation for therapeutic gain will be considered. As well, models will be developed for risk estimates. Topics to be covered will include: target theory, biological response, NSD and risk estimates.
Spring, 3 Credits, Letter graded (A, A-, B+, etc.)
May be repeated 1 times FOR credit.

BME 519: Medical Health Physics

This course discusses the health physics and safety issues associated with radiological devices, facilities and procedures.
Spring, 3 Credits, Letter graded (A, A-, B+, etc.)
May be repeated 2 times FOR credit.

BME 520: Lab Rotation I

The first of two required semester-long research rotations in BME Faculty laboratories. Students learn and perform new research skills with the aim of completing a research project that would be suitable for presentation at a national BME research conference.

BME 521: Lab Rotation II

The second of two required semester-long research rotations in BME Faculty laboratories. Students learn and perform new research skills with the aim of completing a research project that would be suitable for presentation at a national BME research conference.

BME 525: Tissue Engineering

Course deals with basics of molecular and cellular biology, biomaterial formulation and engineering principles that are relevant to tissue engineering, leading to the principles and practice of designing an engineered tissue, which will be facilitated by a design project.
Spring, 3 Credits, Letter graded (A, A-, B+, etc.)
May be repeated 2 times FOR credit.

BME 526: Biological Systems Engineering

This course is a hands-on study of systems engineering in biology, using computer modeling to conceptualize and simulate a wide variety of applications. Prior expertise in programming or modeling not required; all skills taught in class. Appropriate and applicable to all BME tracks.
Fall, 3 credits, Letter graded (A, A-, B+, etc.)
May be repeated 2 times FOR credit.

BME 530: Medical Image Formation

This course covers the physical aspects of medical image formation. Image receptor design/optimization, reconstruction techniques, device hardware and performance characteristics are considered.
Fall, 3 credits, Letter graded (A, A-, B+, etc.)
May be repeated 2 times FOR credit.

BME 531: Biosensing and Bioimaging

Basic concepts of biosensing and bioimaging, which include the elements of biological systems and bioimmobilizers, traditional electrode and novel optical transducers, and advanced biomedical optical imaging systems.
Fall, 3 credits, Letter graded (A, A-, B+, etc.)
May be repeated 2 times FOR credit.

BME 540: Radiation Oncology Physics

This course provides a background in therapeutic instrumentation, dosimetry and treatment planning.
Fall, 3 credits, Letter graded (A, A-, B+, etc.)
May be repeated 2 times FOR credit.

BME 571: Microfluidics in Biological Systems

This course will outline theory and applications of special fluid handling conditions associated with living systems.
Fall, 3 credits, Letter graded (A, A-, B+, etc.)
May be repeated 2 times FOR credit.

BME 572: Biomolecular Analysis

This interdisciplinary course is intended for graduate students and advanced undergraduates in departments such as Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Chemical Engineering. This course will give an introduction to single molecule experiments using fluorescence, optical traps, AFM cantilevers, microneedles, magnetic microbeads as well as micro and nanofluidic devices.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Fall, 3 credits, Letter graded (A, A-, B+, etc.)
May be repeated 2 times FOR credit.

BME 573: iPhone Programming for Medical Applications

This class focuses on iPhone programming and Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology for health care applications.  We will design and create wireless Bluetooth 4.0 sensors that transmit physiological signals such as ECG, EEG, EMG to an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch for collection and analysis.  Such a system could be used for a health home monitor or sleep studies.
Fall, 3 credits, Letter graded (A, A-, B+, etc.)


BME 599: Biomedical Engineering Research

Research to be supported by a faculty member of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Students must have permission of instructor to enroll in appropriate section. Faculty to be identified by the student.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Fall and Spring, 1 - 9 credits, S/U grading
May be repeated for credit.

BME 604: Finite Element Modeling in Biology and Medicine

Both finite difference and FEM are applied to solve the equations of incompressible and compressible fluid flow in porous media with emphasis on flows in skeletal tissues, i.e., bone and cartilage. Steady-state, transient flow, permeability and surface boundary conditions are discussed. Practical and recent studies in the field are also discussed. Programming using FORTRAN or C languages will be required. The student is also introduced to commercially available software packages.
Spring, alternate years, 3 credits, Letter graded (A, A-, B+, etc.)

BME 610: Magnetic Resonance

This course provides a comprehensive study of magnetic resonance and its applications in medical imaging. An introduction of NMR is followed with development of the hardware and processing aspects required for MR image formation. An overview of basic and advanced MR imaging techniques is provided. Each student will select a topic in MR imaging for presentation at the conclusion of the course.
Fall, 3 credits, Letter graded (A, A-, B+, etc.)
May be repeated for credit.

BME 611: Positron Emission Tomography

Positron emission tomography (PET) is a unique and powerful functional imaging method used in the clinic and in medical research. It is a multidisciplinary endeavor involving the fields of chemistry, physics, mathematics, and medicine. This course addresses the disparate areas of science underlying PET imaging, including radioisotope production, radiotracer synthesis, the physics of the imaging process,
quantitative data processing, image reconstruction approaches, data analysis, and tracer kinetic modeling to extract quantitative physiological parameters. Radiotracer validation and applications of PET will also be covered including the area of drug addiction. There is a hands-on component in which students will visit an active PET research center and acquire and manipulate PET data.

Spring, 3 credits,Letter graded (A, A-, B+, etc.)

BME 612: Biomedical Engineering Aspects for the Use of Radiation in Medicine

This course provides a comprehensive study of the use of radiation in medicine. Physical aspects of the interaction of radiation with matter and for the radiation production are initially considered. The underlying principles of current radiation based medical imaging is considered next. Topics include radiography, fluoroscopy, radionuclide imaging and computed tomography. The use of radiation for the treatment of malignancy is considered with the focus on required technology. Finally advanced applications of radiation are considered with focus on imaging and treatment. Each student will select a topic examining the engineering or technical application of radiation in medicine for presentation at the conclusion of the course.
Spring, 3 credits, Letter graded (A, A-, B+, etc.)

BME 615: Clinical Nuclear Imaging

This course is designed to prepare the Medical Physics graduate student in the area of clinical Medical Imaging. In this clinical rotation, medical physics methods for: planar film, DR, CR, mamography, fluoroscopy, CT, ultrasound and MRI performance evaluations will be introduced. In addition, basic medical ethics, radiographic anatomy and radiation safety will be covered. A total of 200 clinical hours will be completed in this program
Fall, every year, 4 credits, S/U grading
May be repeated 2 times FOR credit.

BME 616: Clinical Nuclear Medicine Imaging

This course is designed to prepare the Medical Physics graduate student in the area of clinical Nuclear Medicine Imaging. In this clinical rotation, the students will be exposed to radionuclide processes, radiopharmaceuticlas including radioactive gases and aerosols-prepartio, characteristics and radiation dosimetry, in vitro and in vivo radiation detection systems, imaging systems and their performance evaluations. In addition, basic medical ethics, clinical interpretations and radiation safety will be covered. A total of 150 clinical hours will be completed in this program.
Fall, every year, 4 credits, S/U grading
May be repeated 2 times FOR credit.

BME 617: Clinical Radiation Oncology Physics

This course is designed to prepare the Medical Physics graduate student in the area of clinical radiation oncology physics. In this clinical rotation, the student will learn by observation and participation some of a selection of the following medical physics procedures: LINAC Beam Dosimetry (ion chamber measurement techniques, film dosimetry (radiographic and radiochromic), diode dosimetry, TLD dosimetry, water phantom scanning), implementation of photon and electon beam calibration protocols (AAPM TG51), LINAC beam data measurement and tabulation, commissioning a TPS system, LINAC, acceptance testing, LINAC monthly QA, HDR QA and planning, and IMRT inverse planning and IMRT clinical QA. A total of 120 clinical hours will be completed in this program.
Prerequisite: BME 517 and BME 540 with a B+ or better.
Spring, every year, 4 credits, S/U grading

BME 690: Biomedical Engineering Research

Biomedical Engineering research for doctoral students who have already received their M.S. degree, but have not yet advanced to candidacy.
Fall and Spring, 1 - 9 credits, Letter graded (A, A-, B+, etc.)
May be repeated for credit.

BME 698: Practicum in Teaching

Undergraduate teaching to be supervised by a faculty member of the Program in Biomedical Engineering. Course to be identified by the student and graduate studies director.
Fall and Spring, 1 - 3 credits, S/U grading
May be repeated for credit.

BME 699: Dissertation Research On Campus

Prerequisite: Students must be advanced to candidacy (G5); permission of instructor and enroll in appropriate section. Major portion of research must take place on SBU campus, at Cold Spring Harbor, or at the Brookhaven National Lab.
Prerequisite: G5 Standing
Fall, Spring, and Summer, 1 - 9 credits, Letter graded (A, A-, B+, etc.)
May be repeated for credit.

BME 700: Dissertation Research Off Campus - Domestic

Prerequisite: Must be advanced to candidacy (G5). Major portion of research will take place off-campus, but in the United States and/or U.S. provinces. Please note, Brookhaven National Labs and the Cold Spring Harbor Lab are considered on-campus. All international students must enroll in one of the graduate student insurance plans and should be advised by an International Advisor.
Prerequisite: G5 Standing
Fall, Spring, and Summer, 1 - 9 credits, Letter graded (A, A-, B+, etc.)
May be repeated for credit.

BME 701: Dissertation Research Off Campus - International

Prerequisite: Must be advanced to candidacy (G5). Major portion of research will take place outside of the United States and/or U.S. provinces. Domestic students have the option of the health plan and may also enroll in MEDEX. International students who are in their home country are not covered by mandatory health plan and must contact the Insurance Office for the insurance charge to be removed. International students who are not in their home country are charged for the mandatory health insurance. If they are to be covered by another insurance plan they must file a waiver be second week of classes. The charge will only be removed if other plan is deemed comparable.All international students must received clearance from an International Advisor.
Prerequisite: G5 Standing
Fall, Spring, and Summer, 1 - 9 credits, Letter graded (A, A-, B+, etc.)
May be repeated for credit.

BME 800: BME Research

Full-time summer research.
S/U grading
May be repeated for credit.