Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering: Neural Engineering Track

Neural Engineering

This area uses fundamental and applied engineering techniques to help solve basic and clinical problems in the neurosciences. At the fundamental level, it attempts to understand the behavior of individual neurons, their growth, signaling mechanisms between neurons, and how populations of neurons produce complex behavior. Such information has broad application to a better understanding of the communication that occurs between the various parts of the nervous system and the brain. For example, such an understanding can be applied to the development of replacement parts for impaired neural systems, such as the auditory, visual, and motor systems, as well as achieving a better understanding of how normal and diseased systems work.

Required Courses

Biomedical Engineering Core Requirements (27)
BME 100Introduction to the Profession2
BME 310Biomaterials3
BME 315Instrumentation and Measurement Laboratory2
BME 325Bioelectronics Laboratory1
BME 330Analysis of Biosignals and Systems3
BME 405Physiology Laboratory2
BME 419Introduction to Design Concepts in Biomedical Engineering2
BME 420Design Concepts in Biomedical Engineering3
BME 422Mathematical Methods for Biomedical Engineers3
BME 433Biomedical Engineering Applications of Statistics3
BME 453Quantitative Physiology3
Neural Engineering Requirements (40-41)
CS 104Introduction to Computer Programming for Engineers2
ECE 211Circuit Analysis I3
ECE 213Circuit Analysis II4
ECE 218Digital Systems4
BME 309Biomedical Imaging3
BME 438Neuroimaging3
BME 443Biomedical Instrumentation and Electronics3
BME 445Quantitative Neural Function3
MATH 333Matrix Algebra and Complex Variables3-4
or CHEM 237 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 239Organic Chemistry II 13
Select three BME electives 29
Mathematics Requirements (18)
MATH 151Calculus I5
MATH 152Calculus II5
MATH 251Multivariate and Vector Calculus4
MATH 252Introduction to Differential Equations4
Physics Requirements (8)
PHYS 123General Physics I: Mechanics4
PHYS 221General Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism4
Chemistry Requirements (8)
CHEM 124Principles of Chemistry I with Laboratory4
CHEM 125Principles of Chemistry II with Laboratory4
Biology Requirements (4)
BIOL 115Human Biology3
BIOL 117Human Biology Laboratory1
Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) (6)
See IIT Core Curriculum, section E6
Humanities and Social Science Requirements (21)
See IIT Core Curriculum, sections B and C21
Total Credit Hours132-133
1

A technical elective may substitute for CHEM 239.

2

BME elective must be chosen from the approved list of 300+ level engineering courses in BME, ECE, CHE, MMAE, CAE, or CS. ENGR 497 will apply.

 

Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering: Neural Engineering Track Curriculum

Year 1
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
BME 1002CHEM 1254
CHEM 1244MATH 1525
CS 1042PHYS 1234
MATH 1515Social Sciences Elective3
Humanities 200-level Course3 
 16 16
Year 2
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
ECE 2113BIOL 1153
ECE 2184BIOL 1171
MATH 2524BME 3152
PHYS 2214ECE 2134
Humanities or Social Sciences Elective3MATH 2514
 Social Sciences Elective (300+)3
 18 17
Year 3
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
BME 3093BME 3103
BME 3303BME 3251
BME 4052BME 4433
BME 4223BME 4453
BME 4533MATH 333 or CHEM 2373-4
Humanities Elective (300+)3IPRO Elective I3
 17 16-17
Year 4
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
BME 4192BME 4203
BME 4333BME 4383
CHEM 23913BME Elective23
BME Elective23IPRO Elective II3
BME Elective23Social Sciences Elective (300+)3
Humanities Elective (300+)3 
 17 15
Total Credit Hours: 132-133
1

A technical elective may substitute for CHEM 239.

2

BME elective must be chosen from the approved list of 300+ level engineering courses in BME, ECE, CHE, MMAE, CAE, or CS. ENGR 497 will apply.

This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).