Biomaterials Track

Biomaterials is an exciting and rapidly developing field. Engineered materials are increasingly used in medical applications (such as drug delivery, gene therapy, scaffolds for tissue engineering, replacement body parts, and biomedical and surgical devices) while an understanding of structure-property relationships in natural biomaterials may lead to improved interventions for a wide variety of diseases and injuries. Because it is highly interdisciplinary (involving elements of materials science, engineering, biology, chemistry and medicine), biomaterials as a discipline requires a deep understanding of the properties of materials in general, and the interactions of materials with the biological environment in particular.

The biomaterials track is designed to provide a broad basis in the fundamentals of materials science and engineering, as well as a particular emphasis on the principles and applications of biomaterials. While the fundamental principles of materials science still apply, a complete understanding of biomaterials and their interactions with biological environments requires a greater degree of specialization than the standard undergraduate curriculum provides. The biomaterials curriculum includes topics such as biomimetic materials, natural biomaterials, host responses to biomaterials, biocompatibility, and applications of biomaterials, particularly in tissue engineering, drug delivery, and medical devices and implants. Our goal is to train students who can apply these principles to the development of novel materials that benefit human health.

To receive commendation for completion of the Biomaterials Track, the student must complete two electives, whose subject matter is some aspect of Biomaterials, and complete a biomaterials-related senior design project.  Approval of electives must be made by a student’s academic advisor prior to taking the courses, and approval of the senior design project must be pre-approved by the senior design instructor.

Complete details regarding the biomaterials track may be found in either the Undergraduate Advising Manual or the university catalog.

  • Course Number

    Course Title and Description

    Instructor

    Previous/Next offering

    Biomaterials Concentration (select 3 plus 510.430)

    (planned offerings may change)

    510.430

    Biomaterials Laboratory

    Mao/Hristova

    Spring 14/Spring 2015

    510.407

    Biomaterials II

    Hristova

    Spring 12/

    510.426

    Biomolecular Materials

    Hristova

    Fall 13/Fall 2014

    510.435

    Mechanical Properties of Biomaterials

     Weihs

    ………/Fall 2014

    580.441

    Cellular Engineering

    Green/Yarema

    Fall 13/Fall 2014

    580.442

    Tissue Engineering

    Elisseeff/Grayson

    Spring 13/Spring 2014

    540.404

    Therapeutic and Diagnostic Colloids

    Wirtz

    Fall 13/Fall 2014

    540.459

    Biotechnology in Regenerative Medicine

    Gerecht

    Spring 13/Spring 2014

    540.426

    Biomacromolecules at the Nanoscale

    Wirtz

    Fall 13/Fall 2014

    510.437

    Biosensor Materials and Mechanisms

    Katz

    Fall 13/Fall 2015

    540.405

    The Design of Biomolecular System

    Schulman

    Spring 2014

    540.437

    Application of Molecular Evolution to Biotechnology

    Ostermeyer

    Spring 2014

    530.445

    Intro to Biomechanics

    MechE faculty

    Spring 2014

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