Biomedical Engineering degree programs at the University of South Carolina were designed and developed to train students to initiate, to integrate, to imagine and to invent new processes and new products in order to improve human health. The students who enter our programs are among the very best in the University and in the nation. Our existing faculty members, as well as faculty who we are recruiting for the programs, are all committed to helping students develop the intellectual, technological and personal skills that will allow them to thrive in academia, medicine, or industry. We anticipate that our graduates will unitize their unique education and research experience to excel in positions ranging from professors in top-ranked universities to executives in new medical device or large pharmaceutical companies.
Fields of Specialization
Research interests of the BME faculty cover a broad field of study in the areas of biomechanics, image processing, computational medicine, medical techniques and genetic engineering. The BME program incorporates these disciplines to equip students with knowledge and technical skills needed for a lifelong career in various areas of biomedical engineering.
The college also encourages cross-disciplinary research through four centers: the Center for Electrochemical Engineering, the Center for Industrial Research, the Center for Information Technology, and the Center for Mechanics of Materials and Nondestructive Evaluation. These centers use faculty and student expertise from all departments to pursue research and development projects in areas of interest to industry, government, and academics.
Requirements for admission to graduate degree programs in biomedical engineering (M.S., Ph.D.) include the general admission requirements of The Graduate School as well as more stringent program requirements. In general, the admissions process is highly competitive. Admissions decisions are based on the quality of the applicant’s previous university-level academic work (as reflected by grade point average, or GPA), letters of recommendation (at least two letters are required for evaluation), GRE scores, and other evidence of past accomplishments.
A student may transfer a master degree from another institution if approved by the Graduate Director and major professor. The student is also allowed to transfer from an institution where no degree was obtained with the approval by both the Biomedical Engineering Program and the Graduate School. The course work must be relevant to the current degree and have content and level of instruction equivalent to that offered by the University’s own graduate degree programs.
Routes of administration; mechanisms of drug absorption and biological barriers; pharmacokinetic modeling of drug distribution; drug excretion and biotransformation; design and evaluation of controlled release systems, targeted release systems, and responsive release systems.
Engineering approaches to study and control immune reactions and their applications in therapy and diagnostics for infectious disease, cancer, allergy, autoimmunity, and transplantation.
Survey of cardiovascular development, anatomy, physiology and pathology. Recent advances in our understanding of the basic mechanisms of congenital cardiovascular defects and cardiovascular disease. Engineering principles, detection and treatment of cardiovascular defects.
Mathematical and theoretical analysis of the mechanical properties and functions of soft biological tissues to include arterial vessels.
Molecular basis of bioregenerative engineering; biomaterial design; biocompatibility assessment; cell isolation and characterization; rapid prototyping, scaffold fabrication, and biofabrication; protein and gene delivery; bioreactor design; transport in biological tissues; applications of tissue engineering in regenerative medicine.
Course content varies and will be announced in the schedule of classes by title. May be repeated as topic varies.
Analytical and quantitative techniques applied to engineering problems in biomedical transport, tissue mechanics, celluar and organ physiology, and control of medical devices.
Advanced examination of the organization and function of the cell with emphasis on the biophysical and quantitative aspects of cellular function. Emphasis will be on the biomedical engineering applications of regulation of cell division, protein transcription and translation within the cell, cellular energetics, and intracellular networks for cell signaling and cell function.
Conservation of momentum, energy, mass, physico-chemical properties of biofluids, blood rheology, circulation models and cardiovascular regulation, solute and oxygen transport in tissues, gas transport in lungs and respiratory gas exchange models, kinetics and compartmental modeling, modeling of artificial organs.
An examination of human biological structure and function from an engineering perspective. Engineering principles will be used to analyze anatomical structures and physiological functions at the tissue, organ, and systems levels.
Critical reading and literacy in the biomedical engineering discipline as it relates to students’ research. Graduate Standing in the Biomedical Engineering Program.
Individual research to be arranged with the instructor. Graduate Standing in the Biomedical Engineering Program.
Graduate seminar on current topics in biomedical engineering. Instruction on critical analysis and communication in the discipline.
Thesis preparation for Masters Program. Graduate Standing in the Biomedical Engineering Program. Grading: Pass/Fail.
Seminar for doctoral students on current biomedical engineering topics and instruction in professional preparation in the discipline. Graduate Standing in the Biomedical Engineering Program.
Dissertation preparation for the Ph.D. Program. Graduate standing in the Biomedical Engineering program.