Curriculum

New Student Orientation

The program begins with a Bioinstrumentation Boot Camp—a rapid refresher for basic engineering and biology concepts that will be explored in depth when the fall semester starts. This introductory experience affords students the opportunity to get acquainted with their classmates, the faculty, and the Illinois campus.

Fall Semester

In the fall semester, students will take BIOE 571, which teaches the underlying engineering concepts behind excitation and sensing that are used throughout medical imaging modalities (such as ultrasound, MRI, CT, X-ray), microscopy, and biodetection. BIOE 573, taught by faculty in the College of Business at Illinois, introduces students to the key processes and methodologies used to create bioinstrumentation products, with topics that span development of product requirements, the FDA approval process, software/hardware validation, risk analysis, and project management.

  • BIOE 570 — Seminar in Bioinstrumentation (1 hour) - Various speakers from industry share their real world experiences and knowledge.
  • BIOE 571 — Biological Measurement I (4 hours) - Introduces fundamental concepts related to the detection and analysis of biological analytes, biomedical images and physiological parameters.   
  • BIOE 573 — Biomedical Systems Engineering (4 hours) - Covers fundamental business concepts, including project management, process management, supply chain management and accounting. 
  • Course selected from track (4 hours)
  • Free elective (4 hours)

Spring Semester

During the spring semester, students will take BIOE 572, an engineering course that builds on BIOE 571 by introducing advanced concepts and technologies in bioinstrumentation. In Spring, all students also will take BIOE 574, which covers further business-related topics such as intellectual property, the innovation process, systems engineering, and designing for requirements.

  • BIOE 570 — Seminar in Bioinstrumentation (1 hour) - Various speakers from industry share their real world experiences and knowledge.
  • BIOE 572 — Biological Measurement II (4 hours) - Advanced techniques relating to state-of-the-art bioinstrumentation technologies.   
  • BIOE 574 — Bioinstrumentation Innovation (4 hours) - Covers fundamental business concepts, including finance and innovation.
  • Course selected from track (4 hours)
  • Course selected from track (4 hours)

Summer

The capstone of the program is the Summer Team Project, in which students will take what they have learned, and apply it to solving a real-world problem posed to them by one of the Program’s partner institutions. Projects will include elements of competitive analysis, product design, prototyping, and pilot testing. Project presentations will take place at a program-conclusion symposium attended by industry mentors, the faculty, current students, and incoming students.  

Completion of the capstone project does not require students to be on campus full-time over the summer,  as long as they are able to meet with their group and their client regularly, and to contribute appropriately.

  • BIOE 575 — Bioinstrumentation Project (6 hours)