Track Options

Track 1 – Biomedical Imaging (12 hours)

The biomedical imaging track is aimed at students who seek to gain greater technical depth in understanding the operating principles, fundamental limitations, recent technological advances, image/signal processing approaches, and applications for biomedical imaging. Imaging modalities that include ultrasound, MRI, CT, PET, OCT, X-ray, and FTIR spectroscopy are core strengths at Illinois. The courses available through this track are the graduate-level offerings that typically are used to prepare students for PhD-level research in these fields.  Class offerings are subject to change each semester.  Students may be allowed to take classes outside of this list, given approvals from the program faculty director and the student's advisor.

  • ECE 418 – Digital Signal Processing
  • BIOE 498WD – Special Topics (Preclinical Molecular Imaging)
  • NPRE 435 – Imaging with Ionizing Radiation
  • ECE 467 – Biophotonics
  • ECE 558 – Digital Imaging

Track 2 – Life Science Tools (12 Hours)

The life science tools track is geared towards students who seek to become more technically proficient in the technologies that are used for disease diagnostics, point-of-care testing, next-generation genome sequencing, cell imaging, single-biomolecule biophysics, microfluidic-based cellular systems “on a chip,” and new forms of microscopy. The tools being developed in this field are enabling biologists and engineers to create new research fields that include cellular mechanics, new forms of cancer therapy, and personalized medicine. Instrumentation developed for life science applications are utilized in university research, clinical research, and pharmaceutical discovery.  Class offerings are subject to change each semester.  Students may be allowed to take classes outside of this list, given approvals from the program faculty director and the student's advisor.

University of Illinois students with extra credit hours (those with credit hours in excess of their undergraduate degree requirements) may be able to participate in the accelerated coursework program, where, upon admission to the M.Eng. program, the student can allocate up to 8 credit hours of graduate coursework taken during their senior year from the approved track and breadth electives lists and have these hours count towards the M.Eng. program's degree requirements.  This will open up the student's required M.Eng. course load, providing more time to devote to job searching or the opportunity to take additional technical electives.  Graduate courses allocated towards the M.Eng. program cannot be used to fulfill an undergraduate degree.