BIOE 4100: Physiology for Bioengineering

Designation:    Required
Description:    Review of general physiological principles followed by a comprehensive study of the human nervous, muscle, circulatory, respiratory, excretory and digestive systems from an engineering perspective.
Prerequisite:    BIOL 3030; CHEM 1240
Corequisite:    EECS 2300
Textbook:    Human Physiology 
Sherman & Luciano 
Objectives:    To understand the basic principles of human physiology 
To apply biologic and engineering principles to physiologic systems 
To examine the role of physiologic dysfunction in pathologic conditions
Topics:    Introduction 
Review of biochemistry 
Reaction kinetics and enzymes 
Metabolic pathways 
Diffusion, osmosis and mediated transport systems 
Signal transduction pathways 
Nervous system and electrophysiology 
Muscle structure and physiology 
Cardiovascular system 
Respiratory system 
Renal system 
Digestive system 
Endocrine control of metabolism
Schedule:    3 - 50 minute lecture per week
Contribution:    Engineering topics
(e)    An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
(g)    An ability to communicate effectively
(i)    A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
(j)    A knowledge of contemporary issues
(8a)    An understanding of biology and physiology
(8b)    The capability to apply advanced mathematics (including differential equations and statistics), science, and engineering to solve the problems at the interface of engineering and biology
Prepared by:    Scott Molitor ( and Tammy Phares (
Last Updated: 6/27/22