BME 50B Cell and Molecular Engineering (2013-2014)

BME 50B Cell and Molecular Engineering

(Required for BME and BMEP. Selected Elective for ChE.)
Catalog Data:

BME 50B Cell and Molecular Engineering (Credit Units: 4) Physiological function from a cellular, molecular, and biophysical perspective. Applications to bioengineering design. Prerequisite: BME50A. (Design units: 2)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0815341291.

Recommended Textbook:

Class notes posted on course website:

Elliot E. Hui
Relationship to Student Outcomes
This course relates to Student Outcomes: EAC a.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Understand the structure and mechanics of cells and tissue. (EAC a)

2. Understand electrochemical membrane potentials and ion/protein transport. (EAC a)

3. Understand the control systems that govern the cell cycle and cell growth. (EAC a)

4. Apply knowledge of molecular and cell biology to human disease and therapy. (EAC a)

Prerequisites by Topic

Calculus, differential equations, and general chemistry

Lecture Topics:
  • Genetics, genomics
  • Recombinant DNA
  • Diffusion, osmosis
  • Cell membrane
  • Pumps, channels, transporters
  • Protein localization
  • Cell Communication
  • Receptor kinetics
  • Cytoskeleton
  • Extracellular matrix
  • Tissue
  • Cell cycle control and cell death
  • Cancer
  • Stem Cells, Cloning
  • Bioethics
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Web/e-mail access

Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component

Contributes toward the Biomedical Engineering Topics and Major Design experience.

Design Content Description

Lectures cover the principles of experimental design, analysis, and interpretation; reinforced in homework. Introduction to the methodology of engineering genetic pathways to achieve designed functionalities.

Lectures: 100%
Laboratory Portion: 0%
Grading Criteria:
  • Weekly Homework Assignments: 20%
  • Two midterm exams: 40%
  • Final exam: 40%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 1.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 3.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 1.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 2.0 credit units

January 13, 2014
Senate Approved:
January 8, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr