What is Bioimaging?

Bioimaging represents the acquisition, processing, and visualization of structural or functional images of living systems.  Medical imaging modalities are many, including but not limited to:  X-ray, ultrasound, MRI and fMRI, CT, and PET.  Medical imaging and image processing are integral to the extraction of anatomical and biological information from the systems level down to the molecular level with the goal of clinically seeking to reveal, diagnose, or examine diseases, as well as to the study of normal anatomy and physiology.  Image processing techniques, such as segmentation, registration methods, feature recognition and classification represent an indispensable component of bioimaging.

Bioimaging Academic Advisors

Biomedical Engineering - Program Map: Bioimaging Focus Area

Semester 1 Chem Ⅰ & Lab CHEM:1110

Engr Math Ⅰ MATH:1550

  Intro Engr Prob Solving ENGR:1100 Rhetoric RHET:1030 Engr Success First Year ENGR:1000
Semester 2 Chem Ⅱ & Lab CHEM:1120

Engr Math Ⅱ


Engr Math Ⅲ MATH:2550

Intro Engr Computing ENGR: 1300 Physics Ⅰ / Lab PHYS:1611 BME Forum BME:1010
Semester 3 Foundations of Biology BIOL:1411 Engr Math Ⅳ MATH:2560 Statics ENGR:2110 Elec Circuits ENGR:2120 Thermo ENGR:2130 or *Intro AI & Mach Learning ENGR:2995* BME Prof Seminar BME:2010
Semester 4

HHP:3500 Human Physiology OR BME:2260 Quantitative Physiology

Systems, Instrum, & Data Acquisition / Lab BME:2210 Bioimaging & Bioinformatics / Lab BME:2210 Comp in Engr ENGR:2730 Biostatistics BIOS:4120 or STAT: 3510  
Semester 5 Cell Biology for Engr / Lab BME:2400 Biomaterials & Biomechanics / Lab BME:2500 Medical Imaging Physics BME:5210 Intro to Software Design ECE:3330 Diversity & Inclusion  
Semester 6 Focus Area Elective #1 Focus Area Elective #2 Physics Ⅱ / Lab PHYS:1612 Be Creative Approved GEC Course  
Semester 7 BME Senior Design Ⅰ BME:4910 Digital Image Processing ECE:5480 Focus Area Elective #3 Focus Area Elective #4 Approved GEC Course  
Semester 8 BME Senior Design Ⅱ BME:4910 Focus Area Elective #5 Focus Area Elective #6 Focus Area Elective #7 Approved GEC Course  


*If ENGR:2995 is not offered in Fall, it can be taken the following Spring. Students who want to take ENGR:2995 and not ENGR:2130 can take ENGR:2730 Computers in Engr in Semester 3 and ENGR:2995 in Semester 4.

Bioimaging required courses Offered Prerequisites
BME: 5210 Medical Imaging Physics F P: BME:2200, BME:2210
ENGR:2730 Computers in Engineering F/S P: ENGR: 1300
ECE:3330 Intro to Software Design F/S P: ENGR:2730
ECE:5480 Digital Image Processing F P: BME:2200 or ECE:2400


Bioimaging electives (Focus area, minor, or certificate) Offered Prerequisites
Engineering Topics (must choose two)    
BME:5200 Biomedical Signal Processing S §§  
ECE:5490 Multidimensional Image Analysis Tools & Techniques S §§ P: ECE:5480 and (ECE:3330 or CS:2820)
BME:5251 Advanced Biosystems S P: BME:2200
ECE:5330 Graph Algorithms & Combinatorial Optimization S P: ECE:3330
ECE:5450 Machine Learning F P: BME:2200 or ECE:2400
Suggested Elective    
BME:5441 Num & Stat Methods for Bioengr F § P: MATH:2560 and MATH:2550
MATH: 3800 Elementary Numerical Analysis F/S P: (MATH:2550 or MATH:2700) and (MATH:1560 or MATH:1860)
ECE:5460 Digital Signal Processing F P: ECE:3400
CS:2210 Discrete Structures All  
CS:2230 Data Structures All P: ENGR:2730 or CS:1210
**BIOL:1412 Diversity of Form & Function All P: BIOL:1411 w/min C-
CHEM:2210 Organic Chemistry Ⅰ All P: CHEM:1120 w/min C-
CHEM:2220 Organic Chemistry Ⅱ All P: CHEM:2210 w/min C-
CHEM:2410 Organic Chemistry Lab All P: CHEM:1120 w/min C-, CHEM:2210 w/min C-; C: CHEM:2220
BMB:3110 Biochemistry All See MyUI for requirements
BIOL:2512 Fundamental Genetics All P: BIOL:1411, BIOL:1412 or PSY:2701, CHEM:1110; Recommended: CHEM:2210

*Bioimaging students can take ENGR:2130 as an Engineering Topic if they have taken ENGR:2995 as an Engineering Core (and vice versa)
**Pre-medicine students should check with their Pre-medicine advisor regarding the need for this course.
§ Offered in academic years with odd fall and even spring semesters
§§ Offered in academic years with even fall and odd spring semesters


Note:  In addition to the four required focus area courses, an additional seven elective courses (21 s.h.) are also required (suggested electives list, minor, or certificate courses).  At least two of these electives (6 s.h.) must be from the list of Engineering Topics.  Electives not listed above may be approved via the Plan of Study form.

Consult this guide when selecting electives that have machine learning content.

Check MyUI for the current course offerings and pre-/co-requisites.

Check the Bioimaging Curriculum Map and Sample Four-Year Plan links at the top of this page for more details.

Link to previous Bioimaging Focus Area Curriculum Map

Updated 10/16/23