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Polytechnic Institute of New York University    
  Feb 24, 2018
2011-2013 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog (with addenda) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions

A Brief Guide to Course Descriptions

Each program described in this catalog contains detailed descriptions of the courses offered within the program.

The first line gives the official course number for which students must register and the official course title. The letters indicate the discipline of the course and the first number of the official course numbers indicates the level of the course. The levels are as follows:

  • 1XXX - Freshman Level
  • 2XXX - Sophomore Level
  • 3XXX - Junior Level
  • 4XXX - Senior Level
  • 5XXX to 9XXX - Graduate level

Typically the last number of the course number indicates the number of credits. The breakdown of periods of the course is also listed.

When selecting a course for registration, the section of the course may include the following notations:

  • “LEC” - lecture section
  • “RCT” or “RC” - recitation section
  • “LAB” or “LB” - lab section

Additionally, any other letter or digit listed in the section will further identify the section and being liked to another section of the class with the same letter and/or digit combination. Further information on sections is available from academic advisers during registration periods.

The paragraph description briefly indicates the contents and coverage of the course. A detailed course syllabus may be available by request from the office of the offering department.

“Prerequisites” are courses (or their equivalents) that must be completed before registering for the described course. “Co-requisites” are courses taken concurrently with the described course.

The notation “Also listed…” indicates that the course is also given under the number shown. This means that two or more departments or programs sponsor the described course and that students may register under either number, usually the one representing the student’s major program. Classes are jointly delivered.


Aerospace Engineering

   •  AE 4603 Compressible Flow
   •  AE 4613 Aerodynamics
   •  AE 4633 Aerospace Propulsion
   •  AE 4653 Aircraft Flight Mechanics


   •  AN 2383 Jade, the Stone of Heaven
   •  AN 2883 The Upper Paleolithic and the Evolution of Modernity

Art History

   •  AH 2113 History of Art as Techné
   •  AH 3113 Contemporary Art, Electronic Art and Technology
   •  AH 4911 Special Topics in Art History
   •  AH 4912 Special Topics in Art History
   •  AH 4913 Special Topics in Art History


Graduate Courses

Course descriptions of biomedical engineering courses, as well as CM and CBE courses associated with the MS in Biomedical Engineering Program, are given below. Other courses that are not described below are listed in the Biomedical Engineering Program and can be found in the course descriptions by their departments elsewhere in this catalog.

   •  BE 871x Guided Studies in Biomedical Engineering
   •  BE 873x Research in Biomedical Engineering
   •  BE 997x MS Thesis in Biomedical Engineering
   •  BE 999X PhD Thesis Research in Biomedical Engineering
   •  BE 6013 Molecular Immunology
   •  BE 6023 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
   •  BE 6103 Anatomy, Physiology and Biophysics I
   •  BE 6113 Anatomy, Physiology and Biophysics II
   •  BE 6203 Biomedical Imaging I
   •  BE 6213 Biomedical Imaging II
   •  BE 6223 Image Processing
   •  BE 6303 Bio-optics
   •  BE 6403 Signals, Systems and Transforms
   •  BE 6453 Probability Theory
   •  BE 6483 Digital Signal Processing Laboratory
   •  BE 6503 Biomedical Instrumentation
   •  BE 6601 Introduction to Drug Delivery
   •  BE 6603 Intro to Drug Delivery
   •  BE 6653 Principles of Chemical and Biochemical Systems
   •  BE 6703 Materials in Medicine
   •  BE 6723 Natural Polymers and Materials
   •  BE 6753 Orthopaedic Biomechanics and Biomaterials
   •  BE 9433 Protein Engineering
   •  BE 9443 Tissue Engineering
   •  BE 9730 Colloquium in Biomedical Engineering
   •  BE 9740 Seminar in Biomedical Engineering
   •  BE 9753 Bioethics Seminar


   •  BI 997X MS Thesis in Bioinformatics
   •  BI 7513 Chemical Foundation for Bioinformatics
   •  BI 7523 Biological Foundation for Bioinformatics
   •  BI 7533 Bioinformatics I: Sequence Analysis
   •  BI 7543 Bioinformatics II: Protein Structure
   •  BI 7553 Bioinformatics III: Functional Prediction
   •  BI 7563 Chemoinformatics
   •  BI 7573 Special Topics in Informatics in Chemical and Biological Sciences
   •  BI 7583 Guided Studies in Bioinformatics I
   •  BI 7593 Guided Studies in Bioinformatics II
   •  BI 7613 Introduction to Systems Biology
   •  BI 7623 Systems Biology: -Omes and –Omics
   •  BI 7633 Microarray Analysis
   •  BI 7643 Methods in Genome Computing
   •  BI 7653 Next Generation Sequence Analysis
   •  BI 7843 Molecular Modeling and Simulation

GSAS Biology

   •  BIOL-GA 2030 Statistics in Biology
   •  BIOL-GA 2303 Introduction to Biostatistics

Biomolecular Science

   •  BMS 1004 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
   •  BMS 2004 Introduction to Physiology
   •  BMS 2512 Biostatistics
   •  BMS 3114 Genetics
   •  BMS 3214 Microbiology
   •  BMS 3314 Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology I
   •  BMS 4011 Senior Seminar
   •  BMS 4314 Advanced Cell Physiology
   •  BMS 4324 Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology II
   •  BMS 4414 Biophysics
   •  BMS 4814 Topics in Biology
   •  BMS 4824 Topics in Biology
   •  BMS 4834 Topics in Biology
   •  BMS 4844 Topics in Biology
   •  BMS 4914 Undergraduate Research in Biomolecular Science
   •  BMS 4924 Undergraduate Research in Biomolecular Science
   •  BMS 4934 Life Science Internship
   •  BMS 8011 Advanced Molecular Biology Laboratory
   •  BMS 8013 Advanced Molecular Biology
   •  BMS 8021 Advanced Cell Biology Laboratory
   •  BMS 8023 Advanced Cell Biology


   •  BE 6253 Biosensors
   •  BT 6013 Biotechnology and the Pharmaceutical Industry
   •  BT 6023 Biotechnology and Health Care
   •  BT 6033 Biosensors and Biochips
   •  BT 6043 Biocatalysis in Industry
   •  BT 7011 Special Topics in Biotechnology
   •  BT 7013 Special Topics in Biotechnology
   •  BT 8713 Guided Studies in Biotechnology I
   •  BT 8723 Guided Studies in Biotechnology II
   •  BT 9053 Enzyme Catalysis in Organic Synthesis
   •  BT 9433 Protein Engineering
   •  BT 9443 Tissue Engineering

Biotechnology and Entreneurship

   •  BTE 6013 Biotechnology and the Pharmaceutical Industry
   •  BTE 6023 Biotechnology and Health Care
   •  BTE 6033 Biosensors and Biochips
   •  BTE 6043 Biocatalysis in Industry
   •  BTE 9503 Project in Biotechnology and Entrepreneurship
   •  BTE 9513 Project in Biotechnology and Entrepreneurship
   •  BTE 9523 Project in Biotechnology and Entrepreneurship

Career Management

   •  CP 101 Cooperative Education Seminar
   •  CP 201 1st Work Experience

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

   •  CBE 401X Special Topics in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
   •  CBE 481X CBE Project

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