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Biology for First-Year Engineers, a New Course at Loyola Marymount University

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Biological & Agricultural Technical Session II

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Biological & Agricultural

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22.290.1 - 22.290.8



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Michael E. Manoogian Loyola Marymount University

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M.S. in Biology, California State University, Northridge, 1983
Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, University Southern California, 1992
Registered Professional Engineer (California)

Dr. Manoogian teaches structural analysis and design as well Biology for Engineers. Research interests include earthquake engineering and seismology, a field in which he has published and presented a number of professional papers. More recently, he has been interested in developing a course that links biology and engineering.

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Biology for First-Year Engineers, a New Course at Loyola Marymount UniversityA new course “Biology for Engineers” was developed for first year engineering studentsat Loyola Marymount University (LMU). The fundamental concept of this course was toprovide first-year engineering students with a basic background in focused areas ofbiology as it applies to engineering applications. The course was first taught in 2009 andagain in 2010. It will again be taught in 2011. Topics for this course have included, cellbiology, biochemistry and genetics as it applies to genetic engineering, studies of thenervous system and the brain as applied to bionic prosthetic devices that take advantageof the nervous system and parasitology as it applies to the worldwide need for cleandrinking and irrigation water. These topics were linked, in some form, to the NationalAcademy of Engineers “Grand Challenges for Engineering” for the 21st century. Coursematerial was addressed in lecture and with a research assignment that asked the studentsto prepare a paper on a topic that linked biology and an engineering application.Although the course focused on the biology needed to understand the associatedprocesses in the engineering applications, the course could easily be adapted to address aplethora of other areas that link science and engineering. The course content at this levelserved to broaden engineering students’ understanding of the science of biology as itrelates to engineering, stimulate interest in technical careers, address an ABET sciencerequirement and to address at least one common engineering program outcome related tolife-long learning. ABET related assessment was conducted with respect to the researchassignment from the class. The course is part of the science sequence for all first-yearengineering students at LMU.

Manoogian, M. E. (2011, June), Biology for First-Year Engineers, a New Course at Loyola Marymount University Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17571

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