The objective of this course is to deepen the student's knowledge of phenomena that influence the success of surgical implants used in vivo. Building upon the introductory material covered in ENGR 312, basic concepts of materials science and engineering relevant to this topic are discussed. In addition to engineering performance issues, fundamental factors affecting the biocompatibility of implant devices will also be covered. Laboratory experiments will be utilized, in a supplemental fashion, to illustrate selected aspects of this material and to provide an introduction to procedures used to evaluate biomaterials. This course will serve as a bridge for students who wish to take more advanced graduate level biomaterials courses in the future.