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2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biomedical Engineering, MS

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Effective fall, 2014


Application for admission to the graduate program in biomedical engineering must meet the general requirements of admission set forth by the Graduate School. Advanced, highly motivated undergraduate students, may apply to the integrated bachelor’s/master’s in biomedical engineering.

Requirements for Admission:

Applicants for study in biomedical engineering are expected to have a bachelor’s degree in engineering with a minimum 3.0/4.0 grade point average in the last two years of undergraduate study. The following preparatory courses are recommended:

  • Biology - one semester
  • Chemistry - one semester
  • Engineering - one course in basic electrical engineering
  • Engineering - an introductory course in three of the following five areas: biomaterials or materials science, instrumentation, mechanics or fluid mechanics, systems physiology, transport or heat and/or mass transfer
  • Engineering research or design experience
  • Mathematics - calculus through differential equations, probability and statistics
  • Physics - two semesters

Conditional Admission:

Applicants may be granted conditional admission if they do not qualify for regular admission. Students entering from disciplines other than engineering may find it necessary to take preparatory undergraduate and/or graduate level courses that serve as prerequisites. Preparatory courses that are for undergraduate credit only may not be applied toward credit hours required for a graduate degree.

Integrated Bachelor/Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering

 This program will be initiated while undergraduates are completing the BS degree in engineering and is intended for outstanding engineering undergraduates who have worked with a thesis advisor during their undergraduate studies. For this program, graduate student course work will begin in the students’ fourth year of undergraduate study and be completed with one academic year of study beyond the bachelor’s degree. It is anticipated that a full year of study beyond completion of undergraduate engineering requirements will be required to complete this program. Engineering students may apply to the program after completion of a minimum of 80 eligible undergraduate credit hours, and can enter the program after completion of a minimum of 95 eligible undergraduate credit hours (a minimum of 128 credit hours is required for the bachelor of science in engineering degree). The minimum GPA at the time of admission and entry to the program is 3.5.

Students applying to the integrated bachelor’s/master’s in biomedical engineering program will go through the regular graduate application process with the following exceptions:

  • On application form indicate “Integrated BS/MS”
  • Personal statement should address applicant’s specific interest in biomedical engineering graduate education and the integrated program.

Degree Requirements

The university confers the degree of master of science in biomedical engineering when the candidate has earned at least 32 s.h. of graduate credit. In addition to the course work each student must complete a research-based thesis, a comprehensive defense of thesis proposal, a seminar based on thesis research, and a thesis defense.

Required Courses

Required biomedical engineering courses include BIME 6000, five BIME electives, and BIME 7000. One graduate level technical elective, approved by the program director, may be substituted for a BIME elective. In addition to the courses offered in the Department of Engineering, all students must complete one graduate level course in advanced mathematics, biology or physiology, and biostatistics. Contact the program director for an approved list of graduate courses offered outside of the Department of Engineering.



One graduate level technical elective approved by the program director may be substituted for a BIME elective.  

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