Bioengineering, MSBioE

Students accepted to the Master of Science in Bioengineering program have the option to carry out research or complete a course-only program of studies:

  • Thesis option resulting in the preparation and defense of an MS thesis (Thesis (BIOE 7990), 8 semester hours of research.

Students who select to complete an MS thesis as part of their degree must form a thesis committee comprised of at least three members. The thesis committee must include the thesis advisor, and at least two members must be tenured or tenure-track faculty (either BioE or BioE-affiliated faculty). One committee member must be both a tenured or tenure-track faculty in BioE or a BioE-affiliated faculty and a faculty in the College of Engineering. The student shall present the thesis to this committee and to the BioE faculty at large in the form of a seminar before final approval of the thesis by the committee.

  • MS project option  (Master’s Project (BIOE 7890), 4 semester hours of research) 
  • Course-only option 

Students are required to complete a total of 33 semester hours of courses with a minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.000 to graduate with an MS in bioengineering. All MS students are required to take two core courses (Medical Physiology (BIOE 5100), and Principles of Bioengineering (BIOE 6000)). Each student must select a concentration and complete two required courses specific to that concentration. In addition, each student needs to complete 12 semester hours of technical electives if they are completing the thesis option, 16 semester hours for the project option, or 20 semester hours for the course-only option. Courses are selected from an approved list of technical electives for their concentration. Enrollment in Seminar (BIOE 7390) is required each term.

Students have four concentrations from which to choose:

  • Concentration 1: Bioimaging and Signal Processing
  • Concentration 2: Cell and Tissue Engineering
  • Concentration 3: Biomechanics
  • Concentration 4: Biomedical Devices

Concentrations 

A concentration is required. Each concentration has two required courses and a list of technical electives from which the student should select three to five courses, depending on whether he or she selects the thesis option, project option, or course-only option.

Concentration in Bioimaging and Signal Processing

This concentration is appropriate for students interested in biomedical imaging and processing of a wide array of signals from biological systems and biomedical instruments. Two courses (Linear Systems Analysis (EECE 7200), and Applied Probability and Stochastic Processes (EECE 7204)) are required of all students choosing this option. Extensive additional options are available as approved technical electives.

Concentration in Cell and Tissue Engineering

The cell and tissue engineering concentration is appropriate for students interested in molecular, cell, and tissue engineering. Two courses (Molecular Bioengineering (BIOE 5410), and (BIOE 5420)) are required of all cell and tissue engineering students. There is an extensive list of approved technical electives to choose from to complete the degree.

Concentration in Biomechanics

Students who join the biomechanics concentration will cover multiscale mechanics, including whole-body movement, mechanical properties of biomaterials, and fluid mechanics of physiological fluids. The two courses required of all biomechanics concentration students are Multiscale Biomechanics (BIOE 5650) and Musculoskeletal Biomechanics (ME 5665).

Concentration in Biomedical Devices

The biomedical devices concentration is appropriate for students interested in the design and implementation of biological devices and implants. Two core courses, Design of Biomedical Instrumentation (BIOE 5810), andDesign, Manufacture, and Evaluation of Medical Devices (BIOE 5250), are required for all students in this concentration.

Graduate Certificate Options

Students enrolled in a graduate degree program in the College of Engineering have the opportunity to pursue an engineering graduate certificate in addition to or in combination with the MS degree. For more information please refer to Graduate Certificate Programs.

Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership

Master's Degree in Bioengineering with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership

Students may complete a Master of Science in Bioengineering in addition to earning a Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership. Students must apply and be admitted to the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program in order to pursue this option. The program requires fulfillment of the 16-semester-hour-curriculum required to earn the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership, which includes an industry-based challenge project with multiple mentors. The integrated 33-semester-hour degree and certificate will require 17 hours of advisor-approved bioengineering technical courses.

Engineering Leadership

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Note: This major requires a concentration: biomechanics, biomedical devices, bioimaging and signal processing, or cell and tissue engineering. Consult your college administrator.

General Requirements

Seminar
BIOE 7390Seminar0
Required Core
A grade of C or higher is required in each course:
BIOE 5100Medical Physiology4
BIOE 6000Principles of Bioengineering1

Concentrations

Complete one of the following four concentrations:

Bioimaging and Signal Processing

Required Course Work
A grade of C or higher is required.
EECE 7200Linear Systems Analysis4
EECE 7204Applied Probability and Stochastic Processes4
Course Work Option
Complete 20 semester hours from the course list.20
Project Option
BIOE 7890Master’s Project4
Electives
Complete 16 semester hours from the course list.16
Thesis Option
Complete the following (repeatable) course twice:8
Thesis
Electives
Complete 12 semester hours from the course list.12
Course List
Advanced Biomedical Measurements and Instrumentation
Biomedical Imaging
Special Topics in Biomedical Imaging and Signal Processing
Biological Imaging
Computer Vision
Biomedical Optics
Complex Variable Theory and Differential Equations
Applied Probability and Stochastic Processes
Auditory Signal Processing
Imaging in Medicine and Drug Discovery

Cell and Tissue Engineering

Required Course Work
A grade of C or higher is required.
BIOE 5410Molecular Bioengineering4
BIOE 5420Cellular Engineering4
Course Work Option
Complete 20 semester hours from the course list.20
Project Option
BIOE 7890Master’s Project4
Electives
Complete 16 semester hours from the course list.16
Thesis Option
Complete the following (repeatable) course twice:8
Thesis
Electives
Complete 12 semester hours from the course list.12
Course List
Principles and Applications of Tissue Engineering
Biomaterials
Stem Cells and Regeneration
Molecular Cell Biology
Introduction to Regulatory Science
Solid Mechanics of Cells and Tissues
Nanomedicine Research Techniques
Nano- and Biomedical Commercialization: From Concept to Market

Biomechanics

Required Course Work
A grade of C or higher is required.
ME 5665Musculoskeletal Biomechanics4
BIOE 5650Multiscale Biomechanics4
Course Work Option
Complete 20 semester hours from the course list.20
Project Option
BIOE 7890Master’s Project4
Electives
Complete 16 semester hours from the course list.16
Thesis Option
Complete the following (repeatable) course twice:8
Thesis
Electives
Complete 12 semester hours from the course list.12
Course List
Physiological Fluid Mechanics
BIOE 5651
Biomaterials
Special Topics in Biomechanics
Biology of Muscle: Molecules to Movements
Multidisciplinary Approaches in Motor Control
Topics in Integrative Biology
Linear Systems Analysis
Complex Variable Theory and Differential Equations
Robotics and Automation Systems
Advanced Mechanics of Materials
Dynamics and Mechanical Vibration
Finite Element Method
Control Systems Engineering
Solid Mechanics of Cells and Tissues
Elasticity and Plasticity
Advanced Finite Element Method
Composite Materials
Fracture Mechanics and Failure Analysis
Continuum Mechanics

Biomedical Devices 

Required Course Work
A grade of C or higher is required.
BIOE 5810Design of Biomedical Instrumentation4
BIOE 5250Design, Manufacture, and Evaluation of Medical Devices4
Course Work Option
Complete 20 semester hours from the course list.20
Project Option
BIOE 7890Master’s Project4
Electives
Complete 16 semester hours from the course list.16
Thesis Option
Complete the following (repeatable) course twice:8
Thesis
Electives
Complete 12 semester hours from the course list.12
Course List
Comparative Neurobiology
Design of Implants
Biomaterials
Special Topics in Biomedical Devices
Introduction to Regulatory Science
Advances in Nanomaterials
Micro- and Nanofabrication
Control Systems Engineering
Musculoskeletal Biomechanics
Solid Mechanics of Cells and Tissues
Nanomanufacturing 1
Nano- and Biomedical Commercialization: From Concept to Market
Nanomedicine Research Techniques
Imaging in Medicine and Drug Discovery

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

33 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required