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 (BIOE 7990, Master's Thesis, 8 semester hours of research)
  • MS project option  (BIOE 7890, Master's Project, 4 semester hours of research) 
  • Course-only option 
  • Graduate certificate option

Students are required to complete a total of 33 semester hours of courses with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.000 to graduate with an MS in Bioengineering. All MS students are required to take two core courses (BIOE 5100, Medical Physiology, and BIOE 6000, Principles of Bioengineering). 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 BIOE 7390, Seminar, 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 (EECE 7200, Linear Systems Analysis, and EECE 7204, Applied Probability and Stochastic Processes) 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 (BIOE 5410, Molecular Bioengineering, and BIOE 5380, Advanced Biomolecular Dynamics and Control) 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 ME 5665, Musculoskeletal Biomechanics, and ME 5650, Advanced Mechanics of Materials.

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, BIOE 5810, Design of Biomedical Instrumentation, and BIOE 5250, Design, Manufacture, and Evaluation of Medical Devices, are required for all students in this concentration.

Graduate Certificate Options

Students who are officially accepted into a graduate degree program in the College of Engineering may apply to pursue one of the following graduate engineering certificates in addition to the MS or PhD. Please visit the links below for additional information about each graduate engineering certificate program, related requirements, and how to apply.

Chemical Engineering

Computer Systems Engineering

Energy Systems

Engineering Management

Industrial Engineering

Telecommunication Systems Management

Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership

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

Students may complete a master's degree 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 the16 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 16 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
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
BIOE 7990Thesis (4SH, take twice)8
Electives
Complete 12 semester hours from the course list.12
Certificate Option
Students completing this option receive a Graduate Certificate in addition to the master’s degree. Students should consult their faculty advisor regarding the certificate options.
Complete 16 semester hours of graduate certificate required course work.16
Complete 4 semester hours from the course list:4
Course List
BIOE 5320Advanced Biomedical Measurements and Instrumentation4
BIOE 5235Biomedical Imaging4
BIOE 7100Special Topics in Biomedical Imaging and Signal Processing4
BIOL 5581Biological Imaging4
EECE 5639Computer Vision4
EECE 5648Biomedical Optics4
EECE 7203Complex Variable Theory and Differential Equations4
EECE 7204Applied Probability and Stochastic Processes4
EECE 7314Auditory Signal Processing4

Cell and Tissue Engineering

Required Course Work
BIOE 5410Molecular Bioengineering4
BIOE 5380Advanced Biomolecular Dynamics and Control4
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
BIOE 7990Thesis (4SH, take twice)8
Electives
Complete 12 semester hours from the course list.12
Certificate Option
Students completing this option receive a Graduate Certificate in addition to the master’s degree. Students should consult their faculty advisor regarding the certificate options.
Complete 16 semester hours of graduate certificate required course work.16
Complete 4 semester hours from the course list:4
Course List
BIOE 5420Cellular Engineering4
BIOE 5430Principles and Applications of Tissue Engineering4
BIOE 5820Biomaterials4
BIOL 5543Stem Cells and Regeneration4
BIOL 6301Molecular Cell Biology4
CHEM 5500Introduction to Regulatory Science2
ME 5667Solid Mechanics of Cells and Tissues4
NNMD 5470Nano- and Biomedical Commercialization: From Concept to Market3
NNMD 5370Nanomedicine Research Techniques4

Biomechanics

Required Course Work
ME 5650Advanced Mechanics of Materials4
ME 5665Musculoskeletal 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
BIOE 7990Thesis (4SH, take twice)8
Electives
Complete 12 semester hours from the course list.12
Certificate Option
Complete 16 semester hours of graduate certificate required course work.16
Complete 4 semester hours from the course list:4
Course List
BIOE 5630Physiological Fluid Mechanics4
BIOE 7001Biomaterials4
BIOE 7300Special Topics in Biomechanics4
BIOL 5553Biology of Muscle: Molecules to Movements4
BIOL 5601Multidisciplinary Approaches in Motor Control4
BIOL 7384Topics in Integrative Biology2
EECE 7200Linear Systems Analysis4
EECE 7203Complex Variable Theory and Differential Equations4
EECE 7367Robotics and Automation Systems4
ME 5650Advanced Mechanics of Materials4
ME 5655Dynamics and Mechanical Vibration4
ME 5657Finite Element Method4
ME 5659Control Systems Engineering4
ME 5667Solid Mechanics of Cells and Tissues4
ME 7210Elasticity and Plasticity4
ME 7238Advanced Finite Element Method4
ME 7240Composite Materials4
ME 7245Fracture Mechanics and Failure Analysis4
ME 7255Continuum Mechanics4

Biomedical Devices 

Required Course Work
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
BIOE 7990Thesis (4SH, take twice)8
Electives
Complete 12 semester hours from the course list.12
Certificate Option
Complete 16 semester hours of graduate certificate required course work.16
Complete 4 semester hours from the course list:4
Course List
BIOE 5850Design of Implants4
BIOE 7001Biomaterials4
BIOE 7400Special Topics in Biomedical Devices4
CHEM 5500Introduction to Regulatory Science2
EECE 5606Micro- and Nanofabrication4
ME 5659Control Systems Engineering4
ME 5665Musculoskeletal Biomechanics4
ME 5667Solid Mechanics of Cells and Tissues4
ME 7262Nanomanufacturing 14
NNMD 5470Nano- and Biomedical Commercialization: From Concept to Market3
NNMD 5370Nanomedicine Research Techniques4

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

33 total semester hours required

Minimum 3.000 GPA required