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Curriculum Requirements

Students in the Biomedical Engineering graduate program must earn 34 credits. While 28 credits are earned by taking classes, six credits are earned by completing a team-based, publishable graduate-level research project. The core curriculum accounts for 16 credits.

  • BMEG 565: Biomedical Materials and Engineering
  • BMEG 580: Tissue Engineering
  • BMEG/ELEG 412: Bioelectronics
  • BMEG 620-A: Master’s Thesis or Project
  • ENGR 400: Engineering Colloquium



Students will be able to choose from a broad range of concentrations beyond the curriculum.

  • BMEG 508: Biomechanics
  • BMEG 565: Biomedical Materials and Engineering
  • BMEG/ELEG 547: BioMEMS
  • BMEG/ELEG 562: Nanofabrication with Soft Materials
  • BMEG/ELEG 412: Bioelectronics
  • BMEG/ELEG 443: Digital Signal Processing
  • BMEG/ELEG 453: Pattern Recognition
  • BMEG/ELEG 513: Biomedical Image Processing
  • BMEG 576: Biomedical Imaging
  • BMEG 580: Tissue Engineering
  • BMEG 577: Cancer and Engineering
  • BMEG/ELEG 413: Bioinformatics
  • BMEG/TCMG 466: Management of Biomedical Data

General M.S. Program Requirements

Academic Performance

Students in a degree program who do not maintain a satisfactory record will be separated from the Graduate School. Normally, the accumulation of one “F” grade, or more than one “D” grade, or more than three “C” grades will result in separation.

Course Levels

  • 400-499-generally taken by qualified undergraduates and first year graduate students.
  • 500-599- Open to graduate students.
  • 600 + – Open to masters and Ph.D. students
  • 700 – Open to Ph.D. students only

Time Limitation and Program Continuity

All requirements for the degree of Master of Science must be completed within six years (twelve consecutive semesters) of the effective start of an approved graduate program of study. Once a program is initiated, the student must maintain continuous enrollment until completion.

Under certain circumstances, a student may be granted permission to interrupt his/her program by petitioning the dean in writing, stating the underlying circumstances. Program interruption without formal permission will constitute grounds for dismissal from the Graduate program.

Degree Program Requirements

All students studying for the Master of Science degree must have on file an approved program of study on the provided form. Programs of study are worked out between the student and his/her advisor to meet both the student’s desires and the graduate faculty’s philosophy of an integrated program. They must carry the approval of the chair of the department awarding the degree. Changes in the approved program of study must be approved by the student’s program advisor and the department Chair.

General Thesis Regulations

Students are encouraged to include a thesis investigation in their approved program of study. Accumulation of thesis semester hours and work done during a thesis investigation must be continuous up to the time of its completion. Only those students designated as regular graduate students who have satisfied the following requirements will be permitted to accumulate thesis credits. During the semester prior to that in which the student desires to initiate his/ her thesis investigation, he/she must have:

  • Included a thesis proposal in his/ her approved program of study
  • Sought and obtained a member of the graduate faculty who agrees to act as his/her thesis advisor
  • Submitted a completed thesis proposal form to the department in which the degree is to be awarded
  • Form a Thesis Committee, appointed by the department chair, consisting of at least 3 members of the graduate faculty (including the advisor as committee chair).

Students should obtain a copy of “Specifications for Master’s Thesis” from the office of the department chair which describes via requirements in details. All theses in Engineering must be presented at a faculty-graduate seminar. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that this requirement is fulfilled, and that written notice of the presentation is distributed to all interested persons at least one week before the event.

Students who are in the process of completing a thesis are required to register for at least two semester hours of thesis in each semester. They must actively engage in that activity under faculty guidance. Semester hours thus accumulated that total more than the approved program-of-study requirement are not counted toward the degree.

Upon successful completion of the thesis, and acceptance by the Thesis Committee, the student becomes eligible for the degree provided all other requirements in the program of study are completed.

Curriculum Map

First Semester

BME/EE 412 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering: 3
BME/ME 569 Advanced Biomedical Materials and Engineering: 3
BME/ME 508 Biomechanics: 3
BME/EE 546 Biosignal Processing: 3
BME/BIO 540 Advanced Cellular and Molecular Biology: 3
BME/BIO 520 Physiology: 3

Second Semester

BME/ME 560 Advanced Tissue Engineering: 3
BME/ME 511 Design and development of Biomedical Instrument: 3
BME/EE 507 Algorithm in Bioinformatics: 3
BME/EE 451 Introduction to BioMEMS: 3
BME/EE 452 Biomedical Imaging: 3
BME 530 Instrumentation and Laboratory Experience: 3

Third Semester

BME/ME 440 Ergonomic Factors in Design: 3
BME/TCMG 541 Foundations of Biotechnology and Bioenterpreneurship: 3
BME/EE 503 Biometrics: 3
BME/ME 571 Ethical Issues in Biomedical Research: 1
BME/CSE 531 Robotics in Bioengineering: 3

Fourth Semester

BME/ME 506 Transport Phenomena in Biological Systems: 3
BME 620 Research Based Project: 6
BME/CSE 533 Communication Engineering in Biomedical Systems: 3
BME/CHEM 534 Electrochemistry in Biological Systems: 3