Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30

Required Courses:

Thesis Track

Core Courses
BIOE 5600Bioengineering Graduate Seminar 10
ENGR 5011Engineering Mathematics I3
Specialty Courses
Select three from the following:9
Introduction to Bioengineering
Cell Biology for Engineers
Systems Physiology for Engineers
Biostatistics
Electives 212
Non-Didactic Courses
BIOE 9995BioEngineering Project Research3
BIOE 9996BioEngineering Thesis Research3
Total Credit Hours30

Project Track

Core Courses
BIOE 5600Bioengineering Graduate Seminar 10
ENGR 5011Engineering Mathematics I3
Specialty Courses
Select three from the following:9
Introduction to Bioengineering
Cell Biology for Engineers
Systems Physiology for Engineers
Biostatistics
Electives 215
Non-Didactic Course
BIOE 9995BioEngineering Project Research3
Total Credit Hours30

Coursework Track

Core Courses
BIOE 5600Bioengineering Graduate Seminar 10
ENGR 5011Engineering Mathematics I3
Specialty Courses
Select three from the following:9
Introduction to Bioengineering
Cell Biology for Engineers
Systems Physiology for Engineers
Biostatistics
Electives 218
Total Credit Hours30

Culminating Events:
Thesis Track:
The culminating events in the Thesis Track are typically undertaken during the last two successive terms of study. Successful completion requires the following:

  • Thesis Proposal — BIOE 9995 BioEngineering Project Research (3 credits)
    Under the guidance of the advisor, the student conducts independent research on an applied engineering topic of current interest and registers for BIOE 9995. This work includes the research and preliminary results that form the basis of an extended study that the student plans to carry on in BIOE 9996 BioEngineering Thesis Research in the following term. The student submits a research report as her/his Thesis Proposal to a committee consisting of three or more faculty members, including the faculty advisor, and presents her/his proposal in an open College-wide seminar, which is scheduled and posted at least 10 business days in advance of the presentation date. Immediately following the presentation, the student's advisory committee questions the student about the details and strategy of the proposed research. The committee then accepts, accepts with revisions, or rejects the proposal.
    The student must pass the Thesis Proposal before registering for BIOE 9996. If the student fails Thesis Proposal, s/he may either re-register for BIOE 9995 (1 credit) in the next regular term and repeat the entire proposal process or consider switching to the Project or Coursework Track. NOTE: A second failure of Thesis Proposal results in automatic dismissal from the University. If switching to another track, the Plan of Study form requires updating and appropriate approvals.
  • Thesis Defense — BIOE 9996 BioEngineering Thesis Research (3 credits)
    The student should register for BIOE 9996 in the term that s/he plans to defend the thesis. The thesis document should be prepared in a format compliant with University standards. (See Graduate School Policy 02.26.12.02.) Two weeks prior to the thesis defense, the student provides the committee with a copy of the completed thesis and posts an announcement of the defense, which is to take place during a regular academic term (i.e., not scheduled during study days, final exams, or the breaks between terms). If the student is to graduate in the same term as the thesis defense is held, then the defense should take place at least 30 days prior to the end of the term.
    The thesis defense is an open College seminar in which the student presents the concepts and results of her/his research. Immediately following the defense, the thesis committee convenes to closely examine the student's research and decide to accept the thesis as provided, accept the thesis with revisions, or not accept the thesis. If the thesis is accepted, a letter grade for BIOE 9996 is assigned. If the thesis is accepted with revisions, then the student must submit the revised thesis within 30 days and with the approval of the Thesis Committee. If the thesis is not accepted, but the committee decides to not fail the student, an "R" grade is assigned to BIOE 9996. In the following term, the student registers for one credit of ENGR 9991 Directed Research until s/he is again prepared to attempt the defense. The defense procedures described above are then carried out again in the term that the student is prepared to defend the thesis.

Project Track:
The culminating event for the Project Track is BIOE 9995 BioEngineering Project Research. This entails a one-term research activity done under the supervision of a full-time faculty advisor on an applied engineering topic of interest. Near the end of the term, the student prepares a report of her/his findings and presents the study in an open departmental seminar. Both the seminar and the written report are used to determine the student's grade for BIOE 9995. The grade is determined jointly by the advisor and another designated grader selected by the Graduate Program Director.

Coursework Track:
No culminating event is warranted for the Coursework Track.