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2019-2020 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jun 12, 2024
2019-2020 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bioengineering, MS

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MS Requirements

The course requirements for the MS in Bioengineering include the following:

Research M.S. Program (Thesis)

The Research MS program requires a total of 31 credits, which includes:

Graduate Engineering Mathematics (from a list of approved Math courses) - 3 credits   

Statistics for Bioengineers (from a list of approved Statistics courses) - 3 credits   

Societal, Political and Ethical Issues in Bioengineering, BIOENG 2241  or BIOENG 2242  - 3 credits

Life Sciences (from a list of approved Life Science courses) - 3 credits   

Track Courses (from a list of approved courses for specific tracks) - 9 credits   

MS Thesis, BIOENG 2999  - 6 credits

Teaching Practicum, BIOENG 3003  - 1 credit

Bioengineering Seminar, BIOENG 2023  - 3 credits

Total - 31 credits

Other required courses may be tailored to the student’s background and interests.  Typically, completion of the Research MS program requires two years.  Within the first year of enrollment (preferably within the first semester), the MS candidate is expected to finalize the general area in which he/she will write a thesis and an advisor who will guide the work.  By the third semester of enrollment, the student is to prepare a Master’s Thesis, following University requirements for Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs.)  The student (under the guidance of his/her advisor) selects a thesis committee of three or more persons.  For MS students, the committee will need to consist of three faculty members total and at least two need to be member of the Bioengineering faculty.  However, all three can be Bioengineering faculty, as there is no requirement to have one member from outside of Bioengineering.  The committee should consist of the student’s advisor (who will act as Chairman of this committee), at least one additional faculty member from within the Department of Bioengineering and at least one faculty member from outside the Department of Bioengineering.  The committee meets at least once per year and oversees the Thesis Defense.

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