Academics

Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering

The objective of the Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering (M.S.B.E.) degree program is to provide a graduate-level educational experience that will prepare individuals to undertake design and research in the area of biomedical engineering. The program is multidisciplinary and integrates knowledge from the traditional engineering sciences, the life sciences, and medicine. Specific goals of the program include development of 1) a thorough grounding in the life sciences; 2) mastery of engineering tools and approaches; 3) familiarity with the problems of making and interpreting quantitative measurements of living systems; 4) the ability to use modeling techniques; and 5) the ability to formulate and solve problems with medical relevance, including the design of devices, systems, and processes to improve human health.

Learning Objectives

M.S.B.E. Non-Thesis Track

The M.S.B.E. non-thesis track strives to provide a learning centered environment where accomplished faculty share their experience and knowledge with students so that graduates of the program can:

  1. Demonstrate a advanced technical knowledge of state-of-the-art and evolving areas associated with the mechanical engineering field so that they can lead and direct engineering and scientific industry teams in their chosen field of study.
  2. The ability to solve open-ended design problems
Outcomes

Graduates of the program will demonstrate a strong technical knowledge in chosen mechanical engineering field by passing a comprehensive exam or a design project in the student's major area of study near the completion of the degree program.

Assessment
  1. Comprehensive exam/design project
  2. Track graduates career shortly after graduation
Requirement

Requires 33 credits of approved graduate courses. At least 18 credits must be earned from 700-level courses, of which 15 credits must be in engineering. To complete the Non-Thesis option, students must also successfully complete the Design Project course (ME 796-Design Project in Mechanical Engineering ) or pass a comprehensive written and oral exit exam before receiving their degree. For the detailed degree requirement refer to the Graduate Catalog.

M.S.B.E. Thesis Track

The M.S.B.E. thesis track strives to provide a learning centered environment where accomplished faculty share their experience and knowledge with students so that graduates of the program can:

  1. Demonstrate a advanced technical knowledge of state-of-the-art and evolving areas associated with the mechanical engineering field so that they can lead and direct engineering and scientific industry teams in their chosen field of study.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to work creatively and independently on research topics.
Outcomes

Graduates of the program will:

  1. Demonstrate a strong technical knowledge in chosen mechanical engineering field by successfully completing course work and integrating knowledge learned in their course work into a thesis.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to learn independently by completing a creative or research project and reporting on this activity in a thesis which should include:
    • A hypothesis (or hypotheses)
    • A set of objectives and goals
    • A critical literature review
    • A theoretical, experimental and/or modeling study
    • A conclusion
  3. Demonstrate the ability to communicate technical information both orally and in writing at an acceptable level of proficiency.
Assessment
  1. MS thesis
  2. Thesis defense (oral exam)
  3. Track graduates career shortly after graduation
Requirement

Requires 33 credits of approved graduate courses. At least 18 credits must be earned from 700-level courses, of which 15 credits must be in engineering. To complete the Non-Thesis option, students must also successfully complete the Design Project course (ME 796-Design Project in Mechanical Engineering ) or pass a comprehensive written and oral exit exam before receiving their degree. For the detailed degree requirement refer to the Graduate Catalog.

Career Possibilities

Graduates in biomedical engineering may pursue a variety of career paths in research facilities, universities, businesses, and government agencies. Some work in related fields in industry and others obtain an advanced degree. Many careers require a wide range of demonstrated skills and accomplishments through their degree programs.

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