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2017-2018 General Catalog

Biomedical Engineering, MS


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Program in Biomedical Engineering


Dramatic advances in health care and medical technology made possible by the merger of engineering and medicine have prompted the development of new graduate degree programs in biomedical engineering at many of the top institutions in the United States. Currently, biomedical engineering is the most rapidly growing graduate engineering discipline in the U.S with expectations of more labor force growth than any other engineering discipline over the next ten years. The overall goal of this program is to implement education and research in biomedical engineering that will prepare graduates for industrial, governmental, and academic careers in clinical research, bioengineering, biotechnology, and related professions. Biomedical engineers analyze and design solutions to problems in medicine and biology, with the goal of improving the quality and effectiveness of patient care.

The graduate program in biomedical engineering (BME) provides special emphasis in cellular and tissue engineering, biomaterials and bioimaging. Advanced engineering, medicine, chemistry, physics, and biology students will gain the necessary knowledge and skills that will allow them to contribute to improved technology in health and medical care, and to solve real-world engineering problems in biology and medicine, both in research and industrial settings.

The thesis MS degree requires thirty semester hours for completion, the non-thesis MS degree requires thirty-three semester hours, and the PhD requires a total of fifty-seven semester hours.

Admission Requirements


  1. A baccalaureate degree in chemical engineering, or an allied field from an accredited college or university;
  2. Fulfillment of the requirements for the baccalaureate degree or its equivalent. Students may be required to satisfy deficiencies by taking undergraduate courses or can enroll in a transitional summer program if they do not have a degree from an accredited chemical engineering degree program;
  3. An undergraduate or graduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher;
  4. A minimum revised GRE percentile of at least 48% on the verbal portion and 75% on the quantitative portion of the test. It is noted that the GRE percentiles of funded graduate students on assistantship are typically higher than these minima;
  5. Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the student’s work and background;
  6. A personal statement of professional goals; and
  7. International students: For students whose native language is not English and who did not graduate from an accredited US institution with either a BS or MS degree, minimum scores on the TOEFL are 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 80 (Internet-based).

Note: All students must present GRE scores prior to being admitted. Effective August 2011, the GRE Revised General Test replaced the GRE General Test. To learn more about this new test, go to www.ets.org/gre.

Students who do not possess a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering may be required to complete a department-designated sequence of undergraduate courses with grade of “B” or higher in each course or must participate in a summer transition program for students with bachelor’s degrees in either another engineering discipline or basic science (e.g., physics, chemistry or biology). In all cases, an applicant must have taken a course in differential equations prior to their matriculation.

Typical undergraduate course sequences (in preparation for graduate courses) may include, but are not limited to, the following courses:

In addition, students should also have taken: Biological Sciences I and II (if not included in their degree program). Additional courses in subjects including mathematics, chemistry, physics and general engineering may also be required. Up to six semester hours of 4000-level coursework approved by the department may be counted as graduate electives. Transfer credit from another institution is limited to six semester hours with departmental approval. Acceptance of equivalent courses is evaluated on a case-by-case basis, following petition to Graduate Committee.

Eligible candidates for the summer transition program for non-BME majors, which would replace the majority of the above course requirements, will be identified and notified by the Graduate Admissions Committee. Additional information about the summer transition program can be found below and at the departmental web site or by contacting the Graduate Coordinator.

Degree Requirements


The Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering offers both thesis-type and course-type (non-thesis) options leading to the MS degree. Each semester, all graduate students are required to enroll in and attend the departmental seminar, BME 5935 Biomedical Engineering Seminar (0).  (S/U grade only). In addition, all students are required to take required safety training courses and annual refreshers. All graduate students are required to attend the Program for Instructional Excellence (PIE) Teaching Conference/TA Orientation (/pie.fsu.edu/PIE-TA-Orientations-Conference) during the summer prior to their graduate enrollment to prepare for teaching assistant (TA) duties. This requirement is mandatory regardless of the student’s classification as a teaching assistant or research assistant. For international graduate students, the SPEAK (Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit) is a test for evaluating the English speaking ability of non-native speakers of English. The SPEAK test is administered by the Center for Intensive English Studies to international students who have been appointed or will be appointed as teaching assistants in an academic department. The SPEAK exam requirement must be cleared (scores greater than 45 or 50 for graders or TAs, respectively) before students can serve as teaching assistants.

I. Thesis Option (thirty semester hours)


The thesis-type master’s degree is awarded upon successful completion of the following requirements:

  1. Twelve semester hours of chemical engineering core courses (see below);
  2. Nine semester hours of approved electives;
  3. Nine semester hours of BME 5971 Thesis (1-12).  (S/U grade only);
  4. Oral defense of the master’s thesis, BME 8976 Thesis Defense (0).  (P/F grade only);
  5. Registration and attendance at all departmental seminars, BME 5935 Biomedical Engineering Seminar (0).  (S/U grade only).

No course with a grade below “C” will be counted toward fulfillment of degree requirements. No more than one course with a grade in the “C” range will be counted toward fulfillment of degree requirements.

No course with a grade below “C” will be counted toward fulfillment of degree requirements. No more than one course with a grade in the “C” range will be counted toward fulfillment of degree requirements.

Approved courses include:

An approved course in physiology or cell biology is required for completion of the graduate BME degree. Additional courses may satisfy the physiology/biology requirement but require petition to the Graduate committee for approval as a core substitute.

Note:

Other elective courses may be found in the University Graduate Bulletin.

Thesis Hours (nine semester hours)


Oral Examination

In addition to the thirty semester hours of coursework and thesis, an oral examination in defense of the thesis (BME 8976 ) is required for the MS in the chemical engineering thesis option.

II. Course (non-thesis) Option (thirty-three semester hours)


The course-type master’s degree is awarded upon successful completion of the following requirements:

  1. Twelve semester hours of chemical engineering core courses (see below);
  2. Twenty-one semester hours of approved electives;
  3. Registration and attendance at all departmental seminars, BME 5935 Biomedical Engineering Seminar (0).  (S/U grade only).

No course with a grade below “C” will be counted toward fulfillment of degree requirements. No more than one course with a grade in the “C” range will be counted toward fulfillment of degree requirements.

Note: Departmental support is generally not available for students pursuing a non-thesis master’s degree.

Approved courses include:

An approved course in physiology or cell biology is required for completion of the graduate BME degree. Additional courses may satisfy the physiology/biology requirement but require petition to the Graduate committee for approval as a core substitute.

Note:

Other elective courses may be found in the University Graduate Bulletin.

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