Bioengineering, also referred to as biomedical engineering, is the application of engineering tools and approaches to solve problems in biology and medicine. It is a broad and growing field that draws upon rapid advances in technology and computation, as well as, on unprecedented growth in basic biological understanding.

This program provides i) a scientific foundation in math, physics, biology, chemistry and physiology; ii) broad introductions to bioengineering technology platforms of medical imaging, devices, computational biomedical engineering, neurotechnology, biomaterials and nanomedicine followed by a deepening of knowledge in at least one of these areas through a chosen concentration; and iii) translational courses showing how new technologies can be implemented in clinical medicine and be commercialized by industry partners. 

Engineering design experiences are built into each year of the curriculum culminating in a senior design project. The impact of engineering, technologies and computer science on biomedicine is immense, and can only be harnessed through integrative multidisciplinary training in Bioengineering. With the growing demand for better health care, the need for bioengineers is expected to be high.

The multidisciplinary training in this field makes graduates competitive for positions in government and in biomedical industry. The BS in Bioengineering also enables students to continue their education in graduate school or medical school.

Accreditation

The bachelor's program in Bioengineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Program Educational Objectives

Graduates of the Bioengineering bachelor’s program are expected within 3-5 years of graduation to:

  1. Contribute to the development or application of health-related products or processes that are a benefit to society.
  2. Continue their formal education by making demonstrable progress toward an advanced degree or professional development milestone.
  3. Communicate and perform effectively as members and/or leaders of multidisciplinary teams.

Concentrations

The concentrations in the BS Bioengineering program are:

  • Bioengineering Healthcare Informatics (BHI)
  • Bioengineering Prehealth (BMPH)
  • Biomaterials and Nanomedicine (BNM)
  • Biomedical Imaging and Devices (BMID)
  • Computational Biomedical Engineering (CBME)
  • Neurotechnology and Computational Neuroscience (NTCN)

Policies

For policies governing all undergraduate degrees, see AP.5 Undergraduate Policies.

Advising

All Bioengineering students are required to meet with their departmental academic advisor prior to course registration each semester. Students who are considering bioengineering as their major must meet with the Volgenau School of Engineering Coordinator of Undergraduate Advising in 2500 Nguyen Engineering Building.

Change of Major

See Change of Major for more information. 

Writing-Intensive Requirement

Mason's writing-intensive requirement is satisfied by BENG 360 Biomedical Imaging, in which faculty provide feedback on student writing assignments.

Termination from the Major

No math, science, or Volgenau School of Engineering course that is required for the major may be attempted more than three times. Those students who do not successfully complete such a course within three attempts will be terminated from the major. Undeclared students in the Volgenau School who do not successfully complete a course required for a Volgenau School major within three attempts will also be terminated. 

In addition, students in the Volgenau School with evidence of continued failure to make adequate progress toward declaring or completing a Volgenau School major will also be terminated. Adequate progress is determined by the major program. For more information, see AP.5.2.4 Termination from the Major.

Once a student has attempted one of these courses twice unsuccessfully, the third attempt must be no later than the next semester of enrollment, excluding summers. Failure to take the course at that time will result in termination from the major. A third attempt of a Volgenau School of Engineering course requires support by the student's major department as well as permission by the department offering the course. This permission is not guaranteed. If the student is unable to take the course when required, the student may request an extension to a future semester; extensions require approval of the student's advisor, their department, and the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs. The deadline for extension requests is the add deadline for the semester in which the course is required.

Students who have been terminated from a Volgenau School of Engineering major may not register for a Volgenau School course without permission of the department offering the course. This applies to all undergraduate courses offered by the Volgenau School except IT 104 Introduction to Computing (Mason Core) and STAT 250 Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core).

A student may not declare any major in the Volgenau School of Engineering if the student has previously met the termination criteria for that major at any time, regardless of what the student's major was at the time the courses were taken.

Banner Code: VS-BS-BIOE

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 122-134

Students must complete each BENG, BIOL, CHEM, CS, ECE, ME course presented as part of the required credits for the degree with a grade of C or better. 

Required Courses

Bioengineering

BENG 101Introduction to Bioengineering3
BENG 214Physiology for Engineers3
BENG 230Continuum Biomechanics and Transport I3
BENG 240Biomaterials3
BENG 241Biomechanics and Biomaterials Laboratory1
BENG 320Bioengineering Signals and Systems3
BENG 330Computational Methods in Bioengineering3
BENG 331Computational Methods in Bioengineering Laboratory1
BENG 350Neural System Designs3
BENG 360Biomedical Imaging3
BENG 370Bioinstrumentation and Devices I3
BENG 371Bioinstrumentation and Devices Laboratory1
BENG 391Bioengineering Professional Development 1
BENG 414Pathophysiology and the Role of New Technologies in Human Diseases3
BENG 475Intellectual Property, Regulatory Concepts and Product Development3
BENG 492Senior Advanced Design Project I (Mason Core)3
BENG 493RS: Senior Advanced Design Project II (Mason Core)3
Total Credits43

Biology

BIOL 213Cell Structure and Function (Mason Core) 14
Total Credits4

Computer Science

CS 112Introduction to Computer Programming (Mason Core)4
Total Credits4

Mathematics and Statistics

MATH 113Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core)4
MATH 114Analytic Geometry and Calculus II 24
MATH 203Linear Algebra 33
MATH 213Analytic Geometry and Calculus III3
MATH 214Elementary Differential Equations 23
STAT 350Introductory Statistics II3
Total Credits20

Physics

PHYS 160University Physics I (Mason Core)3
PHYS 161University Physics I Laboratory (Mason Core)1
PHYS 260University Physics II (Mason Core)3
PHYS 261University Physics II Laboratory (Mason Core)1
Total Credits8

Communication

COMM 100Public Speaking (Mason Core)3
or COMM 101 Fundamentals of Communication (Mason Core)
Total Credits3

Concentrations

Available Concentrations

Select one concentration and complete all requirements therein.

Concentration in Bioengineering Healthcare Informatics (BHI)

Chemistry
CHEM 271
CHEM 272
General Chemistry for Engineers Lecture (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry for Engineers Lab (Mason Core)
4
CHEM 310Survey of Organic Chemistry3
Social and Behavioral Science
Choose one of the following:3
Basic Concepts in Psychology (Mason Core)
Introductory Sociology (Mason Core)
Contemporary Microeconomic Principles (Mason Core)
Concentration Specialization
HAP 360Introduction to Health Information Systems3
HAP 361Health Databases3
or IT 214 Database Fundamentals
HAP 464Electronic Health Record Configuration and Data Analysis3
Technical Electives
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Cellular, Neurophysiological, and Pharmacological Neuroscience
Engineering Design and Fabrication
RS: Mentored Research in Bioengineering
Molecular Engineering Laboratory
Bioengineering World Health
Biomedical Data Analytics
Cell and Tissue Engineering
Neural Engineering
Mason-Inova Applied Technologies
Continuum Biomechanics and Biotransport II
Computational Modelling of Neurons and Networks
Multi-scale Modeling and Simulation in Biomedicine
Medical Image Processing
Advanced Biomedical Imaging
Nanomedicine and Drug Delivery
Translation and Entrepreneurship in Bioengineering
Bioinstrumentation and Devices II
Neuroinformatics
Special Topics in Bioengineering
Bioengineering Research Methods
Neural Engineering
Medical Imaging
Biomaterials
Advanced Biomechanics
Total Credits25

Students may choose to substitute one of the technical electives with one of the following:

Data Structures
Electromagnetic Theory
Classical Systems and Control Theory
Material Science
Biology of Microorganisms
and Biology of Microorganisms Laboratory
General Genetics
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Lab I
Biopsychology
Mobile Health
Health Data Standards and Interoperability

Concentration in Bioengineering Prehealth (BMPH)

Biology
BIOL 483General Biochemistry4
or CHEM 463 General Biochemistry I
Chemistry
CHEM 211
CHEM 213
General Chemistry I (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry Laboratory I (Mason Core)
4
CHEM 212
CHEM 214
General Chemistry II (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry Laboratory II (Mason Core)
4
CHEM 313
CHEM 315
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Lab I
5
CHEM 314
CHEM 318
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Lab II
5
Psychology and Sociology
PSYC 100Basic Concepts in Psychology (Mason Core)3
SOCI 101Introductory Sociology (Mason Core)3
Technical Electives
Select 9 credits from the following:9
Computational Biomedical Engineering Specialization
Biomedical Data Analytics
Continuum Biomechanics and Biotransport II
Multi-scale Modeling and Simulation in Biomedicine
Advanced Biomechanics
Biomedical Imaging and Devices Specialization
Medical Image Processing
Advanced Biomedical Imaging
Bioinstrumentation and Devices II
Medical Imaging
Biomaterials and Nanomedicine Specialization
Molecular Engineering Laboratory
Cell and Tissue Engineering
Nanomedicine and Drug Delivery
Biomaterials
Neurotechnology & Computational Neuroscience Specialization
Neural Engineering
Mason-Inova Applied Technologies
Computational Modelling of Neurons and Networks
Neuroinformatics
Neural Engineering
Research and Design Specialization
Engineering Design and Fabrication
RS: Mentored Research in Bioengineering
Bioengineering World Health
Special Topics in Bioengineering
Bioengineering Research Methods
Total Credits37

Note: Students under the Bioengineering PreHealth Concentration should take BIOL 311 (Genetics) as an additional Biology Technical Elective Course.

Concentration in Biomaterials and Nanomedicine (BNM)

Chemistry
CHEM 271
CHEM 272
General Chemistry for Engineers Lecture (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry for Engineers Lab (Mason Core)
4
CHEM 310Survey of Organic Chemistry3
Social and Behavioral Science
Choose one of the following:3
Basic Concepts in Psychology (Mason Core)
Introductory Sociology (Mason Core)
Contemporary Microeconomic Principles (Mason Core)
Concentration Specialization
BENG 413Molecular Engineering Laboratory3
BENG 421Cell and Tissue Engineering 3
BENG 441Nanomedicine and Drug Delivery3
Technical Electives
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Cellular, Neurophysiological, and Pharmacological Neuroscience
Engineering Design and Fabrication
RS: Mentored Research in Bioengineering
Bioengineering World Health
Biomedical Data Analytics
Neural Engineering
Mason-Inova Applied Technologies
Continuum Biomechanics and Biotransport II
Computational Modelling of Neurons and Networks
Multi-scale Modeling and Simulation in Biomedicine
Medical Image Processing
Advanced Biomedical Imaging
Translation and Entrepreneurship in Bioengineering
Bioinstrumentation and Devices II
Neuroinformatics
Special Topics in Bioengineering
Bioengineering Research Methods
Medical Imaging
Neural Engineering
Biomaterials
Advanced Biomechanics
Total Credits25

Students may choose to substitute one of the technical electives with one of the following:

Data Structures
Electromagnetic Theory
Classical Systems and Control Theory
Material Science
Biology of Microorganisms
and Biology of Microorganisms Laboratory
General Genetics
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Lab I
Biopsychology

Concentration in Biomedical Imaging and Devices (BMID)

Chemistry
CHEM 271
CHEM 272
General Chemistry for Engineers Lecture (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry for Engineers Lab (Mason Core)
4
CHEM 310Survey of Organic Chemistry3
Social and Behavioral Science
Choose one of the following:3
Basic Concepts in Psychology (Mason Core)
Introductory Sociology (Mason Core)
Contemporary Microeconomic Principles (Mason Core)
Concentration Specialization
BENG 420Biomedical Data Analytics3
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Medical Image Processing
Advanced Biomedical Imaging
Bioinstrumentation and Devices II
Medical Imaging
Technical Electives
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Cellular, Neurophysiological, and Pharmacological Neuroscience
Engineering Design and Fabrication
RS: Mentored Research in Bioengineering
Molecular Engineering Laboratory
Bioengineering World Health
Cell and Tissue Engineering
Neural Engineering
Mason-Inova Applied Technologies
Continuum Biomechanics and Biotransport II
Computational Modelling of Neurons and Networks
Multi-scale Modeling and Simulation in Biomedicine
Nanomedicine and Drug Delivery
Translation and Entrepreneurship in Bioengineering
Neuroinformatics
Special Topics in Bioengineering
Bioengineering Research Methods
Neural Engineering
Biomaterials
Advanced Biomechanics
Total Credits25

Students may choose to substitute one of the technical electives with one of the following:

Data Structures
Electromagnetic Theory
Classical Systems and Control Theory
Material Science
Biology of Microorganisms
and Biology of Microorganisms Laboratory
General Genetics
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Lab I
Biopsychology

Concentration in Computational Biomedical Engineering (CBME)

Chemistry
CHEM 271
CHEM 272
General Chemistry for Engineers Lecture (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry for Engineers Lab (Mason Core)
4
CHEM 310Survey of Organic Chemistry3
Social and Behavioral Science
Choose one of the following:3
Basic Concepts in Psychology (Mason Core)
Introductory Sociology (Mason Core)
Contemporary Microeconomic Principles (Mason Core)
Concentration Specialization
BENG 420Biomedical Data Analytics3
BENG 430Continuum Biomechanics and Biotransport II3
BENG 435Multi-scale Modeling and Simulation in Biomedicine3
Technical Electives
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Engineering Design and Fabrication
RS: Mentored Research in Bioengineering
Molecular Engineering Laboratory
Bioengineering World Health
Cell and Tissue Engineering
Neural Engineering
Mason-Inova Applied Technologies
Computational Modelling of Neurons and Networks
Medical Image Processing
Advanced Biomedical Imaging
Nanomedicine and Drug Delivery
Translation and Entrepreneurship in Bioengineering
Bioinstrumentation and Devices II
Neuroinformatics
Special Topics in Bioengineering
Bioengineering Research Methods
Neural Engineering
Medical Imaging
Biomaterials
Advanced Biomechanics
Total Credits25

Students may choose to substitute one of the technical electives with one of the following:

Data Structures
Electromagnetic Theory
Classical Systems and Control Theory
Material Science
Biology of Microorganisms
and Biology of Microorganisms Laboratory
General Genetics
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Lab I
Biopsychology

Concentration in Neurotechnology and Computational Neuroscience (NTCN)

Chemistry
CHEM 271
CHEM 272
General Chemistry for Engineers Lecture (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry for Engineers Lab (Mason Core)
4
CHEM 310Survey of Organic Chemistry3
Social and Behavioral Science
Choose one of the following:3
Basic Concepts in Psychology (Mason Core)
Introductory Sociology (Mason Core)
Contemporary Microeconomic Principles (Mason Core)
Concentration Specialization
BENG 327Cellular, Neurophysiological, and Pharmacological Neuroscience3
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Neural Engineering
Mason-Inova Applied Technologies
Computational Modelling of Neurons and Networks
Neuroinformatics
Neural Engineering
Technical Electives
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Engineering Design and Fabrication
RS: Mentored Research in Bioengineering
Molecular Engineering Laboratory
Bioengineering World Health
Biomedical Data Analytics
Cell and Tissue Engineering
Continuum Biomechanics and Biotransport II
Multi-scale Modeling and Simulation in Biomedicine
Medical Image Processing
Advanced Biomedical Imaging
Nanomedicine and Drug Delivery
Translation and Entrepreneurship in Bioengineering
Bioinstrumentation and Devices II
Special Topics in Bioengineering
Bioengineering Research Methods
Medical Imaging
Biomaterials
Advanced Biomechanics
Total Credits25
Students may choose to substitute one of the technical electives with one of the following:
Data Structures
Electromagnetic Theory
Classical Systems and Control Theory
Material Science
Biology of Microorganisms
and Biology of Microorganisms Laboratory
General Genetics
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Lab I
Biopsychology

Additional Mason Core

Students must complete all Mason Core requirements not fulfilled by major requirements. BENG 492 Senior Advanced Design Project I (Mason Core) and BENG 493 RS: Senior Advanced Design Project II (Mason Core) are approved to meet the Synthesis/Capstone requirement.

Written Communication6
Literature3
Arts3
Western Civilization/World History3
Total Credits15

Honors in the Major

The Department of Bioengineering offers an Honors Program that creates a community of outstanding scholars in bioengineering who share a commitment to learning, service, and leadership. The Program is based on the bioengineering curriculum, and is distinct from the University Honors Curriculum.

Eligibility

Entry to the Honors Program is by invitation, extended to students with a declared major in Bioengineering who have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours at Mason with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 and a minimum GPA of 3.20 in each prior semester.

Honors Requirements

The Honors Program is challenging and designed for the highly motivated student with interests in any of the bioengineering concentrations. Honors students must satisfy requirements in addition to those of the normal BS degree in bioengineering, including:

  • Successful completion of BENG 395 RS: Mentored Research in Bioengineering
  • Six credits must be earned by taking a combination of BENG 5XX/6XX level courses. With permission of the Department of Bioengineering, 5XX/6XX level courses from other Volgenau School of Engineering programs may be considered.

Once admitted to the Honors Program, students must remain in good standing and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 and a minimum GPA of 3.20 in each semester for all courses counting toward the BS degree in bioengineering, maintain continuous enrollment working towards the degree, and abide by the Mason Honor Code.

BS (selected)/Statistical Science, Accelerated MS

Overview

Highly-qualified students in BS programs have the option of applying to the accelerated Statistical Science, MS program.

For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Admission Requirements

No specific undergraduate BS degree is required.  Students enrolled in any BS degree may apply to the accelerated Statistical Science, MS program if such an accelerated Statistical Science, MS pathway is allowable from the student's BS program, which will be determined by the academic advisors of both the BS and MS programs; and if they have earned 90 undergraduate credits with an overall GPA of 3.00. Students must have successfully completed the following Mason courses each with a grade of C or better prior to admission to the accelerated program:

MATH 213Analytic Geometry and Calculus III3
MATH 203Linear Algebra3
or MATH 321 Abstract Algebra
STAT 250Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core)3
or STAT 344 Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I
STAT 346Probability for Engineers3
or MATH 351 Probability
STAT 362Introduction to Computer Statistical Packages3

Accelerated Option Requirements

Students must complete all credits satisfying degree requirements for the BS and MS programs, with 6 credits overlap chosen from the following courses: STAT 515 Applied Statistics and Visualization for Analytics, STAT 544 Applied ProbabilitySTAT 554 Applied Statistics I, STAT 560 Biostatistical Methods, and STAT 574 Survey Sampling I.  (Credit may not be received for both STAT 474 and STAT 574; nor for both STAT 460 and STAT 560.) The graduate courses selected for overlap must be approved by the academic advisors of both the BS and MS programs.  All graduate course prerequisties must be completed prior to enrollment.  Each graduate course must be completed with a grade of B or better to apply toward the MS degree.

While still in undergraduate status, a maximum of 6 additional graduate credits may be taken as reserve graduate credit and applied to the master's program.  Reserve graduate credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree.

Degree Conferral

Students must apply the semester before they expect to complete the BS requirements to have the BS degree conferred. In addition, at the beginning of the student's final undergraduate semester, students must complete a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition form that is submitted to the Office of the University Registrar and Graduate Recruitment and Enrollment Services. At the completion of MS requirements, a master's degree is conferred.

Bioengineering, BS/Bioengineering, Accelerated MS

Overview

Highly-qualified students in the Bioengineering, BS have the option of obtaining an accelerated Bioengineering, MS.

For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees.  For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Admission Requirements

Mason undergraduate students majoring in Bioengineering, BS may apply to this option if they have earned 90 undergraduate credits with an overall GPA of at least 3.20 and completed all MATH and PHYS requirements. Criteria for admission are identical to criteria for admission to the Bioengineering, MS program.

Accelerated Options Requirement

Students must complete all credits that satisfy requirements for both the BS and MS programs.  Up to two courses (6 credits) of approved MS level courses taken as part of the undergraduate degree may be applied to the graduate degree.  The courses selected for this purpose must be approved by the academic advisor of both the BS and MS programs and by the Bioengineering department chair. For undergraduate Bioengineering technical electives, the students may choose the graduate version of such elective courses to replace the corresponding undergraduate courses. 

Degree Conferral

Students are recommended to meet with the Bioengineering academic advisor one year before and must apply to the program one semester before they expect to complete the BS requirements to have the BS degree conferred. In addition, at the beginning of the student's final undergraduate semester, students must complete a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition form that is submitted to the Office of the University Registrar and the VSE Graduate Admissions Office. At the completion of MS requirements, a MS degree is conferred.

Bioengineering, BS/Biostatistics, Accelerated MS

Overview:

Highly-qualified students in Bioengineering, BS have the option of obtaining an accelerated Biostatistics, MS. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Admission Requirements:

Students enrolled in a BS degree in Bioengineering may apply to this option if they have earned 90 undergraduate credits with an overall GPA of 3.00. Students must have successfully completed MATH 213 Analytic Geometry and Calculus III and BENG 320 Bioengineering Signals and Systems. Criteria for admission are identical to criteria for admission to the Biostatistics, MS program

Accelerated Option Requirements:

Students must complete all requirements for the BS and MS programs, with 6 credits overlap.

Students register for the following 500-level courses, which will also count towards the technical elective requirements of their undergraduate degree:

BENG 501Bioengineering Research Methods3
STAT 554Applied Statistics I3

Note:

Students are permitted to take additional graduate basic courses in their undergraduate programs. In such cases, those classes cannot be counted toward requirements for the MS.

Degree Conferral:

Students must apply the semester before they expect to complete the BS requirements to have the BS degree conferred. In addition, at the beginning of the student’s final undergraduate semester, students must complete a Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s Transition form that is submitted to the Office of the University Registrar and the VSE Graduate Admissions Office. At the completion of MS requirements, a master’s degree is conferred.

Bioengineering, BS/Data Analytics Engineering, Accelerated MS

Overview

Highly-qualified students in the Bioengineering, BS have the option of obtaining an accelerated Data Analytics Engineering, MS with a concentration in Bioengineering.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Admission Requirements

Students in the Bioengineering, BS program may apply to this option if they have earned 95 undergraduate credits with an overall GPA of at least 3.30. Students must have successfully completed CS 222 Computer Programming for Engineers and BENG 320 Bioengineering Signals and Systems. Criteria for admission are identical to criteria for admission to the Bioengineering concentration of the Data Analytics Engineering, MS program.

Accelerated Option Requirements

Students must complete all requirements for the BS and MS programs, with 6 credits overlap.

Students register for 6 credits of 500-level basic courses in place of the corresponding BENG 400-level courses required for the undergraduate degree requirements. Specifically, students must register for:

BENG 501Bioengineering Research Methods3
CS 504Principles of Data Management and Mining (in place of BENG 420)3
Total Credits6

Note:

Students are permitted to take additional graduate basic courses in their undergraduate programs. In such cases, those classes cannot be counted toward requirements for the MS.

Degree Conferral

Students must apply the semester before they expect to complete the BS requirements to have the BS degree conferred. In addition, at the beginning of the student's final undergraduate semester, students must complete a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition form that is submitted to the Office of the University Registrar and the VSE Graduate Admissions Office. At the completion of MS requirements, a master's degree is conferred.

Bioengineering, BS/Operations Research, Accelerated MS

Overview

Highly-qualified students in the Bioengineering, BS have the option of obtaining an accelerated Operations Research, MS.

For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees.  For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Admission Requirements

Mason undergraduate students majoring in Bioengineering, BS may apply to this option if they have earned 90 undergraduate credits with an overall GPA of at least 3.30 and completed all MATH and PHYS requirements. Criteria for admission are identical to criteria for admission to the Operations Research, MS program.

Accelerated Options Requirement

Students must complete all credits that satisfy requirements for both the BS and MS programs.  Up to two courses (6 credits) of approved master’s level courses taken as part of the undergraduate degree may be applied to the graduate degree.  The courses selected for this purpose must be approved by the academic advisors of both the BS and MS programs and by the SEOR department chair. For the BS programs that allow undergraduate electives from the department of system engineering and operations research, the students may chose the graduate version of such elective courses to replace the corresponding undergraduate courses. 

Degree Conferral

Students must apply the semester before they expect to complete the BS requirements to have the BS degree conferred. In addition, at the beginning of the student's final undergraduate semester, students must complete a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition form that is submitted to the Office of the University Registrar and the VSE Graduate Admissions Office. At the completion of MS requirements, a master's degree is conferred.

Bioengineering, BS/Systems Engineering, Accelerated MS

Overview

Highly-qualified students in the Bioengineering, BS have the option of obtaining an accelerated Systems Engineering, MS.

For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees.  For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Admission Requirements

Mason undergraduate students majoring in Bioengineering, BS may apply to this option if they have earned 90 undergraduate credits with an overall GPA of at least 3.30 and completed all MATH and PHYS requirements. Criteria for admission are identical to criteria for admission to the Systems Engineering, MS program.

Accelerated Options Requirement

Students must complete all credits that satisfy requirements for both the BS and MS programs.  Up to two courses (6 credits) of approved master’s level courses taken as part of the undergraduate degree may be applied to the graduate degree.  The courses selected for this purpose must be approved by the academic advisors of both the BS and MS programs and by the SEOR department chair. For the BS programs that allow undergraduate electives from the department of system engineering and operations research, the students may chose the graduate version of such elective courses to replace the corresponding undergraduate courses. 

Degree Conferral

Students must apply the semester before they expect to complete the BS requirements to have the BS degree conferred. In addition, at the beginning of the student's final undergraduate semester, students must complete a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition form that is submitted to the Office of the University Registrar and the VSE Graduate Admissions Office. At the completion of MS requirements, a master's degree is conferred.