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, computational neuroscience and neurotechnology, biomaterials and nanomedicine, and health care informatics 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 be terminated from the school. 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: EC-BS-BIOE

(Banner code updated on July 12, 2021. Formerly: 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 375Intellectual Property, Regulatory Concepts and Product Development3
BENG 391Bioengineering Professional Development1
BENG 492Senior Advanced Design Project I (Mason Core)3
BENG 493RS: Senior Advanced Design Project II3
Total Credits40

Biology

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

Computer Science

CS 112Introduction to Computer Programming4
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 360Introduction to Statistical Practice 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
Pathophysiology and the Role of New Technologies in Human Diseases
Cellular, Neurophysiological, and Pharmacological Neuroscience
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:

Object-Oriented Programming
Computer Programming for Engineers
Data Structures
Digital Electronics
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
Pathophysiology and the Role of New Technologies in Human Diseases
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 General 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
Pathophysiology and the Role of New Technologies in Human Diseases
Cellular, Neurophysiological, and Pharmacological Neuroscience
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:

Object-Oriented Programming
Computer Programming for Engineers
Data Structures
Digital Electronics
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
Pathophysiology and the Role of New Technologies in Human Diseases
Cellular, Neurophysiological, and Pharmacological Neuroscience
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:

Object-Oriented Programming
Computer Programming for Engineers
Data Structures
Digital Electronics
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
Pathophysiology and the Role of New Technologies in Human Diseases
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:

Object-Oriented Programming
Computer Programming for Engineers
Data Structures
Digital Electronics
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
Pathophysiology and the Role of New Technologies in Human Diseases
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:
Object-Oriented Programming
Computer Programming for Engineers
Data Structures
Digital Electronics
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 are approved to meet the Synthesis/Capstone requirement.

Written Communication6
Literature3
Arts3
Western Civilization/World History3
Global Understanding3
Total Credits18

Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering Sample Plan of Study 

Detailed four year plans and degree planning checklists can be found at https://advising.gmu.edu/current-student/majors-at-mason/.

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. Only one course may be repeated to raise the GPA.

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 or a Mason ASSIP research experience or at least 60 certified research project hours in a Mason bioengineering lab.
  • Successful completion of three credits 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 (any)/Statistical Science, Accelerated MS

Overview

Highly-qualified undergraduates may be admitted to the bachelor's/accelerated master's  program (BAM) and obtain an undergraduate BS degree and the Statistical Science, MS in an accelerated time-frame after satisfactory completion of a minimum of 138 credits.

Admitted students are able to use up to 12 graduate credits in partial satisfaction of requirements for the undergraduate degree. Upon completion and conferral of the bachelor's degree and with satisfactory performance (grade of 'B' or better) in each of the graduate courses, students are given advanced standing in the master's program. 

See AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees for policies related to this program.

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.

BAM Pathway 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.

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions Policies and Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degree policies. 

Students will be considered for admission into the BAM Pathway after completion of a minimum of 60 credits with an overall GPA of 3.0. 

Students who are accepted into the BAM Pathway will be allowed to register for graduate level courses after successful completion of a minimum of 75 undergraduate credits and course-specific prerequisites.

Accelerated Master's Admission Requirements

Students already admitted in the BAM Pathway will be admitted to the Statistical Science, MS program, if they have met the following criteria, as verified on the Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s Transition form: 

  • Completion of Mason’s requirements for undergraduate degree conferral (graduation) and completion of application for graduation.
  • An overall GPA of 3.00.
  • Completion of the following Mason courses each with a grade of C or better:
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 Pathway Requirements

To maintain the integrity and quality of both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs, students complete all credits satisfying degree requirements for the BS and MS programs, with up to twelve credits overlap chosen from the following graduate courses:

STAT 544Applied Probability3
STAT 554Applied Statistics I3
STAT 560Biostatistical Methods3
STAT 574Survey Sampling I3
STAT 663Statistical Graphics and Data Exploration I3

All graduate course prerequisites 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.

For more detailed information on coursework and timeline requirements, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees policies.

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 undergraduates may be admitted to the bachelor's/accelerated master's program and obtain a BS in Bioengineering and a MS in Bioengineering in an accelerated time-frame after satisfactory completion of a minimum of 140 credits.   

See AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees for policies related to this program.

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.

BAM Pathway Admission Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in the Graduate Admissions Policies and Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degree policies. 

Students majoring in Bioengineering, BS will be considered for admission into the BAM Pathway after completion of a minimum of 60 undergraduate credits with an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and have completed all MATH and PHYS requirements. Criteria for admission are identical to criteria for admission to the Bioengineering, MS program.

Students who are accepted into the BAM Pathway will be allowed to register for graduate level courses after successful completion of a minimum of 75 undergraduate credits and course-specific pre-requisites.

Accelerated Master's Admission Requirements

Students already admitted in the BAM Pathway will be admitted to the Bioengineering, MS program, if they have met the following criteria, as verified on the Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s Transition form:

  • A GPA of 3.0 or better in their 60 highest-level credits
  • Successfully meeting Mason’s requirements for undergraduate degree conferral (graduation) and completing the application for graduation.

Accelerated Pathway Requirements

To maintain the integrity and quality of both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs, undergraduate students must complete all credits that satisfy requirements for both the BS and MS programs, with up to four classes (twelve credits) overlap chosen from the following graduate courses:

BENG 520Biomedical Data Analytics3
BENG 521Cell and Tissue Engineering3
or BENG 541 Biomaterials
BENG 526Neural Engineering3
BENG 537Medical Image Processing3
or BENG 538 Medical Imaging
BENG 501Bioengineering Research Methods3
BENG 514Pathophysiology and the Role of New Technologies in Human Diseases 3
BENG 575Intellectual Property, Regulatory Concepts and Product Development3

All graduate course prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment.  Each graduate course must be completed with a grade of B or better to apply toward the MS program. The graduate courses may be counted as Technical Electives or Concentration Core courses towards the Bioengineering, BS program requirements with approval by the academic advisor of the BS program and the program director of the MS program (or the bioengineering department chair).

While still in undergraduate status, a maximum of six 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.  These reserve credits can be chosen from the list of graduate level courses given above with approval by the academic advisor of the BS program and the program director of the MS program (or the bioengineering department chair).

For more detailed information on coursework and timeline requirements, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees policies. 

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 undergraduates may be admitted to the bachelor's/accelerated master's program (BAM) and obtain the Bioengineering, BS and the Biostatistics, MS in an accelerated time-frame after satisfactory completion of a minimum of 146 credits.

Admitted students are able to use up to 6 graduate credits in partial satisfaction of requirements for the undergraduate degree. Upon completion and conferral of the bachelor's degree and with satisfactory performance (grade of 'B' or better) in each of the graduate courses, students are given advanced standing in the master's program. 

See AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees for policies related to this program.

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.

BAM Pathway Admission Requirements:

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions Policies and
Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degree policies. 

Students will be considered for admission into the BAM Pathway after completion of a minimum of 60 credits with an overall GPA of at least 3.0. 

Students who are accepted into the BAM Pathway will be allowed to register for graduate level courses after successful completion of a minimum of 75 undergraduate credits and course-specific prerequisites.

Accelerated Master's Admission Requirements

Students already admitted in the BAM Pathway will be admitted to the Biostatistics, MS program if they meet the following criteria, as verified on the Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s Transition form:

  • Completion of Mason’s requirements for undergraduate degree conferral (graduation) and completion of application for graduation. 
  • An overall GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Completion of the following Mason courses each with a grade of C or better:
MATH 213Analytic Geometry and Calculus III3
BENG 320Bioengineering Signals and Systems3

Accelerated Pathway Requirements:

To maintain the integrity and quality of both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs, students complete all credits that satisfy requirements for the BS and MS programs. Students can take up to six credits of the following approved graduate level courses listed below as part of their undergraduate degree that will also be applied to the graduate degree.

BENG 501Bioengineering Research Methods3
STAT 554Applied Statistics I3
STAT 560Biostatistical Methods3
STAT 663Statistical Graphics and Data Exploration I3

All graduate course prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment.  Each graduate course must be completed with a grade of B or better to apply toward the MS program.  The graduate courses may be counted as Technical Electives toward Bioengineering, BS program requirements, with approval of the Bioengineering Department undergraduate coordinator.

While still in undergraduate status, a maximum of six 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.

For more detailed information on coursework and timeline requirements, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees policies. 

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 and Recruitment. At the completion of MS requirements, a master’s degree is conferred.

Bioengineering, BS/Data Analytics Engineering, Accelerated MS

Overview

Highly-qualified undergraduates may be admitted to the bachelor's/accelerated master's program and obtain a BS in Bioengineering and MS in Data Analytics Engineering with a concentration in Bioengineering in an accelerated time-frame.

See AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees for policies related to this program.

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.

BAM Pathway Admission Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in the Graduate Admissions Policies and Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degree policies. 

Students majoring in the Bioengineering, BS will be considered for admission into the BAM Pathway after completion of a minimum of 60 undergraduate credits with an overall GPA of at least 3.0. 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.

Students who are accepted into the BAM Pathway will be allowed to register for graduate level courses after successful completion of a minimum of 75 undergraduate credits and course-specific pre-requisites

Accelerated Master's Admission Requirements

Students already admitted in the BAM Pathway will be admitted to the Data Analytics Engineering, MS program, if they have met the following criteria, as verified on the Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s Transition form:

  • A GPA of 3.0 or better in their 60 highest-level credits
  • Successfully meeting Mason’s requirements for undergraduate degree conferral (graduation) and completing the application for graduation.

Accelerated Pathway Requirements

To maintain the integrity and quality of both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs, undergraduate students must complete all credits that satisfy requirements for both the BS and MS programs, with up to three classes (nine credits) overlap depending on their bioengineering concentration chosen from the following graduate courses:

AIT 580Analytics: Big Data to Information3
BENG 501Bioengineering Research Methods3
CS 504Principles of Data Management and Mining (in place of BENG 420)3
OR 531Analytics and Decision Analysis3
STAT 515Applied Statistics and Visualization for Analytics3
Total Credits15

All graduate course prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment. Each graduate course must be completed with a grade of B or better to apply toward the MS program. The graduate courses may be counted as Technical Electives or, in the case of CS 504 Principles of Data Management and Mining, for BENG 420 Biomedical Data Analytics towards the  Bioengineering, BS program requirements with approval by the academic advisors of both the BS and MS programs

While still in undergraduate status, a maximum of six 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. These reserve credits can be chosen from the list of graduate level courses given above with approval by the academic advisors of both the BS and MS programs

For more detailed information on coursework and timeline requirements, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees policies. 

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 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 master's degree is conferred.

Bioengineering, BS/Operations Research, Accelerated MS

Overview

Highly-qualified undergraduates may be admitted to the bachelor's/accelerated master's program and obtain a Bioengineering, BS and an Operations Research, MS in an accelerated time-frame after satisfactory completion of a minimum of 140 credits.

Admitted students are able to use up to 12 graduate credits in partial satisfaction of requirements for the undergraduate degree. Upon completion and conferral of the bachelor's degree and with satisfactory performance (grade of 'B' or better) in each of the graduate courses, students are given advanced standing in the master's program. 

See AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees for policies related to this program.

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.

BAM Pathway Admission Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions Policies and Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degree policies.

Bioengineering, BS students will be considered for admission into the BAM Pathway after completion of a minimum of 60 credits with an overall GPA of at least 3.3, and completion of all MATH and PHYS requirements. Students must additionally complete MATH 203 Linear Algebra prior to applying for the graduate program.

Students who are accepted into the BAM Pathway will be allowed to register for graduate level courses after successful completion of a minimum of 75 undergraduate credits and course-specific pre-requisites.

Accelerated Master's Admission Requirements

The criteria for admission are identical to criteria for admission to the Operations Research, MS program. Students already admitted in the BAM Pathway will be admitted to the Operations Research, MS program, if they have met the following criteria, as verified on the Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s Transition form:

  • An overall GPA of at least 3.3
  • Successfully meeting Mason’s requirements for undergraduate degree conferral (graduation) and completing the application for graduation.

Accelerated Pathway Requirements

To maintain the integrity and quality of both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs, undergraduate students interested in taking graduate courses must choose from the following:

Advanced Standing course: Students must complete all credits that satisfy requirements for both the BS and MS programs. Up to four courses (12 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 choose the graduate version of such elective courses to replace the corresponding undergraduate courses.

  • Students selecting up to two courses (6 credits) of approved master’s level courses may select from the Bioengineering courses given below.
  • Students selecting up to three or four courses (9 or 12 credits) of approved master’s level courses may select at most two courses from the Bioengineering course list and select the remaining courses from the Systems Engineering and Operations Research course list given below. Students are highly recommended to select courses marked as core courses because it applies to the master’s degree regardless of the graduate-level concentration chosen in the Operations Research, MS. The undergraduate version of these courses, if any, may not be applied toward the Operations Research, MS. Credit may not be received for both the undergraduate and graduate version of these courses. 
  • Some of the courses in the Systems Engineering and Operations Research course list applies only to certain concentrations in the Operations Research, MS program. 
  • Students must pay attention to the prerequisites required for a course, and the master's degree concentration that the course may satisfy.

Select from the following Bioengineering courses:

Required course:
Intellectual Property, Regulatory Concepts and Product Development
Select at most one from the following Bioengineering courses:
Bioengineering Research Methods
Pathophysiology and the Role of New Technologies in Human Diseases
Biomedical Data Analytics
Cell and Tissue Engineering
Biomaterials
Neural Engineering
Medical Image Processing
Medical Imaging

Select the remaining from the following Systems Engineering and Operations Research courses:

Network Analysis
Analytics for Financial Engineering and Econometrics
Operations Research: Deterministic Models (Core)
Operations Research: Stochastic Models (Core)
Applied Predictive Analytics (Core)
Financial Systems Engineering I: Introduction to Options, Futures, and Derivatives

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.

For more detailed information on coursework and timeline requirements, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees.

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 undergraduates may be admitted to the bachelor's/accelerated master's program and obtain a Bioengineering, BS and a Systems Engineering, MS in an accelerated time-frame after satisfactory completion of a minimum of 140 credits.

Admitted students are able to use up to 12 graduate credits in partial satisfaction of requirements for the undergraduate degree. Upon completion and conferral of the bachelor's degree and with satisfactory performance (grade of 'B' or better) in each of the graduate courses, students are given advanced standing in the master's program. 

See AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees for policies related to this program.

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.

BAM Pathway Admission Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions Policies and Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degree policies.

Bioengineering, BS students will be considered for admission into the BAM Pathway after completion of a minimum of 60 credits with an overall GPA of at least 3.3, and completion of all MATH and PHYS requirements.

Students who are accepted into the BAM Pathway will be allowed to register for graduate level courses after successful completion of a minimum of 75 undergraduate credits and course-specific pre-requisites.

Accelerated Master's Admission Requirements

The criteria for admission are identical to criteria for admission to the Systems Engineering, MS program. Students already admitted in the BAM Pathway will be admitted to the Systems Engineering, MS program, if they have met the following criteria, as verified on the Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s Transition form:

  • An overall GPA of at least 3.3
  • Successfully meeting Mason’s requirements for undergraduate degree conferral (graduation) and completing the application for graduation.

Accelerated Pathway Requirements

To maintain the integrity and quality of both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs, undergraduate students interested in taking graduate courses must choose from the following:

Advanced Standing course: Students must complete all credits that satisfy requirements for both the BS and MS programs. Up to four courses (12 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 choose the graduate version of such elective courses to replace the corresponding undergraduate courses.

  • Students selecting up to two courses (6 credits) of approved master’s level courses may select from the Bioengineering courses given below.
  • Students selecting up to three or four courses (9 or 12 credits) of approved master’s level courses may select at most two courses from the Bioengineering course list and select the remaining courses from the Systems Engineering and Operations Research course list given below. Students are highly recommended to select courses marked as core courses because it applies to the master’s degree regardless of the graduate-level concentration chosen in the Systems Engineering, MS program. The undergraduate version of these courses, if any, may not be applied toward the Systems Engineering, MS. Credit may not be received for both the undergraduate and graduate version of these courses. 
  • Except for the courses marked as core, any course chosen from either course list can be used to satisfy SYST 505 Systems Engineering Principles core requirement in the Systems Engineering, MS program. 
  • Some of the courses in the Systems Engineering and Operations Research course list applies only to certain concentrations in the Systems Engineering, MS program. 
  • Students must pay attention to the prerequisites required for a course, and the master's degree concentration that the course may satisfy.

Select from the following Bioengineering courses:

Required course:
Intellectual Property, Regulatory Concepts and Product Development
Select at most one from the following Bioengineering courses:
Bioengineering Research Methods
Pathophysiology and the Role of New Technologies in Human Diseases
Biomedical Data Analytics
Cell and Tissue Engineering
Biomaterials
Neural Engineering
Medical Image Processing
Medical Imaging

Select the remaining from the following Systems Engineering and Operations Research courses: 

Systems Definition and Cost Modeling (Core)
Systems Thinking
System Engineering Design (Core)
Systems Engineering Management I (Core)
Decision Support Systems Engineering
Decision and Risk Analysis
Analytics for Financial Engineering and Econometrics
Introduction to Air Traffic Control
Evidence-Based Systems Engineering
Applied Predictive Analytics
Heterogeneous Data Fusion
Financial Systems Engineering I: Introduction to Options, Futures, and Derivatives

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.

For more detailed information on coursework and timeline requirements, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees.

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.