Dec 04, 2022  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog

Biomedical Engineering, M.S.B.E.


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College of Engineering  
Department: Medical Engineering 

Concentrations:

  • Biomedical Imaging and Bioelectronics
  • Cell and Tissue Engineering
  • Molecular Medicine and Drug Delivery
  • Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation Engineering
  • Pharmacy
Also offered as a Bachelor’s/Master’s Pathways  
Also offered as a Concurrent Degree  

 


Biomedical Engineering is a highly interdisciplinary major that combines engineering and the medical sciences. M.S.B.E. students at the University of South Florida work with a graduate advisor to design an individual training plan that draws on courses from engineering, medicine, public health, pharmacy, business, and the life sciences. Graduates are trained to solve complex problems in areas such as artificial organs, biomaterials, biomechanics, biosensors and instrumentation, computational modeling, drug development and targeting, diagnostic imaging, neuroscience, prosthetic devices, and regenerative medicine.

The M.S.B.E. program capitalizes on USF’s strengths in Engineering and in the Health Sciences and collaborations with affiliate institutions, including the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, the James Haley Veterans Administration Hospital, and Tampa General Hospital, to develop and commercialize new technologies that spawn growth of biomedical companies throughout the region and catalyze scientific discoveries that lead to better health care and improved quality of life. 

Students in the Major may choose to  specialize in one of several nationally-recognized areas of biomedical engineering strength at USF, including:

•    Biomedical Imaging
•    Bioelectronics
•    Cell and Tissue Engineering
•    Molecular Medicine
•    Drug and Gene Delivery
•    Neuroengineering
•    Rehabilitation Engineering

Major Research Areas: Biomedical Imaging, Bioelectronics, Cellular-level drug discovery and Tissue Engineering, Molecular Medicine, Drug and Gene Delivery


Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • An undergraduate Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering or equivalent
  • GRE with preferred minimum scores:
    • Quantitative > 75th percentile
    • Verbal > 50th percentile
    • Analytical Writing 4.0 or better;
  • Statement of purpose and CV
  • Two (2) letters of reference 

Note: Exceptionally qualified students with bachelor’s degrees in other disciplines may be admitted into the BME M.S. Major on a case-by-case evaluation of their credentials.

Curriculum Requirements


Total Minimum Hours: 30 credit hours

  • Core Requirements - 6 Credit Hours
  • Life Science and Mathematics Requirements - 9 Credit Hours
  • Elective Course Requirements - 15 Credit Hours
  • Optional Concentration - 9 Credit Hours (may apply towards elective requirement)
  • Optional Thesis - 6 Credit Hours (may apply towards elective requirement)

Core Requirements (6 Credit Hours)


Life Science and Mathematics Requirements (9 Credit Hours)


Elective Requirements (15 Credit Hours)


Students are required to take fifteen (15) credit hours of any combination of courses from the list below or non-BME courses approved by the graduate program coordinator. Students pursuing a master’s thesis can count up to six (6) hours of thesis research towards the elective requirement. Students who complete one of the optional concentrations may count up to nine (9) hours toward the elective requirement.

Optional Concentrations


Biomedical Imaging and Bioelectronics Concentration (9 Credit Hours)


Students may pursue a Concentration in Biomedical Imaging and Bioelectronics by taking at least nine (9) credit hours from the courses listed below or other courses approved by the BME Graduate Director. Completion of the concentration fulfills 9 credit hours of the MS elective requirement. Any courses taken to fulfill the Life Science and Mathematics requirements of the BME MS program cannot be counted for the Concentration, and any courses taken to fulfill one Concentration cannot be counted towards another Concentration. This Concentration requires taking at least 3 credit hours of a BME course.

Cell and Tissue Engineering Concentration (9 Credit Hours)


Students may pursue a Concentration in Cell and Tissue Engineering by taking at least nine (9) credit hours from the courses listed below or other relevant courses approved by the BME Graduate Director. Completion of the concentration fulfills 9 credit hours of the MS elective requirement. Any courses taken to fulfill the Life Science and Mathematics requirements of the BME MS program cannot be counted for the Concentration, and any courses taken to fulfill one Concentration cannot be counted towards another Concentration. This Concentration requires taking at least 3 credit hours of a BME course.

Molecular Medicine and Drug Delivery Concentration (9 Credit Hours)


Students may pursue a Concentration in Molecular Medicine and Drug Delivery by taking at least nine (9) credit hours from the courses listed below or other relevant courses approved by the BME Graduate Director. Completion of the concentration fulfills 9 credit hours of the MS elective requirement. Any courses taken to fulfill the Life Science and Mathematics requirements of the BME MS program cannot be counted for the Concentration, and any courses taken to fulfill one Concentration cannot be counted towards another Concentration. This Concentration requires taking at least 3 credit hours of a BME course.

Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation Engineering Concentration (9 Credit Hours)


Students may pursue a Concentration in Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation Engineering by taking at least nine (9) credit hours from the courses listed below or other relevant courses approved by the BME graduate program coordinator. Completion of the concentration fulfills 9 credit hours of the MS elective requirement. Any courses taken to fulfill the Life Science and Mathematics requirements of the BME MS program cannot be counted for the Concentration, and any courses taken to fulfill one Concentration cannot be counted towards another Concentration. This Concentration requires taking at least 3 credit hours of a BME course.

Pharmacy Concentration (9 Credit Hours)


Students may pursue a Concentration in Pharmacy by taking at least fifteen (15) credit hours from the courses listed below or other pharmacy courses approved by the Pharmacy advisor and BME graduate program coordinator. Completion of the concentration fulfills 15 credit hours of the elective requirement.

Comprehensive Exam


Students in the non-thesis track must pass a written Comprehensive Examination in their final semester of the master’s program. The exam is evaluated by a department faculty member. Poor performance based on faculty judgment will result in failure of the exam. If a student does not pass on the first attempt he/she may request in writing to repeat the exam, which is evaluated by a different faculty member. Students who fail the Comprehensive Examination the second time will be dismissed from the Major without awarding of a master’s degree. 

For students in the thesis track, the thesis and oral defense serve as the Comprehensive Examination and the thesis committee serve as the assessment body. Poor performance based on the judgment of the committee will result in failure of the exam. If a student does not pass on the first attempt, he/she may request in writing to repeat the exam. Students who fail the exam the second time will be dismissed from the Major without awarding of a master’s degree.

Optional Thesis (6 Credit Hours)


Students completing a thesis are required to take six (6) credit hours of the thesis research course below. After completion students must write and orally defend their thesis research to a thesis committee. Poor performance based on the judgment of the thesis committee will result in failure of the exam. If a student does not pass on the first attempt, he/she may request in writing to repeat the exam. Students who fail the exam the second time will be dismissed from the Major without awarding of a master’s degree.

Continuation to the Ph.D. Program


Students who wish to continue on for a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering (or other discipline) must apply for Ph.D. admission through the Office of Graduate Studies.

Bachelor’s/Master’s Pathway


Also available as a Bachelor’s/Master’s Pathway  

Concurrent Degree


Also available as a Concurrent Degree  

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