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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Biomedical Engineering (EBI)

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Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering (M.S.B.E.)
CIP Code: 14.0501
College of Engineering (EN)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 30

Contact Information:
College of Engineering
Chemical Engineering Department (ECH)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue ENB118
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Robert Frisina
Phone: 813-974-4013


Faculty Search: Engineering Faculty List

Program Information

Biomedical Engineering is a highly interdisciplinary program that combines engineering and the medical sciences. The student works with an advisor to develop a graduate program that draws on courses from engineering, medicine, public health, and the life sciences. Current active areas of research include: biomechanics, biomaterials, medical imaging, neuroengineering, tissue engineering, sensors, cellular-level drug delivery, and rehabilitation engineering. In addition to USF Health, participating institutions include the James Haley Veterans Administration Hospital, Florida Orthopedics Institute, and Tampa General Hospital. For more information, please contact the BME Program Advisor.

Major Research Areas
Biomechanics, Biomaterials, Neuroengineering, Photo Sensors, Cellular-level Drug Discovery, and Tissue Engineering.


Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: February 15

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 15
Spring: September 15
Summer: January 15

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher
  • GRE with preferred Minimum scores of Quantitative > 75%; Analytical written score of 4 or greater;
  • An undergraduate Bachelor's degree in Engineering or Science
  • TOEFL 550 (paper-based total) for international students or 213 (computer-based total)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • A statement of purpose
  • CV
  • Applicants from countries where English is not the official language must demonstrate proficiency in English. See the Admissions Policy section of the Graduate Catalog for approved ways of demonstrating proficiency.

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


Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements

Total Minimum Program Hours30
Both the thesis and non-thesis options are available at the M.S. level.






Currently there are five (5) required courses:

GMS 6440
BME 6409
GMS 6605
PHC 6051
BME 6000
BME 6931

Basic Medical Physiology OR
Engineering Physiology
Basic Medical Anatomy
Biostatistics II
Biomedical Engineering I
Biomedical Engineering II


Students may either opt for the General Track of the Concentration in Pharmacy, completing 15 hours as noted:

General Track Electives 15 hours
Students select from additional approved courses to complete the 30 hour requirement. A minimum of 16 hours must be at the 6000 level. In addition, all of the elective courses must consist of engineering-prefix courses, although the Thesis Committee (thesis option) or the BME Program Advisor (non-thesis option) may approve courses in relevant areas such as chemistry, physics, pharmacy, communications sciences & disorders ,public health or medicine, in their place.

Concentration in Pharmacy (PRMY) 15 hours
Students may select from the following options, or other pharmacy courses, as approved by their Pharmacy and BME Advisors:

PHA 61403 Introduction to Nanotechnology (Online)
PHA 61163 Micro-Nano Drug Delivery Systems (Online)
PHA 61183 Nanomaterials and BioMEMS (Online)
PHA 6xxx 3 Nanotechnology and Risk Management (Online)
PHA 6xxxx3 Nanoforumlations and nanopharmacutics (Online)
PHA 6xxx 3 Introduction to Personalized medicine (Online)

Thesis Option
Thesis option students can count up to six hours of thesis research towards the elective requirements

Comprehensive Exam
Students in the non-thesis track will complete a comprehensive exam. For students in the thesis track, the thesis and oral defense serve as the comprehensive exam.


Accelerated Degree Program

B.S. in Chemistry / M.S.B.E. in Biomedical Engineering

This program intends for students to complete a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and an M.S. in Biomedical Engineering over the span of five years. Completion of this program allows students to complete 9 credits toward the M.S. in during the junior or senior year of their B.S. degree.

Target students and expected outcomes
The accelerated program is an attractive and viable path for students seeking to expedite their entry to the workforce as an engineer, obtain a leadership position, or to pursue M.D. or Ph.D. studies. Students who complete this program will maximize: department and professional resources, obtaining an industry position in the rapidly growing field of biomedical engineering, and opportunities for research and technology transfer for medical devices, systems or drug development.

Description and Requirements
For consideration of admission to the program a student must:
1. Have completed 15 credit hours in the B.S. Chemistry major, upon applying;
2. Have a minimum 3.33 GPA overall;
3. Have a minimum undergraduate 3.5 GPA in the major;
4. Have met with the Undergraduate Advisor and Graduate Director and/or Graduate Advisor to discuss a plan of study

Undergraduate Degree Requirements for the B. S. in Chemistry
All Chemistry major students will complete graduation requirements listed in the USF undergraduate catalog.

University and College Requirements:
120 credit hours.
USF Residency - Students must complete 30 hours of the last 60 hours in USF coursework.
Pursue the normal 8 semester sequence listed in the current USF Undergrad Catalog for Chemistry Majors.
But the Engineering/Science and General electives, and open summer course slots would be utilized to complete the required 5 engineering undergrad courses, and the 3 BME Masters courses which are double-counted.
Then, upon the BS graduation, accelerated students will complete the USF Accelerated Program Progression Form, and enter the BME Masters Program.

List of 5 undergrad engineering courses to be taken:
EGN 3433      Modeling and analysis of engineering systems

Students must complete 12 credit hours from the following courses:

*EGN 3311      Statics
EGN 3321      Dynamics
EGN 3331      Mechanics of Materials
EGN 3365      Materials Engineering I
*EGN 3373      Electrical Systems I
*EGN 3343       Thermodynamics
ECH 3702       Instrument Systems I
EML 3701       Fluid Systems

Students should note that EGN 3311 is a prerequisite for several of the listed courses.
*Indicate most highly recommended courses

Masters Degree Requirements: Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering (M.S.B.E.)
Program (Major): Biomedical Engineering (EBI)
CIP Code: 14.0501; Major/College Code: EBIEN
Total Program Hours: 30

Specific Course Requirements - 5 electives, and these 5 required courses:
GMS 6440      Basic Medical Physiology
GMS 6605      Basic Medical Anatomy
PHC 6051      Biostatistics II
BME 6000      Biomedical Engineering I
BME 6931      Biomedical Engineering II

Comprehensive Exam Required:
Written for non-Thesis students; Defense of Thesis for Thesis students.
Thesis is not required for non-Thesis Masters students
6 credits of Thesis required, for Thesis students

For the BME Masters program, students can get a C, C+ or B-, as long as their GPA stays above 3.00. GPA below 3.00 results in Probation, or eventually can result in Dismissal.

Note 1: Any 3 of the BME courses listed above or the electives can be double-counted (a total of 9 hours of graduate credit may be shared.)






College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


USF Degree Requirements

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Financial Assistance

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

GMS6440, GMS6605, PHC6052,