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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


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
Email: rfrisina@usf.edu

Website: http://chbme.eng.usf.edu/graduate/biomedicalEng.htm


Faculty Search: Engineering Faculty List


Major Information

Biomedical Engineering is a highly interdisciplinary Major that combines engineering and the medical sciences. The student works with an advisor to develop a graduate Majorthat 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 Major Advisor. Major Research Areas:Biomechanics, Biomaterials, Neuroengineering, Photo Sensors, Cellular-level drug discovery and Tissue Engineering

Accreditation Information:

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

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

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 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 for admission to the major, listed below.

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher;
  • GRE with preferred Minimum scores of Quantitative >75%and Analytical Writing 4 or;
  • An undergraduate Bachelors degree in Engineering or Science;
  • TOEFL 550 (paper-based total) for international students or 213 (computer-based total);
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation; and
  • 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.http://www.grad.usf.edu/policies_Sect4_full.php

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

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

Total Minimum Hours: 30 credit hours

Both the thesis and non-thesis options are available at the M.S. level.

Core Requirements
Currently there are five (5) required courses:
GMS 6440 (3) Basic Medical Physiology OR
BME 6410 (3) Engineering Physiology
GMS 6605 (3) Basic Medical Anatomy
PHC 6051 (3) Biostatistics II
BME 6000 (3) Biomedical Engineering I
BME 6931 (3) 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 Major 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 6140 (3) Introduction to Nanotechnology (Online)
PHA 6116(3) Micro-Nano Drug Delivery Systems (Online)
PHA 6118 (3) Nanomaterials and BioMEMS (Online)
PHA 6147 (3) Nanotechnology and Risk Management (Online)
PHA 6148 (3) Nanoformulations and nanopharmacutics (Online)
PHA 6xxx (3) Selected Topics: 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 Programs

Accelerated B.S. in Chemistry / M.S.B.E. in Biomedical Engineering PENDING SACSCOC Approval

Description
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.

The B.S. requires a total of 120 hours and the M.S.B.E. requires 30 hours. By sharing nine (9) credit hours, the total credit hours earned will be 141 hours.

Admission 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

Shared Courses (9 credit hours)
Students choose three (3) of the following five (5) courses to be shared between the two degrees:
BME 6000 Biomedical Engineering I
BME 6931 Biomedical Engineering II
GMS 6440 Basic Medical Physiology or BME 6410 Engineering Physiology
GMS 6605 Basic Medical Anatomy
PHC 6051 Biostatistics II

For the remaining Undergraduate Degree Requirements for the B.S. in Chemistry please see Undergraduate Catalog.

Accelerated Chemical Engineering (BSCH)/Biomedical Engineering (MSBE)

Description
Students pursuing a B.S.C.H. in Chemical Engineering will earn an M.S.B.E. in Biomedical Engineering in an accelerated manner by sharing three (3) core graduate courses (9 credit hours) taken as upper-level departmental electives as part of the undergraduate Chemical Engineering major.

The B.S.C.H. requires a total of 130 hours and the M.S.B.E. requires 30 hours. By sharing nine (9) credit hours, the total credit hours earned will be 151 hours.

This accelerated program shares six (6) credit hours between already existing degrees:
B.S.C.H. in Chemical Engineering
M.S.B.E. in Biomedical Engineering

Target Students and Expected Outcomes
Academically high achieving undergraduate students in the B.S.C.H. Major with high overall and major GPA will be targeted for the accelerated program. Expected outcomes are the increase in M.S.B.E. degrees granted, increase in graduate SCH, and enhancement of the quality of the graduate Major by addition of academically accomplished students.

Admission Requirements
For admission to the program, a student must:

  1. Have completed 15 hours in the undergraduate major
  2. Have a minimum 3.33 GPA overall; and
  3. Have a minimum undergraduate 3.50 GPA in the major.

Timeline and Benchmarks:

  1. To be considered for acceptance into the Accelerated B.S.C.H. Chemical Engineering/M.S.B.E. Biomedical Engineering Major, students must have completed a minimum of 15 credit hours in the Chemical Engineering undergraduate major.
  2. Students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.33 overall, and a minimum GPA of 3.50 in the major.
  3. Following completion of a minimum of 15 hours in the undergraduate major, students may be considered for acceptance into the accelerated program through faculty nomination or student self-nomination, via submission of an Accelerated Program Application Form. Both B.S.C.H. and M.S.B.E. majors will review the applications and approve the nominations. All applications require the approval of USF’s Office of Graduate Studies, the College of Engineering’s Graduate Major, and the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering.
  4. To be promoted to graduate status, students must meet all admission requirements of the M.S.B.E. Biomedical Engineering.
  5. Students must earn a minimum of a “B” (3.00) in all shared graduate courses. Failure to earn at least a “B” in a shared graduate course will result in academic review by the graduate Major. Failure to maintain good standing as a graduate student will result in academic probation, according to the procedures of the USF Office of Graduate Studies.
  6. A comprehensive plan of study to complete the Accelerated B.S.C.H. Chemical Engineering/M.S.B.E. Biomedical Engineering Major will be developed with the guidance of an advisor and a faculty member.

Shared Courses (9 credit hours)
Three (3) of the following five (5) core graduate courses replace nine (9) credit hours of upper-level departmental electives in Chemical Engineering:

BME 6000 Biomedical Engineering I
BME 6931 Biomedical Engineering II
GMS 6440 Basic Medical Physiology or BME 6409 Engineering Physiology
GMS 6605 Basic Medical Anatomy
PHC 6051 Biostatistics II

For the remaining Undergraduate Degree Requirements for the B.S.C.H. in Chemical Engineering (107 credit hours)please see Undergraduate Catalog.


Accelerated B.S.I.E. in Industrial Engineering and M.S.B.E. in Biomedical Engineering

Description
Students pursuing a B.S.I.E. in Industrial Engineering will earn an M.S.B.E. in Biomedical Engineering in an accelerated manner by sharing two (2) graduate courses (6 credit hours) taken as upper-level departmental (Technical) electives as part of the undergraduate Industrial Engineering major.

The B.S.I.E. requires a total of 128 hours and the M.S.B.E. requires 30 hours. By sharing six (6) credit hours, the total credit hours earned will be 152 credit hours.

This accelerated program shares six (6) credit hours between already existing degrees:
B.S.I.E. in Industrial Engineering
M.S.B.E. in Biomedical Engineering

Target Students and Expected Outcomes
Academically high achieving undergraduate students in the B.S.I.E. Major with high overall and major GPA will be targeted for the accelerated program. Expected outcomes are the increase in M.S.B.E. degrees granted, increase in graduate SCH, and enhancement of the quality of the graduate Major by addition of academically accomplished students.

Admission Requirements
For admission to the program, a student must:

  1. Have completed 15 hours in the undergraduate major
  2. Have a minimum 3.33 GPA overall; and
  3. Have a minimum undergraduate 3.50 GPA in the major.

Timeline and Benchmarks:

  1. To be considered for acceptance into the Accelerated B.S.I.E. Industrial Engineering/M.S.B.E. Biomedical Engineering Major, students must have completed a minimum of 15 credit hours in the Industrial Engineering undergraduate major.
  2. Students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.33 overall, and a minimum GPA of 3.50 in the major.
  3. Following completion of a minimum of 15 hours in the undergraduate major, students may be considered for acceptance into the accelerated program through faculty nomination or student self-nomination, via submission of an Accelerated Program Application Form. Both B.S.I.E. and M.S.B.E. majors will review the applications and approve the nominations. All applications require the approval of USF’s Office of Graduate Studies, the College of Engineering’s Graduate Major, the Department of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering’s Undergraduate Major, and the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering’s Graduate Major.
  4. To be promoted to graduate status, students must meet all admission requirements of the M.S.B.E. in Biomedical Engineering.
  5. Students must earn a minimum of a “B” (3.00) in all shared graduate courses. Failure to earn at least a “B” in a shared graduate course will result in academic review by the graduate Major. Failure to maintain good standing as a graduate student will result in academic probation, according to the procedures of the USF Office of Graduate Studies.
  6. A comprehensive plan of study to complete the Accelerated B.S.I.E. Industrial Engineering/M.S.B.E. Biomedical Engineering Major will be developed with the guidance of undergraduate and graduate advisors.

Shared Courses (6 credit hours)
Two (2) of the following five (5) core graduate courses replace six (6) credit hours of upper-level departmental
(Technical) electives:

BME 6000 Biomedical Engineering I
BME 6931 Biomedical Engineering II
GMS 6440 Basic Medical Physiology or BME 6409 Engineering Physiology
GMS 6605 Basic Medical Anatomy
PHC 6051 Biostatistics II

Undergraduate Degree Requirements for the B.S.I.E. in Industrial Engineering (107 credit hours)

*Please see Undergraduate Catalog for major-specific requirements

Accelerated B.S.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S.B.E. in Biomedical Engineering

Description
Students pursuing a B.S.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering will earn an M.S.B.E. in Biomedical Engineering in an
accelerated manner by sharing two (2) core graduate courses (6 credit hours) taken as upper-level departmental
electives as part of the undergraduate Mechanical Engineering major.

The B.S.M.E. requires a total of 128 hours and the M.S.B.E. requires 30 hours. By sharing six (6) credit hours, the total credit hours earned will be 152 hours.

This accelerated program shares six (6) credit hours between already existing degrees:
B.S.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering
M.S.B.E. in Biomedical Engineering

Target Students and Expected Outcomes
Academically high achieving undergraduate students in the B.S.M.E. Major with high overall and major GPA will be targeted for the accelerated program. Expected outcomes are the increase in M.S.B.E. degrees granted, increase in graduate SCH, and enhancement of the quality of the graduate Major by addition of academically accomplished students.

Admission Requirements
For admission to the program, a student must:

  • Have completed 15 hours in the undergraduate major
  • Have a minimum 3.33 GPA overall; and
  • Have a minimum undergraduate 3.50 GPA in the major.

Timeline and Benchmarks:

  • To be considered for acceptance into the Accelerated B.S.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering/M.S.B.E. in Biomedical Engineering Major, students must have completed a minimum of 15 credit hours in the Mechanical Engineering undergraduate major.
  • Students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.33 overall, and a minimum GPA of 3.50 in Mechanical Engineering the major.
  • Following completion of a minimum of 15 hours in the undergraduate major, students may be considered for acceptance into the accelerated program through faculty nomination or student self-nomination, via submission of an Accelerated Program Application Form. Both B.S.M.E. and M.S.B.E. majors will review the applications and approve the nominations. All applications require the approval of USF’s Office of Graduate Studies, the College of Engineering’s Graduate Major, the Department of Mechanical Engineering’s Undergraduate Major, and the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering’s Graduate Major.
  • To be promoted to graduate status, students must meet all admission requirements of the M.S.B.E. in Biomedical Engineering.
  • Students must earn a minimum of a “B” (3.00) in all shared graduate courses. Failure to earn at least a “B” in a shared graduate course will result in academic review by the graduate Major. Failure to maintain good standing as a graduate student will result in academic probation, according to the procedures of the USF Office of Graduate Studies.
  • A comprehensive plan of study to complete the Accelerated B.S.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering/M.S.B.E. in Biomedical Engineering Major will be developed with the guidance of an advisor and a faculty member.

Shared Courses (6 credit hours)
Two (2) of the following five (5) core graduate courses replace six (6) credit hours of undergrad technical electives in Mechanical Engineering:

BME 6000 Biomedical Engineering I
BME 6931 Biomedical Engineering II
GMS 6440 Basic Medical Physiology or BME 6409 Engineering Physiology
GMS 6605 Basic Medical Anatomy
PHC 6051 Biostatistics II

Undergraduate Degree Requirements for the B.S.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering (107 credit hours)
*Please see Undergraduate Catalog for major-specific requirements


College Degree Requirements

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

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ 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: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx 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.

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Graduate Course Information

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

GMS6440, GMS6605, PHC6052,