Accelerated BS to MSBME This is a Track

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College : Engineering and Computer Science Degree :MSBME
Department : Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Option : Thesis, Nonthesis
Program Websites : http://www.mae.ucf.edu/

TRACK DESCRIPTION

The Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate program in Biomedical Engineering allows highly qualified undergraduate majors in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering to begin taking graduate-level courses that will count toward their master’s degree while completing their baccalaureate degree program. Participation will enable completion of the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in five instead of six years for students enrolled in full-time course work.

CURRICULUM

The BSME or BSAE is awarded after completing all university requirements, including 128 total credit hours and 71 credit hours of engineering courses. The MSBME is awarded upon completion of the master’s program. Courses designated in General Education Program and Common Program Prerequisites are usually completed in the first 60 hours (see engineering major requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog).
 
Total Credit Hours Required:
30 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Up to 12 credit hours of approved graduate level courses of grades "B" (3.0) or better may be counted toward the BS and MS degrees. Additional notes on the Accelerated Undergraduate and Graduate Program in Mechanical Engineering are as follows:

  • Students who change degree programs and select this major must adopt the most current catalog.
  • Students must earn at least a "B" (3.0) in each undergraduate and graduate engineering course for them to be counted toward the major.

For the Biofluids Track, qualified courses that may be selected for the Accelerated BS to MS are:

  • EML 6211 Continuum Mechanics (3 credit hours)
  • BME 5216C Mechanics of Biostructures I (3 credit hours)
  • BME 5217C Mechanics of Biostructures II (3 credit hours)
  • BME 5267 Biofluid Mechanics (3 credit hours)
  • BME 5268C Applied and Computational Biofluids (3 credit hours)
  • Or a technical elective approved by the graduate program director

For the Biomechanics Track, qualified courses that may be selected for the Accelerated BS to MS are:

  • EML 6211 Continuum Mechanics (3 credit hours)
  • BME 5216C Mechanics of Biostructures I (3 credit hours)
  • BME 5217C Mechanics of Biostructures II (3 credit hours)
  • BME 6500C Bioinstrumentation (3 credit hours)
  • BME 6215 Advanced Biomechanics (3 credit hours)
  • EML 6067 Finite Elements I (3 credit hours)
  • Or a technical elective approved by the graduate program director

Representative Electives

  • BME 5572 Biomedical Nanotechnology (3 credit hours)
  • BSC 5418 Tissue Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • EEE 5265 Biomedical Effects and Applications of Electromagnetic Energy (3 credit hours)
  • EEE 5272 Biomedical Sensors (3 credit hours)
  • EEL 5690 Introduction to Medical Robotics and Tele-Operation (3 credit hours)
  • EMA 5060 Polymer Science and Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • EMA 5584 Biomaterials (3 credit hours)
  • EMA 5588 Biocompatibility of Materials (3 credit hours)
  • EML 5060 Mathematical Methods in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • EML 5066 Computational Methods in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • EML 5237 Intermediate Mechanics of Materials (3 credit hours)
  • EML 5291 MEMS Materials (3 credit hours)
  • EML 5546 Engineering Design with Composite Materials (3 credit hours)
  • EML 6068 Finite Elements in Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering II (3 credit hours)
  • EML 6299 Advanced Topics on Miniaturization (3 credit hours)
  • ESI 5219 Engineering Statistics (3 credit hours)
  • ESI 6247 Experimental Design and Taguchi Methods (3 credit hours)
  • ESI 6609 Industrial Engineering Analytics for Healthcare (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 5127 Foundation of Bio-Imaging Science (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 6252 Biomedical Nanotechnology (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 6253 Bioanalytical Technology (3 credit hours)

Undergraduate Requirements

Please see the current edition of the Undergraduate Catalog for additional information about this program.

Graduate Requirements

The Biomedical Engineering program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, and offers thesis and nonthesis options in two tracks, Biofluids and Biomechanics. At least 24 credit hours of course work must be taken, exclusive of thesis and research. The thesis options require 24 credit hours of formal courses, and six credit hours of thesis.  Accelerated Biomedical Engineering students must declare their interest in either the Biofluids Track or the Biomechanics Track by completing a Program of Study with their adviser.

Additionally, all students pursuing the thesis option must enroll in the following course:

  • EML 5936 Mechanical and Aerospace Seminar (0 credit hours)

Students must register for the seminar course a minimum of two times during their graduate career in the master's program (thesis option). The students must also complete the course with a satisfactory (S) grade in both attempts. If the student does not complete the course with a satisfactory grade, the student will be asked to repeat the course to meet program requirements.

The nonthesis options require 30 credit hours of courses, including completion of BME 6935 Topics in Biomedical Engineering. 

Independent Learning

The Independent Learning Requirement is met by successful completion of a master's thesis for the thesis option. For nonthesis students, the independent learning experience is provided by BME 6935 Topics in Biomedical Engineering, one of the required courses. 

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

The Accelerated BS to MS program in Biomedical Engineering allows highly qualified University of Central Florida undergraduate majors in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering to begin taking graduate level courses that will count toward their master's degree while completing their baccalaureate degree program. Students apply for admission to the accelerated program in either their junior year or senior year. If the student has a degree in the discipline, but were not previously part of this accelerated program, then they should apply to either the Biofluids Track or Biomechanics Track

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Résumé.
  • A written statement of experience and research, areas of interest, and future career goals.

Faculty members may choose to conduct face-to-face or telephone interviews before accepting an applicant into their research program.

Additional courses may be required to correct deficiencies. Applicants should contact the MMAE graduate program director for more information. 

Application Deadlines

Accelerated BS to MSBME *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15Jul 15Dec 1

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*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.

FINANCIALS

Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.

Fellowships

Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship. 


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