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Current Undergraduate: Master's 4+1 Program

An integrated five-year Bachelor's-Master's program is available in the School of Science and Engineering where students pursue both the BSE (Bachelor of Science in Engineering) and MS (Master of Science) degrees. Management of the program - including specific eligibility requirements - is determined by the various Departments subject to the approval of the School of Science and Engineering.

Department of Biomedical Engineering BS-MS Program

The Department of Biomedical Engineering's five-year BS-MS program is designed to give students the opportunity to pursue research in a sub-field of interest in biomedical engineering and to gain significant research experience. Students fulfill all of the BS and MS degree requirements, with the exception that the yearlong undergraduate research project with thesis is extended to at least two years.  The thesis is then counted as both an undergraduate thesis and the Master's thesis.

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Initial Eligibility Requirements:

  • Minimum 3.4 GPA at the conclusion of the 1st semester of junior year. For this GPA the student may include his or her transfer credits. Official transcripts do not always include transfer credits into the calculation of an individual's GPA and may not be a complete representation of the total GPA for courses taken towards an individual's degree.
  • Identification of an advisor willing to supervise the student and a focused research plan, as indicated by a letter of intent to the instructor of Research and Professional Practice. This letter is needed by March 31st of the 3rd year. The letter of intent, co-signed by the advisor, should outline and briefly describe an appropriate research topic and project to be completed.
  • Students not meeting the above requirements (individuals with a GPA between 3.0 and 3.4) may file a letter of intent along with a petition to the Department to participate in the five year program. This is due by March 31st of the 3rd year.

Continuation Requirements:

Formal application to the school's graduate division is due in the Department by October 1st of 4th year. Initiate the application process here. The application must be complete and include a transcript, essay, and GRE scores (minimum combined total of Verbal and Quantitative of 310). If the prospective MS thesis advisor is a member of the regular BMEN faculty, then the applicant only needs to submit a letter of support from his or her research advisor. Otherwise, three letters of recommendation are needed.

An admission decision will be made by the Department by November 1st and the approved students will then be formally admitted to MS candidacy following the standard policies of the Graduate Division of the School of Science and Engineering.

Students who have been approved for participation will then be required (or optional at advisor's recommendation) to drop BMEN 4910 Research and Professional Practice II (without record) and add BMEN 4930 Advanced Undergraduate Research in order to meet undergraduate degree requirements. This schedule change will allow 5th Year students to more effectively concentrate on their research projects in lieu of completing the course requirements of BMEN 4910. The grade for BMEN 4930 will be listed as In Progress (IP) until such time as the master's thesis is completed, whereupon the student's advisor and thesis committee will assign a grade necessary to fulfill bachelor's degree requirements.

Graduate Degree Requirements - with 5th Year

(numbers in parentheses are Tulane courses satisfying each requirement)

Description of Requirement: Anatomy and Physiology with Lab (BMEN 6030/6035)
PhD: 3 + 1
5th-Year: from BSE
Thesis: 3 + 1
Non-Thesis: 3 + 1

Description of Requirement: Quantitative Physiology with Lab (BMEN 6070/6075)
PhD: 3 + 1
5th-Year: from BSE
Thesis: 3 + 1
Non-Thesis: 3 + 1

Description of Requirement: Advanced Mathematics *
*Introductory Biostatistics (BIOS 6030) will not count towards the Advanced Mathematics requirement
PhD: 3
5th-Year: 3
Thesis: 3
Non-Thesis: 3

Description of Requirement: Domain Distribution (see section below)
One course each in 3 of 4 domains
Maximum of 1, 3xxx-6xxx cross-listed domain courses
PhD: 3
5th-Year: 3
Thesis: 3
Non-Thesis: 3

Total credits required to petition to take PhD qualifying exam:
PhD: 21
5th-Year: n/a
Thesis: n/a
Non-Thesis: n/a

Description of Requirement: Elective course 1
PhD: 3
5th-Year: 3
Thesis: 3
Non-Thesis: 3

Description of Requirement: Elective course 2
PhD: 3
5th-Year: 3
Thesis: optional
Non-Thesis: 3

Description of Requirement: Elective course 3
PhD: 3
5th-Year: optional
Thesis: optional
Non-Thesis: 3

Minimum of elective course credits required:
PhD: 9
5th-Year: 6
Thesis: 3
Non-Thesis: 9

Description of Requirement: Research Seminar (BMEN 6710 – register every fall)
Maximum Credits Allowed
PhD: 4
5th-Year: 1
Thesis: 1
Non-Thesis: 1

Remaining 15 credits may be satisfied by BMEN 7310-7320 Research in BME (graded), Directed Readings, or didactic courses
PhD: 15
5th-Year: n/a
Thesis: n/a
Non-Thesis: n/a

Total graduate course credits required for graduation:
PhD: 48
5th-Year: 18
Thesis: 24
Non-Thesis: 30

BMEN 3xxx Domain Courses with BMEN 6xxx Professional Electives
BMEN 3xxx Courses

Biomedical Design

  • 3932 Elements of BMEN Design

Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering

  • 3400 Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering

Biomechanics and Biotransport

  • 3650 Biomechanics & Biotransport

Biosignals and Bioimaging

  • 3730 Biomedical signals and systems
BMEN 6xxx Courses

Biomedical Design

  • 6080 Tech Invention & Commercialization
  • 6790 Design Studio
  • 6930 TRIZ Theory Invent Design
  • SCEN6000 Entrepreneurship in Eng and Bioscience

Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering

  • 6220 Neural Micro-engineering
  • 6260 Molecular Principles of Functional Biomaterials
  • 6430 Vascular Bioengineering
  • 6680 Orthopedic Bioengineering

Biomechanics and Biotransport

  • 6310 Continuum Models in Biomedical Engineering
  • 6330 Advanced Biofluid Mechanics
  • 6340 Soft Tissue Mechanics
  • 6600 Comp. Modeling of Biomedical Systems

Biosignals and Bioimaging

  • 6060 Biomedical Acoustics
  • 6170 Biomedical Optics
  • 6830 Intro to Biomedical Imaging and Image Processing
  • 6840 Medical Imaging Physics

 

Degrees: Participation in commencement ceremonies is governed by the standard policies of the School of Science and Engineering

Upon successful completion of all BSE and MS degree requirements, assuming the student has not already received the BSE degree, the student graduates at the end of the term in which the requirements have been fulfilled with both degrees (BSE and MS).

If BSE requirements are not met (because the thesis is not complete), but if all undergraduate course requirements have been fulfilled, the student participates in commencement at the end of the 4th year by being recognized with a certificate of accomplishment, but does not receive a BSE degree.

Once all of the requirements for the BSE degree have been met (including a completed undergraduate project thesis), the student can graduate with a BSE and continue to pursue their research project for the MS degree. (Note that this option abandons the timesaving consolidation of having a single thesis.)

Timing and Financial Support Considerations:

Tuition during the 5th year is discounted by the School of Science and Engineering to be 35% of the graduate tuition. Note that scholarships and other financial aid will not normally be continued during the 5th year; financial need is most often met in the form of low-interest student loans.

Students pursuing this program are strongly encouraged to spend the summer between the 4th and 5th years doing research on their project. Occasionally, summer funding may be available from the student's advisor or other sources of support.