Bioengineering, BS

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Bioengineering Department

Nguyen Engineering Building, 3300
4400 University Drive,
MS 1G5
Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 703-993-5846

Email: bioeng@gmu.edu

Develop new treatments for burn victims using pharmaceutical nanofilm. Help amputees regain mobility with sensor-equipped prostheses that respond to nerve impulses. Bioengineering applies engineering tools and approaches to solving problems in biology and medicine. Pursuing your BS in Bioengineering at Mason Engineering offers the opportunity to experience the cutting edge of medical technology. This dynamic field capitalizes on rapid advances in high-tech bioinformatics, as well as unprecedented growth in biological science. Students can expect challenging coursework in physical and computational science as they pursue a bachelor's degree. After graduation, they're competitive for entry- level positions in the biomedical industry or admission to graduate school or medical school.

 

Bioengineering, BS

Certain courses may fulfill multiple requirements across the Mason Core general education program, the college or school, and/or the specific program.

Bioengineering, also referred to as biomedical engineering, is the application of engineering tools and approaches to solve problems in biology and medicine. It is a broad and growing field that draws upon rapid advances in technology and computation, as well as on unprecedented growth in basic biological understanding.

The educational objectives of the Bioengineering undergraduate program are the following:

  • Alumni electing to work after graduation (for example, in industry or government) will contribute to the development or application of new products or processes that are of benefit to society.
  • Alumni electing to continue their formal education will have completed their studies, or will have made demonstrable progress toward an advanced degree in their chosen profession.
  • Alumni will communicate and perform effectively as members or leaders of multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Alumni will continue to enhance their skills and knowledge in a quest for further professional development.

In addition to the program outlined below, the Department of Bioengineering offers an Honors Program that creates a community of outstanding scholars in bioengineering who share a commitment to learning, service, and leadership.  The Program is based on the bioengineering curriculum, and is distinct from the University Honors Curriculum.

Degree Requirements (120-135 credits total)

Mason Core General education program required for all undergraduate students.

College Requirement(s) n/a

Major Requirements (99-113 credits)

Bioengineering (29 credits)

  • BENG 101 - Introduction to Bioengineering (3 credits)
  • BENG 220 - Physical Bases of Biomedical Systems (3 credits)
  • BENG 301 - Bioengineering Measurements (3 credits)
  • BENG 302 - Bioengineering Measurements Lab (1 credit)
  • BENG 304 - Modeling and Control of Physiological Systems (3 credits)
  • BENG 320 - Bioengineering Signals and Systems (3 credits)
  • BENG 380 - Introduction to Circuits and Electronics (3 credits)
  • BENG 381 - Circuits and Electronics Lab (1 credit)
  • BENG 420 - Bioinformatics for Engineers (3 credits)
  • BENG 491 - Bioengineering Senior Seminar I (1 credit)
  • BENG 492 - Senior Advanced Design Project I (2 credits)
  • BENG 493 - RS: Senior Advanced Design Project II (2 credits)
  • BENG 495 - Bioengineering Senior Seminar II (1 credit)

Biology (7-8 credits)

  • BIOL 213 - Cell Structure and Function (4 credits)

And one of the following:

  • BENG 313 - Physiology for Engineers (3 credits)
  • BIOL 425 - Human Physiology (3 credits)
  • BIOL 430 - Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)

Computer Science (4 credits)

  • CS 112 - Introduction to Computer Programming (4 credits)

Mathematics and Statistics (20 credits)

  • MATH 113 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (4 credits)
  • MATH 114 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus II (4 credits)
  • MATH 203 - Linear Algebra (3 credits)
  • MATH 213 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus III (3 credits)
  • MATH 214 - Elementary Differential Equations (3 credits)
  • STAT 344 - Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I (3 credits)

Physics (8 credits)

  • PHYS 160 - University Physics I (3 credits)
  • PHYS 161 - University Physics I Laboratory (1 credit)
  • PHYS 260 - University Physics II (3 credits)
  • PHYS 261 - University Physics II Laboratory (1 credit)

Engineering (2 credits)

  • ENGR 107 - Introduction to Engineering (2 credits)

Communication (3 credits)

  • COMM 100 - Public Speaking (3 credits)

Concentration in Biomedical Signals and Systems (BMSS) (29 credits)

This concentration requires successful completion of the following courses:

Chemistry (4 credits)

  • CHEM 251 - General Chemistry for Engineers (4 credits)

Computer Science (3 credits)

Choose one of the following:

  • CS 211 - Object-Oriented Programming (3 credits)
  • CS 222 - Computer Programming for Engineers (3 credits)

Economics (3 credits)

  • ECON 103 - Contemporary Microeconomic Principles (3 credits)

Electrical and Computer Engineering (3 credits)

  • ECE 301 - Digital Electronics (3 credits)

Physics (4 credits)

  • PHYS 262 - University Physics III (3 credits)
  • PHYS 263 - University Physics III Laboratory (1 credit)

Technical Electives (12 credits)

 Choose 12 credits from the following technical electives:

  • BENG 341 - Introduction to Biomaterials (3 credits)
  • BENG 390 - Engineering Design and Fabrication (3 credits)
  • BENG 392 - Engineering Design Studio (1 credit)
  • BENG 395 - RS: Mentored Research in Bioengineering (1-3 credits)
  • BENG 406 - Introduction to Biomechanics (3 credits)
  • BENG 441 - Nanotechnology in Health (3 credits)
  • BENG 451 - Translation and Entrepreneurship in Bioengineering (3 credits)
  • BENG 499 - Special Topics in Bioengineering (0-4 credits)
  • BENG 525 - Neural Engineering (3 credits)
  • BENG 538 - Medical Imaging (3 credits)
  • ECE 305 - Electromagnetic Theory (3 credits)
  • ECE 410 - Principles of Discrete-Time Signal Processing (3 credits)
  • ECE 421 - Classical Systems and Control Theory (3 credits)
  • ECE 450 - Introduction to Robotics (3 credits)
  • ME 313 - Material Science (3 credits)

Students may choose to substitute one of the 3 credit technical electives with one of the following:

  • BIOL 305 - Biology of Microorganisms (3 credits)
    and BIOL 306 - Biology of Microorganisms Laboratory (1 credit)
  • CHEM 313 - Organic Chemistry (3 credits)
    and CHEM 315 - Organic Chemistry Lab I (2 credits)
  • CS 310 - Data Structures (3 credits)
  • CS 444 - Introduction to Computational Biology (3 credits)
  • CS 445 - Computational Methods for Genomics (3 credits)
  • NEUR 327 - Cellular, Neurophysiological, and Pharmacological Neuroscience (3 credits)
  • PSYC 372 - Physiological Psychology (3 credits)

Note: Students may substitute  CHEM 211 - General Chemistry and  CHEM 212 - General Chemistry for  PHYS 262 - University Physics III, PHYS 263 - University Physics III Laboratory, and CHEM 251 - General Chemistry for Engineers.

Concentration in Bioengineering Healthcare Informatics (BHI) (31 credits)

This concentration requires successful completion of the following courses:

Bioengineering (3 credits)

  • BENG 322 - Health Data Challenges (3 credits)

Chemistry (3 credits)

  • CHEM 251 - General Chemistry for Engineers (4 credits)

Computer Science (3 credits)

  • CS 222 - Computer Programming for Engineers (3 credits)

Economics (3 credits)

  • ECON 103 - Contemporary Microeconomic Principles (3 credits)

Health Administration & Policy (6 credits)

  • HAP 301 - Health Care Delivery in the United States (3 credits)
  • HAP 360 - Introduction to Health Information Systems (3 credits)

Information Technology (3 credits)

  • IT 214 - Database Fundamentals (3 credits)

Technical Elective (9 credits)

  • BENG 341 - Introduction to Biomaterials (3 credits)
  • BENG 390 - Engineering Design and Fabrication (3 credits)
  • BENG 392 - Engineering Design Studio (1 credit)
  • BENG 395 - RS: Mentored Research in Bioengineering (1-3 credits)
  • BENG 406 - Introduction to Biomechanics (3 credits)
  • BENG 441 - Nanotechnology in Health (3 credits)
  • BENG 451 - Translation and Entrepreneurship in Bioengineering (3 credits)
  • BENG 499 - Special Topics in Bioengineering (0-4 credits)
  • BENG 525 - Neural Engineering (3 credits)
  • BENG 538 - Medical Imaging (3 credits)
  • ECE 305 - Electromagnetic Theory (3 credits)
  • ECE 410 - Principles of Discrete-Time Signal Processing (3 credits)
  • ECE 421 - Classical Systems and Control Theory (3 credits)
  • ECE 450 - Introduction to Robotics (3 credits)
  • ME 313 - Material Science (3 credits)

Students may choose to substitute one of the 3 technical electives with one of the following sets of courses:

  • BIOL 305 - Biology of Microorganisms (3 credits)
    and BIOL 306 - Biology of Microorganisms Laboratory (1 credit) 
  • CHEM 313 - Organic Chemistry (3 credits)
    and CHEM 315 - Organic Chemistry Lab I (2 credits)
  • CS 310 - Data Structures (3 credits)
  • CS 444 - Introduction to Computational Biology (3 credits)
  • CS 445 - Computational Methods for Genomics (3 credits)
  • NEUR 327 - Cellular, Neurophysiological, and Pharmacological Neuroscience (3 credits)
  • PSYC 372 - Physiological Psychology (3 credits)

Concentration in Bioengineering Prehealth (BMPH) (43-44 credits)

This concentration requires successful completion of the following courses:

Biology (7-8 credits)

  • BIOL 483 - General Biochemistry (4 credits)

And one of the following:

  • BIOL 303 - Animal Biology (4 credits)
  • BIOL 305 - Biology of Microorganisms (3 credits)
    and BIOL 306 - Biology of Microorganisms Laboratory (1 credit)
  • BIOL 313 - Human Genetics for the Social Sciences (3 credits)

Chemistry (18 credits)

  • CHEM 211 - General Chemistry (4 credits)
  • CHEM 212 - General Chemistry (4 credits)
  • CHEM 313 - Organic Chemistry (3 credits)
  • CHEM 314 - Organic Chemistry II (3 credits)
  • CHEM 315 - Organic Chemistry Lab I (2 credits)
  • CHEM 318 - Organic Chemistry Lab II (2 credits)

Computer Science (3 credits)

  • CS 211 - Object-Oriented Programming (3 credits)
  • CS 222 - Computer Programming for Engineers (3 credits)

Electrical and Computer Engineering (3 credits)

  • ECE 301 - Digital Electronics (3 credits)

Psychology and Sociology (6 credits)

  • PSYC 100 - Basic Concepts in Psychology (3 credits)
  • SOCI 101 - Introductory SociologySociology (3 credits)

Technical Electives (6 credits)

  • BENG 341 - Introduction to Biomaterials (3 credits)
  • BENG 390 - Engineering Design and Fabrication (3 credits)
  • BENG 392 - Engineering Design Studio (1 Credit)
  • BENG 395 - RS: Mentored Research in Bioengineering (1-3 credit)
  • BENG 406 - Introduction to Biomechanics (3 credits)
  • BENG 441 - Nanotechnology in Health (3 credits)
  • BENG 451 - Translation and Entrepreneurship in Bioengineering (3 credits)
  • BENG 499 - Special Topics in Bioengineering (0-4 credits)
  • BENG 525 - Neural Engineering (3 credits)
  • BENG 538 - Medical Imaging (3 credits)
  • ECE 305 - Electromagnetic Theory (3 credits)
  • ECE 410 - Principles of Discrete-Time Signal Processing (3 credits)
  • ECE 421 - Classical Systems and Control Theory (3 credits)
  • ECE 450 - Introduction to Robotics (3 credits)
  • ME 313 - Material Science (3 credits)

Additional Mason Core (18 credits)

  • Written Communication (6 credits)
  • Literature (3 credits)
  • Fine Arts (3 credits)
  • Western Civilization/World History (3 credits)
  • Global Understanding (3 credits)

Students must complete all Mason Core requirements not fulfilled by major requirements.  BENG 492 and BENG 493 are approved to meet the Synthesis requirement.

Total: 120-136 credits

Opportunities

Upon graduation, bioengineers pursue graduate degrees or enter the job market in research and development, regulatory affairs, product engineering management, technical sales, or big data management in government and health care industries.

The vast majority of bioengineering majors are pursuing and earning opportunities while developing research or professional experience through external summer internships at NASA, NIH, Naval Research Laboratory, and companies in the greater Washington area. Internal research and educational opportunities are offered with the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) and a new BENG 499  (GMU-INOVA Applied Neurotech) class in collaboration with INOVA hospital.  

Students gain additional technical experience with a capstone senior design project, mentored in classrooms and labs by external advisors and/or faculty with active research that has been funded by federal and private sources.

The department also offers study abroad options through Engineering World Health (Guatemala) and Carlos III University (Madrid, Spain). The experience in Spain gives bioengineering students complete class transfer possibilities during their junior or senior year. Classes are conducted in English.

The department offers concentrations in the following areas:

  • Biomedical Signals and Systems
  • Bioengineering Health Care Informatics
  • Bioengineering Pre-Health
This information is being provided here for your planning purposes only. For official catalog information, please refer instead to the official George Mason University Catalog Website at http://catalog.gmu.edu.