Bioengineering (MEng)

Master of Engineering in Bioengineering (BE MEN)
Unit: Speed School of Engineering (SP)
Department/Program Webpage: louisville.edu/speed/bioengineering/

Program Information

General Information

The Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering degree will provide a student with the basis to be able to complete the Master of Engineering (MEng) in Bioengineering degree. The Master of Engineering in Bioengineering degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
 
Since the Bioengineering MEng is accredited as part of a five-year program with one-year of co-op experience, it is only available for students who have matriculated through the Bioengineering bachelor degree program at Speed School. Students who earn an undergraduate degree at a school or university other than the University of Louisville pursue the MS degree instead of the MEng degree.
 

Master of Engineering Program Educational Objectives

Embodying the University, Speed School of Engineering and Department of Bioengineering missions of providing an excellent education through research, innovation and a rigorous curriculum, the Department of Bioengineering Master of Engineering degree program will produce graduates who:
 
  1. Demonstrate advanced level academic expertise and practical engineering experience necessary to function as bioengineering professionals in a modern, ever-changing world. (Advanced Knowledge and Life-long Learning)
  2. Display competence by being selected for employment by industrial, academic or government entities or further professional/graduate studies. (Career Opportunities)
  3. Understand the broad, social, ethical and professional issues of contemporary engineering practice. (Awareness and Responsibility)

Master of Engineering Student Outcomes

In order to achieve these objectives, the Master of Engineering has the following outcomes set for its graduates.

Graduates will demonstrate:

  1. An ability to apply Mathematics, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Engineering to advanced bioengineering problems
  2. An ability in proficiently designing and validating experiments, systems, components, or processes to meet desired needs
  3. An ability for proficiently identifying, formulating, and solving advanced bioengineering problems
  4. An ability for proficient contemporary technical and scientific comprehension and lifelong learning
  5. An ability for proficient technical and scientific communication
  6. An ability to use advanced techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for bioengineering practice

Residency

All graduate students are expected to make steady and satisfactory progress toward the completion of degrees. A candidate for the Master of Engineering degree who does not register for credit hours must maintain active registration by paying a fee each semester for MEng residency until the degree is awarded (i.e., the candidate must maintain continuous registration, including summer terms, in Graduate Studies). Failure to pay the MEng residency fee will be cause to cancel a student's residency. Students who are not enrolled for a period of more than 12 months will be considered to have withdrawn from the program. In order to be restored to residency, the student must submit a new application, have the recommendation of the department chair, receive the approval of the Associate Dean and pay the fee for each of the semesters during which the residency was void.

Academic Performance

The J.B. Speed School of Engineering has established the following performance policies:

  1. The minimum grade point average requirement for good standing is 3.00 for all academic work completed while in graduate studies.
  2. Any student with a cumulative graduate GPA below 3.00 will be placed on academic warning. Students on academic warning are limited to enrollment for 13 credit hours in a fall or spring semester and 7 credit hours for summer terms. 

    Students who do not bring their cumulative graduate GPA back at or above a 3.00 in the semester immediately following Academic Warning, will be placed on Academic Probation for the next semester of enrollment. Students on probation are limited to enrollment for 13 credit hours in a fall or spring semester and 7 credit hours for summer terms. Any student who remains n academic probation for two consecutive terms may be considered for dismissal from the program.

  3. Students receiving graduate assistantships (teaching, research or service) shall be provided adequate training and shall be required to understand and adhere to University policies related to these areas. The performance of teaching, research and service duties by such students shall be periodically evaluated. Students with teaching assistantships shall be evaluated annually.
  4. Students who fail to meet performance goals or who do not meet other requirements as outlined in the admission letter, program requirements or the university catalog may be subject to academic dismissal from their programs.
  5. A maximum of eight (8) hours of graduate level courses taken as an undergraduate may be used to satisfy MEng degree requirements; these courses cannot have been used to also satisfy BS degree requirements.

Degree Requirements

The following degree requirements are mandatory of all master of engineering candidates:

  1. The program of study must be completed with a 3.00 GPA or better for all graduate courses used to satisfy degree requirements. Additionally, the program of study must be completed with a 3.00 GPA or better for all academic work attempted in graduate studies.
  2. Master's degree students must take at least 24 credit hours of coursework at the University of Louisville to satisfy the residency requirement for the master’s degree. A maximum of six (6) credit hours of graduate credit may be transferred from accredited institutions.
  3. Students following the thesis option must follow the Procedures and Standards for Master of Engineering Theses. The guidelines are located online at louisville.edu/speed/academics/policies/mEngThesisGuidelines.
  4. The total requirements must be completed within six years after admission into graduate studies. The time limit imposed by the rule may be extended in individual cases upon recommendation of the department chair and approval of the associate dean for academic and student affairs.
  5. The MEng degree cannot be conferred prior to the BS degree.

Admission Standards

Since the Bioengineering MEng is accredited as part of a five-year program with one-year of co-op experience, it is only available for students who have matriculated through the Bioengineering bachelor degree program at Speed School.

The application form is available online at http://louisville.edu/speed/academics/forms/MEngGraduateStudiesApplication/

The requirements for admission or readmission to a master of engineering program are:

1. Submission of a completed MEng application for the field of specialization in which the student is earning a bachelor degree from the J.B. Speed School of Engineering. Students can be admitted to the MEng program with fewer than 13 credit hours of BS degree requirements remaining and no later than two years post-conferral of their baccalaureate degree;

2. Recommendation by the faculty and chair of the student’s department for admission or readmission to graduate studies;

3. Cumulative baccalaureate grade point average of 2.75. However, those students with cumulative baccalaureate grade-point averages from 2.50 to 2.75 may be admitted upon petition and approval of the chair and faculty of the department.

A student becomes a candidate for the master of engineering degree upon admission to graduate studies and initial registration as a graduate student.

Program Requirements

The Master of Engineering in Bioengineering degree requires the following over and above the Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering Degree

Required Coursework

BE 621Bioinstrumentation4
BE 654Advanced Physiology for Engineers3
IE 563Experimental Design in Engineering3
BE Electives 1,29
Technical Electives 1,36
Select one of the following: 6
Thesis Option
Master of Engineering Thesis in Bioengineering 4
Non-Thesis Option
Bioengineering Non-thesis Design/Research Project
Technical Elective 1,3
Minimum Total Hours31

The Master of Engineering (MEng) degree must be completed with a 3.00 GPA or better for all graduate courses used to satisfy degree requirements. Additionally, the Master of Engineering degree must be completed with a 3.00 GPA or better for all academic work attempted in Graduate Studies.

A maximum of eight (8) credit hours of graduate-level courses taken as an undergraduate may be used to satisfy MEng degree requirements; these courses cannot have been used to also satisfy BS degree requirements. 


BE Electives

BE 500Special Topics in Bioengineering3
BE 551Gene and Drug Delivery3
BE 552Introduction to Tissue Engineering3
BE 553Nanoscale Bioengineering: Application and Methodology of Nanobiomaterials in Bioengineering3
BE 581Advanced Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing for Bioengineers3
BE 593Independent Study in Bioengineering1-4
BE 600Advanced Topics in Bioengineering1-6
BE 605Tissue & Molecular Biology Techniques Laboratory3
BE 611Cardiovascular Dynamics3
BE 630Biomechanical Computer Modeling and Simulation of Human Movement3
BE 639Injury Biomechanics3
BE 640Computational Methods for Medical Image Analysis3
BE 650Advanced Biomaterials3
BE 658Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology3
BE 680Bio-Micro3
BE 681Biomedical Microfluidics3
BE 683Artificial Organs3
BE 685Modeling of Biological Phenomena3
BE 693Independent Study in Bioengineering1-6
BE 695Bioengineering Research Design & Methods3

Technical Electives

BE 500Special Topics in Bioengineering3
BE 551Gene and Drug Delivery3
BE 552Introduction to Tissue Engineering3
BE 553Nanoscale Bioengineering: Application and Methodology of Nanobiomaterials in Bioengineering3
BE 581Advanced Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing for Bioengineers3
BE 593Independent Study in Bioengineering1-4
BE 600Advanced Topics in Bioengineering1-6
BE 605Tissue & Molecular Biology Techniques Laboratory3
BE 611Cardiovascular Dynamics3
BE 630Biomechanical Computer Modeling and Simulation of Human Movement3
BE 639Injury Biomechanics3
BE 640Computational Methods for Medical Image Analysis3
BE 650Advanced Biomaterials3
BE 658Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology3
BE 680Bio-Micro3
BE 681Biomedical Microfluidics3
BE 683Artificial Organs3
BE 685Modeling of Biological Phenomena3
BE 693Independent Study in Bioengineering1-6
BE 695Bioengineering Research Design & Methods3
BIOC/CHEM 545Biochemistry I3
BIOC/CHEM 547Biochemistry II3
BIOC/CHEM 645Advanced Biochemistry I4
BIOC/CHEM 647Advanced Biochemistry II4
BIOL 653Advanced Chronic Disease Biology4
CECS 535Introduction to Databases3
CECS 619Design and Analysis of Computer Algorithms3
CECS 628Computer Graphics3
CECS 632Data Mining3
CECS 641Medical Imaging Systems3
CECS 660Introduction to Bioinformatics3
ECE 520Digital Signal Processing3
ECE 521Digital Signal Processing Laboratory1
ECE 530Introduction to Random Processes and Estimation Theory3
ECE 533Integrated Circuit Design3
ECE 543Fundamentals of Microfabrication and MEMS3
ECE 544Microfabrications/MEMS Laboratory1
ECE 620Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence3
ECE 641Medical Imaging Systems3
ECE 643Introduction to Biomedical Computing3
ECE 655Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence Laboratory1
ECE 675Nanostructure Self-Assembly3
EM 525Project Management3
EM 613Operations Management3
EM 628Engineering Management3
EM 661Engineering Statistics II3
IE 580Introduction to Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics3
IE 581Advanced Topics in Human Factors Engineering3
IE 631Advanced Quality Control3
MATH 501Introduction to Analysis I - CUE3
MATH 502Introduction to Analysis II3
ME 512Finite Element Methods for Mechanical Design I3
ME 555Introduction to Micro and Nanotechnology3
ME 565Advanced Engineering Mathematics I3
ME 606Continuum Mechanics3
ME 612Finite Element Methods for Mechanical Design II3
ME 638Computational Methods in Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer3
ME 644Mechatronics3
ME 650Biofluid Mechanics3
ME 651Kinematics and Kinetics of Human Movement3