Skip to Navigation
    Syracuse University
   
 
  Sep 21, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Graduate Course Catalog

Bioengineering, MS


Return to Academic Offerings Return to: Academic Offerings

Department Chair:

Radhakrishna Sureshkumar
329 Link Hall
315-443-1931; fax: 315-443-9175

Faculty

Jesse Q. Bond, Katie D. Cadwell, Ruth Chen, Julie M. Hasenwinkel, James H. Henderson, Ian Hosein, Xiyuan Liu, Zhen Ma, George C. Martin, Shikha Nangia, Dacheng Ren, Ashok Sangani, Pranav Soman, Radhakrishna Sureshkumar, Lawrence L. Tavlarides, Pun To Yung

Adjunct/Research Faculty:

Gino Duca, Bart Farrell, Eric Finkelstein, Patrick T. Mather, Kent Ogden, David Quinn, Dana Radcliff, Suresh Santanam

Affiliate Faculty:

Yan-Yeung Luk, Juntao Luo, Cristina Marchetti, Liviu Movileanu

Emeritus Faculty:

Gustav Engbretson, John Heydweiller, Philip Rice, Klaus Schroder, Robert L. Smith, S. Alexander Stern, Chi Tien, Josef Zwislocki

Graduate Bioengineering Program Director:

James Henderson
318 Bowne Hall
315-443-9739; jhhender@syr.edu

The Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering offers a comprehensive set of graduate programs in bioengineering and chemical engineering, including Master’s of Science (MS) degrees and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees. Graduates of these programs work in the medical profession, the biomechanics and bioinstrumentation industries, the chemical engineering industry, the government, and in education.

The graduate program in bioengineering provides a wide range of opportunities for advanced study in this interdisciplinary field. This graduate program is linked with and focused on research programs in biomaterials and tissue engineering; biomechanics; orthopedic biomechanics; cardiac bioengineering; and neural engineering. Which degree to consider depends on one’s career goals.

Major research laboratories include the Syracuse Biomaterials Institute, the Institute for Human Performance, and laboratories at nearby SUNY Upstate Medical University. Strong collaboration between Upstate Medical University and Syracuse University faculty, students, and staff provides opportunities for bioengineering research in clinical and basic science departments at Upstate, as well as in-depth study at one of the Syracuse University bioengineering research centers.

Student Learning Outcomes


1.Use the principles of science and mathematics to identify, formulate and solve advanced engineering problems
2.Apply both analysis and synthesis in the engineering design process, resulting in designs that meet constraints and specifications, including societal, economic, environmental, and other factors as appropriate to the design.
3.Communicate advanced technical contents effectively with a range of audiences through various media.
4.Establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, manage risk and uncertainty, and function effectively on teams.
5.Demonstrate ethical principles in an engineering context

Major Requirements


The Master’s of Science (MS) in Bioengineering is a flexible program with three options to help students develop careers in this field. The MS can be a terminal degree or an introduction to research before pursuing the PhD.

There are three options that students can choose. Plan 1 has a minimum requirement of 30 credit hours of graduate study, including 24 credits of coursework plus 6 credits of thesis. A master’s thesis must be completed and defended in an oral examination. Plan 2 also has a minimum requirement of 30 credits with at least 27 credits of coursework plus 3 credits of independent study. Plan 3 is a non-thesis program with cognate field. It requires a total of 36 credits with a minimum of 24 credits of technical coursework and 12 credits of tailored, non-technical concentrations. All three programs are designed to be completed in about two years.

The requirements for the three MS degree options are as follows:

Master's of Science with Thesis (Plan 1)


  • 30 total credits
  • 15 credits of Bioengineering (BEN) courses,
  • 3 credits of Ethics (Bio-ethics or engineering ethics);
  • 6 credits of thesis;
  • remaining 6 credits selected from science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) courses;
  • student must complete a thesis and defend it in an oral examination (see below);
  • no more than 50% of coursework at 500-level;
  • minimum GPA of 3.0 for coursework included on the Program of Study for the degree;
  • minimum GPA of 2.8 for all credits earned.

Master's of Science Non-Thesis (Plan 2)


  • 30 total credits
  • 15 credits of Bioengineering courses,
  • 3 credits of Ethics (Bio-ethics or engineering ethics);
  • successful completion of the M.S. project course (see below)
  • remaining 9 credits selected from science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) courses;
  • student must complete an oral comprehensive examination based on the independent study and the coursework (see below);
  • no more than 50% of coursework at 500-level;
  • minimum GPA of 3.0 for coursework included on the Program of Study for the degree;
  • minimum GPA of 2.8 for all credits earned.

Master's of Science Non-thesis with Cognate Field (Plan 3)


  • 36 total credits (minimum of 24 credits of technical coursework and 12 credits of tailored concentrations)
  • 24 credits of technical coursework must include:
  • 15 credits of Bioengineering courses;
  • 3 credits of Ethics (Bio-ethics or engineering ethics);
  • remaining 6 credits selected from science, technology, engineering, or mathematics courses;
  • 12 credits of tailored concentrations in areas such as Technology Transfer and Law (College of Law), Engineering Management (College of Engineering and Computer Science), or a customized sequence of courses of a non-technical nature;
  • successful completion of the M.S. project course (see below);
  • student must complete an oral comprehensive examination based on the Capstone Project and the coursework (see below);
  • no more than 50% of coursework at 500-level;
  • minimum GPA of 3.0 for coursework included on the Program of Study for the degree;
  • minimum GPA of 2.8 for all credits earned.

General Information for MS Degree Programs


Residence Time:

The MS degree typically requires three to four semesters to complete. 

Graduate Seminar:

Attendance at the BMCE Graduate Seminars is expected of students in all graduate programs.

M.S. Project Course Requirement (Bioengineering only):

Successful completion of the M.S. project course.

Oral Comprehensive Examination:

The Oral Comprehensive Examination will be the culminating event of the M.S. Project courses in Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering. Students will prepare and present the products/outcomes of their project to the departmental faculty and respond to questions from the faculty.  The Oral Comprehensive Examination will occur once a year toward the end of the semester in which the M.S. Project courses take place.  The examination committee will be composed of at least three department faculty, but all faculty are invited, and the examination will be scheduled to maximize faculty participation.  The examination committee will meet separately to determine if the student has passed the examination, and the student will be informed of the decision.  Students are required to submit an electronic copy and a printed copy on standard-size paper of presentation materials to the Graduate Secretary prior to the presentation.

Thesis Defense Requirements:

Completion of the MS degree with thesis requires a written MS thesis and an oral defense.  Students must submit a Request for Examination Form to the GEMC at least three full weeks prior to the oral defense.  The thesis document must be delivered to the MS Thesis defense committee at least two weeks prior to the date of the oral defense. 

Defenses must comply with the requirements of the Graduate School as described in the Graduate Course Catalog. The MS Thesis defense committee consists of four members.  The committee must include the thesis advisor, no fewer than two tenure-track members of the BMCE faculty, and the Chair of the Oral Examination Committee.  If a proposed committee member is not a full-time or adjunct faculty member at Syracuse University (e.g. from SUNY-ESF, Upstate Medical University, etc.), the student must petition the Department to allow this person to serve as a committee member.  The Chair of the Oral Examination Committee must be a Syracuse University tenured or tenure-track faculty member outside the department and program.

All students must submit two copies of the final version of the thesis, with the signed title page, to the Department in fulfillment of the requirements for the MS degree.

For information on the formatting of the final thesis document for submission to the Graduate School, see http://www.syr.edu/gradschool/em/current_whatyouneed.html.

 

Return to Academic Offerings Return to: Academic Offerings