2015-2016 Academic Catalog 
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2015-2016 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biomedical Engineering, MSBME

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Program Description:

The Department of Biomedical, Industrial, and Human Factors Engineering offers a program of graduate study leading to a Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) degree with a major in biomedical engineering. The MSE program is broad in scope and covers all engineering disciplines represented at Wright State University. However, the specialization in Biomedical Engineering allows a very flexible program of study that involves all research areas covered by the program.

Admissions Requirements:

To be considered for admission to the MSE-Biomedical Engineering program, students must first satisfy basic requirements of the Graduate School. This includes having a bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related area with an overall undergraduate grade point average of  at least 2.7 (on a 4.0 scale) or an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.5 with an average of 3.0 or better for the last 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) earned toward the undergraduate degree. International students must have a TOEFL score of at least 550/213 or an IELTS score of at least six. In addition, the program requires students from non-ABET accredited undergraduate programs to submit general GRE test scores. Program admission decisions are based on complete application information including overall academic performance and standardized test scores where applicable.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Obtain depth in one area of specialization and breadth in complimentary areas.
  • Acquire scientific knowledge and research skills to solve problems in their chosen area.
  • Prepare for an advanced professional career or further graduate studies.


Graduate students have access to a wide range of computer systems interconnected by local and wide-area networks. Access is available to high-end graphics workstations, multi-processor image-analysis systems, central file servers, and personal computers. Access is also available to the Ohio Supercomputer via the Ohio Academic and Research Network (OARNET). In addition, each graduate faculty member has a well equipped research laboratory with a network of heterogeneous computers and peripherals. Please visit http://www.cs.wright.edu/bie/ for details. Also see section on Computing and Telecommunications Services (CaTS).

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Program Requirements:

Students must plan a program of study in consultation with a faculty advisor. The approved program of study must be submitted by the time the student completes 9 credit hours of graduate study. Any changes to the  program of study must be approved in advance by the faculty advisor.

The following requirements must be met for the Master of Science in Engineering degree:

  1. Completion of 30 graduate credit hours in courses that have prior approval by a BIE graduate advisor.
  2. Completion of BME 6010 (1 credit hour) Ethics and Academic Integrity.
  3. At least 15 of the 30 graduate credit hours must be BIE department courses numbered 7000 or above.
  4. At least 6 of the total 30 graduate credit hours must be approved courses in mathematics, statistics, or computer science.
  5. Students may choose either a thesis option or a 30 credit hours graduate advanced course work option. The thesis option consists of a research project satisfying all requirements of the School of Graduate Studies. The final report (thesis) must be completed and successfully defended in an oral examination before the major committee. Up to 8 credit hours of 7950, Thesis, may count toward degree requirement of 30 graduate  credit hours.

Dept Core and Electives

I. Mathematics: Min. 6 Hours

  • Department-approved courses with a mathematics or statistics content.

II. Department Courses: Min. 15 Hours

  • 7000 level and above

III. Thesis Option: Max 8 Hours

IV. Ethics and Academic Integrity: 1 Hours

Total: 30 Hours

Research/Areas of Expertise:

Research in biomedical engineering currently encompasses two main areas: medical imaging and biomechanical engineering. Included are orthotic/prosthetic engineering, orthopedic engineering, soft-tissue biomechanics,  applied biomaterials, medical ultrasound related to soft tissue characterization, specialized computed tomography with emphasis on quantitative assessment of bone. Facilities include laboratories at the university and at  area hospitals. The BioMedical Imaging Laboratory and the Air Force Research Laboratory offer unique opportunities for research projects involving instrumentation, mechanics, and computers applied to medical and  industrial-government problems. Graduate students in biomedical engineering work on real-life problems.

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