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Curriculum and Degree Requirements
A total of 32 credit hours are required for graduation, including course work and thesis.  The course portion of the M.S. BME curriculum is divided into four groups: (A) two life science core courses, (B) two biomedical engineering focus courses, (C) a set of common experience courses that will enhance the student's professional development and broaden his or her background in BME, and (D) a set of technical electives in the student's focus area.

A. Life Science Core Courses.  Students must complete two courses selected from the following:

Course Title
Course Credit Hours
Typically Offered
Human Anatomy
BIOS 5010
4 Every fall, spring
Mechanisms of Gene Regulation
BIOS 5270
3 Every spring
Principles of Physiology I
BIOS 5420
5 Every fall, spring
Biological Chemistry
BIOS 5630
3 Every spring
Immunology BIOS 5860
2 Every spring
Basic Biochemistry
CHEM 5890
4 Every fall
Biochemistry I
CHEM 5901
4 Every fall
Cell Biology
PBIO 5310
3 Every fall (except 2012)
Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering
PBIO 5500
3 Every fall
Molecular Genetics
BIOS 5260

OR PBIO 5270



Every fall

Infrequent springs

B. Biomedical Engineering Focus Courses.  Students must complete two biomedical engineering focus courses. The current focus areas are: Biomechanics, Cellular and Biomolecular Engineering, and Biomedical Information Processing.

Course Title
Course Credit Hours
Typically offered
Data Mining with Applications in Life Sciences
BME 5170
3 Every fall
Engineering Biomechanics of Human Motion
BME 5670
3 Every spring
Applied Cellular and Molecular Biology
BME 5830
3 Every fall
Applied Immunology
BME 5840
3 Every spring
Biochemical Engineering
CHE 5800
3 Every spring
Advanced Topics in Biomedical Engineering
CHE 7700
2 Alternate falls (starting 2013)
Problem Solving with Bioinformatics Tools
CS 5160
3 Every spring
Medical Image Analysis
CS 6410
3 Every spring
Artificial Intelligence in Medicine
CS 6420
3 Alternate springs (starting 2013)
Micro and Nano Fabrication
EE 5183
3 Every fall
Mechanics of Biological Solids
ME 5660
3 Alternate falls (starting 2012)


C. Common Experience Courses.  Students must complete the following courses.  Students will receive four credits total toward graduation for BME 5000, BME 5010, and ET 6020.  Although students will receive credit for seminar (BME 6000), these credits will not count toward graduation. This course will be taken by all students at every offering. All students are required to make at least one seminar presentation. Each student's research advisor must give approval prior to the presentation.

Course Title
Course Credit Hours
Typically Offered
Introduction to Biomedical Engineering at Ohio University
BME 5000
1 Every fall
Biomedical Engineering Professional Development
BME 5010
2 Every spring
Seminars in Biomedical Engineering
BME 6000
1 Every fall, spring
Technical Writing Seminar
ET 6020
1 Every fall, spring

D. Electives. Students will complete an additional four hours of electives. Students will choose elective courses in consultation with their thesis committees. The courses can come from any approved graduate level engineering or life sciences elective.  BME focus courses not used to meet requirement B above can be used to fulfill the electives requirement.  Approved electives are listed on this link. Other relevant courses may be taken subject to approval by the student's thesis committee.

E. Research and Thesis.  Research will be an integral component of the graduate program.  Students will complete at least 14 credit hours of thesis (BME 6950).  Research work conducted by each student will culminate in a master's thesis that will be a required formal written document.  Each student will be required to successfully defend his or her thesis. The thesis defense will be an oral examination based on the student's written thesis and program of study.

Biomedical Engineering program
Russ College of Engineering and Technology
171 Stocker Center
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701-2979
Tel: 740.597.2797
Fax: 740.593.0873
Email: biomed@ohio.edu

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