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Graduate Entrance Requirements

Admissions to the KU BioE Graduate Program is granted to students who have a superior record of achievement in their previous studies and demonstrate a strong potential for success in advanced level studies. Applicants normally have a Bachelors of Science degree or a Masters of Science degree in an engineering discipline, physical sciences (e.g. Chemistry, Physics, etc.), the life sciences (e.g. Biology, Biochemistry, etc.), or a closely related field. Successful applicants will have strong academic credentials, some formal research experience, and demonstrated potential for advanced study by performance at the baccalaureate level. Highly qualified undergraduate students may apply for admission directly into our Ph.D. program after completing their B.S. degree.

Provisional Admittance

Students may be granted admission to the Bioengineering Graduate Program without meeting all the requirements if approved by the Admissions Committee. This is a decision solely of the Admissions Committee and students may not "request" provisional admittance. If the Admissions Committee feels that a student is a good fit, but has a GPA that, for a reasonable cause, does not meet the minimum requirement, the Admissions Committee may decide to admit the student anyway. In this case, the student must perform with a 3.0 GPA or higher at the MS level for the first year in the program. If successful, the student will be admitted to regular status and can proceed with the degree. If unsuccessful, the student will be dismissed from the program. Students admitted without having completed all the required General Coursework Prerequisites (see below) may still be admitted provisionally. These students must plan to complete any deficiencies as early as possible during their enrollment in the program in addition to the requirements for the MS and PhD degrees in Bioengineering. See the Academic Director or a Track Director for information on courses which would satisfy the prerequisites. Course credits from prerequisites are not applied toward the graduate degree.

General Coursework Prerequisites

It is recommended that all the general prerequisites below be completed prior to application. However the bold print courses below are required in order to be considered for regular admission. If the student has not completed some of the other courses listed, they may still be admitted, but with "deficiencies." All deficiencies must be taken within the first year of the program, passed with a "B" or better, and do not count toward the graduate credit hours required for the degree.

  1. Mathematics: all courses below must be taken
    • Calculus I, MATH 121 (5 credits) or equivalent AND
    • Calculus II, MATH 122 (5 credits) or equivalent AND
    • Applied Differential Equations, MATH 220 (3 credits) or equivalent AND
    • Elementary Linear Algebra, MATH 290 (2 credits) or equivalent
  2. Physics: One year of calculus-based physics:
    • General Physics I, PHSX 211 (4 credits) or equivalent AND
    • General Physics II, PHSX 212 (4 credits) or equivalent
  3. Chemistry: One course in general chemistry
    • Chemistry for Engineers, CHEM 150 (5 credits), OR
    • Foundations of Chemistry, CHEM 130 (5 credits) or equivalent
  4. Biology: One course in molecular/cell/human biology:
    • Principles of Biology, BIOL 100 (3 credits), OR
    • Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology, BIOL 150 (4 credits), or equivalent

Track-Specific Coursework Prerequisites

It is recommended that prospective students have completed the following Track-Specific Prerequisites prior to entering the program. However, some of these courses can be taken either at the graduate level as part of the graduate program, or at the undergraduate level during the course of the graduate program. Please keep in mind that only courses numbered 500 or above can be counted toward the minimum hours of graduate credit required for the degree.

Bioinformatics Track

  1. Proficiency in at least one applied programming language and Software Engineering concepts: EECS 448 (or equivalent) (3).
  2. Algorithms, Data Structures, Fundamentals of Analysis of Algorithms: EECS 560 (or equivalent) (3).
  3. Automata Theory, Grammars, Theory of Computability: EECS 510 (or equivalent) (3).
  4. Probability and Statistics: Math 526 (or equivalent) (3).

Biomechanics & Neural Engineering Track

    1.    Statistics: MATH 365/465 (or equivalent) (3)

    2.    All of the following a-c or d:

                             a. Statics: ME 211 (or equivalent)

                             b. Dynamics: ME 320 (or equivalent); OR

                             c. ME 633 Basic Biomechanics (as part of the graduate program) (3)

                             d. OR ME 633 (as part of the graduate program)

    3.    Science of Materials: ME 306 (or equivalent) (3); or ME 765 Biomaterials (can be as part of the graduate program) (3)

    4.    Computer Programming: ME 208/EECS 138/CPE 121 (or equivalent) (3).

    5.    Circuits/Electronics: EECS 316 & EECS 318 (or equivalent) (3) OR Instrumentation: ME 455 (or equivalent) (3)

 

Biomedical Product Design & Development Track

  1. Science of Materials: ME 306 (or equivalent) (3); or ME 765 Biomaterials (can be as part of the graduate program) (3).
  2. Computer Programming: ME 208/EECS 138/CPE 121 (or equivalent) (3).
  3. Engineering Design: ME 501, CPE 613, EECS 501 (or equivalent) (3).
  4. One of the following three options:
    • Statics, Mechanisms and Mechanics of Materials: ME 201/CE 201, ME 420 and ME 311/CE 310 (or equivalent); or ME 633 Basic Biomechanics (can be as part of the graduate program) (3). OR
    • Circuits/Electronics: EECS 316 & EECS 318 (or equivalent) (3) OR Instrumentation: ME 455 (or equivalent) (3). OR
    • Fluids: ME 510/CPE 511/AE 345 (or equivalent) (3) or ME 756 Biofluids (can be as part of the graduate program) (3).

Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering Track

One of the following three options:

  1. Science of Materials: ME 306 or equivalent (3) OR ME 765 (as part of the graduate program)
  2. Organic Chemistry OR Biochemistry: CHEM 310/330, or equivalent (5)*.
  3. Cell Biology: BIOL 150 or equivalent*

*BIOL 807 (as part of the graduate program) can satisfy both criterion 2 & criterion 3

Biomolecular Engineering Track

Students with deficiencies in areas critical to the program may be required to complete additional courses in preparation for the qualifying exam. These include deficiencies in any of the program prerequisites for admission. Depending on the research project and the student’s background, the advisor may also recommend additional remedial courses.

Bioimaging Track

Students with deficiencies in areas critical to the program may be required to complete additional courses in preparation for the qualifying exam. These include deficiencies in any of the program prerequisites for admission. Depending on the research project and the student’s background, the advisor may also recommend additional remedial courses.


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