Volgenau School of Engineering
George Mason University
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George Mason University


Mason's Bioengineering bachelor's program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

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Accreditation Details

Mission of the BS in Bioengineering

The mission of the Bioengineering Department at Mason is to create new knowledge and technology at the interface between engineering and bioscience to improve human health through research and education. To accomplish this mission, the primary goals of the department are:

  • To provide a challenging and rewarding multidisciplinary education to our students;
  • To establish and conduct nationally-recognized research programs in bioengineering;
  • To serve the University as a nexus for opportunities at the interface of engineering and biomedicine; and
  • To foster links with nearby public and private sector laboratories and organizations to collaborate on research and development projects, promote biomedical technology transfer, and establish training and internships for students.
Program Educational Objectives

Graduates of the Bioengineering bachelor’s program are expected within 3-5 years of graduation to:

  • Contribute to the development or application of health-related products or processes that are a benefit to society.
  • Continue their formal education by making demonstrable progress toward an advanced degree or professional development milestone.
  • Communicate and perform effectively as members and/or leaders of multidisciplinary teams.
Student Outcomes

By the time of graduation, students will have demonstrated the following:

a) An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics (including differential equations and statistics), science (including biology and physiology), and engineering to solve problems at the interface of engineering and the life sciences

  1. Students will have acquired necessary knowledge, such as differential equations, statistics, physics, computational techniques, cellular biology, and integrative physiology, that would allow them to address problems at the interface of engineering and the life sciences.
  2. Students can apply an appropriate combination of mathematical, scientific, and engineering techniques to solve a problem at the interface of engineering and the life sciences.
  3. Students apply engineering judgment to evaluate answers.

b) An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to obtain, analyze, and interpret data from physical and living systems

  1. Students can design experiments, taking into account variability when planning measurements from living systems.
  2. Students can conduct experiments safely and effectively.
  3. Students can analyze and interpret data thoughtfully and critically, taking into account variability of living systems.

c) An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability

  1. Students understand design requirements and consider relevant constraints.
  2. Students use appropriate engineering and computational tools in their design.
  3. Students evaluate their design objectively.

d) An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams

  1. Students are able to define a team project and define roles for team members.
  2. Students make effective contributions to the team project, such as technical and scientific knowledge, communications, and conflict management.
  3. Students can assess team progress and their own performance.

e) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems, addressing issues associated with the interface of engineering and the life sciences

  1. Students can identify engineering problems that are at the interface of living and non-living systems.
  2. Students can formulate solutions to the problems.
  3. Students can use engineering approaches to solve problems in the life sciences.

f) An understanding of professional ethical responsibility

  1. Students understand that professional decisions need to be consistent with the safety, health, and welfare of the public.
  2. Students understand issues that arise from conflicts of interest.
  3. Students treat each other fairly, recognize diversity, and respect the intellectual property of others.

g) An ability to communicate effectively

  1. Students can write reports that are clear and addressed to an appropriate audience.
  2. Students can give oral presentations that are clear and addressed to an appropriate audience.

h) The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

  1. Students are familiar with globalization and understand its potential impact on their profession.
  2. Students understand the potential impact of their profession on health and environment in societies at different stages of economic development.

i) A recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning

  1. Students recognize the need to learn on their own by seeking out relevant information when facing an unfamiliar problem in homework, laboratory exercise or senior project.
  2. Students are able to integrate information gathered from multiple sources, such as textbooks, online resources, experts, and peer-to-peer discussions, to solve an unfamiliar problem.
  3. Students recognize and avail themselves to educational opportunities, such as focus groups, journal clubs, seminars, library and online resources, that are likely to advance their professional development.

j) A knowledge of contemporary issues

  1. Students are familiar with multiple, and often contradictory, views of contemporary issues such as health care costs, health insurance, regulation, and intellectual property.

k) An ability to use techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

  1. Students understand and can use techniques and skills, such as sensor development, telemetry, and search algorithms to obtain data from living systems.
  2. Graduates can use computational tools, such as signal analysis, modeling, and pattern recognition to understand living systems.
  3. Graduates can integrate information, such as obtained from measurements and computational approaches, to design, apply, or test systems that are of potential societal benefit.
Student Enrollment and Graduation Data

Current Enrollment (Fall 2018): 189

Class Level Fall 2018 Fall 2017 Fall 2016 Fall 2015 Fall 2014 Fall 2013
Overall 189 206 206 193 170 164
Freshman 54 63 53 63 44 62
Sophomore 38 37 39 24 45 41
Junior 35 43 40 50 46 31
Senior 62 63 74 56 35 30

Degrees Awarded (Annual data based on Summer, Fall, and Spring semesters)

Degree Program 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
BS BIOE 14 20 25 36 43