Academic advising is a critical part of your Mason experience. It is essential for keeping you on track during your academic career here.
Advisor for the Bioengineering Department
3102 Peterson Family Health Sciences Hall
To make an appointment please go to Academic Advising and log in with your GMU NetID and password.
Non-Mason students please e-mail Claudia Borke directly to make an appointment.
If you are an undeclared student pursuing bioengineering as your major, please make sure you are on Ms. Borke’s e-mail list.
"Advising isn’t just about devising a schedule. It is a two-way communication about possibilities and opportunities that will enhance the student experience at Mason. Advisors are able to open the doors, but the student has to walk through them."
— Claudia Borke, Bioengineering Department advisor
- Declare your concentration
- Transfer and test credit: How IB/AP credit transfers and testing out options.
- Study elsewhere: Taking summer classes elsewhere? Deadline May 1st for all respective signatures. Talk to your advisor first.
- Transfer credit matrix: Course transfer table.
- Degree evaluation: Run your degree evaluation once you have declared your concentration.
Other Options in Bioengineering
The Department of Bioengineering offers an Honors Program that creates a community of outstanding scholars in bioengineering who share a commitment to learning, service, and leadership. The program is based on the bioengineering curriculum and is distinct from the University Honors Curriculum.
Students transferring from outside Mason into the Volgenau School of Engineering must have completed the equivalent of MATH 113 Calculus I and MATH 114 Calculus II with a B or better to be considered for admission. The cumulative GPA requirement for Bioengineering is a grade of 3.0 or above.
Students transferring within Mason must have a grade “C” or higher in MATH 114, PHYS 160, and PHYS 161 as well as a GPA of 2.75 in all technical courses completed at Mason that are required for the intended engineering major. Technical courses are any Math, Science, Engineering, Statistics, and Computer Science courses that are required for the intended engineering major. Students who transfer are reminded that a B- in MATH 114 is a prerequisite for certain Bioengineering courses that are part of the Degree requirement. Thus, when transferring in with a C in MATH 114 means the course will have to be retaken. Students considering changing their major to Bioengineering need to meet the above requirements with a minimum Mason cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
Our study abroad classes in bioengineering enhance students’ education with rich cultural experiences and challenging courses. Students should consider:
- Taking Bioengineering World Health (BENG 417). This 3-credit course is a combination of lecture in the fall and a three-week trip to Guatemala during winter break and counts as a technical elective.
- Our exchange program with Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. The program offers a unique opportunity to spend a semester or whole year abroad while seamlessly integrating with their bioengineering curriculum.