Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering
Learn How to Make a Difference in Human Health
As an undergraduate in bioengineering, you will learn the foundations of engineering and health sciences that will help you understand and successfully address the nation's leading health problems.
Our multidisciplinary training in bioengineering makes our graduates competitive for positions in biomedical, biotech and pharmaceutical industries, academia, and government. Mason bioengineers have been placed in some of the nation's top medical schools and graduate schools.
Information about the current concentrations can be found on the academic advising website. The current concentrations in the BS bioengineering program are:
- Biomedical Signals and Systems (BMSS)
- Bioengineering Healthcare Informatics (BHI)
- Bioengineering Prehealth (BMPH)
The BMSS concentration emphasizes the systems and methods for acquisition and analysis of biomedical signals, whereas the BHI concentration focuses on the management, analysis, and visualization of data related to biomedical and healthcare applications. The BMPH concentration prepares students for continued studies as health care professionals in medicine, dentistry, or veterinary medicine.
In 2019, the concentrations will be expanded to include Biomedical Imaging and Devices; Computational Biomedicine; Biomaterials and Nanomedicine; Neurotechnology and Computational Neuroscience; Bioengineering Healthcare Informatics; and Bioengineering Prehealth.
Minor in Bioengineering
The minor in bioengineering is available to both engineering and non-engineering majors. It provides considerable opportunities in a highly cross-disciplinary field involving the application of engineering concepts and tools to solve problems in biomedicine.
The minor prepares students to gain and reinforce their knowledge of biology and engineering fundamentals, as well as to develop and apply skills to clinically-relevant challenges.
Bioengineering, BS Accelerated MS
Highly-qualified students in the Bioengineering, BS have the option of obtaining an accelerated master's in several fields, which are:
- Bioengineering, BS/Data Analytics Engineering, Accelerated MS
- Bioengineering, BS/Operations Research, Accelerated MS
- Bioengineering, BS/Systems Engineering, Accelerated MS
Options for Undergraduate Students
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.
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.
"Bioengineering gave me an in-depth knowledge of the medical field, and it helped to strengthen my problem solving and project management skills."
— Alex Nixon, BS Bioengineering ’16