The George R. Brown School of Engineering
Graduate programs in bioengineering offer concentrations in areas such as biomedical imaging and diagnostics, cellular and biomolecular engineering, computational and theoretical bioengineering, biomaterials and drug delivery and biomaterials, systems and synthetic biology, and tissue engineering and biomechanics. Research areas include biomechanical engineering, biological systems modeling, bioinformatics, biomaterials, biomedical lasers, cellular and molecular engineering, controlled release technologies, metabolic engineering, spectroscopy, statistical mechanics, systems engineering and instrumentation, thrombosis, tissue engineering, and transport processes.
Upon completing the BSBE degree, students majoring in Bioengineering will be able to demonstrate:
For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. Students pursuing the BSBE degree with a major in Bioengineering (BIOE) must complete:
The overall goal of the BS degree in Bioengineering (BSBE) is to prepare graduates to succeed in professional careers by equipping them with the conceptual and technical expertise sought after by top graduate and medical schools, as well as by companies seeking technical skills in bioengineering. Recognizing that graduates may embark on a number of different educational and career paths, the Program Educational Objectives (PEO) that graduates are expected to exhibit or achieve with the BSBE from Rice University are:
The program leading to the BSBE is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org .
Students majoring in bioengineering must complete the following courses.
CORE REQUIREMENTS Students must complete a total of 31 course sequences (86 credit hours) as listed below to satisfy the Bioengineering major's Core Requirements.
Bioengineering Lecture Courses Students must complete a total of 15 courses (37 credit hours) from the following. Students should complete BIOE 252, BIOE 320, BIOE 322, BIOE 391, and BIOE 440 during their sophomore year.
Bioengineering Laboratory Courses Students must complete a total of 2 courses (2 credit hours) from the following (different laboratory modules may be offered each year):
Note: If BIOE 447 is taken as a Bioengineering Laboratory Course, student should note that MECH 403, listed in the Technical Electives section, will not count as a course that satisfies the Technical Elective requirement.
BiosciencesStudents must complete a total of 2 courses (6 credit hours) from the following. Students should complete BIOC 201 during their sophomore year.
ChemistryStudents must complete a total of 3 course sequences (11 credit hours) as listed below. Students should complete CHEM 121 and CHEM 123 and CHEM 122 and CHEM 124 during their freshman year, and should complete CHEM 211 and CHEM 213 during their sophomore year.
Computational and Applied MathematicsStudents must complete 1 course (3 credit hours) from the following. Students should complete CAAM 210 during their freshman year.
Electrical EngineeringStudents must complete 1 course (4 credit hours) from the following. Students should complete ELEC 243 during their sophomore year.
MathematicsStudents must complete 4 courses (12 credit hours) from the following. Students should complete MATH 101 and MATH 102 during their freshman year, and MATH 211 and MATH 212 during their sophomore year.
Mechanical Engineering Students must complete 1 course (3 credit hours) from the following:
Physics Students must complete 2-4 courses (8 credit hours) depending on course selection as listed below. Students should take both courses during their freshman year.
TECHNICAL ELECTIVESTo fulfill the remaining BIOE major requirements, students must complete a minimum of 3 courses (9 credit hours) and 6 engineering points from the Technical Elective course offerings. A combination of technical electives must be selected that meets a minimum of 3 courses, 9 credit hours and 6 engineering points.
Please note: The following list of courses that satisfy the approved technical electives requirement are for this academic year (2016-2017) only. Courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies. Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the requirements to be followed, and the corresponding courses to be taken.
Engineering PointsCourses listed below may count toward the Technical Elective requirement (minimum of 3 courses, 9 credit hours and 6 engineering points), and will carry the following Engineering Point values.
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NotesStudents need to be aware of additional information impacting some courses listed above:
The Department of Bioengineering collaborates with a number of departments to offer Rice undergraduate students a minor in Global Health Technologies (GLHT) through the Beyond Traditional Borders (BTB) initiative—a unique, multidisciplinary program to educate and train students to reach beyond traditional disciplinary and geographic boundaries to understand, address, and solve global health disparities. With complementary contributions from the humanities, social sciences, policy, bioscience, and engineering programs at Rice, the GLHT minor prepares students to integrate diverse perspectives as they develop solutions to the complex problems of global health, using the formal approach of the engineering design process.
See Global Heath Technologies for minor requirements.
*NOTE: Internally, the university uses the following abbreviations (4-digit codes) to identify the Bioengineering undergraduate degree and major. The following is a quick reference:
Course Catalog/Schedule - Course offerings/subject: BIOEDepartment Description and Code - Bioengineering: BIOEDegree Description and Code - Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering degree: BSBEMajor Description and Code - Major in Bioengineering: BIOE
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To train the next generation of leaders in bioengineering, we have built an innovative teaching program that transcends boundaries between bioengineering, basic science, and clinical medicine, integrating the academic, industrial, and societal perspectives.
Our hands-on approach to education is supported by a long standing tradition of cross-disciplinary research and education. The Rice bioengineering program is a comprehensive training program that provides student with:
With this educational background, graduates will be well prepared to participate in independent or collaborative research and development endeavors in industry or academia.
Upon completing the MBE degree, students pursuing the Applied Bioengineering track requirements will be able to:
Upon completing the MBE degree, students pursuing the Global Medical Innovation track requirements will be able to:
For general university requirements, see Graduate Degrees. Students pursuing the Master of Bioengineering degree must complete:
The Master of Bioengineering degree is intended for those having a BA or BS degree in an engineering or science discipline.
There are two tracks in the Master of Bioengineering program:
Both tracks have the same prerequisites, though applicants will be evaluated considering the different purposes of each track. More information about each of these tracks can be found below. Students may enroll for the Applied Bioengineering track on a full-time or part-time basis. Students may only enroll on a full-time basis for the Global Medical Innovation track. Curriculum must be approved by the Graduate Academic Affairs Committee and the Bioengineering Department. This is done on a case-by-case basis.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE APPLIED BIOENGINEERING TRACKStudents pursuing the Applied Bioengineering track must complete:
Professional Development ElectivesStudents must complete a minimum of 9 credit hours from the following (additional course offerings may be completed with advisor approval):
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE GLOBAL MEDICAL INNOVATION TRACKStudents pursuing the Global Medical Innovation track must complete:
CORE REQUIREMENTSStudents must complete 6 courses (15 credit hours) as listed below:
Medical Technology Design Students must complete the following 2 courses (6 credit hours):
Medical Technology Implementation Students must complete the following 2 courses (6 credit hours):
Industry Seminar Series Students must complete the following 2 courses (3 credit hours):
INTERNSHIP OR INDEPENDENT STUDY Students must complete 6 credit hours from an internship or independent study course, which may be completed during the summer (BIOE 600), or during the fall and spring semesters (BIOE 506). This will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and the student is responsible for obtaining and selecting an internship that best aligns with their career goals.
ELECTIVESStudents must complete 3 courses as electives (9 credit hours) as listed below.
Professional Development ElectivesStudents must complete 1 course (3 credit hours) from the following:
Directed ElectivesStudents must complete 2 courses (6 credit hours) as listed below.
MATH, CAAM, or STAT ElectiveStudents must complete 1 course (3 credit hours) from the MATH, CAAM, or STAT course offerings at the 500-level or above (400-level courses may be considered with the advisors approval, and BIOE 539 may count toward this requirement).
BIOE ElectiveStudents must complete 1 course (3 credit hours) from a departmental course offering (BIOE) at the 500-level or above. back to menu
For general university requirements, see Graduate Degrees. Students pursuing the MS degree in Bioengineering must complete:
In addition, students must:
Upon completing the PhD degree in Bioengineering, students will be able to:
For general university requirements, see Graduate Degrees. Students pursuing the PhD degree in Bioengineering must complete:
Graduate students take required courses and electives in the following areas:
To make sure scores are available when admission decisions are made, applicants need to register to take the GRE and, if an international student, the TOEFL at least three months before the application deadline. Applicants should also request transcripts at least two months in advance to give senders time to get the material to Rice University by the deadline. The application deadline for MBE students for spring admission the following year is October 30th. The application deadline for MBE students for fall admission in the same year is April 30th. The application deadline for PhD students for fall admission of the following year is December 20th. PhD students are not admitted in the spring semester. Application materials received after the deadline will not be considered. Once admitted, departmental policy requires full-time PhD students to be registered for at least 12 credit hours each semester. MBE students in the Applied Bioengineering track students may register part-time with the permission of the department. MBE students in the Global Medical Innovation track are expected to attend full time.
An MD-PhD dual degree program is also offered by the Rice University Bioengineering Department and Baylor College of Medicine. This program prepares students for research careers in medicine. Students must be accepted into the MD/PhD program initially through the Baylor College of Medicine.
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Note: Internally, the university uses the following abbreviations (4-digit codes) to identify the Bioengineering graduate degree programs. The following is a quick reference:
Course Catalog/Schedule - Course offerings/subject code: BIOEDepartment Description and Code - Bioengineering: BIOEDegree Descriptions and Codes - Master of Bioengineering degree: MBE - Master of Science degree: MS - Doctor of Philosophy degree: PhDDegree Program Description and Code - Degree Program in Bioengineering: BIOE
The official course offerings, including course descriptions, for Bioengineering can be found in Rice's Course Catalog.
To view the most recent course schedule for the 2016-2017 academic year, see Rice's Course Schedule.
For additional information regarding Bioengineering, see the department's website: http://bioe.rice.edu/.