Master's Program Curriculum Requirements

General Masters 3 Semester Schedule

Semester 1 Graduate Level Applied Math Course (3)Graduate Level Applied Math Course
Graduate Level Applied Math Course Any non-statistics applied mathematics course (APMA4000 level or higher) See options here: http://apam.columbia.edu/apam-courses
BME Seminar I 9700 (0) BME Seminar
Guest speakers from other institutions, Columbia faculty, and students within the Department who are advanced in their studies frequently offer sessions.
BMEN Elective BME Graduate Level Course
BME Graduate Level Course Any course in the BMEN department (4000 level or higher) See options here: http://bulletin.engineering.columbia.edu/courses-2
BMEN ElectiveBME Graduate Level Course
Any course in the BMEN department (4000 level or higher) See options here: http://bulletin.engineering.columbia.edu/courses-2
SEAS ElectiveEngineering Technical Elective
Any course in or crosslisted in the BMEN department (4000 level or higher) subject to adviser approval See options here: http://bulletin.engineering.columbia.edu/courses-2
Semester 2 Computational Modeling of Physiological Systems E6003 (3) Comp Modeling-Physiol Systems
Comp Modeling-Physiol Systems Advanced computational modeling and quantitative analysis of selected physiological systems from molecules to organs. Topics may include cell signaling, molecular transport, excitable membranes, respiratory physiology, nerve transmission, circulatory control, auditory signal processing, muscle physiology, data collection and analysis.
BME Seminar II 9700 (0) BME Seminar II
Mandatory weekly seminar Guest speakers from other institutions, Columbia faculty, and students within the Department who are advanced in their studies frequently offer sessions.
SEAS ElectiveEngineering Technical Elective
Any course in SEAS (4000 level or higher) subject to adviser approval
BMEN ElectiveBME Graduate Level Course
Any course in the BMEN department (4000 level or higher) See options here: http://bulletin.engineering.columbia.edu/courses-2
SEAS ElectiveEngineering Technical Elective
Any course in SEAS (4000 level or higher) subject to adviser approval
Semester 3 SEAS Elective OR non-SEAS Technical Elective Technical Elective
Any course in SEAS or another science department (4000 level or higher) subject to adviser approval
BMEN Elective BME Graduate Level Course
Any course in the BMEN department (4000 level or higher) See options here: http://bulletin.engineering.columbia.edu/courses-2
     

General Masters 2 Semester Schedule

Semester 1 Graduate Level Applied Math Course (3)Graduate Level Applied Math Course
Any non-statistics applied mathematics course (APMA4000 level or higher) See options here: http://apam.columbia.edu/apam-courses
BMEN ElectiveBME Graduate Level Course
Any course in the BMEN department (4000 level or higher) See options here: http://bulletin.engineering.columbia.edu/courses-2
BME Seminar I 9700 (0)BME Seminar I
Mandatory weekly seminar Guest speakers from other institutions, Columbia faculty, and students within the Department who are advanced in their studies frequently offer sessions.
BMEN ElectiveBME Graduate Level Course
Any course in the BMEN department (4000 level or higher) See options here: http://bulletin.engineering.columbia.edu/courses-2
SEAS ElectiveEngineering Technical Elective
Any course in SEAS (4000 level or higher) subject to adviser approval
BMEN ElectiveBME Graduate Level Course
Any course in the BMEN department (4000 level or higher) See options here: http://bulletin.engineering.columbia.edu/courses-2
Semester 2 Computational Modeling of Physiological Systems E6003 (3) Comp Modeling-Physiol Systems
Advanced computational modeling and quantitative analysis of selected physiological systems from molecules to organs. Topics may include cell signaling, molecular transport, excitable membranes, respiratory physiology, nerve transmission, circulatory control, auditory signal processing, muscle physiology, data collection and analysis.
BMEN Elective BME Graduate Level Course
Any course in the BMEN department (4000 level or higher) See options here: http://bulletin.engineering.columbia.edu/courses-2
BME Seminar II 9700 (0) BME Seminar II
Mandatory weekly seminar Guest speakers from other institutions, Columbia faculty, and students within the Department who are advanced in their studies frequently offer sessions.
SEAS Elective Engineering Technical Elective
Any course in SEAS (4000 level or higher) subject to adviser approval
SEAS OR non-SEAS Technical Elective Technical Elective
Any course in SEAS or another science department (4000 level or higher) subject to adviser approval
SEAS Elective Engineering Technical Elective
Any course in SEAS (4000 level or higher) subject to adviser approval

Transitioning Master's Schedule

Semester 1 Graduate Level Applied Math Course (3)Graduate Level Applied Math Course
Graduate Level Applied Math Course Any non-statistics applied mathematics course (APMA4000 level or higher) See options here: http://apam.columbia.edu/apam-courses
BME Seminar I 9700 (0) BME Seminar
Guest speakers from other institutions, Columbia faculty, and students within the Department who are advanced in their studies frequently offer sessions.
BMEN E4001Quantitative Physiology, I
Physiological systems at the cellular and molecular level are examined in a highly quantitative context. Topics include chemical kinetics, molecular binding and enzymatic processes, molecular motors, biological membranes, and muscles.
BMEN ElectiveBME Graduate Level Course
Any course in the BMEN department (4000 level or higher) See options here: http://bulletin.engineering.columbia.edu/courses-2
SEAS ElectiveEngineering Technical Elective
Any course in or crosslisted in the BMEN department (4000 level or higher) subject to adviser approval See options here: http://bulletin.engineering.columbia.edu/courses-2
Semester 2 Computational Modeling of Physiological Systems E6003 (3) Comp Modeling-Physiol Systems
Comp Modeling-Physiol Systems Advanced computational modeling and quantitative analysis of selected physiological systems from molecules to organs. Topics may include cell signaling, molecular transport, excitable membranes, respiratory physiology, nerve transmission, circulatory control, auditory signal processing, muscle physiology, data collection and analysis.
BME Seminar II 9700 (0) BME Seminar II
Mandatory weekly seminar Guest speakers from other institutions, Columbia faculty, and students within the Department who are advanced in their studies frequently offer sessions.
BMEN E4002Quantitative Physiology, II
Students are introduced to a quantitative, engineering approach to cellular biology and mammalian physiology. Beginning with biological issues related to the cell, the course progresses to considerations of the major physiological systems of the human body (nervous, circulatory, respiratory, renal).
SEAS ElectiveEngineering Technical Elective
Any course in SEAS (4000 level or higher) subject to adviser approval
SEAS ElectiveEngineering Technical Elective
Any course in SEAS (4000 level or higher) subject to adviser approval
Semester 3 SEAS Elective OR non-SEAS Technical Elective Technical Elective
Any course in SEAS or another science department (4000 level or higher) subject to adviser approval
BMEN Elective BME Graduate Level Course
Any course in the BMEN department (4000 level or higher) See options here: http://bulletin.engineering.columbia.edu/courses-2
     

Master's Students Need 30 Credits

In consultation with an appointed faculty adviser, M.S. students should select a program of 30 points of credit of graduate courses (4000 level or above) appropriate to their career goals. This program must include the course in computational modeling of physiological systems (BMEN E6003); two semesters of BMEN E9700: Biomedical engineering seminar; at least four other biomedical engineering courses; and at least one graduate-level mathematics course (excluding statistics).

Master’s students interested in pursuing research can choose up to 6 credits (2 semesters) of research under the guidance of a BME faculty member. It is the responsibility of the student to contact individual faculty to find research opportunities. Research can be done for either credit or stipend, but not both simultaneously. If a Master’s student is interested in conducting research, it is in their best interest to begin contacting research advisors as early as possible in the semester. A thesis based on experimental, computational, or analytical research is optional.  Students wishing to pursue the Master’s Thesis option should register for BMEN E9100 Master’s Research and consult with their BME faculty adviser.

Master’s candidates are self-funded and must complete the aforementioned coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.5 to be eligible for degree conferral. After completion of the M.S. degree requirements, students must apply for graduation through the registrar’s office. Please see http://www.columbia.edu/cu/registrar/docs/forms/app-for-deg-or-cert.html for the form.

  • Total credits - 30 credits = 10 classes
  • Required Courses (18 credits)
    • BMEN E6003 Comp Modeling of Physiologic Systems
    • 1 Graduate Level Math course (>4000 level, non-stat)
    • 4 BME Graduate Classes (>4000 level)
    • 2 semesters BMEN 9700 Graduate Seminar
  • Technical Electives (12 credits)
    • Content should be BME-related
    • 3 Courses in SEAS > 4000 level or higher
    • 1 graduate level course permitted outside of SEAS (with Academic Advisor approval)

It is recommended that students without an undergraduate degree in BME or Biology take BMEN E4001 and E4002 as part of their MS degree requirements.

For information on specific courses see http://www.columbia.edu/cu/bulletin/uwb/ and http://bulletin.engineering.columbia.edu/graduate-programs-1 . Get answers to frequently asked questions here.


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