Master's Program Curriculum Requirements

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 or higher)
    • 2 semesters BMEN 9700 Graduate Seminar
  • Technical Electives (12 credits)
  • Content should be BME-related
  • 3 Courses in SEAS 4000 level or higher (including BMEN)
  • 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.

General Masters 3 Semester Schedule

Semester 1

  • Graduate Level Applied Math Course (3): Any non-statistics applied mathematics course (APMA4000 level or higher) See options here: http://apam.columbia.edu/apam-courses
  • BME Seminar 9700 (0): 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. Any course in the BMEN department (4000 level or higher). See details on concentration areas below, and a complete course listing here: http://bulletin.engineering.columbia.edu/courses-2
  • BMEN Elective: BME Graduate Level Course. Any course in the BMEN department (4000 level or higher). See details on concentration areas below, and a complete course listing here: http://bulletin.engineering.columbia.edu/courses-2
  • SEAS Elective: Engineering 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 Symptoms E6003 (3): 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): 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.
  • BMEN Elective: BME Graduate Level Course. Any course in the BMEN department (4000 level or higher). See details on concentration areas below, and a complete course listing here: http://bulletin.engineering.columbia.edu/courses-2
  • SEAS Elective: Engineering Technical Elective. Any course in SEAS (4000 level or higher) subject to adviser approval.

Semester 3

  • SEAS Elective OR non-SEAS 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 details on concentration areas below, and a complete course listing here:http://bulletin.engineering.columbia.edu/courses-2

General Masters 2 Semester Schedule

Semester 1

  • Graduate Level Applied Math Course (3): Any non-statistics applied mathematics course (APMA4000 level or higher) See options here: http://apam.columbia.edu/apam-courses
  • BMEN Elective: BME Graduate Level Course. Any course in the BMEN department (4000 level or higher). See details on concentration areas below, and a complete course listing here: http://bulletin.engineering.columbia.edu/courses-2
  • BME Seminar 9700 (0): 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. Any course in the BMEN department (4000 level or higher). See details on concentration areas below, and a complete course listing here: http://bulletin.engineering.columbia.edu/courses-2
  • SEAS Elective: Engineering 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
  • BMEN Elective: BME Graduate Level Course. Any course in the BMEN department (4000 level or higher). See details on concentration areas below, and a complete course listing here: http://bulletin.engineering.columbia.edu/courses-2

Semester 2

  • Computational Modeling of Physiological Symptoms E6003 (3): 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 details on concentration areas below, and a complete course listing here: http://bulletin.engineering.columbia.edu/courses-2
  • BME Seminar II 9700 (0): 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 Elective OR non-SEAS 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): Any non-statistics applied mathematics course (APMA4000 level or higher) See options here: http://apam.columbia.edu/apam-courses
  • BME Seminar 9700 (0): Guest speakers from other institutions, Columbia faculty, and students within the Department who are advanced in their studies frequently offer sessions.
  • BMEN 4001: Quantitative 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 Elective: BME Graduate Level Course. Any course in the BMEN department (4000 level or higher). See details on concentration areas below, and a complete course listing here: http://bulletin.engineering.columbia.edu/courses-2
  • SEAS Elective: Engineering 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 Symptoms E6003 (3): 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): 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 4002: Quantitative 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 Elective: Engineering Technical Elective. Any course in SEAS (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.

Semester 3

  • SEAS Elective OR non-SEAS 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 details on concentration areas below, and a complete course listing here:http://bulletin.engineering.columbia.edu/courses-2

Course Groupings

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

BMEN E6005: Biomedical Innovation I (3)
BMEN E6006: Biomedical Innovation II (3)
BMEN E6007: Lab to Market- Accelerating Biomedical Innovation (3)
ENGI W4100: Research to Revenue (3)
BIOT GU4180: Entrepreneurship in Biotechnology (3)
BIOT GU4160: Biopharmaceutical Development and Regulation (3)
IEME E4200: Intro to Human Centered Design (3)

 

Cell and Tissue Engineering

BMCH E4500: Biological transport and rate process (3)
BMEN E4510: Tissue engineering (3)
BMEN E4590: BioMems: cellular and molecular applicati (3)
BMEN E4210: Thermodynamics of biological systems (3)
BMEN E4550: Micro- and nanostructures in cellular engineering (3)
BMEN E6500: Tissue and Molecular Engineering Lab (3)
BMEN E6505: Advanced Scaffold Design (3)

Biomechanics

BMEN E4310: Solid biomechanics (3)
BMEN E4320: Fluid biomechanics (3)
BMEN E4340: Biomechanics of cells (3)
BMEN E4301: Structure, mechanics, and adaptation of bone (3)
BMEN E4302: Biomechanics of Musculoskeletal Soft Tissues (3)

Biosignals and Biomedical Imaging

BMEN E4410: Ultrasound imaging (3)
BMEN E4420: Biosignal process and modeling (3)
BMEN E4430: Principles of MRI (3)
ELEN E4810: Digital signal processing (3)
BMEN E4894: Biomedical imaging (3)
BMEN E4898: Biophotonics (3)

Neural Engineering

BMEB W4020: Computational neuroscience: circuits in the brain (3) 
BMEE E4030: Neural control engineering (3)
BMEN E4420: Biosignal process and modeling (3)
BMEN E4430: Principles of MRI (3)
ELEN E4810: Digital signal processing (3)
BMEN E4894: Biomedical imaging (3)
BMEN E4050: Electrophysiology of Human Memory and Navigation (3)
BMEN E4840: Functional Imaging of the Brain (3)

Genomics and System Biology

ECBM E4060: Introduction to genomic information science and technology (3)
BMEN E4150: The cell as a machine (3)
CHBM E4321: The genome and the cell (3)
BMEN E4420: Biosignal process and modeling (3)
CHEN E4700: Principles of genomic technologies (3)
CHEN E4760: Genomics sequence laboratory (3)
CHEN E4800: Protein engineering (3)
BMEN E4520: Synthetic Biology- Principles of Genetic Circuits (3)

Quantitative Biology

BMEB W4020: Computational neuroscience: circuits in the brain (3)
ECBM E4060: Introduction to genomic information science and technology (3)
BIOL GU4070: The biology and physics of single molecules (3.5)
BMEN E4310: Solid biomechanics (3)
BMEN E4320: Fluid biomechanics (3)
APMA E4400: Introduction to biological modeling (3)
CHEN E4650: Biopolymers (3)

Bioinductive and Biomimetic Materials

BMCH E4500: Biological transport process (3)
BMEN E4510: Tissue engineering (3)
BMEN E4590: BioMems: cellular and molecular applications (3)
CHEN E4620: Introduction to polymers and soft materials (3)
CHEN E4640: Polymer surface and interface (3)
CHEN E4800: Protein engineering (3)

 

Biomaterials

BMEN E4301: Structure, mechanics, and adaptation of bone (3)
BMEN E4310: Solid biomechanics (3)
BMEN E4510: Tissue engineering (3)
BMEN E4590: BioMems: cellular and molecular applications (3)
ELEN E4944: Principles of device microfabrication (3)
BMEN E4501: Biomaterials (3)

Biomems and Nanotechnology

MSAE E4090: Nanotechnology (3)
MECE E4212: Microelectromechanical systems (3)
MEBM E4550: Micro- and nanostructures in cellular engineering (3)
BMEN E4590: BioMEMS: cellular and molecular applications (3)
BMEN E4580: Fundamentals of Nanobioscience and Nanobiotechnology (3)
BMEN E8001: Topics in Nanobiotechnology (3)

Robotics and Control of Biological Systems

BMEE E4030: Neural control engineering (3)
MEBM E4439: Modeling and identification of dynamic systems (3)
MECE E4602: Introduction to robotics (3)
BMEE E4740: Bioinstrumentation (3)