2017-2018 Graduate Studies Bulletin (Archived Copy) [Archived Catalog]
Biomedical Engineering degree programs at the University of South Carolina were designed and developed to train students to initiate, to integrate, to imagine and to invent new processes and new products in order to imporve human health. The students who enter our programs are among the very best in the University and in the nation. Our existing faculty members, as well as faculty who we are recruiting for the programs, are all committed to helping students develop the intellectual, technological and personal skills that will allow them to thrive in academia, medicine, or industry. We anticipate that our graduates will unitlize ther unique education and research experience to excel in positions ranging from professors in top-ranked univeristies to executives in new medical device or large pharmaceutical companies.
Fields of Specialization
Research interests of the BME faculty cover a broad field of study in the areas of biomechanics, image processing, computational medicine, medical techniques and genetic engineering. The BME program incorporates these disciplines to equip students with knowledge and technical skills needed for a lifelong career in various areas of biomedical engineering.
The college also encourages cross-disciplinary research through four centers: the Center for Electrochemical Engineering, the Center for Industrial Research, the Center for Information Technology, and the Center for Mechanics of Materials and Nondestructive Evaluation. These centers use faculty and student expertise from all departments to pursue research and development projects in areas of interest to industry, government, and academe.
Requirements for admission to graduate degree programs in biomedical engineering (M.S., Ph.D.) include the general admission requirements of The Graduate School as well as more stringent program requirements. In general, the admissions process is highly competitive. Admissions decisions are based on the quality of the applicant’s previous university-level academic work (as reflected by grade point average, or GPA), letters of recommendation (at least two letters are required for evaluation), GRE scores, and other evidence of past accomplishments.
A student may transfer a master degree from another institution if approved by the Graduate Director and major professor. The student is also allowed to transfer from an institution where no degree was obtained with the approval by both the Biomedical Engineering Program and the Graduate School. The course work must be relevant to the current degree and have content and level of instruction equivalent to that offered by the University’s own graduate degree programs.
Programs and Courses