M.S. Degree in Biological Engineering

The Masters of Science in Biological Engineering prepares students to conduct research involving the application of engineering to biological systems. Examples of research projects are sensors to detect specific biological molecules or pathogens in food or water, understanding cell membranes in terms of signaling and transport of molecules, imaging of cells or proteins, conformation of biological molecules at membrane surfaces as well as environmental risk assessment modeling.

Alliances with several governmental agencies and other organizations, such as the Institute of Molecular Biophysics, the Jackson Laboratory and Maine Medical Center Research Institute, increase research opportunities related to genetics and biomedical issues in engineering. Cooperation with the Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology gives access to tools related to surface analysis.

Research carried on as the basis for the thesis may be selected from current department research projects.

Students selecting Biological Engineering as a graduate major must have completed the equivalent of a recognized accredited undergraduate engineering curriculum with a high scholastic record.

Required core courses of the program are CHE510 (Transport Phenomena) and CHE 460 (Biochemical Engineering). One course in advanced mathematics, such as CHE 580, is required. Three technical electives, approved by the thesis committee, and two semesters of the graduate seminar course are required. A thesis and a total of 30 hours of graduate credits are needed to fulfill the master’s degree requirements.