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Biomedical Engineering, M.S.

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Biomedical engineering, a multi-disciplinary field, is behind some of the most important medical breakthroughs today. Working closely together, engineers, scientists, mathematicians, and physicians have developed artificial organs, internal and external prosthetics, multiple imaging modalities, and diagnostic and therapeutic devices. Biomedical engineering has significantly contributed to improved health care and quality of life.

The MS program in Biomedical Engineering merges course work from Tandon’s engineering departments along with research opportunities with biomedical engineering faculty from across NYU to create a degree path that matches a student’s BME career objectives.

The Biomedical Engineering MS program offers three tracks that reflect the discipline’s major areas of involvement. These are:

  •     Biomaterials
  •     Medical Imaging
  •     Bioinstrumentation

About the Program

The principal objective for the program is to provide an educational environment and experience for students to acquire the analytical skills required to perform academic or industrial activities that result in technological innovations. The two specific programmatic goals include:

  • Providing each student with an individualized, advanced course of study that delivers the analytical tools to perform fundamental and applied research in each track’s focus area.
  • Obtaining the requisite technical knowledge that can be applied to management, marketing, sales, entrepreneurial, and other activities related to biomedical engineering.

The program’s three MS degree tracks include specific course sequences that ensure that a student is prepared to pursue a career in their field of interest. Further, within each track, students can elect to pursue research in laboratories at NYU Tandon School of Engineering, NYU School of Medicine, and other NYU-affiliated schools and hospitals.


The BME MS program will consider applications for admission from students with a BS/BA or a more advanced degree in biomedical, chemical, mechanical, or electrical engineering; computer engineering or science; physics; mathematics, chemistry; or biological sciences. We also consider applications from students with medical, dental, nursing and legal degrees.

The program requires that all applicants must have taken two semesters of college-level calculus and two semesters of calculus-based physics. It further highly recommends that each student’s undergraduate preparation include the following sequence of math and science courses:

  •     1 semester of linear algebra
  •     1 semester of ordinary differential equations
  •     1 semester of multivariable calculus
  •     2 semesters of biology with labs
  •     2 semesters of general chemistry with labs

For those focusing on the Biomaterials track, additional background in organic chemistry and biochemistry is desirable. For those choosing the Medical Imaging or Bioinstrumentation tracks, additional advanced mathematics courses, e.g. complex variables, partial differential equations are recommended. Though not required, exposure to CAD/FEA, Matlab, C++ /Python computer programming experience is highly desirable.

For International Students:

Applications can only be considered from international students who have completed all of the undergraduate math and science courses listed above.

For Domestic Students:

Applicants pursuing a career change and lacking some of the undergraduate courses listed above may be admitted conditionally if they present a strong record of achievement in their undergraduate field of study and agree to enroll in the missing undergraduate courses to raise their level of knowledge so that they are better prepared for the analytically rigorous coursework that is part of the BME MS program. Such undergraduate courses do not count toward the MS degree’s credit requirements.


Curriculum

The Biomedical Engineering MS program offers 3 tracks:

  •     Biomaterials Track
  •     Medical Imaging Track
  •     Bioinstrumentation Track

Each track includes 2 options. The first specifies course requirements that include research with submission of a master's thesis. The second option specifies course requirements plus research performed as guided studies. If you choose to perform a thesis research-based degree, you must register for at least 6 credits of BE-GY 997X and then write and defend a master’s thesis according to School guidelines. You will also be required to take training in laboratory safety.

To meet graduation requirements in your chosen track, you must achieve an overall B average in all courses (including MS thesis or guided studies) and must not have more than two grades of C in required (core) subjects.


Required Courses

BE-GY6103 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
BE-GY6113 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
BE-GY6463 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
BE-GY6753 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
BE-GY6803 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
BE-GY9443 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
BT-GY6063 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
CM-GY9433 Please refer to the bulletin for more information

Taken once per year: 

BE-GY9730 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
BE-GY9740 Please refer to the bulletin for more information

Electives or Research

You may choose up to 6 credits from the list of electives below.  With permission from a graduate adviser, you may substitute a course not listed. You may also elect to do research as Guided Studies in Biomedical Engineering  (BE-GY 873x, 3 to 6 credits) without writing a thesis, or MS Thesis in Biomedical Engineering (BE-GY 997x, 6 credits).


Required Courses

BE-GY6103 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
BE-GY6113 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
BE-GY6403 Please refer to the bulletin for more information

or

ECE-GY6113 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
3 Credits Biomedical Imaging I BE-GY6203
This course introduces the physics, instrumentation and signal-processing methods used in X-ray imaging (projection radiography), X-ray computed tomography, nuclear medicine (SPECT/PET), ultrasound imaging and magnetic resonance imaging. Also listed under: EL-GY 6813

Prerequisites: Undergraduate level courses in multivariable calculus (MA-UY 2112 & MA-UY 2122 or MA-UY 2114), physics (PH-UY 2033), probability (MA-UY 3012), signals and systems (EE-UY 3054). Students who do not have prior courses in signals ans systems must take EL-GY 6113 / BE-GY 6403 - Digital Signal Processing I as a prerequisite or must obtain instructor's approval; EL-GY 6123 - Image and Video Processing is also recommended but not required.

or

ECE-GY6813 Please refer to the bulletin for more information

BE-GY6453 Please refer to the bulletin for more information

or

ECE-GY6303 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
ECE-GY6123 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
CBE-GY6153 Please refer to the bulletin for more information

Taken once per year:

BE-GY9730 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
BE-GY9740 Please refer to the bulletin for more information

Electives or Research

You may choose up to 9 credits from the list of electives below. With permission from a graduate adviser, you may substitute a course not listed. You may also elect to do research as Guided Studies in Biomedical Engineering  (BE-GY 873x, 3 to 6 credits) without writing a thesis, or MS Thesis in Biomedical Engineering (BE-GY 997x, 6 to 9 credits).


 

Required Courses

BE-GY6103 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
BE-GY6113 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
BE-GY6503 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
3 Credits Bio-optics BE-GY6303
Recent growth in using optics technology for biomedical research and health care has been explosive. New applications are made possible by emerging technologies in lasers, optoelectronic devices, fiber optics, physical and chemical sensors and imaging—all of which are now applied to medical research, diagnostics and therapy. This sequence course on optics for biomedical students combines fundamental knowledge of the generation and interaction of electromagnetic waves with applications to the biomedical field. The goal is for this approach is to provide tools for researchers in bio-physics and to familiarize researchers, technologists and premed students with cutting-edge approaches.
Prerequisite(s): An undergraduate course in physics that includes electricity, magnetism and waves such as PH-UY 2023, an undergraduate course in physics that includes electricity, magnetism and waves such as PH-UY 2023 and multivariable calculus such as MA-UY 2122 and MA-UY 2122.
BE-GY6403 Please refer to the bulletin for more information

or

ECE-GY6113 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
BE-GY6453 Please refer to the bulletin for more information

or

ECE-GY6303 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
CBE-GY6153 Please refer to the bulletin for more information

Taken once per year:

BE-GY9730 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
BE-GY9740 Please refer to the bulletin for more information

Electives or Research

You may choose up to 9 credits from the list of electives below. With permission from a graduate adviser, you may substitute a course not listed. You may also elect to do research as Guided Studies in Biomedical Engineering  (BE-GY 873x, 3 to 6 credits) without writing a thesis, or MS Thesis in Biomedical Engineering (BE-GY 997x, 6 to 9 credits).


Courses available to students pursuing an MS degree in either the Biomaterials, Medical Imaging or Bioinstrumentation tracks.

3 Credits Biomedical Imaging I BE-GY6203
This course introduces the physics, instrumentation and signal-processing methods used in X-ray imaging (projection radiography), X-ray computed tomography, nuclear medicine (SPECT/PET), ultrasound imaging and magnetic resonance imaging. Also listed under: EL-GY 6813

Prerequisites: Undergraduate level courses in multivariable calculus (MA-UY 2112 & MA-UY 2122 or MA-UY 2114), physics (PH-UY 2033), probability (MA-UY 3012), signals and systems (EE-UY 3054). Students who do not have prior courses in signals ans systems must take EL-GY 6113 / BE-GY 6403 - Digital Signal Processing I as a prerequisite or must obtain instructor's approval; EL-GY 6123 - Image and Video Processing is also recommended but not required.
ECE-GY6813 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
3 Credits Bio-optics BE-GY6303
Recent growth in using optics technology for biomedical research and health care has been explosive. New applications are made possible by emerging technologies in lasers, optoelectronic devices, fiber optics, physical and chemical sensors and imaging—all of which are now applied to medical research, diagnostics and therapy. This sequence course on optics for biomedical students combines fundamental knowledge of the generation and interaction of electromagnetic waves with applications to the biomedical field. The goal is for this approach is to provide tools for researchers in bio-physics and to familiarize researchers, technologists and premed students with cutting-edge approaches.
Prerequisite(s): An undergraduate course in physics that includes electricity, magnetism and waves such as PH-UY 2023, an undergraduate course in physics that includes electricity, magnetism and waves such as PH-UY 2023 and multivariable calculus such as MA-UY 2122 and MA-UY 2122.
BE-GY6353 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
BE-GY6403 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
ECE-GY6113 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
BE-GY6453 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
ECE-GY6303 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
BE-GY6463 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
BE-GY6503 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
BE-GY6603 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
BE-GY6753 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
BE-GY6803 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
BE-GY9443 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
BE-GY9753 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
BT-GY6063 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
CBE-GY6153 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
CM-GY9433 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
CS-GY6643 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
ECE-GY6123 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
ECE-GY6183 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
ECE-GY6143 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
3 Credits Real Time Embedded Systems ECE-GY6483
This course provides an overview of the unique concepts and techniques needed to design and implement computer systems having real-time response requirements in an embedded environment. It contrasts the concepts and techniques of real time and embedded systems with those of more traditional computer systems. Topics include: Basic concepts of real time and embedded systems, hardware features, programming languages, real time operating systems, synchronization techniques, performance optimization and current trends in real time and embedded systems such as incorporating internet connectivity.
Prerequisite: Knowledge of C, Pascal or other programming language and a basic understanding of computer architecture.
MA-GA2852 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
ME-GY7863 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
PH-GY6403 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
BMSC-GA4404 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
BMSC-GA4409 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
BMSC-GA4427 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
BMSC-GA4428 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
BMSC-GA4469 Please refer to the bulletin for more information