Biomedical Engineering Honors Program

The Biomedical Engineering Honors Program is designed for high-caliber students interested in more vigorous and in-depth academic challenges. Students enrolled in this program will have access to a variety of research opportunities unavailable to other students.

To graduate with honors in BME, students must attain a 3.5 GPA for all courses necessary for graduation. Students also must complete a 3-credit hour biomedical engineering honors research project course (BME 491). In this course, students must propose research projects (in conjunction with a faculty advisor who will sponsor the work), conduct the study, and write and defend an honors thesis.

Students must successfully defend their honors thesis work to earn the Honors Degree. An Honors Research Committee composed of at least three BME faculty members, will evaluate the work and thesis and determine whether the student completes the honors thesis work satisfactorily.

The 3-credit hour honors research course can be counted as a BME engineering elective to satisfy the undergraduate degree requirement. Non-BME majors or exceptional students who lack one or more of the BME major requirement may petition the undergraduate program director for acceptance into the BME Honors Program.

Students interested in this program must fill out an application form. Once approved, register for the program by completing a registration form and research proposal no later than the add/drop deadline of the first semester of the senior year. Please download the forms to make them fillable then submit to the Biomedical Engineering Department office via email.  

The BME honors program director will review and approve the student’s declaration of the Honors Program. The thesis must be submitted to the Biomedical Engineering Department Office within two weeks after the thesis defense. The Department Honors Committee recommend following the thesis formatting guideline provided by the University. The deadline will follow the thesis/dissertation deadline defined by the student record and registrar service. The research advisor must submit the defense evaluations from the honors research committee and a pdf version of the thesis. A request for honors degree form must be completed and submitted to the Biomedical Engineering Department Office by the deadline for a recommendation for an award defined by the University.

A student who completes the aforementioned honors coursework and honors thesis will be recognized at graduation by the Honors Degree in your transcript.

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