Learn How to Make a Difference in Human Health
As an undergraduate in bioengineering, you will learn the foundations of engineering and health sciences that will help you understand and successfully address the nation's leading health problems.
Our multidisciplinary training in bioengineering makes our graduates competitive for positions in biomedical, biotech, and pharmaceutical industries, academia, and government. Mason bioengineers have been placed in some of the nation's top medical schools and graduate schools.
The Bachelor of Science Bioengineering program focuses on four pillars: Biomaterials and Nanomedicine, Biomedical Imaging and Devices, Computational Biomedical Engineering, and Neurotechnology and Computational Neuroscience.
The curriculum provides a strong background in the engineering and biological fundamentals of bioengineering as well as breadth courses in Biomechanics, Biomaterials, Bioinstrumentation, Imaging, Computational Modeling, and Neuroengineering.
After completing this foundation, students choose a concentration in one of the above four pillars or in Health Care Informatics or Prehealth (Premed), to focus on one area in three courses. Each student also takes an industry-focused course taught by experts in the commercialization of biomedical technologies. Students can also take a clinically-focused course taught by MDs. The senior year curriculum provides a senior design project and access to university-wide technical electives.
Many students include a summer clinical immersion option preceding senior design where they spend 6 weeks in a hospital identifying clinical needs that motivate their senior design project. The Mason Bioengineering BS program provides students with a complete and in-depth education in Bioengineering that leads to attractive industry positions or further graduate study.
Program Educational Objectives
Graduates of the Bioengineering bachelor’s program are expected within 3-5 years of graduation to:
Contribute to the development or application of health-related products or processes that are a benefit to society.
Continue their formal education by making demonstrable progress toward an advanced degree or professional development milestone.
Communicate and perform effectively as members and/or leaders of multidisciplinary teams.
The concentrations in the BS Bioengineering program are:
Bioengineering Healthcare Informatics (BHI)
Bioengineering Prehealth (BMPH)
Biomaterials and Nanomedicine (BNM)
Biomedical Imaging and Devices (BMID)
Computational Biomedical Engineering (CBME)
Neurotechnology and Computational Neuroscience (NTCN)
Minor in Bioengineering
The minor in bioengineering is available to both engineering and non-engineering majors. It provides considerable opportunities in a highly cross-disciplinary field involving the application of engineering concepts and tools to solve problems in biomedicine.
The minor prepares students to gain and reinforce their knowledge of biology and engineering fundamentals, as well as to develop and apply skills to clinically relevant challenges.
Bioengineering, BS Accelerated MS
Fall 2019 Mason’s Bioengineering department started offering an accelerated master’s for highly qualified Mason Bioengineering students. The Bachelor’s Accelerated Master’s (BAM) follows the course work of the regular master’s with the ability for undergraduate students to count up to 12 credits of graduate courses for both their BS and MS degree. Students can also take an additional 6 credits of reserve graduate courses that can count towards their MS degree. BAM students will be able to finish the MS degree in 1 year depending on the course load. Students interested in the BAM are encouraged to speak to the academic advisor near the end of their sophomore year.
Students in the Bioengineering, BS also have the option of obtaining an accelerated master's in several fields, which are:
Bioengineering, BS/Biostatistics, Accelerated MS
Bioengineering, BS/Data Analytics Engineering, Accelerated MS
Bioengineering, BS/Operations Research, Accelerated MS
Bioengineering, BS/Systems Engineering, Accelerated MS
Options for Undergraduate Students
Our study abroad classes in bioengineering enhance students’ education with rich cultural experiences and challenging courses. Students should consider:
Taking Bioengineering World Health (BENG 417). This 3-credit course is a combination of lectures in the fall and a three-week trip to Guatemala during winter break and counts as a technical elective.
Our exchange program with Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. The program offers a unique opportunity to spend a semester or whole year abroad while seamlessly integrating with their bioengineering curriculum.
The Department of Bioengineering offers an Honors Program that creates a community of outstanding scholars in bioengineering who share a commitment to learning, service, and leadership. The program is based on the bioengineering curriculum and is distinct from the University Honors Curriculum.
Transferring to Mason
Students transferring from outside Mason into the Volgenau School of Engineering must have completed the equivalent of MATH 113 Calculus I and MATH 114 Calculus II with a B or better to be considered for admission. The cumulative GPA requirement for Bioengineering is a grade of 3.0 or above.
Students transferring within Mason must have a grade “C” or higher in MATH 114, PHYS 160, and PHYS 161 as well as a GPA of 2.75 in all technical courses completed at Mason that are required for the intended engineering major. Technical courses are any Math, Science, Engineering, Statistics, and Computer Science courses that are required for the intended engineering major. Students who transfer are reminded that a B- in MATH 114 is a prerequisite for certain Bioengineering courses that are part of the Degree requirement. Thus, when transferring in with a C in MATH 114 means the course will have to be retaken. Students considering changing their major to Bioengineering need to meet the above requirements with a minimum Mason cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
"Bioengineering gave me an in-depth knowledge of the medical field, and it helped to strengthen my problem solving and project management skills."
— Alex Nixon, BS Bioengineering ’16
MATH 113 Analytic Geom. and Calculus I
BENG 101 Intro to Bioengineering
Mason Core (ENGH 101)
CHEM 271 Chemistry for Engineers
CHEM 272 Chemistry for Engineers, Lab
MATH 114 Analytic Geom. And Calculus II
CS 112 Intro to Computer Programming
PHYS 160 University Physics I
PHYS 161 University Physics I Lab
CHEM 310 Survey of Organic Chemistry
MATH 213 Analytic Geom. & Calculus III
MATH 203 Linear Algebra
PHYS 260 University Physics II
PHYS 261 University Physics II
BIOL 213E Cell Structure and Function
Mason Core (Literature)
MATH 214 Elem. Differential Equations
BENG 230 Continuum Biomech. & Transp. I
BENG 214 Physiology for Engineers
BENG 240 Biomaterials
BENG 241 Biomechanics & Biomater. Lab
BENG 320 Bioengineering Signals & Systems
BENG 391 BE Professional Development
BENG 330 Computational Methods in BE
BENG 331 Computational Methods in BE Lab
STAT 350 Introductory Statistics II
ENGH 302 Advanced Composition
Global Understanding Elective
BENG 360 Biomedical Imaging
BENG 370 Bioinstrumentation & Devices I
BENG 371 Bioinstrumentation & Devices Lab
BENG 350 Neural System Designs
BENG 375 Intellectual Property, Regulatory Concepts & Product Development
BENG Concentration #1
BENG 492 Senior Advanced Design Project I
BENG Concentration #2
Mason Core (COMM 100 OR 101)
Mason Core (HIST 100 or 125)
BENG 493 Senior Advanced Design Project II
BENG Concentration #3
ECON 103 or PSYC 100 or SOCI 101
Mason Core (Arts)
Freshmen applicants to George Mason University are encouraged to apply online by using the Common Application (for those applying to more than one school) or Mason's Exclusive Online Application (for those applying only to Mason). The following factors are considered when reviewing freshmen applications for admission:
Cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) for course work completed in grades 9 through 12
Level of difficulty of course work elected throughout the high school years, particularly in English, mathematics, laboratory science, social science, and foreign language
Self-reported SAT I or ACT scores*
For all non-native English speakers, scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam, Pearson Test of English (PTE), or IELA.
List of extracurricular activities
Teacher and/or counselor recommendations
*George Mason University uses self-reported SAT I and/or ACT test scores throughout the initial admissions process to make both admissions and scholarship decisions. These decisions are contingent upon receipt of official test scores, sent directly from the testing agency, prior to the first day of classes for the semester in which the student intends to enroll. The Office of Admissions reserves the right to reevaluate an applicant’s admissions or scholarship decision upon receipt of official test scores. This reevaluation may result in a change of admissions or scholarship status.
Students who choose not to provide self-reported scores on the application will be required to either contact the Office of Admissions to provide self-reported scores or submit official test scores, directly from the testing agency, before admission or scholarship decision can be made.
Applicants may also apply as Score Optional if they meet the requirements.
Please note that some majors have additional requirements.
Students who have graduated from high school and subsequently attempted coursework at a college or university are considered transfer applicants. The Admissions Committee considers each transfer application individually and reviews all grades received in courses attempted, as well as the rigor of the applicant's academic program. Transfer applicants are generally expected to present 24 transferable credit hours, including courses to fulfill the Mason Core requirements in English Composition and mathematics, with a 2.75 minimum cumulative grade point average (a 2.85 is required for GAA applicants). Transfer admission is competitive and the number of applications received annually exceeds the available spaces in the transfer class. Meeting minimum standards does not assure transfer admission.
Transfer applicants who have earned less than 24 transferable credit hours are evaluated for admission on the basis of their secondary school record, as well as any post-secondary coursework attempted. Such applicants must provide an official high school transcript or secondary school leaving certificate (final transcript), official SAT I or ACT scores, and official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Transfer applicants who have earned more than 24 transferable credit hours upon application, or who have graduated from high school more than 5 years prior to the term for which they are applying, may be exempted from providing the secondary school record and official SAT I or ACT results at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. All transfer applicants are required to declare a specific major on the application to benefit from academic advising within their intended program.
All non-native English speakers are required to meet the University's English language proficiency requirement. Most students satisfy this requirement by submitting official TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or IELA examination results that meet the University's minimum score requirement. At the discretion of the Admissions Committee, non-native English speakers may alternatively satisfy the English language proficiency requirement. Applicants who complete at least two English Composition courses with grades of C or better at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university may be waived from the English language requirement. The Office of Admissions makes the sole determination of whether an applicant satisfies the English language proficiency requirement for admission. For more information please see the full policy on English language proficiency.
Virginia Community College System and Richard Bland College graduates transferring with Associate of Arts, Associate of Arts and Sciences, or Associate of Science transfer degrees may be considered for GAA admission via the Guaranteed Admission Agreement. Virginia Community College students without transfer degrees and those transferring from other institutions will be considered for regular transfer admission. GAA or regular admission status is specifically noted in the transfer admission letter. Decisions concerning GAA eligibility are made based on the Guaranteed Admissions Agreement and are not subject to appeal.
Students on active academic or non-academic suspension or dismissal are not eligible for admission. The Office of Admissions reserves the right to admit students who are on active academic or non-academic suspense or dismissal on a case-by-case basis, especially if the infraction occurred more than 5 years prior to the term for which the applicant is applying.