The Bachelor’s/Master’s Degrees Accelerated Program in Biomedical Engineering allows undergraduate students to complete both the B.S. degree and M.S. degree in as few as five years. The use of dual credit-courses that can be used toward both degrees enables acceleration of the program, reducing the total enrollment of the student by one semester.
Biomedical Engineering undergraduate students may apply for approval of an accelerated education plan in the semester in which they will complete 90 hours of undergraduate course work. In addition, students must have a sufficient foundation in biomedical engineering course work to enable them to take graduate-level courses. University and program regulations stipulate that applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.40, both overall and in biomedical engineering courses. Students in the accelerated program must maintain a GPA of 3.40 while pursuing the B.S. degree.
Students applying to this program must submit to The Graduate School a completed “Application for Admission to a Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Education Plan” (G-BMPA) with endorsements of the undergraduate advisor, research advisor and the program graduate director. The dean of The Graduate School has final authority for approving accelerated education plans. A “Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Accelerated Plan Course Work Authorization” form must be submitted for each semester in which one or more of these courses are taken.
Participation in the accelerated program does not require or insure acceptance into The Graduate School. Students wishing to continue towards a master’s degree in biomedical engineering at USC must apply formally to the Graduate School by submitting the appropriate application and all required supporting documents. Students in the accelerated program will be eligible for graduate assistantships upon admission to The Graduate School.
Only graduate-level courses (numbered 500 and above, including up to 3 credit hours of project/research work) satisfying both B.S. and Master’s degree requirements may be used for dual credit. BMEN core graduate courses (excluding 1-hour seminar courses and thesis preparation, BMEN 799) or courses from list of the approved BMEN graduate electives (refer to the graduate student handbook) may be used for graduate-level coursework. No more than twelve credit hours may be used as dual credit. The graduate courses used for dual credit must be taken during the student’s final undergraduate year. No more than nine credit hours may be applied towards both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree.