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If you plan to pursue graduate studies in Biomedical Engineering, the Fast Track program can help you get ahead. This program speeds the process if you're committed to earning a graduate degree from the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University. With Fast Track, you can begin graduate studies at the end of your junior year (as long as you will be a U4 when taking the graduate course) and may complete both the Bachelor of Science and either a Master of Science or Master of Engineering within five years.

How Fast Track Works

The biomedical engineering department has streamlined its program for Fast Track participants by substituting specific graduate courses for selected undergraduate course offerings. Students take these 600-level courses during their senior year, earning graduate credit while fulfilling undergraduate requirements through "credit-by-exam." You will need to receive an A or B in both the course as well as the “credit-by-exam” in order to receive credit for both.

The department allows students to take up to nine hours of graduate coursework and simultaneously fulfill their undergraduate requirements. To balance the academic load, it is recommended that students take one graduate-level course each semester during the last full year as a BS student. Fast Track helps students in fulfilling course requirements for a graduate degree; it is not acceptance into graduate school. You will still need to apply for your intended graduate degree.

Advantages

  • Participate earlier in graduate studies
  • Identify research opportunities in your chosen discipline sooner
  • Reduce the total credit hours for BS and MS degrees by up to one semester

Requirements

  • Current upper level undergraduate in biomedical engineering
  • Commitment to graduate studies at Texas A&M University
  • Completion of at least 90 hours of undergraduate coursework
  • Recommended GPA of 3.5 (students with lower GPAs should have extensive research experience)

Fast Track Equivalences

  • BMEN 344/635 Biomaterials Compatibility
  • BMEN 402/650 – Biomedical Optics Laboratory
  • BMEN 404/604 – FDA Good Laboratory and Clinical Practices
  • BMEN 406/606 – Medical Device Path to Market
  • BMEN 422/622 – Bioelectromagnetism
  • BMEN 425/625 – Biophotonics
  • BMEN 427/627 – Magnetic Resonance Engineering
  • BMEN 428/628 – Embedded Systems for Medical Applications
  • BMEN 431/631 – Biomolecular Engineering
  • BMEN 432/632 – Molecular and Cellular Biomechanics
  • BMEN 452/642 – Mass and Energy Transfer in Biosystems
  • BMEN 457/657 – Orthopedic Biomechanics
  • BMEN 458/658 – Motion Biomechanics
  • BMEN 461/661 – Cardiac Mechanics
  • BMEN 463/663 – Soft Tissue Mechanics and Finite Element Methods
  • BMEN 469/669 – Entrepreneurial Pathways in Medical Devices
  • BMEN 471/641 – Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
  • BMEN 480/680 – Biomedical Engineering of Tissues
  • BMEN 482/682 – Polymeric Biomaterials
  • BMEN 483/683 – Polymeric Biomaterial Synthesis
  • BMEN 486/686 – Biomedical Nanotechnology
  • BMEN 487/687 – Drug Delivery

How to Apply

To apply for the Fast Track in biomedical engineering, please email the completed Fast Track Application (below) and a resume. The following qualities will be evaluated for each applicant and are listed in order of importance:

  • Major GPA
  • Cumulative GPA
  • Experience in industry, research or other field applications
  • Professional service
  • Conference participation, presentations and publications

Once these documents have been submitted, your application and resume will be reviewed, and you will be notified with a decision. You can make an appointment to discuss the program with an advisor by scheduling an appointment through the EAB Navigate system on Howdy. If admitted, you will then meet with an advisor to discuss your plans for a graduate degree as well as potential faculty mentors. When your application is pending, you will need to enroll in the undergraduate section of the course until you are admitted into the Fast Track program. 

The deadlines to apply for the Fast Track program are listed below. Grades for the semester in progress will be used during the review.

  • Fall - August 1
  • Spring - December 1

For more information or to apply, email undergraduate advisor Eileen Hoy.