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Biosystems Engineering

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Introduction

The biosystems engineering graduate programs are designed to prepare graduates for leadership, creative accomplishment and continued professional learning, and to prepare graduates to effectively conduct independent scientific research.

Students from all engineering disciplines are encouraged to apply.  Applicants from non-engineering disciplines are welcome, but may be required to take additional undergraduate courses

Each degree program is planned individually to augment the student’s previous engineering and science background with adequate breadth in engineering and specialization in an area of biosystems engineering. In addition to biosystems engineering, course work includes mathematics, physics, chemistry, statistics, and biological and engineering sciences.

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More information can be found in this graduate handbook.


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M.S.

Course work for the Master of Science (M.S.) degree program in biosystems engineering (BE) can be completed in three semesters (about sixteen months). An oral defense is required for the thesis. Full requirements include:

  1. 30 total credit hours earned
  2. A minimum of 24 hours course credits with one-half at 8000 level or above, and 6 credit hours of thesis research
  3. Three graduate level engineering courses
  4. Experimental Statistics (EXST 8010)
  5. Three (3) credits of additional coursework that emphasizes advanced mathematics - may be Mathematics (e.g. MTHS 6340), Engineering (e.g. Finite elements or computational mechanics) or Experimental Statistics (e.g.EXST 8050)
  6. Newman Seminar (BE 6510)
  7. Submission of one manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal before advisor signs thesis defense and approval form (Form GS7M)
  8. Maximum of 3 credits of special topics (regardless of rubric) may be counted toward MS program
  9. All Clemson Graduate School rules must be followed in a timely sequence including timelines for required GS forms (e.g. GS2, GS7, etc.). Research proposals are due to the graduate committee within the first year of study and a copy must be submitted for EEES records. GS2 form is due to the graduate school by the end of the 2nd semester

Ph.D.

The Ph.D. in Biosystems Engineering program at Clemson University can be completed in three to five years and is flexible, with each student’s specific program uniquely tailored by the student and the committee. Comprehensive examinations, written and oral, occur after completion of course work and after formulation of the dissertation research proposal, respectively. A dissertation defense is required prior to approval and acceptance of the completed work. If directly acceptance into the Ph.D. program without first obtaining an M.S. degree, then all M.S. requirements must be taken in addition to those listed for Ph.D. accounting for a total of 63 credit hours.

  1. A minimum of 15 credit hours of graduate courses with one-half at 8000 level or above, and at least 18 credit hours of dissertation research
  2. Three credits in Experimental Statistics (e.g. EXST 8050)
  3. Newman seminar (BE 6510)
  4. Submission of 2 manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals before advisor signs dissertation defense and approval form (Form GS7D)
  5. Maximum of 3 credits in special topics (regardless of rebric may be counted toward PhD program
  6. All Clemson Graduate School rules must be followed in a timely sequence including timelines for required GS forms (e.g. GS2, GS7, etc.). Research proposals are due to the graduate committee within the first year of study and a copy must be submitted for EEES records. GS2 form must be completed by the end of the 3rd semester.

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For admissions to the M.S. or Ph.D. program, an applicant should have a grade point ratio/average (GPR/GPA) of at least 3.0 out of 4.0. Ranges of scores for students admitted to the BE program on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) are typically greater than 155 (700)Q, 150 (45) V, 3.5 A and 90 TOEFL. Students with a baccalaureate or masters degree in a related science or engineering field may apply directly to the PhD program. Students with exceptional records and experience in research will be considered for the PhD degree without a Masters degree, while most students admitted to the PhD program will have previously received a Masters degree

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The School or Program offers a number of graduate assistantships to students each year based on merit. These are offered in the form of stipends and the additional benefit of tuition remission. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester to qualify for a graduate assistantship and must work a minimum of 10 hours a week as a teaching or research assistant or perform other tasks assigned by the School or Program.

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