The purpose of the program is to allow FIU Honors College engineering students to be considered for guaranteed early admission to FIU College of Engineering and Computing graduate programs. The pilot pipeline is from the B.S. in Biomedical Engineering to the Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. However, this agreement does not preclude developing additional pipelines from other bachelor’s degrees to CEC Ph.D. programs.
To apply, a student must:
- Be enrolled in the Honors College at FIU
- Have a minimum 3.5 cumulative high school GPA, and a minimum SAT score of 1850 (new freshman); or a minimum 3.3 cumulative FIU GPA (rising sophomore)
- Have a minimum ALEKS score of 50 (or its equivalent in course placement)
- Submit a statement of research interests and goals
A student may be admitted to the EAP as a new freshman or rising sophomore.
- Freshmen must complete a total of 14-20 IDH credits (Core I, II, III)
- Sophomores must complete a total of 6-12 credits (Core II, III)
Core I Pre-Requisite (8 credits) – Freshman Only
- Introduction to Honors for Biomedical Engineering students, IDH 1931 (2 credits)
- Honors 2-semester Seminar
- IDH 1001 – Honors Seminar I (3 credits)
- IDH 1002 – Honors Seminar II (3 credits)
Core II Requirement (6 credits) – Honors-based engineering-focused course
- Honors 2-semester Seminar: either
- IDH 2003/IDH 2004 – Skunkworks or
- IDH 2003/IDH 2004 – Ancient Technology
Core III Requirement (0-6 credits) – Research/Senior Project (IDH 4905)
- Students conduct research through the Honors College Advanced Research and Creativity in Honors (ARCH) program. Mentors will be faculty from the College of Engineering and Computing. Projects work in concert with the development of the Senior Design Project. ARCH can also be conducted simultaneously with the Senior Design Project, in which case, ARCH can be taken for 0 credit, with the credit from the Design Project applied to the Core III Requirement.
Completion of Program
To progress from the Honors College to the Ph.D. in the CEC Biomedical Engineering Program, the student must:
- Maintain a minimum overall FIU GPA of 3.5
- Score at least verbal > 150, Quantitative > 153 on the GRE
- Complete the B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and all required courses prior to matriculation
- Have research and conference presentation experience
- Identify his/her potential Ph.D. advisor
The student will receive a full Graduate/Teaching Assistantship from the Department of Biomedical Engineering upon entering the Ph.D. program. The student must remain in the Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. Program and make satisfactory progress annually towards completion of the degree requirements to retain the assistantship. The duration of the assistantship support may not exceed 5 years.