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Biometric Systems

Biometrics technology uses key tools in the areas of sensors, pattern recognition, algorithms, machine learning and cybersecurity.

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Only engineering-based undergraduate degree in Biometric Systems

Description

What is Biometric Systems at WVU like?

Description

Biometric systems are composed of complex hardware and software designed to measure a signature of the human body, compare the signature to a database and render a decision for a given application based on the identification achieved from this matching process. Use of biometric systems for positive personal identification is experiencing rapid growth in such areas as law enforcement, access control, banking and a wide range of business and administrative systems.

In an even broader application context, biometric systems are having a revolutionary impact on health care and the enhancement of the human computer interface, including in vivo identification of specific human conditions via implantable devices and the automated administration of life-saving medical therapies.

The continued rapid advance of integrated sensor, signal/image processing, computer and mass storage technology promises to extend these applications further into our daily lives with even the most inanimate objects able to identify, interact with and assist their users.

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At a Glance

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Areas of Emphasis

Tailor this major to your interests by taking courses in one of these areas:

  • Cybersecurity
  • DNA/Molecular Biology
  • Microsensors and Circuits
  • Signal Processing
  • Software Systems
  • Statistics

Opportunities

What makes Biometric Systems at WVU unique?


Dual Major

This major offers the option to simultaneously complete a second bachelor's degree in:

Research and Academic Opportunities

WVU is the founding site of the Center for Identification Technology Research (CITeR), an NSF Industry University Cooperative Research Center. CITeR funds approximately $600,000 in research activities at WVU. Senior level and graduate students have the opportunity to approach faculty to work in these cutting-edge sponsored research projects.

Student Organizations

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Careers

What can you do with this degree?

Biometric Systems graduates are in demand and placement rates are high. Northrup-Grumman, for example, has a summer internship program that has led to many employment offers and full-time jobs.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Biometric Systems major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.

Employers

Graduates from this major have gone to work at:

Courses

What are the courses like in Biometric Systems at WVU?

Major Map

Check out the course requirements and suggested plan of study for WVU's Biometric Systems major.

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For a program overview, learning goals and course descriptions, visit the course catalog.

Capstone Projects

Before graduating, all undergraduates in this major complete an academic project (or "capstone") to demonstrate their research, communication and critical thinking skills. Projects in WVU's Biometric Systems major have included:

Cost and Aid

How much does Biometric Systems at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2018-19 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $429
Per Semester $5,148
Fall and Spring Semesters $10,296
Non-Resident
Per Credit $1,128
Per Semester $13,536
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,072
International
Per Credit $1,128
Per Semester $13,836
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,672
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Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending WVU in addition to university scholarships.

Merit-based Scholarships

Incoming freshmen to the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources may qualify for merit-based scholarships based on GPA and SAT/ACT test score. No additional application is necessary. These scholarships are in addition to University scholarships.

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Academic Common Market

In-state tuition for Biometric Systems is available through the Southern Regional Education's Academic Common Market for students from:

  • Delaware
  • Maryland
  • Virginia

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU.

Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

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Requirements

What are the requirements to apply for Biometric Systems at WVU?

University Requirements

To be admitted to WVU's Biometric Systems major, you must first meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2019-20 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

Next Steps

I like this major. What are the next steps?

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