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Biometric Systems EngineeringMajor

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


What is Biometric Systems Engineering at WVU like?


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.

Biometric Systems Engineering program highlights:

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

Fast Facts

What makes Biometric Systems Engineering 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.

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs)

Live, study and pursue outside-the-classroom learning in a residence hall community that shares your interests:

Student Organizations

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How does this degree prepare students for a career?

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 Engineering 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.


Graduates from this major have gone to work at:


What are the courses like in Biometric Systems Engineering at WVU?

Plan of Study

Check out a program overview, learning goals, course descriptions and suggested plan of study for WVU's Biometric Systems Engineering major.

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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 Engineering major have included:

Cost and Aid

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

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 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 $443
Per Semester $5,316
Fall and Spring Semesters $10,632
Per Credit $1,167
Per Semester $14,004
Fall and Spring Semesters $28,008
Per Credit $1,167
Per Semester $14,304
Fall and Spring Semesters $28,608
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Ways to Save

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Extra 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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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.

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

To be admitted to WVU's Biometric Systems Engineering major, first-time freshmen must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2022-23 academic year. They also must meet one of the following admission requirements. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

  • ACT Math: 19
  • SAT Math: 510
  • ALEKS: 30
Engineering (Test Optional Requirements):
  • GPA: 3.50

If you don't meet the admission requirements for WVU's Biometric Systems Engineering major, check out some related programs.

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