Biomedical Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Ph.D. Degree Requirements

To complete the Ph.D. degree in the Biomedical Engineering (BME) program, the student must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Satisfactory completion of 36 credits of approved graduate coursework and 24 credits of Dissertation Research. A minimum 3.3 grade point average in five core BME courses must be achieved before scheduling the First (Qualifying) Examination.
  2. Satisfactory completion of the First (Qualifying) Examination, which is a presentation of the dissertation research area that highlights key problems in the field.
  3. Satisfactory completion of the Second Examination, which is a defense of the research proposal.
  4. Satisfactory completion of the Final Examination, which is a defense of the Ph.D. dissertation.

Ph.D. Coursework

Once any necessary undergraduate courses are completed, students are expected to complete 24 credits of graduate coursework in four areas, as outlined below. Students who have transferred credits from a master's degree must make every effort to complete these requirements by including the equivalent courses taken as part of their master's degree.

Biomedical Engineering Courses (at least 12 credits)

While students are encouraged to take as many BME courses as possible, a minimum of 12 credits of BME courses must be taken. See the BME core course requirements below for the GPA requirement.

Course NumberTitleCredits
BME I2000Cell and Tissue Engineering

3

BME I2200Cell and Tissue Transport

3

BME I3000Neural Engineering and Applied Bioelectricity

3

BME I3100Biofluid Mechanics

3

BME I4200Organ Transport and Pharmacokinetics

3

BME I5000Medical Imaging and Image Processing

3

BME I5100Biomedical Signal Processing

3

BME I6000Advanced Biomaterials

3

BME I6100Intellectual Property, Regulation and Quality Assurance

3

BME I7000Laboratory in Cellular and Molecular Engineering

3

BME I7100Cell and Tissue Mechanics

3

BME I7300Cell and Tissue-Biomaterial Interactions

3

ENGR I7500Poroelasticity

3

BME I7700Microfluidic Devices in Biotechnology

3

BME I8000Bone Physiology and Biomechanics

3

BME I9000Skeletal Soft Tissue Physiology and Biomechanics

3

BME I9300Scientific Ethics

1

BME I9400Special Topics in Machine Learning

3

BME I5600Cell Mechanotransduction

3

BME I9500Entrepreneurship and Financial Economics

2

BME Any new or once-offered graduate course with the "BME" course code

Students are required to take BME I9300: Scientific Ethics, a 1-credit course. Every semester, students are also required to attend BME I0000: Biomedical Engineering Seminar, which consists of weekly speakers from the BME field.

Biomedical Sciences (at least 6 credits)

 
Course NumberTitleCredits
BME I4300Physiology for Biomedical Engineers

6

BIO V1401Cell Biology

4

PHYS V3800Biophysics

4

BIO V2301Neuroscience I

4

BME I6400Translational Challenges in Diagnostics, Devices and Therapeutics

3

MEDS I7100Translational Challenges in Medicine

3

MEDS I8200Translational Research Design

2

Mathematics Courses (at least 6 credits)

At least two math-related courses must be taken, to be chosen from the following partial listing:

Course NumberTitleCredits
ENGR I1100Introduction to Engineering Analysis

3

ENGR I1400Applied Partial Differential Equations

3

PHYS V0100Mathematical Methods in Physics

4

BIO V8201Biostatistics I

6

OR

BIO V8101Mathematical Biology

3

ENGR I1500Introduction to Numerical Methods

3

ENGR I1700Finite Element Methods in Engineering

3

ENGR I4200Continuum Mechanics

3

Engineering Courses Other than Biomedical

At least one engineering course in a field other than BME must be completed. This may include however:

Course NumberTitleCredits
BME I6100Intellectual Property, Regulation and Quality Assurance

3

Elective Courses

Any graduate courses can be taken from the categories above to complete a total of 36 course credits.

Course NumberTitleCredits
Total Credit Hours:9

Completion of 24 Credits of Doctoral Dissertation Research

Each student must complete 24 credits of the course BME J9900 Doctoral Dissertation Research. The instructor for this course should be the student's Ph.D. mentor.

Course NumberTitleCredits

BME Core Course Requirements

In order to take the First Examination (the Qualifying Exam), students must obtain a minimum grade point average of 3.3 in five core graduate courses. This GPA requirement is designed to insure that all Ph.D. students have sufficient understanding of the core biomedical engineering fundamentals to pursue advanced study and professional career opportunities. These credits are not in addition but inclusive of the 36 course credits listed above.

At least one course must be taken from each of the groups 1-4 below:

Course NumberTitleCredits
ENGR I1100Introduction to Engineering Analysis

3

ENGR I1400Applied Partial Differential Equations

3

PHYS V0100Mathematical Methods in Physics

4

 

BME I5000Medical Imaging and Image Processing

3

BME I9400Special Topics in Machine Learning

3

BME I5100Biomedical Signal Processing

3

 

BME I7100Cell and Tissue Mechanics

3

BME I2200Cell and Tissue Transport

3

BME I8000Bone Physiology and Biomechanics

3

BME I9000Skeletal Soft Tissue Physiology and Biomechanics

3

 

BME I7300Cell and Tissue-Biomaterial Interactions

3

BME I2000Cell and Tissue Engineering

3

 

BME I4300Physiology for Biomedical Engineers

6

BME I9300Scientific Ethics

1

BME I4300 and BME 9300 are required.