Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering

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This degree is awarded in recognition of a high level of mastery in subject matter and a significant original research contribution in biomedical engineering. The Ph.D. recipient will be capable of a continuing effort toward the advancement of knowledge and achievement in research and other scholarly activities and may pursue a career in a medical, industrial, or academic environment.

A minimum of 72 credit hours is required for the Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Students who have received an M.S. degree from another university may petition for transfer of up to 32 credit hours applicable toward the Ph.D. degree. Students must pass the Ph.D. qualifying examination within the first year of full-time Ph.D. studies. This is a written and oral examination intended to explore both the depth and breadth of the student’s academic abilities. Within two and one-half years of matriculation, students will be required to defend their thesis research proposal (comprehensive examination). A written dissertation and oral defense are also required for receiving the doctoral degree. Dissertation format and deadlines are established by the Graduate College.

There are no specific courses that are required for the doctoral degree in biomedical engineering. However, a minimum of three courses in life science, three courses in mathematics, and six courses in biomedical engineering or other engineering-related courses are required. The specific courses selected to meet these requirements will depend on the entering qualifications of the student and the nature of the thesis research proposal. In general, the student’s thesis committee will determine the specific course requirements necessary for graduation. Graduate students should consult with their advisers to plan their curriculum.


Minimum Credits Required 72
Maximum 400-Level Credit 3
Maximum Transfer Credit 32
Life Science Courses (9-10)
Select a minimum of three courses from the following:9-10
Genetics Engineering Scientist3
Concepts of Cancer Biology3
Human Physiology3
Cell Biology3
Advanced Biochemistry3
Molecular Biology3
Immunology and Immunochemistry3
Mathematics Courses (9)
Select a minimum of three courses from the following:9
Applctn Math Cheml Engrg3
Computational Techniques Engg3
Fourier Sers&Boudary-Val Probs3
Partial Differential Equations3
Partial Differential Equations3
Complex Analysis3
Linear Algebra3
Stochastic Processes3
Introduction to Time Series3
Tensor Analysis3
Applied Statistics3
Computational Mathematics I3
Computational Mathematics II3
Finite Element Method3
Engineering Analysis I3
Engineering Analysis II3
Advncd Engineering Analysis3
Computational Fluid Dynamics3
Meth Theoretical Physics I3
Methods of Theoretical Phys II3
Biomedical Engineering or Other Engineering-Related Courses (11-20)
Select a minimum of six courses from the following:11-20
Intro to Biomedical Engrg3
Communication Skills in BME3
Math Statistics Neuroscience I2
Math Statistics Neurosci II2
Comp Neurosci II: Vision3
Cognitive Neuroscience2
Math & Stats: Neuroscience III2
Vertebrate Neural Systems3
Reaction Kinetics for BME3
Medical Imaging3
Math Methods in BME3
Cell Biomechanics3
Quant Aspects Cell/Tissue Engg3
Inverse Probl Biomed Imgng3
Medical Imgng Science3
Magnetic Resonance Imgng3
Intro to Molecular Imaging3
Wave Phys&Appl Optcs for Imag3
Adv Concepts in Image Science3
Bioinstrumention & Electronics3
Phycal Sgl Analys Ctl Thry I2
Ctrl Systms for BioMed Engrs3
Quantitative Physiology3
Nueromechanics of Hum Movmnt3
Fluid Dynmcs Biomed Engrgs3
Advnc Mass Trnsprt Biomed Engr3
Comput Modls of Hum Cardio Sys3
Seminar in Biomed Engrng3
Special Problems1-6
Polymer Processing3
Polymer Rheology3
Bioprocess Engineering3
Intfcl Clldl Phnmna Applctn3
Pharmaceutical Engineering3
Drug Delivery3
Introduction to Artificial Int3
Advanced Database Organization3
Topics in Machine Learning3
Probabilistic Graphical Models3
Analysis Random Signals3
Compt Vision Image Processing3
Statistical Pattern Rcgntn3
Statistical Signal Processing3
Fundmntls of Fluid Mechanics4
Dynamics of Viscous Fluids4
Computational Fluid Dynamics3
Advanced Materials Processing3
General Electives (0-18)
Select 0-18 credit hours of electives from BME 400-799 to fulfill minimum total credits0-18
Ph.D. Research (24-36)
BME 691Research and Thesis Ph.D.24-36

Minimum degree credits required: 72