All students must complete a core curriculum that consists of the following courses:
- In accordance with Graduate Council requirements, all students must complete a course in scientific ethics (CONJ 650) in the 1st year.
- BME 607 Biomedical Engineering Seminars – 1 hr, repeated each quarter (see Section 3.5 for additional details)
- Math 630 Probability and Statistical Inference – 3 hrs, when offered in 1st or 2nd year Students complete these courses during the 1st or 2nd year.
Letter grades (A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, F) are assigned in all of these courses. Graduate credit shall be granted for course work in which grades of a C or better are earned.
In addition to the core courses, all students must complete 4 elective courses (>8 credit hours) in either the Biomedical Engineering department or other School of Medicine departments. New students should discuss their plan for completing this requirement with the Graduate Program Director and their advisor. Reading & Conference hours, Departmental Seminar, and any Journal Club courses will not be accepted in fulfillment of this requirement. Students need to have completed the 4 courses prior to taking their qualifying examination.
Students typically complete the elective courses during the first or second year. Letter grades (A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, F) are assigned in all of these courses. Graduate credit shall be granted for course work in which grades of a C or better are earned.
All students are required to enroll in and attend BME 507/BME 607 Biomedical Engineering Seminars, for at least 3 terms throughout their graduate tenure. Enrollment and attendance every term except Summer is expected. Ph.D. students should present a departmental research seminar during the third year of graduate studies. It is the sole responsibility of the student to schedule their seminar with the BME seminar chair during their 3rd year. Passed/not-passed grades are assigned for this course.
All Ph.D. students must register for research credit hours during all terms until they have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. degree. Prior to passing the qualifying exam, students are required to take BME 601 Pre-qualifying Ph.D. Research. Subsequent to passing the qualifying exam, students are required to take BME 603 Ph.D. Dissertation Research. At least 54 credit hours of BME 603 Ph.D. Dissertation Research are required. Ph.D. students spend the majority of their research time under the supervision of their faculty mentor; thus, Pre-qualifying or Dissertation Research hours constitute a majority of the credit hours earned toward the Ph.D. degree.
Instructors for research credit must be members of the graduate faculty and have a faculty appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Students who register for research or thesis credits must spend at least 3 hours in the laboratory each week of the term for each credit hour received. Participation in Pre-qualifying or Dissertation Research is evaluated on a Pass/No Pass basis and is not included in the calculation of cumulative grade point average.