Curriculum Requirements for Ph.D in IBSC program

90 total credit hours of course work and research

Academic Requirements

Courses that will NOT count towards 28 minimum credit hours of graduate course work

  • Seminar courses
  • Special topics/special assignment courses
  • ALL courses currently offered in ENE (engineering Education)
  • BME 595/MGMT 590 (Biomedship) (3 cr.)
  • BME 595G Medical Development Accd &Eng Analysis (3 cr.)
  • CHE 685 Educ Methods in Eng (3 cr.)
  • PHAD 690 Regulatory Issues (1-3 cr.)
  • PHYS 590 Reading and Research (1-3 cr.)
  • SOC 573 Human Side of Medicine (3 cr.)
  • STAT 503 Stat Methods Biology (3 cr.)
  • STAT 511 Stat Methods (3 cr.)

Core Competencies of the IBSC graduate program

Applicants will be admitted as Doctoral candidates only. The course plan should be formed through a dissertation committee, based on the strengths and weaknesses of the student's background.

Students will be required to take:

90 total credit hours of course work and research

  • 28 minimal credit hours of graduate (500 & 600 level) course work (didactic courses)
    28 is a minimum. The student's thesis committee may require additional courses.

Any remedial course work to meet prerequisites (300, 400 level courses) will not count towards the 28 credit minimum coursework, but may count towards the total 90 credit hours.

  • The composition of 28 minimal credit hours of graduate course work
    12 Credits from Biology/Biochemistry
    6 Credits from Engineering/Science
    6 Credits from Math/Statistics
    1 Credit of the BME quantitative literature assessment course (Fall of first year).

    2 credits of laboratory skills modules
    1 credit hour of graduate level ethics

In Addition:

  • One semester,  BME 690 graduate seminar* (offered fall and spring)
  • One semester, BMS 692 graduate seminar (offered spring only)
  • Summer seminar presentation
  • Two published peer review papers

*NOTE:  One semester of BME 595E Biomedship seminar may be used in place of one semester of BME 690

Research publications

All IBSC students are required to have at least two research papers (based on their research project) accepted in peer-reviewed journals before graduation.

Plan of Study Committee

The Ph.D. plan of study committee should consist of a minimum of 4 people. At least two of those members should be engineering faculty (one must be a BME faculty member) plus at least one biomedical scientist (usually IBSC participating faculty). The fourth position may be filled by a faculty member from either engineering or biomedical sciences. It is required that a thesis committee be formed by November 15 of the second year of study.

PhD Qualifying Procedures

Phase I: student portfolio assessment (QLA),
Phase II:plan of Study (POS) meeting, and
Phase III: preliminary exam.

Summer Seminar

Scheduling your Prelim Examination

Scheduling your Final Examination

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