Curriculum Requirements for Ph.D in IBSC program

IBSC PhD candidates may be awarded degrees in Biomedical Engineering (BME), Basic Medical Sciences (BMS), Comparative Pathobiology (CPB), or Veterinary Clinical Sciences (VCS), reflecting the collaboration between BME and the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine (PVM) in support of the program. The PhD degree can only be awarded by a department in which the primary advisor (or official co-advisor) has an affiliation.

90 total credit hours of course work and research

IBSC PhD Plan of Study Worksheet (semester 1)

IBSC PhD Plan of Study Worksheet (semester 2)

Academic Requirements

Courses that will NOT count towards 31 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 coursework and research

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

Any remedial coursework to meet prerequisites (300, 400 level courses) will not count towards the 31 credit minimum coursework but may count towards the total 90 credit hours.

The composition of 31 minimal credit hours of graduate coursework:

  • 12 credits from Biology/Biochemistry/other sciences
  • 6 credits from Engineering
    • To earn an IBSC-BME PhD degree, all 6 engineering credits must be satisfied by BME courses and the student must have a primary or official co-advisor appointed in BME.
  • 6 credits from Math/Statistics
    • At least 6 of the above 24 core competency credits must be from 600-level Purdue courses.
  • 1 credit hour of graduate level ethics
  • 2 semesters BMS 692/CPB 697 Seminar (1 credit each)
  • 2 semesters of combined BME 690 Seminar/Critical Lierature Assessment (2 credits each, at least one in the first year, one at some other time)
  • BME summer seminar presentation (no associated course credits)

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
Phase III: preliminary exam

Summer Seminar

Scheduling your Prelim Examination

Scheduling your Final Examination

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