Academic requirements for Graduate Study in the IBSC graduate program

Curriculum 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

  • 31 minimal credit hours of graduate (500 & 600 level) course work (didactic courses)
    • 31 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 31 credit minimum coursework, but may count towards the total 90 credit hours.

The composition of 31 minimal credit hours of graduate course work

  • 12 credits from Biology/Biochemistry/other sciences
  • 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 apppointed in BME.
  • 6 credits from Math/Statistics
  • credit hour of graduate level ethics
  • 2 semesters BMS 692/CPB 697 seminar (1 credit each)
  • 2 semesters of BME 690 seminar (2 credits each, at least one in the first year, one at some other time.)
  • BME summer seminar presentation (no associated course credits)

In Addition:

Two published peer-reviewed papers are expected by the time of final thesis defense

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

Detailed academic requirements and example courses

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