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PhD Curriculum

The goal of the PhD program is to train scientists and engineers whose careers in academia or industry are marked by professionalism, leadership, and notable contributions to their field. We expect our graduates will be people who can identify important problems in biology and medicine, devise and execute unique solutions, and explain both the problem and solution in the clearest terms.

Features

A BME core sequence that occurs mostly in the 1st year and includes

  • BME 502 – Analytic Foundations In BME (4.0 credits) Taken in the first semester of enrollment
  • IND 501 – Ethics & Prof Integrity in Research (1.0 credits)
  • BME 593 – Laboratory Rotations In BME (2.0 credits)
  • BME Intensives (8 credits)
    • BME 404 – Computational Methods Applied to Biological System (4.0 credits)
    • BME 412 – Viscoelasticity In Bio Tiss (4.0 credits)
    • BME 418 – Introduction to Neuroengineering (4.0 credits)
    • BME 420 – Biomedical Nanotech (2.0 credits)
    • BME 428 – Physiological Control Systems (4.0 credits)
    • BME 432 – Controlled Release Systems (2.0 credits)
    • BME 442 – Microbiomechanics (2.0 credits)
    • BME 445 – Biomaterials Science and Engineering (2.0 credits)
    • BME 451 – Biomedical Ultrasound (4.0 credits)
    • BME 452 – Medical Imaging-Theory & Implementation (4.0 credits)
    • BME 453 – Ultrasound Imaging (4.0 credits)
    • BME 454 – Principles of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (4.0 credits)
    • BME 455 – Translational Biomedical Opt (4.0 credits)
    • BME 460 – Quantitative Physiology (4.0 credits)
    • BME 462 – Cell & Tissue Engineering (4.0 credits)
    • BME 465 – Cell Adhesion (4.0 credits)
    • BME 467 – Models & Simulations of BME Systems (4.0 credits)
    • BME 470 – Biomedical Microscopy (4.0 credits)
    • BME 474 – Biomedical Sensors, Circuits & Instrumentation (4.0 credits)
    • BME 483 – Biosolid Mechanics (4.0 credits)
    • BME 485 – Cell & Membrane Mechanics (2.0 credits)
    • BME 486 – Finite Elements (4.0 credits)
    • BME 513 – Mr Imaging: Spins to Brains (3.0 credits)
    • BME 515 – Neural Control of Movement (2.0 credits)
    • OPT 448 – Vision and The Eye (4.0 credits)
    • BCS 521 – Auditory Perception (3.0 credits)
  • A preliminary exam between the 1st and 2nd years
  • BME 589 – Writing Proposals In BME (2.0 credits)

A 2nd year that facilitates transition to the research thesis through more specialized coursework, the proposals writing course, and between 6 and 14 credits of laboratory research.

Requirements

  • BME Core courses (minimum 16 credits)
    • BME 502 – Analytic Foundations In BME (4.0 credits) Taken in the first semester of enrollment
    • IND 501 – Ethics & Prof Integrity in Research (1.0 credits)
    • BME 593 – Laboratory Rotations In BME (2.0 credits)
    • BME Intensives (8 credits)
      • BME 404 – Computational Methods Applied to Biological System (4.0 credits)
      • BME 412 – Viscoelasticity In Bio Tiss (4.0 credits)
      • BME 418 – Introduction to Neuroengineering (4.0 credits)
      • BME 420 – Biomedical Nanotech (2.0 credits)
      • BME 428 – Physiological Control Systems (4.0 credits)
      • BME 432 – Controlled Release Systems (2.0 credits)
      • BME 442 – Microbiomechanics (2.0 credits)
      • BME 445 – Biomaterials Science and Engineering (2.0 credits)
      • BME 451 – Biomedical Ultrasound (4.0 credits)
      • BME 452 – Medical Imaging-Theory & Implementation (4.0 credits)
      • BME 453 – Ultrasound Imaging (4.0 credits)
      • BME 454 – Principles of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (4.0 credits)
      • BME 455 – Translational Biomedical Opt (4.0 credits)
      • BME 460 – Quantitative Physiology (4.0 credits)
      • BME 462 – Cell & Tissue Engineering (4.0 credits)
      • BME 465 – Cell Adhesion (4.0 credits)
      • BME 467 – Models & Simulations of BME Systems (4.0 credits)
      • BME 470 – Biomedical Microscopy (4.0 credits)
      • BME 474 – Biomedical Sensors, Circuits & Instrumentation (4.0 credits)
      • BME 483 – Biosolid Mechanics (4.0 credits)
      • BME 485 – Cell & Membrane Mechanics (2.0 credits)
      • BME 486 – Finite Elements (4.0 credits)
      • BME 513 – Mr Imaging: Spins to Brains (3.0 credits)
      • BME 515 – Neural Control of Movement (2.0 credits)
      • OPT 448 – Vision and The Eye (4.0 credits)
      • BCS 521 – Auditory Perception (3.0 credits)
    • A preliminary exam between the 1st and 2nd years
    • BME 589 – Writing Proposals In BME (2.0 credits)
  • Approved Biology courses (minimum 11 credits)

    These courses are drawn from a list of select courses in the life sciences that have been approved for the program by the graduate committee.

    • Basic courses
      • BME 411 – Appl Cell & Molec Biology (4.0 credits)
      • IND 408 – Advanced Biochemistry (5.0 credits)
      • IND 409 – Cell Biology (4.0 credits)
      • IND 410 – Molecular Biology & Genetics (4.0 credits)
        • MBI 414 – Microbial Pathogenesis (3.0 credits)
        • MBI 514 – Microbial Pathogene Seminar (1.0 credits)
      • PHP 403 – Human Cell Physiology (4.0 credits)
      • PHP 404 – Principles of Pharmacology (4.0 credits)
      • PTH 507 – Cancer Biology (3.0 credits)
      • PTH 509 – Pathways of Human Disease (4.0 credits)
      • PTH 510 – Pathways to Human Disease (4.0 credits)
    • Advanced courses
      • ANA 531 – Integrative Neuroscience (6.0 credits)
      • BIO 419 – Nuc Structure and Function (4.0 credits)
      • BIO 422 – Biology of Aging (4.0 credits)
      • BIO 426 – Developmental Biology (4.0 credits)
      • BIO 428 – Lab in Cell and Dev Biology (4.0 credits)
      • CVS 401 – Cardiovascular Bio & Disease (3.0 credits)
      • GEN 506 – Principles In Stem Cell Bio (4.0 credits)
      • GEN 507 – Advanced Genetics & Genomics (4.0 credits)
      • GEN 508 – Systems Biology (4.0 credits)
      • IND 407 – Cytoplasmic Structures and Functions (4.0 credits)
      • IND 411 – Methods in Structural Biology (4.0 credits)
      • IND 443 – Eukaryotic Gene Regulation (4.0 credits)
      • IND 447 – Signal Transduction (4.0 credits)
      • IND 520 – Mitochondrial Medicine (2.0 credits)
      • IND 525 – Cell and Membrane Biophysics (4.0 credits)
      • MBI 473 – Immunology (3.0 credits)
      • NSC 512 – Cellular Neuroscience (5.0 credits)
      • PHP 440 – topics In Vascular Biology (2.0 credits)
      • PTH 593 – Nuclear Hormone Receptors (2.0 credits)
      • PTH 571 – Molecular Basis of Disease (3.0 credits)
      • TOX 521 – toxicology I (4.0 credits)
  • Approved Engineering courses (minimum 8 credits)

    These courses will drawn from a list of engineering courses reviewed and approved for graduate-level engineering content. The BME Intensives can also be used to satisfy the Approved Engineering requirement, but the same course cannot be applied to both the Engineering and the BME Intensive requirement.

    • CHE
      • CHE 411 – Prob for Chemical Engineers ( credits)
      • CHE 413 – Engineering of Soft Matter (4.0 credits)
      • CHE 421 – Thin Film Processing (4.0 credits)
      • CHE 441 – Advanced Transport Phenomenon (4.0 credits)
      • CHE 447 – Optics & Liquid Crystals for Che (4.0 credits)
      • CHE 454 – Interfacial Engineering (4.0 credits)
      • CHE 460 – Solar Cells (4.0 credits)
      • CHE 480 – Chemistry of Advanced Materials (4.0 credits)
      • CHE 482 – Processing Microelectronic Devices (2.0 credits)
      • CHE 486 – Polymer Science & Engineering (4.0 credits)
    • ME
      • ME 401 – Mathematical Methods (4.0 credits)
      • ME 402 – Partial Differential Equations (4.0 credits)
      • ME 406 – Dynamical Systems ( credits)
      • ME 411 – Mechanical Properties of Polymers (4.0 credits)
      • ME 424 – Introduction to Robust Design & Quality Engine (4.0 credits)
      • ME 437 – Incompressible Flow (4.0 credits)
      • ME 440 – Mechanics of Structures (4.0 credits)
      • ME 441 – Finite Elements (4.0 credits)
      • ME 443 – Applied Vibration Analysis (4.0 credits)
      • ME 444 – Continuum Mechanics (4.0 credits)
      • ME 449 – Elasticity (4.0 credits)
      • ME 458 – Nonlinear Finite Elem Analys (4.0 credits)
      • ME 459 – Applied Finite Elements (4.0 credits)
      • ME 461 – Fracture & Adhesion (4.0 credits)
      • ME 463 – Microstructures (4.0 credits)
      • ME 481 – Mechanical Properties (4.0 credits)
    • OPT
      • OPT 421 – Opt Properties of Materials (4.0 credits)
      • OPT 425 – Radiation & Detectors (4.0 credits)
      • OPT 428 – Optical Communication Systems (4.0 credits)
      • OPT 441 – Geometrical Optics (4.0 credits)
      • OPT 442 – Instrumental Optics (4.0 credits)
      • OPT 443 – Opt Fabrication & Test Tech (4.0 credits)
      • OPT 444 – Lens Design (4.0 credits)
      • OPT 452 – Medical Imaging-Theory & Implementation (4.0 credits)
      • OPT 461 – Fourier Optics (4.0 credits)
      • OPT 462 – Electromag Waves (4.0 credits)
      • OPT 465 – Principles of Lasers (4.0 credits)
      • OPT 476 – Biomedical Optics (4.0 credits)
      • OPT 492 – Special topics In Optics (4.0 credits)
      • OPT 551 – Introduction to Quantum Optics (4.0 credits)
      • OPT 552 – Quant. Opt. Of Electromag. Field (4.0 credits)
      • OPT 553 – Quantum Optics Atom Fld Int (4.0 credits)
      • OPT 563 – Statistical Optics (4.0 credits)
      • OPT 564 – Thry of Electronc Imag'G Sys (4.0 credits)
      • OPT 568 – Waveguide Optoelectr Devices (4.0 credits)
      • OPT 592 – Spl topics Solid State Phy (4.0 credits)
    • ECE
      • ECE 401 – Advanced Computer Architecture (4.0 credits)
      • ECE 404 – Multiprocessor Architecture (4.0 credits)
      • ECE 405 – Adv Digital Design Using Fpga (4.0 credits)
      • ECE 423 – Semiconductor Devices (4.0 credits)
      • ECE 425 – Superconductivity & Josephson Effect (4.0 credits)
      • ECE 431 – Microwaves & Wireless (4.0 credits)
      • ECE 432 – Acoustical Waves (4.0 credits)
      • ECE 434 – Microelectromechanical Systems (4.0 credits)
      • ECE 435 – Introduction to Optoelectronics (4.0 credits)
      • ECE 437 – Wireless Communications (4.0 credits)
      • ECE 440 – Introduction to Random Processes (4.0 credits)
      • ECE 444 – Digital Communications (4.0 credits)
      • ECE 446 – Digital Signal Processing (4.0 credits)
      • ECE 447 – Digital Image Proccessing (4.0 credits)
      • ECE 450 – Information Theory (4.0 credits)
      • ECE 452 – Medical Imaging-Theory & Implementation (4.0 credits)
      • ECE 461 – Introduction to Vlsi (4.0 credits)
      • ECE 462 – Advanced Cmos Vlsi Design (4.0 credits)
      • ECE 465 – Performance Issues Vlsi/Ic Design & Analysis (4.0 credits)
      • ECE 466 – Rf and Microwave Integrated Circuits (4.0 credits)
      • ECE 441 – Detection & Estimation Theory (4.0 credits)
  • Electives (4 credits)

    This is free but should be relevant to a career in BME and must be approved by the preliminary exam committee

  • 90 total credits with most coming from BME 595 (Phd Research) – Research in Biomedical Engineering