The course requirements for the PhD in Bioengineering include the following:
- Graduate Engineering Mathematics-3 credits (from an approved list of math courses)
- Statistics for Bioengineers-3 credits (from an approved list of statistics courses)
- Societal, Political, and Ethical Issues in Bioengineering-3 credits
- Life Sciences-6 credits (from an approved list of life science courses)
- Teaching Practicum-2 credits
- Seminar-6 credits total, 4 credits must be the Bioengineering Seminar
- Track Courses-9 credits (from a menu of courses for specific track)
- Graduate Electives-6 credits
- Grant Writing in Bioengineering-1 credit
- Doctoral Dissertation Research-33 credits
Total number of credit hours: 72 credits (plus the credits associated with the remedial courses, as applicable.) Students typically take the PhD preliminary exam after their first year in the program, and PhD proposal (comprehensive examination) is presented generally at the end of the second year. A final public PhD defense is made by each PhD candidate based on the student’s research work. All students must maintain a 3.0 GPA at all times to remain in good standing in the program.
* Please note that the total of 33 credits is not necessarily the total number of credits of BIOENG 3997 that must be taken, as other courses/credits in other areas may be taken as long as the total number of credits adds up to 72 total. Students are required to take a minimum of 12 credits of BIOENG 3999 after their PhD proposal defense, as these credits cannot be taken before. Total number of credit hours: 72 credits.