Biomedical Engineering

The MD-PhD required curriculum for the PhD consists of 72 credit hours from required and elective courses, drawn from these lists.

Prerequisites from the first two years of medical education curriculum

IMC 502 Fundamentals I 7.2 cr
IMC 504 Fundamentals II 3.8 cr
IMC 510 GI and Metabolism 5.5 cr
IMC 512 Urinary and Renal System 6.0 cr
IMC 602 Cardiovascular 7.2 cr
IMC 604 Pulmonary 8.0 cr
IMC 606 Neuroscience II 2.3 cr
Laboratory Rotations
    36.0 cr

Biomedical Engineering departmental requirements

BE 501 Human Biology for Biomedical Engineers 3.0 cr
BE 502 Quantitative Analysis in Biomedical Engineering     3.0 cr
BE Elective 1 < Any BME graduate lecture course > 3.0 cr
BE Elective 2 < Any BME graduate lecture course > 3.0 cr
BE Elective 3 < Any BME graduate lecture course > 3.0 cr
General Elective 1 < Any graduate-level course related to research topic > 3.0 cr
    18.0 cr

Dissertation and optional electives

BE 699 Dissertation Up to 18.0 cr
BE Electives X < Optional additional courses, up to two > 0-6.0 cr
    18.0 cr

*Note: Optional additional courses are not required, but at the discretion of the faculty advisor, committee, and student, in agreement. Up to 6.0 cr hrs are allowed for these and could include BE 596 Graduate Internship and/or BE 598 Individual Problems. Total number reduces the required BE 699 crs to 18.0 minus the X cr.


The Biomedical Engineering PhD Qualifying Exam is required to be completed by the end of the 2nd year of entering the PhD program.

Other requirements

All other requirements as outlined in the BME Graduate Student Handbook, such as Annual Review Reports, PhD Progress Meetings, and Dissertation defense must be satisfied.