Ph.D. Curriculum

Each incoming Ph.D. student will be assigned a bioengineering faculty advisor who will serve as an interim graduate advisor until the student chooses a research advisor.  This information can be found in the student's offer letter.

Required Courses for Ph.D. Degree Program (must be taken for letter grade)

Core Courses (seven required)
Engineering Physics  (four required courses)

BENG 221, Mathematical Methods for Bioengineering
BENG 223, Thermodynamics, Statistical Mechanics, Interfacial Phenomena in Living Systems
BENG 226, Foundations of Biomechanics
BENG 227, Transport Phenomena in Living Systems

Life Sciences (three required courses)
BENG 230A, Biochemistry
BENG 230B, Cell and Molecular Biology
Plus one of the following:
BENG 230C, Cardiovascular Physiology
BENG 230D, Respiratory and Renal Physiology
BENG 232, Musculoskeletal Health, Injury, and Disease
BENG 260, Neurodynamics

Elective Courses (five required)
PhD students are required to complete a total of five approved elective courses by the end of their third year of study. All graduate courses offered in the Bioengineering Department (other than the seven required courses) may be used to fulfill the elective course requirement. Students may also take graduate level engineering/science courses offered in other departments (e.g., MAE, ECE, SOM) for elective credit with prior faculty advisor approval (see Graduate Coordinator for approval form). Courses taken in fulfillment of the elective course requirement must be taken for letter grade.

Seminars (First year only)

BENG 281 (Fall, Winter, Spring)

BENG 282 (Fall)

Ethics Course (1)

One of the following:

SOMI 226, Scientific Ethics

PHAR/BIOM 219, Ethics in Scientific Research

COGS.NEUR/PATH 241, Ethics & Survival Skills in Academia

Rotations (2)

BENG 298L (Please contact Graduate Affairs so we can set up a section under the faculty you will rotate with)

TA Requirement (4)

One TAship must be done during first year. Graduate Affairs will authorize after your TAship is assigned to enroll in BENG 501