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Biomedical Engineering (PhD)
Track Requirements

Students in the PhD program enter into one of six "tracks" respresenting the broad research areas in our department. The purpose of these tracks is to guide students in their course selection, providing depth in areas relevant to their selected research area.

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Biomaterials

Students who are taking the biomaterials track are required to take the following courses:

Additional Competencies

Students are required to be competent in each of the following areas:

Physiological and Biological Sciences

This competency requires you to focus on the following topics and take the courses that correspond with the subject.

Quantitative Sciences and Engineering

This competency requires you to focus on the following topics and take the courses that correspond with the subject.

  • Introductory Statistics- STAT 330-1, IEMS 303
  • Ordinary Differential Equations- ES_APPM 311-1
  • Multivariable and Vector Calculus- MATH 234
  • Linear Algebra- MATH 240

Recommended Courses

These are some suggested courses for students interested in biomaterials:

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Imaging and Biophotonics

Students are required to take one of the following courses:

They are also required to take two of the following integrated courses:

MRI Concentration

Biophotonics Concentration

  • BMD_ENG 333- Modern Optical Microscopy & Imaging
  • BMD_ENG 429- Advanced Physical & Applied Optics
  • PHYSICS 357- Photonics Laboratory

Additional Competencies

Students are required to be competent in each of the following areas:

Physiological and Biological Sciences

This competency requires you to focus on the following topics and take the courses that correspond with the subject.

Quantitative Sciences and Engineering

This competency requires you to focus on the following topics and take the courses that correspond with the subject.

  • Introductory Statistics- STAT 330-1, IEMS 303
  • Ordinary Differential Equations- ES_APPM 311-1
  • Multivariable and Vector Calculus- MATH 234
  • Linear Algebra- MATH 240

Recommended Courses

These are some suggested courses for students interested in imaging and biophotonics:

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Mechanics and Transport

Students who are taking the mechanics and transport track are required to take the following two courses:

Additional Competencies

Students are required to be competent in each of the following areas:

Physiological and Biological Sciences

This competency requires you to focus on the following topics and take the courses that correspond with the subject.

Quantitative Sciences and Engineering

This competency requires you to focus on the following topics and take the courses that correspond with the subject.

  • Introductory Statistics- STAT 330-1, IEMS 303
  • Ordinary Differential Equations- ES_APPM 311-1
  • Multivariable and Vector Calculus- MATH 234
  • Linear Algebra- MATH 240

Recommended Courses

These are some suggested courses for students interested in mechanics and transport:

  • BMD_ENG 452- Transport through Connective Tissues
  • CHEM_ENG 395/495- (Special Topics) Transport Phenomena: Important Problems with Simpl
  • CHEM_ENG 462- Viscoelasticity and Flow in Polymer Systems
  • ES_APPM 426- Theory of Flows with Small Inertia
  • ES_APPM 420-1- Asymptotic and Perturbation Methods
  • PHYSICS 416- Introduction to Statistical Mechanics
  • MECH_ENG 327- Finite Elements for Stress Analysis
  • MECH_ENG 362- Stress Analysis

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Neural Engineering

Students are required to take two of the following integrative courses:

Students are also required to take one of the following computational courses:

Additional Competencies

Students are required to be competent in each of the following areas:

Physiological and Biological Sciences

This competency requires you to focus on the following topics and take the courses that correspond with the subject.

Quantitative Sciences and Engineering

This competency requires you to focus on the following topics and take the courses that correspond with the subject.

  • Introductory Statistics- STAT 330-1, IEMS 303
  • Ordinary Differential Equations- ES_APPM 311-1
  • Multivariable and Vector Calculus- MATH 234
  • Linear Algebra- MATH 240

Recommended Courses

These are some suggested courses for students interested in neural engineering:

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Rehabilitation

Students are required to take one of the following engineering fundamentals courses:

Students are required to take one of the following neurophysiological courses:

Take at least one of the following computational courses:

Additional Competencies

Students are required to be competent in each of the following areas:

Physiological and Biological Sciences

This competency requires you to focus on the following topics and take the courses that correspond with the subject.

Quantitative Sciences and Engineering

This competency requires you to focus on the following topics and take the courses that correspond with the subject.

  • Introductory Statistics- STAT 330-1, IEMS 303
  • Ordinary Differential Equations- ES_APPM 311-1
  • Multivariable and Vector Calculus- MATH 234
  • Linear Algebra- MATH 240

Recommended Courses

These are some suggested courses for students interested in rehabilitation:

  • BMD_ENG 365- Control of Human Limbs and Their Artificial Replacements
  • BMD_ENG 465– Biomechanical Modeling and Computer Simulation of Human Movement (requires instructor permission and proof of competency in both BMD_ENG 366 and MECH_ENG 314 material)
  • BMD_ENG 467- Biomedical Robotics
  • COMP_SCI 330- Human Computer Interaction
  • ELEC_ENG 332- Introduction to Computer Vision
  • ELEC_ENG 360- Introduction to Feedback Systems
  • MECH_ENG 381- Introduction to Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS)
  • MECH_ENG 433- Advanced Mechatronics
  • MECH_ENG 495- Technology Innovations and Commercialization (Selected Topics)
  • NUIN 433- The Neurobiology of Disease

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Regenerative Medicine and Engineering

Students are required to take two of the following courses:

Student have to take at least one of the following courses:

Additional Competencies

Students are required to be competent in each of the following areas:

Physiological and Biological Sciences

This competency requires you to focus on the following topics and take the courses that correspond with the subject.

Quantitative Sciences and Engineering

This competency requires you to focus on the following topics and take the courses that correspond with the subject.

  • Introductory Statistics- STAT 330-1, IEMS 303
  • Ordinary Differential Equations- ES_APPM 311-1
  • Multivariable and Vector Calculus- MATH 234
  • Linear Algebra- MATH 240

Recommended Courses

These are some suggested courses for students interested in regenerative medicine and rehabilitation:

  • BMD_ENG 314- Models of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • BMD_ENG 316- Engineering Design of Therapeutic Antibodies
  • BMD_ENG 317- Biochemical Sensors
  • BMD_ENG 325- Introduction to Medical Imaging
  • BMD_ENG 327- Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • BMD_ENG 333- Modern Optical Microscopy and Imaging
  • BMD_ENG 365- Control of Human Limb and Artificial Replacements
  • BMD_ENG 366- Biomechanics of Movement
  • BMD_ENG 371- Mechanics of Biological Tissues
  • BMD_ENG 377- Intermediate Fluid Mechanics
  • BMD_ENG 452- Transport through Connective Tissues
  • BMD_ENG 463- Neuropathophysiology
  • BMD_ENG 475- Cardiovascular Biology and Engineering
  • BIOL_SCI 301- Biochemistry
  • BIOL_SCI 315- Advanced Cell Biology
  • BIOL_SCI 323- Bioinformatics: Sequence and Structure Analysis
  • BIOL_SCI 390- Advanced Molecular Biology
  • BIOL_SCI 391- Development and Evolution of Body Plans
  • IEMS 304- Statistical Learning for Data Analysis
  • IGP 460- Cellular and Molecular Aspects of the Cytoskeleton