The core courses are designed to provide graduate students with a common knowledge base. This includes principles of biomedical engineering, physiological and cellular systems, mathematical analysis, statistics, experimental design, biomedical data acquisition and analysis, and the development of medical/healthcare devices.

BME 501. Introduction to Biomedical Engineering Methods (3 credits)

BME 572. Multivariate Statistics (3 credits)

BME 580. Human Physiology (3 credits)

BME 510. Modeling Complex Biological Systems (3 credits)

BME 520. Biomedical Engineering Devices and Diagnostics (3 credits)

BME 503. Cell & Molecular Biology for Engineers (3 credits)

Students not prepared to enter graduate level biology classes will take an independent study supervised by a BME faculty in order to be prepared to take one graduate-level biology class.

A core class can be substituted by a BME elective if appropriately justified by the student's academic background. Such requests will be evaluated by the students guidance committee and the graduate program director.

All the BME graduate courses including research and elective courses can be found in the University Bulletin accessible from the link below.


The program has been designed to be relatively flexible, allowing students to orient their research in an area of interest as they progress in their training. Students may select elective coursework from a wide variety of courses available in the BME or other graduate programs, and take these courses at the appropriate time. To provide such flexibility and at the same time ensure adequate monitoring of progress, students go through a sequence of evaluations. For the MS student this involves identification of a primary research advisor early in the program to help guide them up to and through the MS thesis defense. For the PhD student this includes the identification of a primary research advisor and guidance committee, fulfillment of a learning contract, completion of a qualifying exam, submission and defense of a thesis proposal in an open colloquium and submission and oral defense of a dissertation. Timing and content of each of these evaluations is described in the graduate program handbook, a copy of which may be obtained from the program director, or from the Watson Graduate Office. To ensure continued enrollment in the program, students must maintain a B average in their coursework.

Minimum Requirements for Graduation

Depending upon the degree sought, minimum requirements include course work, fulfillment of a learning contract, demonstrating an ability to teach, passing a qualifying examination, and preparing a master's and/or doctoral dissertation with oral defense.

Master's degree

  • Complete 30 credits of graduate study, including 18 credits core coursework, 6 or more credits electives, and 6 or more thesis credits.
  • Submit a termination project / master's thesis, with oral defense.

Doctoral degree

  • Complete 54 credits of graduate study, including 18 credits of core coursework with the remaining credits being distributed between electives and research. The graduate studies committee approves the plan.
  • Fulfill a learning contract.
  • Optionally submit a master's thesis, with oral defense.
  • Pass a qualifying examination.
  • Demonstrate an ability to teach.
  • Submit and defend a thesis proposal.
  • Submit and defend a dissertation thesis.

Last Updated: 1/15/14