Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Biological and Biomedical Engineering

Offered by: Biological & Biomedical Engr     Degree: Doctor of Philosophy

Program Requirements

The goal of the Biological and Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. program is for students to gain advanced training in the interdisciplinary application of methods, paradigms, technologies, and devices from engineering and the natural sciences to problems in biology, medicine, and the life sciences. The program will focus in an area of choice while integrating quantitative concepts and engineering tools for the study of life sciences and/or for patient care. As part of the Ph.D. requirement, the student will integrate the scientific method, develop critical and deep thinking, and acquire advanced writing and presentation skills that will form the foundation for his/her career. Under the guidance of his/her supervisor, the student will tackle a research challenge and make original contributions to the advancement of science and engineering in an area of Biological and Biomedical Engineering. The program will prepare students for careers in academia, industry, hospitals and government. Students who complete the program will obtain a Doctor of Philosophy in Biological and Biomedical Engineering. The best preparation for this program is a Master’s degree in BBME or a related discipline.


A thesis for the doctoral degree must constitute original scholarship and must be a distinct contribution to knowledge. It must show familiarity with previous work in the field and must demonstrate ability to plan and carry out research, organize results, and defend the approach and conclusions in a scholarly manner. The research presented must meet current standards of the discipline; as well, the thesis must clearly demonstrate how the research advances knowledge in the field. Finally, the thesis must be written in compliance with norms for academic and scholarly expression and for publication in the public domain.

Required Course

  • BBME 701 Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination

    Offered by: Biological & Biomedical Engr (Interfaculty Studies)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies


    BBME : An examination that must be passed by all doctoral students in order to continue in the doctoral program.

    Terms: Fall 2023, Winter 2024

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2023-2024 academic year.

    • Restriction(s): Only open to students registered in the Ph.D. in Biological and Biomedical Engineering Doctoral Program (Thesis)

Students must be registered in this course at the time of the Thesis Proposal and Comprehensive Exam Meeting.

Further courses may be required by the supervisor(s) in consultation with the Graduate Program Director, depending on the educational background of individual students.

Interfaculty Studies—2023-2024 (last updated Aug. 31, 2023) (disclaimer)
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