Overview of Ph.D. Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

To complete the Ph.D. degree in the biomedical engineering program, the student must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Satisfactory completion of 36 credits of approved graduate coursework. A minimum 3.3 grade point average in five core BME courses. must be achieved before scheduling the First (Qualifying) Examination.

  2. Satisfactory completion of the First (Qualifying) Examination, which is a presentation of the dissertation research area that highlights key problems in the field.

  3. Satisfactory completion of the Second Examination, which is a defense of the research proposal.

  4. Satisfactory completion of the Final Examination, which is a defense of the Ph.D. dissertation.

The detailed expectations for each of these requirements are described here. Detailed BME graduate course descriptions can be found here.

Ph.D. Coursework

Once any necessary undergraduate courses are completed, students are expected to complete 36 credits of graduate coursework in four areas, as outlined below. Students who have transferred credits from a master's degree must make every effort to complete these requirements by including the equivalent courses taken as part of their master's degree.

Biomedical Engineering Courses (at least 12 credits)

While students are encouraged to take as many BME courses as possible, a minimum of four of the following 3-credit courses must be taken. See the BME core course requirements for the GPA requirement.

BME I2000: Cell and Tissue Engineering

BME I2200: Cell and Tissue Transport

BME I3000: Neural Engineering and Applied Bioelectricity

BME I3110: Biofluid Mechanics

BME I4200: Organ Transport and Pharmacokinetics

BME I5000: Medical Imaging and Image Processing

BME I5100: Biomedical Signal Processing

BME I7000: Laboratory in Cellular and Molecular Engineering

BME I7100: Cell and Tissue Mechanics

BME I7300: Cell and Tissue-Biomaterial Interactions

BME I7700: Microfluidic Devices in Biotechnology

BME I8000: Bone Physiology and Biomechanics

BME I9000: Skeletal Soft Tissue Physiology and Biomechanics

BME I9400: Special Topics in Machine Learning

BME I5600: Cell Mechanotransduction

BME I6000: Advanced Biomaterials

ENGR: I4200 Continuum Mechanics

ENGR I7500: Poroelasticity

BME I6100: Intellectual Property, Regulation, and Quality Assurance

BME I9300: Scientific Ethics

BME I0000: BME Seminar

Any new or once-offered graduate course with the "BME" course code

The Scientific Ethics course (BME I9300), is a 1-credit course that is required for all PhD students. In addition, students have to register for at least 1 credit and up to 3 credits in BME I0000 Biomedical Engineering Seminar, which consists of weekly speakers from the BME field. All Ph.D. students are required to attend the BME seminar for their entire duration of study, regardless whether they are registered for the course.

 

Biomedical Sciences (at least 6 credits)

BME I4300: Physiology for Engineers, a 6-credit course, is required

BIO V1401: Cell Biology

PHYS V3800: Biophysics

BIO V2301: Neuroscience

BME I6400: Translational Challenges in Diagnostics, Devices, and Therapeutics

MEDS 17100: Translational Challenges in Medicine

MEDS I8200: Translational Research Design

Students should check relevant CCNY and CUNY listings for additional courses.

 

Mathematics Courses (at least 6 credits)

At least two math-related courses must be taken, to be chosen from the following partial listing (see the BME core course requirements for the GPA requirement):

ENGR I1100: Introduction to Engineering Analysis

ENGR I1400: Applied Partial Differential Equations

PHYS V0100: Mathematical Methods in Physics

BIO V8201/2 Biostatistics I/II (6 credits) or BIO V8101 Mathematical Biology***

ENGR I1500 Introduction to Numerical Methods

ENGR I1700 Finite Element Methods in Engineering

ENGR I4200 Continuum Mechanics

 

Engineering Courses Other than Biomedical (at least 3 credits)

At least one engineering course in a field other than BME must be completed. However, this may also

be satisfied with:

BME I6100: Intellectual Property, Regulation, and Quality Assurance

 

Engineering Courses Other than Biomedical (9 credits)

Any graduate courses can be taken from the categories above to complete a total of 36 course credits.

 

BME Core Course Requirements

In order to take the First Examination (the Qualifying Exam), students must obtain a minimum grade point

average of 3.3 in five core graduate courses. This GPA requirement is designed to ensure that all Ph.D.

students have a sufficient understanding of the core biomedical engineering fundamentals to pursue

advanced study and professional career opportunities.

At least one course must be taken from each of the  groups 1-4 below:

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GROUP 1 - Mathematics

ENGR I1100: Introduction to Engineering Analysis

ENGR I1400: Applied Partial Differential Equations

ENGR I4200: Continuum Mechanics

PHYS V0100: Mathematical Methods in Physics

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GROUP 2 - Signals and Images

BME I3000: Neural Engineering and Applied Bioelectricity

BME I5000: Medical Imaging and Image Processing

BME I9400: Special Topics in Machine Learning

BME I5100: Biomedical Signal Processing

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GROUP 3 - Mechanics

BME I7100: Cell and Tissue Mechanics

BME I2200: Cell and Tissue Transport

BME I8000: Bone Physiology and Biomechanics

BME I9000: Skeletal Soft Tissue Physiology and Biomechanics

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GROUP 4 - Tissues and Materials

BME I6000: Advanced Biomaterials

BME I7000 Laboratory in Cellular and Molecular Engineering

BME I7300: Cell and Tissue Biomaterial Interactions

BME I7200: Cell and Tissue Engineering

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and in addition, all students are required to take BOTH courses from Group 5

GROUP 5 - Physiology and Ethics

BME I4300: Physiology for Engineers**

BME I9300: Scientific Ethics

Completion of 24 Credits of Doctoral Dissertation Research

Each student must complete 24 credits of the course BME J99xx Doctoral Dissertation Research. The instructor for this course should be the student's Ph.D. mentor.