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Ph.D. Degree Requirements

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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 48 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 48 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 I4200: Organ Transport and Pharmacokinetics
BME I5000: Medical Imaging and Image Processing
BME I5100: Biomedical Signal Processing
BME I7000: Laboratory Molecular and Cell Engineering
BME I7100: Cell and Tissue Mechanics
BME I7300: Cell and Tissue-Biomaterial Interactions
BME I7700: Microfluidic Devices in Biotechnology
BME I8000: Bone biology and Biomechanics
BME I9000: Skeletal Soft Tissue Physiology and Biomechanics
ENGR I4200: Continuum Mechanics
BME I9300: Scientific Ethics
BME I9500: Entrepreneurship and Financial Economics
BME I0000 BME Seminar**
Any new or once-offered graduate course with the "BME" course codeStudents are strongly encouraged to take BME I9300 Scientific Ethics, a 1-credit course. Every semester students are also required to attend BME 57000 Biomedical Engineering Seminar, which consists of weekly speakers from the BME field.

Biomedical Sciences (at least 6 credits)

BME I4300 Physiology for Engineers, a 6-credit course, is required. Additional courses in this area include courses in cell and molecular biology (e.g. BIOL V1401 Cell Biology), as well as biophysics (e.g., PHYS V3800 Biophysics), and neuroscience (e.g., BIOL V2301 Neuroscience 1). Students should check the relevant 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
BIOL V8201 Biostatistics I, or BIOL 78001 Mathematical Biology at the Graduate Center.
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.

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 insure that all Ph.D. students have 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 five groups below:

BME I4300 Physiology for Engineers (required)

ENGR I1100 Introduction to Engineering Analysis
ENGR I1400 Applied Partial Differential Equations
PHYS V0100 Mathematical Methods in Physics

BME I5000 Medical Imaging and Image Processing
BME I5100 Biomedical Signal Processing

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

BME I7300 Cell and Tissue Biomaterial Interactions
BME I7200 Cell and Tissue Engineering

Completion of 12 Credits of Doctoral Dissertation Research

Each student must complete 12 credits of the course BME J9900 Doctoral Dissertation Research. The instructor for this course should be the student's Ph.D. mentor.