Biomedical Engineering Degree Requirements

The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, those requirements outlined in The Graduate School Policy Guide.

BS/MS

MS-Only Degree Without Thesis

Courses Units
Two of the three listed below: 2
BMD ENG 401 Advanced Systems Physiology
BMD ENG 402 Advanced Systems Physiology
BMD ENG 403 Advanced Systems Physiology
One mathematics course from approved list 1
One statistics course from approved list 1
Other engineering courses 5
Electives (in engineering, science, and/or mathematics)* 3
BMD ENG 512-1, 2, 3 Graduate Research Seminar in Biomedical Engineering (3 quarters) 0
Total required units: 12

* Maximum of two units of BMD ENG 499 Projects or BMD ENG 590 Research count for electives

Other Requirements:
  • Examinations: none specified
  • Research/Projects: either (1) approved project (one quarter minimum of BMD ENG 499 Projects) or (2) three courses with significant project components from approved list
  • Other: none

MS-Only Degree With Thesis

Courses Units
Two of the three listed below: 2
BMD ENG 401 Advanced Systems Physiology
BMD ENG 402 Advanced Systems Physiology
BMD ENG 403 Advanced Systems Physiology
One mathematics course from approved list 1
One statistics course from approved list 1
Other engineering courses 2
Electives (in engineering, science, and/or mathematics) 2
BMD ENG 512-1, 2, 3 Graduate Research Seminar in Biomedical Engineering (3 quarters) 0
Total required units: 8
Other Requirements:
  • Examinations: defend master's thesis
  • Research/Projects: see master's thesis
  • Master's Thesis: required
  • Other: none

MS

MS-Only Degree Without Thesis

Courses Units
Two of the three listed below: 2
BMD ENG 401 Advanced Systems Physiology
BMD ENG 402 Advanced Systems Physiology
BMD ENG 403 Advanced Systems Physiology
One mathematics course from approved list 1
One statistics course from approved list 1
Other engineering courses 5
Electives (in engineering, science, and/or mathematics)* 3
BMD ENG 512-1, 2, 3 Graduate Research Seminar in Biomedical Engineering (3 quarters) 0
Total required units: 12

* Maximum of two units of BMD ENG 499 Projects or BMD ENG 590 Research count for electives

Other Requirements:
  • Examinations: none specified
  • Research/Projects: either (1) approved project (one quarter minimum of BMD ENG 499 Projects) or (2) three courses with significant project components from approved list
  • Other: none

MS-Only Degree With Thesis

Courses Units
Two of the three listed below: 2
BMD ENG 401 Advanced Systems Physiology
BMD ENG 402 Advanced Systems Physiology
BMD ENG 403 Advanced Systems Physiology
One mathematics course from approved list 1
One statistics course from approved list 1
Other engineering courses 2
Electives (in engineering, science, and/or mathematics) 2
BMD_ENG 512-1, 2, 3 Graduate Research Seminar in Biomedical Engineering (3 quarters) 0
Master's Thesis (one quarter minimum of BMD_ENG 499 or 590) 1
Total required units: 9

Other Requirements:

  • Examinations: defend master's thesis
  • Research/Projects: see master's thesis
  • Master's Thesis: required
  • Other: none

PhD

Students Entering with a Bachelor's Degree

Courses Units
Two of the three listed below: 2
BMD ENG 401 Advanced Systems Physiology
BMD ENG 402 Advanced Systems Physiology
BMD ENG 403 Advanced Systems Physiology
Three courses, according to one of the alternatives listed below: 3
Two courses in mathematics and one in statistics - OR -
Two courses in statistics and one in mathematics
Engineering courses 5
Electives (in engineering, science, and/or mathematics)* 4
BMD ENG 512-1, 2, 3 Graduate Research Seminar in Biomedical Engineering (3 quarters) 0
Total required units: 14

* (No units of BMD ENG 499 Projects or BMD ENG 590 for credit)

Students Entering With An Engineering Master's Degree

Courses Units
Two of the three listed below: 2
BMD ENG 401 Advanced Systems Physiology
BMD ENG 402 Advanced Systems Physiology
BMD ENG 403 Advanced Systems Physiology
One course in mathematics and one in statistics from approved list 2
Engineering courses 2
Electives (in engineering, science, and/or mathematics)* 2
BMD ENG 512-1, 2, 3 Graduate Research Seminar in Biomedical Engineering (3 quarters) 0
Total required units: 8

* (No units of BMD ENG 499 Projects or BMD ENG 590 for credit)

Students Entering With A Non-Engineering Master's Degree

Courses Units
One of the three listed below: 1
BMD ENG 401 Advanced Systems Physiology
BMD ENG 402 Advanced Systems Physiology
BMD ENG 403 Advanced Systems Physiology
Three courses, according to one of the alternatives listed below: 3
Two courses in mathematics and one in statistics - OR -
Two courses in statistics and one in mathematics
Engineering courses 2
Electives (in engineering, science, and/or mathematics)* 2
BMD ENG 512-1, 2, 3 Graduate Research Seminar in Biomedical Engineering (3 quarters) 0
Total required units: 8

* (No units of BMD ENG 499 Projects or BMD ENG 590 for credit)

Other PhD Degree Requirements:
  • Examinations: students entering with BS degree must complete MS thesis within 24 months of matriculation, except by petition to faculty; MS thesis defense serves as exam for admission to candidacy for PhD; student may pass MS exam but not be admitted to candidacy for the PhD if examining committee determines that student should not continue; students entering with MS degree must complete PhD dissertation proposal within 24 months of matriculation, except by petition to faculty; dissertation proposal defense serves as exam for admission to candidacy for PhD
  • Research/Projects: before end of fall quarter, first-year students submit brief description of research interests and list of potential research advisers
  • PhD Dissertation: original, independent research
  • Final Evaluations: oral defense of dissertation when all other requirements completed
  • Other: teaching experience - one quarter as a Teaching Assistant or two quarters as a volunteer