Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The M.S. and the Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering are jointly offered between the Health Science Center and The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).  The primary objective of this program is to broadly train students in the principles of biomedical engineering so they are well prepared to participate in the development of new approaches for the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases.  

As the program is multidisciplinary, the curriculum is designed to provide a synergistic combination of formal courses, seminars, teaching opportunities, interactions with clinicians, and individualized biomedical engineering research experiences in the laboratories of the biomedical engineering faculty. All students are required to take core courses in the areas of Biomaterials, Biomechanics, Bioelectronics/Imaging and Biology, as well as Ethics in Research, Experimental Design and Data Analysis, and Introduction to Clinical Practices. In addition to the basic core curriculum, students are required to take additional coursework in the area of specialization. Students have access to the bioengineering and biosciences laboratories at both the Health Science Center and UTSA. This provides a unique opportunity to have learning experiences in medical, dental, bioscience, and engineering environments. 

 

 

 

 

 

Biomedical Engineering Admissions Requirements

Baccalaureate or master’s degree in a natural science or engineering discipline, competitive academic history (minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0), references, Graduate Record Exam (GRE), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) [international applicants only], 3 letters of recommendation, a statement of applicant’s research experience(s) and interest in graduate study in BME. A typical successful applicant will have completed one year of calculus-based/engineering Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics (up to Differential Equations or Engineering Analysis I).  Students deficient in one or more of these will be required to take selected courses as a condition of acceptance. All facets of each applicant are considered in the admission process. Application to this joint degree program is made to UTSA.

Biomedical Engineering Degree Requirements

A minimum of 81 credit hours and a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 is required for the Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering.  In addition, all doctoral candidates must register for the Dissertation course (BME 7099) for at least two semesters in order to graduate; only one of the terms may be a summer session.  The student is required to demonstrate intellectual command of the subject area of the graduate program and capability to carry out independent and original investigation in the area. The student must successfully defend a dissertation and be recommended by their program COGS for approval of their degree to the Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. 

Biomedical Engineering Plan of Study

First Year
FallCredit Hours
BIME 6004Biology For Bioengineers 3
BIME 6090Seminar 1
RADI 5015Physics Of Diagnostic Imaging 1 3
BME 6903  3
Spring
BIME 6090Seminar 1
INTD 6002Ethics In Research 0.5
PHYL 5013Dental Physiology 6.5
BME 6803  3
Free or Prescribed Elective(s)  varies
Summer
BIME 6003Introduction To Clinical Practices 1
CSBL 5019Gross Human Anatomy For Graduate Students 6
Second Year
Fall
BIME 6090Seminar 1
CSBL 5095Experimental Design And Data Analysis 3
BME 6033  3
Free or Prescribed Elective(s)  varies
Spring
BIME 6097, BME 7951, BME 7952, BME 7953, or BME 7956Research 1-12
BIME 6090 or BME 6011Seminar 1
Free or Prescribed Elective(s)  varies
Summer
BIME 6097, BME 7951, BME 7952, BME 7953, or BME 7956Research 1-12
Third Year
Fall
BIME 7099, BME 7991, BME 7992, BME 7993, or BME 7996Dissertation 1-12
BIME 6097, BME 7951, BME 7952, BME 7953, or BME 7956Research 1-12
BIME 6090 or BME 6011Seminar 1
Free or Prescribed Elective(s)  varies
Spring
BIME 7099, BME 7991, BME 7992, BME 7993, or BME 7996Dissertation 1-12
BIME 6097, BME 7951, BME 7952, BME 7953, or BME 7956Research 1-12
BIME 6090 or BME 6011Seminar 1
Summer
BIME 6097, BME 7951, BME 7952, BME 7953, or BME 7956Research 1-12
BIME 7099, BME 7991, BME 7992, BME 7993, or BME 7996Dissertation 1-12
Fourth Year
Fall
BIME 7099, BME 7991, BME 7992, BME 7993, or BME 7996Dissertation 1-12
BIME 6097, BME 7951, BME 7952, BME 7953, or BME 7956Research 1-12
BIME 6071 or BME 6021Supervised Teaching 1 1
BIME 6090 or BME 6011Seminar 1
Spring
BIME 6097, BME 7951, BME 7952, BME 7953, or BME 7956Research 1-12
BIME 6071 or BME 6021Supervised Teaching 1 1
BIME 6090 or BME 6021Seminar 1
BIME 7099, BME 7991, BME 7992, BME 7993, or BME 7996Dissertation 1-12
Summer
BIME 6097, BME 7951, BME 7952, BME 7953, or BME 7956Research 1-12
BIME 7099, BME 7991, BME 7992, BME 7993, or BME 7996Dissertation 1-12
Fifth Year
Fall
BIME 7099, BME 7991, BME 7992, BME 7993, or BME 7996Dissertation 1-12
BIME 6097, BME 7951, BME 7952, BME 7953, or BME 7956Research 1-12
BIME 6090 or BME 6011Seminar 1
Spring
BIME 7099, BME 7991, BME 7992, BME 7993, or BME 7996Dissertation 1-12
BIME 6097, BME 7951, BME 7952, BME 7953, or BME 7956Research 1-12
BIME 6090 or BME 6011Seminar 1
Summer
BIME 7099, BME 7991, BME 7992, BME 7993, or BME 7996Dissertation 1-12
BIME 6097, BME 7951, BME 7952, BME 7953, or BME 7956Research 1-12
 Total Credit Hours: 64.0-284.0
1

 semester varies; must be a PhD candidate

Biomedical Engineering Objectives/Program Outcomes

  1. BME students will demonstrate their understanding of biology concepts for biomedical applications. 
  2. BME students will demonstrate their understanding of biomaterials concepts. 
  3. BME students will demonstrate their understanding of biomechanics concepts.  
  4. Students will be able to design and carry out research experiments.
  5. Students will be able to communicate research findings to diverse audience
  6. Students will be able to teach and disseminate knowledge