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University of Tennessee, Knoxville    
 
    
 
  Oct 17, 2017
 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog

Biomedical Engineering Major, PhD


Requirements

All students must complete a minimum of 72 semester credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree. These credit hours must include a minimum of 36 credit hours of graduate course work graded A-F, a minimum of 24 credit hours in Doctoral Research and Dissertation, and the remaining credit hours to reach a minimum of 72 may or may not be graded A-F.

Students entering the PhD program directly from a baccalaureate program will be required to take a minimum of 36 credit hours of graduate course work graded A-F, exclusive of dissertation credit or seminar courses.

Students entering the PhD program with a master's degree will be required to take a minimum of 12 credit hours of graduate course work graded A-F, exclusive of dissertation credit or seminar courses.

These students may satisfy the degree requirements beyond the bachelor's degree with one of the following example combinations:

  • 36 credit hours of course work plus 36 credit hours of Doctoral Research and Dissertation (minimum course work).
  • 48 credit hours of course work plus 24 credit hours of Doctoral Research and Dissertation (minimum Research and Dissertation).
  • Other combinations of course work (≥ 36 credit hours) and Doctoral Research and Dissertation (≥ 24 credit hours) that sum to ≥ 72 total credit hours.

This course work, including that taken for an MS degree, must include:

  • A minimum of 6 semester credit hours of graduate work in mathematics courses numbered 400 or above and a minimum of 3 credit hours numbered 500 or above. The department may approve other courses with sufficient mathematical content to meet this requirement.
  • A minimum of 21 credit hours of graduate course work in the major. The department may approve other departmental courses to meet this requirement.
  • A minimum of 6 credit hours of graduate course work is required at the 600 level. These are exclusive of thesis or dissertation credit.

Additional requirements for all students include the following:

  • Registration and participation in the graduate seminar in the major program.
  • Meet all departmental examination requirements, which include passing a qualifying exam comprised of written and oral comprehensive exams.
  • Presentation of a dissertation proposal to the student's advisory committee and approval of that proposal by that committee.
  • Successful defense of the dissertation.

Energy Science and Engineering Concentration


This concentration is offered in collaboration with the Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education (CIRE). The CIRE is a joint effort between the Tickle College of Engineering, other University of Tennessee colleges, and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The students who wish to pursue this concentration will normally have completed 6 Core credit hours, 3 credit hours of Knowledge Breadth, and 6 credit hours of Knowledge Specialization coursework (minimum 15 credit hours) specified under the Energy Science and Engineering major , (PhD) program section of this catalog.