Apr 23, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Biomedical Engineering Major, PhD


Concentrations (Optional)


Biomechanics
Energy Science and Engineering
Materials
Nuclear Space Science and Engineering
Robotics
Theranostics

Campus Code


Knoxville Campus
UTSI Campus

Admissions Standards/Procedures


  • Admission into the doctoral program will be granted to those applicants who have demonstrated superior achievement in their engineering backgrounds.
  • Submit online application to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  • The general GRE is required of all applicants for admission.

Academic Standards


Changing from one of the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering (MABE) programs to another requires departmental approval.

Credit Hours Required


A minimum of 72 graduate semester credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree.

Required Courses


Concentration specific courses for the six concentrations are selected in consultation with the major professor and guidance committee.

Students Entering the PhD Program Directly from a Baccalaureate Program:


  • Required minimum of 36 credit hours of graduate coursework graded A-F, exclusive of the required dissertation courses listed above.
  • Required minimum of 9 credit hours of graduate coursework in Mathematics courses 400-level or above, with a minimum 3 credit hours of the 9 at 500-level or above. The department may approve other courses with sufficient mathematical content to meet this requirement.
  • Required minimum of 21 credit hours of graduate coursework in Biomedical Engineering (BME) or other courses offered in MABE department 500-level and above. The department may approve other departmental courses to meet this requirement.
  • Required minimum of 6 credit hours of graduate coursework 600-level, exclusive of the required dissertation courses listed above.

Students Entering the PhD Program Directly from a master’s Program:


  • Required minimum of 12 credit hours of graduate coursework graded A-F, exclusive of the required dissertation courses listed above.
  • Required minimum of 9 credit hours of graduate coursework in Mathematics courses 400-level or above, with a minimum 3 credit hours of the 9 at 500-level or above. The department may approve other courses with sufficient mathematical content to meet this requirement.
  • Required minimum of 21 credit hours of graduate coursework in Biomedical Engineering (BME) or other courses offered in MABE department 500-level and above. The department may approve other departmental courses to meet this requirement.
  • Required minimum of 6 credit hours of graduate coursework 600-level, exclusive of the required dissertation courses listed above.

Additional Course Requirements


  • Energy Science and Engineering
    • Core Curriculum: Energy Science and Engineering ESE 511 and ESE 512 (6 credit hours)
    • Knowledge Breadth Curriculum (3 credit hours): Select one course from one of the following areas
      • Political, social, legal, ethical, and security issues related to energy (e.g., POLS, PHYS, ESE)
      • Entrepreneurship, leadership, and management (e.g., IE, ME, MGT, ESE)
      • Additional courses may be selected in consultation with the Bredesen Center’s Director
    • Knowledge Specialization Curriculum for Domain Science (6 credit hours): Choose two courses from participating department as defined in the Bredesen Center Graduate Student Handbook.
      • Bioenergy and biofuels (e.g., EEB, MICR, BCMB, CBE, LFSC, PLSC)
      • Cross-cutting energy sciences (e.g., MICR, ECE, CHEM, PHYS, MATH, STAT)
      • Distributed energy and grid management (e.g., ECE)
      • Energy conversion and storage (e.g., CBE, CHEM, ME, MSE, PHYS)
      • Energy materials (e.g., MSE, PHYS)
      • Environmental and climate sciences related to energy (e.g., GEOL, MICR, BCMB, EEB, ESS, FORS, GEOL, LFSC, MICR, PLSC, ENVE, FWF)
      • Nuclear energy (e.g., NE, CHEM, ME, PHYS)
      • Renewable energy (MATH, CBE, ENVE, ME, STAT)
      • Transportation sciences (e.g., CBE, CE, ECE, ME)
      • Additional courses may be selected in consultation with the major professor or research advisor
    • ESE 599 (1 credit hour) taken three times for 3 credit hours

Non-Course Requirements


  • Meet all departmental course requirements.
  • Pass a written and oral comprehensive examination.
  • Presentation of a dissertation proposal to the student’s advisory committee and approval of that proposal by that committee.
  • Successful defense of the dissertation.