The Ph.D. in biomedical engineering is an interdisciplinary program that combines a strong foundation in the field with focused coursework and research on a specific area within biomedical engineering. Doctoral students must demonstrate proficiency in four subspecialities related to their research. At least one area must come from the life and medical sciences grouping and one area from engineering and physical sciences. Proficiency will be assessed based on coursework (generally two semesters at the graduate level), and a comprehensive exam.
The comprehensive exam will focus on advanced topics covered in graduate level courses and research papers. Typically, your advisory committee will administer this exam after the completion of most or all of your coursework. The exam will cover the four areas of proficiency and your proposed research plan.
Possible areas of proficiency are listed below: