Biomedical Engineering Curriculum

The Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program offers four primary research and teaching tracks: Biomedical and Molecular ImagingBiomaterials, Mechanics, and Tissue EngineeringMedical Physics, and Molecular and Translational Nanomedicine. Ph.D. students complete a flexible curriculum which typically includes track-specific engineering and life science courses as well as several advanced electives (see sample degree plans). Students also attend BME seminars given by faculty members, and participate in a Works-in-Progress course in which they present and receive feedback on their dissertation research. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the Program, students often take courses from other Programs in the Division of Basic Science at UT Southwestern, as well as graduate level classes at UT Arlington and UT Dallas.

All doctoral students must pass three examinations. Exam I is the qualifying exam, usually given during the second year. It consists of a written examination, based on a broad problem in the area of the student’s research, and an oral examination in which the student critiques and defends his or her written response. Successful completion of the qualifying examination is required to advance to candidacy for the Ph.D. Exam II consists of a detailed written prospectus of the proposed dissertation research and an oral defense of the proposal. Exam III is the final defense of the completed dissertation.

A supervisory research committee is formed for each doctoral candidate after successful completion of Exam I. This committee reviews and evaluates the student’s progress and participates in the proposal and dissertation defenses.

The curriculum for first-year students includes track-specific core courses, three or four laboratory rotations, and training in responsible conduct of research.