Biomedical Engineering

Office:  818 W. Hancock; (313) 577-1344
Director:   Albert I. King
Associate Director: Michele J. Grimm

Biomedical Engineering (M.S. Program)

Biomedical Engineering (Ph.D. Program)

Biomedical Engineering Courses (BME)


Gregory Auner, Safwan Badr, Albert I. King, Michael Kleerekoper, Dorothy A. Nelson, Robert Silver, Paul H. Wooley, King-Hay Yang

Associate Professors

John M. Cavanaugh, R. Darin Ellis, Howard Matthew, Samuel Nasser

Assistant Professors

Cynthia A. Bir, Michele J. Grimm, Steven H. Hinderer, Guang Zhao Mao


Warren Hardy

Adjunct Faculty

Paul Begeman, Lawrence Diebel, Stephen DeSilva, Scott Dulchavsky, James Eliason, Bernard Gonik, Anne Guyot, Tawfik Khalil, Robert Levine, Quinghang Li, John W. Melvin, Jeffrey Pike, Scott Tashman, Eeric Truumees, Paul VanTassell, David Viano, Lucia Zamorano

Graduate Degrees

MASTER OF SCIENCE in Biomedical Engineering
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY with a major in Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering (M.S. Program)

Program specialization at the master's degree level may be undertaken in four areas, including transportation-related trauma, age-related injuries and rehabilitation engineering, smart sensors and engineering neurophysiology, and tissue engineering and biomaterials. These specializations are available to both part-time and full-time students, in either research or non-research degree programs

Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School; for requirements, see Admission, Regular. In addition, applicants must have a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent, earned at an accredited college or university, as well as the preliminary preparation and ability to pursue graduate study in this discipline. Students who have a baccalaureate degree or an advanced degree in a non-engineering discipline (e.g., life science) will be considered for admission to the program on a case-by-case basis. Regular admission may be authorized if the applicant's undergraduate grade point average is 3.0 or above. All applicants are expected to submit a one-page statement of purpose along with their application, describing their interest in biomedical engineering. It is recommended that applicants also submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores; these scores are required for students applying for financial support. An Application for Admission, with application fee and official transcripts from each college attended, is required before any student may register for graduate study. The applicant must take any entrance examinations specified by the Office of Admissions, the College, or the Program.


This Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering is offered under the following options:

Plan A: A minimum of thirty-two credits in course work including an eight credit thesis.

Plan C: A minimum of thirty-two credits in course work.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: For either plan, students must complete the following Core Requirements: BME 5010; BME 5020; BME 5030; and BME 8070.

Additional courses will be chosen from the curriculum outlined for each specialization. A list of curricula can be found in the Handbook for Graduate Students in Biomedical Engineering, available from the Biomedical Engineering Office. Students must take a minimum of two 7000-level courses if they are enrolled in Plan A, and a minimum of three 7000-level courses if they are enrolled in Plan C. Directed study and directed research courses (BME 7990 and BME 7996) cannot be counted toward the satisfaction of the 7000-level course requirement. A maximum of four credits in directed study or directed research (BME 5990, 7990, and 7996) may be applied towards the degree. Thesis credits are earned through satisfactory completion of BME 8999.

Students enrolled in the master's degree program are required to file a Plan of Work with the Graduate Officer of the program by the time eight graduate credits have been earned. Following this, the applicant will petition his/her adviser to advance his/her rank to `candidate.' Candidate status must be authorized by the time twelve graduate credits have been earned, or else subsequent registration will be denied. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School and the College of Engineering governing graduate scholarship and degrees; see Academic Regulations of the University, Degree and Certificate Requirements, and Academic Regulations for the College of Enginering, respectively.

Biomedical Engineering (Ph.D. Program)

Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School; for requirements, see Admission, Regular. All applicants must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. In addition, applicants must have a graduate grade point average of 3.5 or above and must have completed an undergraduate major or substantial specialized work in his/her proposed doctoral major field. Students with an undergraduate grade point average of 3.5 or above may apply for direct admission to the Ph.D. program; students with less than a 3.5 undergraduate g.p.a. must complete a master's degree program in biomedical engineering prior to consideration for admission to the Ph.D. program. All applicants are expected to submit a one-page statement of purpose, describing their interest in biomedical engineering.


Completion of a minimum of ninety credits beyond the baccalaureate degree are required for the Ph.D. program. These credits are distributed as follows:

1. Core Courses (nineteen to twenty credits): BME 5010; PSL 5550; BIO 5040 or C M 6010; BME 5020; BME 5030; BME 8070; BME 8080.

2. Dissertation (thirty credits).

3. General Courses (minimum of forty credits): Students must complete a minimum of forty credits in graduate coursework, in addition to the core courses and including the satisfaction of the minor in life sciences. The life sciences minor may be satisfied by the completion of eight credits of course work in graduate-level life science beyond the core curriculum. The student is required to seek approval of his/her selection of courses from a graduate adviser. At least twenty credits in general courses must be chosen from those offered by the Biomedical Engineering Program. Directed Study courses may be included.

An approved Plan of Work should be filed with the Office for Graduate Studies before the student has earned forty-eight credits beyond the baccalaureate degree. The student must have filed the Plan of Work before being recommended for candidacy status. (Consult Doctor of Philosophy Degree of this Bulletin for Graduate School regulations governing doctoral study.)

Examinations: All Ph.D. students must pass the examinations outlined below. After successful completion of the qualifying examinations, a student may be admitted to the status of doctoral candidate.

1. Written and Oral Qualifying Examination: Students are encouraged to take the qualifying examination after completing sixteen credits in new course work toward the Ph.D. All Ph.D. students are required to pass a qualifying examination before completion of thirty-two credits in new course work. Each student has two chances to pass the examination; if the exam is not passed by the second attempt, the student will be dismissed from the program (the option of obtaining a terminal master's degree will apply). The examination is offered once a year, in May.

2. Proposal Defense: This examination shall be a presentation of the student's proposal for dissertation research, and will be administered by the student's Doctoral Dissertation Committee.

Dissertation requirements are satisfied by the successful completion of thirty credits of dissertation research. The thirty credit dissertation registration requirement is fulfilled in one of two ways: 1) Students who have accumulated credits in the course numbered 9999 (Doctoral Dissertation Research and Direction) register for a total of thirty credits in 9999; or 2) Students who have not accumulated any credits in the course numbered 9999 and who attain Candidacy after Summer semester 2001 register for the courses 9991, 9992, 9993, and 9994 (Doctoral Dissertation Research and Direction I, II, III, and IV, respectively), in consecutive academic year semesters. All Ph.D. students must pass the written and oral qualifying examinations before election of dissertation credits. All Ph.D. students must register for dissertation credits for any semester in which they utilize campus facilities or consult with faculty, even though they may not be enrolled in a formal lecture course. The dissertation defense will be publicized by public notice to the academic community; at this session the candidate presents his/her doctoral research for final approval by the Doctoral Dissertation Committee.