Oct 01, 2022  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biomedical Engineering, Ph.D.


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College of Engineering  
Department: Medical Engineering

Also offered as a Concurrent Degrees  

 

The Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of South Florida prepares students to contribute, both as individuals and as members of research teams, in this highly interdisciplinary field that combines engineering and medicine. Graduates are trained to solve complex problems in areas such as artificial organs, biomaterials, biomechanics, biosensors and instrumentation, computational modeling, drug development and targeting, diagnostic imaging, neuroscience, prosthetic devices, and regenerative medicine. The doctoral major capitalizes on USF’s strong programs in Engineering and in the Health Sciences as well as affiliate institutions, including the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, the James Haley Veterans Administration Hospital, and Tampa General Hospital, to develop and commercialize new technologies that spawn growth of biomedical companies throughout the region and catalyze scientific discoveries that lead to better health care and improved quality of life. 

Students in the Major may choose to concentrate in one of several nationally-recognized areas of biomedical engineering strength at USF, including:
•    Biomedical Imaging
•    Bioelectronics
•    Cell and Tissue Engineering
•    Molecular Medicine
•    Drug and Gene Delivery
•    Neuroengineering
•    Rehabilitation Engineering

Major Research Areas: neuroengineering, bioelectronics, cell and tissue engineering, molecular medicine, drug and gene discovery, and rehabilitation engineering

Admission Information

Applicants must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

•    An undergraduate Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering or equivalent, with a GPA of greater than 3.50 (out of a possible 4.00) based on official transcripts.
•    GRE with preferred scores of:

o    Quantitative > 75th percentile
o    Verbal > 50th percentile
o    Analytical Writing ≥ 4.0 

•    Statement of research interests and CV.
•    Three (3) letters of reference.

Note: Admissions decisions are made using multiple measures indicated above. We strongly encourage applicants to contact specific faculty conducting research related to the student’s interests. Such direct contact with individual faculty members can greatly strengthen an application.

Curriculum Requirements


Total Minimum Hours: 90 hours
For students with an approved master’s degree 60 hours minimum post-master’s
For students without a master’s degree 90 hours minimum post-bachelor’s

  • Core Requirements – 6 Credit Hours
  • Additional Required Courses - 9 Credit Hours
  • Specialization Courses – 15 Credit Hours
  • Additional Coursework (for students without a master’s degree) – 30 Credit Hours
  • Dissertation – 30 Credit Hours
Students are expected  participate in department professional development seminars each semester throughout the program.

Core Requirements (6 Credit Hours)


Additional Required Courses (9 Credit Hours)


Specialization Courses (15 Credit Hours)


Students are required to take fifteen (15) credit hours of any combination of courses from the list below or non-BME courses approved by the advisor and graduate program coordinator.

Additional Coursework for Students Without A Master’s Degree (30 Credit Hours)


Students without a master’s degree are required to complete an additional thirty (30) credit hours of specialization courses from the above list or approved by the advisor and graduate program coordinator.

Comprehensive Exam (master’s)


Ph.D. students may apply for a master’s degree after completing required coursework for the master’s degree. Awarding of a master’s “along the way” degree is contingent on coursework completion and passing an oral M.S. Comprehensive Examination that must be scheduled prior to the Ph.D. Qualifying Examination. The exam is administered by the dissertation committee and will evaluate core competency. Poor performance on the exam based on the judgment of the committee will result in non-awarding of a master’s degree. Students who fail may still progress onto the Ph.D. Qualifying Examination.

Qualifying Exam


Students must pass a Qualifying Examination to matriculate into Ph.D. candidacy. The Ph.D. Qualifying Examination is preferably completed by the end of the second year of study. The dissertation committee will evaluate a written dissertation proposal and an oral defense. Poor performance based on the judgment of the committee will result in failure of the qualifying exam. If a student does not pass on the first attempt, he/she may request in writing to repeat the exam. Students who fail the Ph.D. Qualifying Examination the second time will be dismissed from the Major.

Dissertation (30 Credit Hours)


Thirty (30) credits of dissertation research are required. Six (6) hours of Directed Research may be substituted for six (6) Ph.D. Dissertation hours. As with other engineering Ph.D. degrees, evidence of the significance of the conducted research is provided by publication in appropriate refereed journals; with a minimum of 1 publication in a peer-reviewed journal, with the student as primary author. The required journal publication must be based on the dissertation research of the student. The expectation is that Ph.D. students will have three (3) or more publications for a thesis defense. Presentations at a conference or publication in a proceeding (even if refereed) are not sufficient.

Dissertation Defense Exam


Awarding of a Ph.D. requires students to pass a Dissertation Defense Examination in their final semester of study, which is normally and preferably in their fourth or fifth year in the program. The dissertation committee will evaluate the written thesis dissertation and its oral defense. Poor performance based on the judgment of the committee will result in failure of the exam. If a student does not pass on the first attempt, he/she may request in writing to repeat the exam. Students who fail the Dissertation Defense Examination the second time will be dismissed from the Major without awarding of a Ph.D. Students who fail may receive a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering if performance on the written thesis dissertation and oral defense exceeds the pass level of the M.S. Comprehensive Examination based on the judgment of the Committee.

Other Information


Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships


Financially competitive teaching and research graduate assistantships and fellowships will be offered to incoming students. Of special importance are the research opportunities and support available through affiliated institutions including the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, the James Haley VA Hospital. In addition, particularly outstanding applicants will be nominated for university fellowships including Presidential Fellowships that provide competitive stipends plus tuition, fees and Health Insurance renewable for five years.

Results


Doctoral graduates of this major have been prepared for and are successfully engaged in research careers in Government, Corporate, and University Laboratories. Since biomedical engineering research often translates into biomedical devices, drugs, and instrumentation, graduates have also been directly involved in technology transfer, including the establishment of new Biomedical Engineering related businesses.

Concurrent Degree


Also available as a Concurrent Degree  

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