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Biomedical Science (BMS)

Doctoral Degree (PhD) Program

The PhD in Biomedical Science program educates students whose undergraduate education is in basic life sciences (e.g., biology or biochemistry) in quantitative analysis, mathematical modeling, fundamental computing skills, and informatics. Students in biomedical science achieve depth in the modeling of living systems and biomedical information processing and display.


To be awarded the PhD, students must complete 90 credits (credits earned toward a master's degree may apply toward the 90), fulfill a one-year residency requirement, and successfully pass the qualifying examination, the candidacy examination, and a PhD dissertation and oral defense. Prospective PhD students are welcome to contact the school to discuss their research interests.

For a more detailed description of the PhD requirements, please visit the PhD Program Guidelines page.

Curriculum & Coursework

A unique aspect of the School's biomedical science program is its ability to integrate aspects of physiology and molecular biology with quantitative analysis, mathematical modeling, and computer processing to create a systems approach to biomedical research and applications. Elective courses such as Biological Controls Systems, Genome Information Engineering, Pharmacogenomics, and Chronobioengineering reflect the School's emphasis on multidisciplinary approaches to the most current research in biology and medicine.

For students entering with degrees in physics, mathematics, and/or computer science, the School, in close collaboration with the Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology, provides the coursework needed to acquire proficiency in the life sciences.

Core Curriculum

 BMES 505 Mathematics for Biomedical Science I  3.0 Credits
 BMES 506 Mathematics for Biomedical Science II  3.0 Credits
 BMES 507  Mathematics for Biomedical Science III  3.0 Credits
 BMES 510  Biomedical Statistics  4.0 Credits
 BMES 511  Principles of Systems Analysis Applied to Biomedicine I  3.0 Credits
 BMES 512 Principles of Systems Analysis Applied to Biomedicine II  3.0 Credits
 BMES 515 Experimental Design in Biomedical Research  4.0 Credits
 BMES 538 Biomedical Ethics and Law  3.0 Credits
 BMES 546 Biocomputational Languages  4.0 Credits
 BMES 864 Seminar x Three Terms  0.0 Credits

A full list of courses as well as course-specific information is available in the course catalog.


Student may elect to pursue Certificates of Advanced Study in either Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, or Bioinformatics.

Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering 

Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering is a specialization designed to provide students with advanced training in cellular and molecular biology relevant to tissue engineering and behavior of materials used in biomedical applications.


This concentration emphasizes a systems engineering approach to provide a foundation in systems biology and pathology informatics. Students are provided students with hands-on experience in the application of genomic, proteomic, and other large-scale information to biomedical engineering as well as experience in advanced computational methods used in systems biology: pathway and circuitry, feedback and control, cellular automata, sets of partial differential equations, stochastic analysis, and biostatistics.

Areas of Specialization

Students may choose to specialize in areas like Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, Neuroengineering and Neuroscience, or Biomechanics and Human Performance.

Graduate Admissions

For more information about the application, financial aid, cost of study, and length of the program, please visit the Graduate Admissions website.

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