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2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Biomedical Engineering (Ph.D.)

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Doctor of Philosophy, Biomedical Engineering: Total 84 credit hours

Departmental Requirements (39 credit hours)

Biomedical Engineering is an extremely broad discipline. A consequence of this breadth is that it is difficult to define a set of core courses that will satisfy the needs of all students. In USD’s program, we have identified a short list of courses that we believe are essential for all students, and this list is enumerated below. In addition to the listed courses, a graduate student’s advisor as well as their advisory committee may require that a student take other courses (from Biomedical Engineering and other disciplines as appropriate) that are relevant to their research and career goals. Up to 21 credits of prior graduate level coursework may be applied toward the Ph.D. program at the discretion of the student’s advisory committee.

Approved Elective Courses (45 credit hours)

Approved elective courses in the area of the student’s intended research are to be selected in consultation with the student’s advisory committee. The number of elective courses required will depend on the student’s background and educational goals. 

Students must select:

  • 12 graduate credits of BME XXX electives (BME 888 does not meet this requirement) are required.
  • 33 graduate credits of electives with the approval of the department chair, the remaining electives may include departmental, transfer, or non-departmental coursework. Non-departmental electives are limited to a maximum of 15 credits.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Doctoral students will work as original and independent researchers.
  2. Students will demonstrate the ability to perform a critical review of literature in biomedical engineering.

State Authorization - It Matters Where You Live

If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference the State Authorization webpage.

State Authorization

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