All students must complete a minimum of 72 graduate hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, exclusive of credits for the master’s thesis. These must include a minimum of 24 hours in doctoral research and dissertation and a minimum of 36 credit hours of other graduate coursework.
For the PhD in biomedical engineering, the courses must include:
- The biomedical engineering core curriculum comprising BME 503, BME 511, BME 521, BME 510, and BME 601.
- Completion of a Knowledge Breadth requirement (3 graduate hours) for the BME Specialization Track chosen by the student, as specified in the BME Graduate Student Handbook.
- Completion of a Knowledge Depth requirement (3 – 6 graduate hours) for the BME Specialization Track chosen by the student, as specified in the BME Graduate Student Handbook.
- A minimum of 18 graduate hours within the major.
- A minimum of 6 hours of course work at the 600-level.
Additional requirements for the PhD in biomedical engineering are:
- Registration and participation in the BME graduate seminar (BME 595) every semester it is offered.
- Successful completion of all required examinations, which include a qualifying exam and written and oral comprehensive exams.
- Presentation of a dissertation proposal to the student’s advisory committee and approval of that proposal by that committee.
- Successful defense of the dissertation.
Energy Science and Engineering Concentration
This concentration is offered in collaboration with the Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education (CIRE). The CIRE is a joint effort between the College of Engineering, other University of Tennessee colleges, and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The students who wish to pursue this concentration will normally have completed 6 Core credit hours, 3 credit hours of Knowledge Breadth, and 6 credit hours of Knowledge Specialization coursework (minimum 15 hours) specified under the Energy Science and Engineering major, (PhD) program section of this catalog.