May 23, 2022
Dr. Robb Winter (Program Coordinator)
Head and Professor
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Chemical and Biological Engineering/Chemistry 2202
BME Steering Committee
The members of the BME Steering Committee are: Dr. Tim Brenza, Grant Crawford, Prasoon Diwakar, Adam Piper, Scott Wood and Robb Winter
PhD in Biomedical Engineering
Offered jointly with University of South Dakota (USD). Courses are offered at both SD Mines and USD campuses.
Distribution of credits
Core requirements: 21 credits
Research requirements: 36 credits
Elective requirements: 15 credits
Total credits: 72
At least 36 of the required 72 credits must be taken at the 600-level or above.
Students may apply 24 coursework credits and 6 research credits from a previous MS degree toward the PhD requirements, subject to approval by the student’s committee.
The completion of a doctoral dissertation, approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee and the Dean of Graduate Education, is required for this degree. PhD students are expected to participate in the creation of new knowledge and applications in biomedical engineering.
Each PhD program of study is individually designed to meet the goals of the student. Courses from a variety of areas, for example biology, chemical engineering, chemistry, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, materials and metallurgical engineering, mathematics, mechanical engineering, may be used to fulfill the elective requirements in a manner intended to complement the student’s research. Elective courses in the area of the student’s intended research are to be selected in consultation with the student’s advisory committee. A list of possible BME electives can be found in the course description section of this catalog.
- Electives with a BME prefix, 6 credits total
- Additional Electives, 9 credits total
Detailed information on examination policies, admission to candidacy, and defense of dissertation may be found in the Graduate Education section of this catalog and the BME Graduate Handbook.
The qualifying exam for the BME PhD involves submission of a Comprehensive Progress Report written in the form of a manuscript and an Appendix that describes future research plans. Students will take a qualifying exam after completing two full semesters of research.
Comprehensive examination and admission to candidacy
In the BME PhD Program a research proposal and oral examination constitute the Comprehensive Examination required by the SD Mines Graduate School. Students must prepare and submit their Research Proposal to their Advisory Committee by the end of their second year in the BME PhD Program. Following successful defense of the oral examination the student may apply for admission to candidacy.
A dissertation defense and a final oral examination are required for this degree.