As a Ph.D. in Bioengineering student, your original research will be guided by your advisor and contribute to the knowledge base in the scientific community. You may be involved in the design and regulatory approval of advanced medical technologies, as well as the manufacturing of health care products. Funding opportunities include research or teaching assistantships and fellowships. Lab rotations, funded as graduate research assistantships, are available for top Ph.D. candidates and offer a one-year opportunity for students to rotate through research labs within the School of Biomedical Engineering to find the ideal match of research project and advisor for their dissertation research.

The Ph.D. curriculum includes core courses in advanced mathematics and statistics, biomedical engineering, and biotechnology, as well as technical electives chosen from numerous engineering and life science courses. The curriculum is designed to provide flexibility and support your research specialty. You will also be required to complete a Ph.D. qualifying process, present your research plan in a preliminary exam, and defend your completed research in a final exam/dissertation defense.

Strengths of the program include the following:

  • Opportunities to develop major advances in the health care field
  • Nationally and internationally recognized faculty from over a dozen departments
  • Practical and academic experience with regulatory issues and approval processes with animal and human subjects
  • Conducting research in state-of-the-art facilities, including the nationally renowned Veterinary Teaching Hospital
  • Community of innovators on the cutting edge of research in cancer, orthopedics, cardiovascular disease, nanotechnology, biosensors, and more

Intra-University in Colleges of Health and Human Sciences, Engineering, Natural Sciences, Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Effective Spring 2019

Core Course Requirements
Select one from the following:3
Biomolecular Tools for Engineers
Methods in Cell and Molecular Biology: Mammalian Cell Culture Techniques
Methods in Cell and Molecular Biology: Immunochemical Techniques
Methods in Cell and Molecular Biology: Radiation Cytogenetics
BIOM 570/MECH 570Bioengineering3
BIOM 592Seminar1
MATH 530Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers4
STAT 512Design and Data Analysis for Researchers II4
Program Total Credits:15

Specific requirements for the Ph.D. in Bioengineering

  • Minimum of 72 semester credits of graduate work in approved course of study.
  • Minimum of 42 semester credits earned at CSU (while in the graduate program).
  • Minimum of 32 semester credits earned after admission to CSU.
  • 10 credits earned after master's degree is accepted for credit with approval from the student's major advisor, the bioengineering program, and the Graduate School.
  • Minimum of 12 semester credits in 500 level (and above) formerly taught courses (not including dissertation and independent study) earned at CSU (post master's degree). The preceding list of core courses must be satisfied (15 credits). In addition, at least two life science courses (500-level or above) and two engineering courses (500-level or above) must be taken (12 credits minimum) as part of their graduate study (either as a master's student or Ph.D. student).
  • Successful completion of the qualifying exam.
  • Successful completion of the preliminary exam.
  • Successful completion of the dissertation defense.