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Program of Study

Program of Study for the Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering


Year 1 (BME Core)

The first year of graduate study is designed to arm you with the fundamental principles necessary  in your field of study within biomedical engineering. During the 1st year, completion of all these courses plus an oral presentation are required in order to participate in the screening exam at the end of the spring semester. Passing the screening exam indicates that you may continue with the PhD program.

1.     Complete Lab Rotations courses: BME 505a (fall) and BME 505b (spring)

2.     Choose  ANY 4 classes from the list below:

Year 1, Fall:

  • BME 501 Advanced Studies in Biomedical Systems (cardiopulmonary, neuromuscular, renal and endocrine)
  • BME 502 Advanced Studies of the Nervous System (structure and function of the nervous system examined from the viewpoint of computational systems science)
  • BME 511 Physiological Control Systems
  • BME 513 Signals & Systems Analysis
  • BME 510 Cellular Systems Engineering
  • BME 599 Nanomedicine & Drug Delivery (Currently listed as a special topic; Instructor: Eun Ji Chung)

Year 1, Spring:

  • BME 501 Advanced Studies in Biomedical Systems (cardiopulmonary, neuromuscular, renal and endocrine)
  • BME 513 Signals & Systems Analysis
  • BME 530 Introduction to Systems Biology
  • BME 506 Bioengineering of Disease & Cell Therapeutics
  • BME 525 Advanced Biomedical Imaging 

Years 2, 3, 4 and Beyond (Research and Dissertation)

The 2nd, 3rd  and 4th year of graduate study allows you to focus on a research area/topic to explore and develop for your dissertation. By the end of your third year, you should be able to take the Qualifying Exam. After passing the Qualifying Exam, you are eligible to take coursework for your dissertation. You must take at least BME 794ab for a total of 4 units.
BME 790
Directed Research
BME 794abcdz
Doctoral Dissertation


All information contained here is summarized from the USC Catalogue and is considered non-official. For all rules, regulations, procedures, and outlines, please see the current academic year USC catalogue.