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BME Graduate Program Curriculum

Total minimum number of required hours: 34
NOTE: All courses (except JPE 610) should be completed prior to your thesis proposal.

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The below table provides an overview of the Biomedical Engineering curriculum by category and hours required.

Description Requirement
Integrative Engineering-Biomedical Science
BME Problem-Based Course (3 options)
One, 3-hour course
Bioscience, Data Science, Engineering, and Elective Courses 5-7 courses (21 hours total)
  • 1 bioscience course
  • 1 data science course
  • 1 engineering course
  • 2-4 research-specific electives
Advanced Graduate Seminar Course One, 3-hour topical discussion-format course
Ethics, Teaching and Professional
Developing Training Course
Three, 1-hour courses
Seminar Attendance 7 seminars per semester; four semesters

Integrative Engineering-Biomedical Science Course

  • BMED 7011, 7012, 7013
  • Time taken: typically the Fall and Spring of Year 1
  • Hours: Students enrolling in Fall 2016 or beyond must take one Integrative Core Course. Students enrolling before Fall 2016 must take two such courses.
  • Purpose: The courses are designed to develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills essential to the integration of engineering and bioscience. The course will also include discussion involving ethical questions in science and engineering. By the end of this series, students should be able to:
    • Critically read and evaluate journal articles
    • Pose well-developed research questions
    • Propose relevant research methodologies to address such questions
    • Communicate this information effectively both orally and in writing

Bioscience, Data Science, Engineering, and Elective Courses

  • Time taken: typically the Fall and Spring of Year 1
  • Course requirements:
    • 5-7 courses (21 hours total)
      • 1 bioscience course
      • 1 data science course
      • 1 engineering course
      • 2-4 research-specific electives
    • All courses must be proposed on the Program of Study and approved by the graduate program committee.
    • Students may transfer up to 9 credit hours from another institution, pending graduate program committee approval.
    • Student must take 9 credit hours in a declared area for a required minor. The Request for Approval of Doctoral Minor form must be completed and submitted to the Graduate Program Manager.
    • Students may select from the following courses for each category. Courses not listed require graduate program committee petition.
  • Course List (Georgia Tech login required)
  • Purpose: Courses focus on learning fundamental concepts in engineering, bioscience, data science, and the application of the three.

Advanced Graduate Seminar Course

  • Course numbers vary
  • Time taken: typically in Year 2
  • Hours: 3 hours each (only one required)
  • Purpose: Provides an in-depth study into a research area, building upon skills developed in the Integrative Core courses. Classes typically include journal article reviews, presentations, and scientific writing. Choice of course depends on course schedules, research interests, and discussions with advisor. The course will also include discussion involving ethical questions in science and engineering. While the only prerequisite for any Advanced Seminar course is that the student must be in their second year or later, students will be more successful in and get more out of each Advanced Seminar course if they have or obtain the suggested pre-course content listed here. This content is highly recommended by the course instructors.
  • Currently offered Advanced Seminars topics:
    • Biomaterials & Regenerative Medicine
    • Cardiovascular Biology & Biomechanics
    • Cellular & Biomolecular Engineering
    • Integrative Biosystems
    • Biomedical Imaging & Optics
    • Neuroengineering

Ethics, Teaching, and Professional Development Training Courses

  • BMED 7004, 7005
  • Time taken: Fall and Spring, respectively, of Year 2
  • Purpose: This series of courses are required to coincide with the student's time as a TA. It is designed to provide students with the practical frameworks for understanding challenges faced during teaching, research, and academic life. These courses provide instructional and hands-on training in up-to-date pedagogical practices, responsible conduct of research, and professional development.

For GT/Emory BME PhD Students:

  • In addition to the ethical training a student receives within the BME curriculum (1.5 hours in Integrative Core, 1.5 hours in Advanced Seminar, and 6 hours in the Teaching & Research Practica), a student must also take JPE 600 and JPE 610 through Emory University (register via OPUS). 
    • JPE 600:
      - Time taken: typically the Fall semester of Year 1
      - Design: This is a one-day course that introduces students to the foundations of ethical reflection (includes six hours of course content)
    • JPE 610:
      - Time taken: taken: prior to graduation
      - Design: Students must attend a minimum of four workshops/seminars sponsored by the Laney Graduate School Center for Ethics. A schedule of qualified sessions can be found here.

For PKU-Beijing BME PhD Students:

  • PKU-Beijing students must use the PKU Ethics Training Completion Form to document all ethics training completion. 
    • JPE 600
    • JPE 610
    • BMED 7004
    • Ethics-specific sessions in one Integrative Core and one Advanced Seminar course.
  • Fall and Spring semesters of Year 2
  • Purpose: Teaching is considered an integral part of the educational experience and is a requirement of the program.  PhD students serve as Teaching Assistants for two BME undergraduate courses.  Note: students must take BMED 7004 and BMED 7005 during their first and second semesters of TAing, respectively.
  • Assignments: The Director of Graduate Training makes the final course assignments, based primarily on student preference.
  • TA Orientation (TATT 600):
    • Students must register for this day and a half orientation through OPUS at the beginning of their first semester as a TA.
    • Held at Laney Graduate School at Emory.
    • Designed to introduce students to common issues associated with being a TA.
  • BME Teaching Assistant Expectations:
    • TAs should not be expected to devote more than an average of ten hours per week to TA duties.
      • To ensure that students are given reasonable responsibilities and an accurate expectation of their roles throughout the semester, all TAs are required to complete a BME Teaching Assistant Expectations Form.
      • This form facilitates a guided discussion between the TA and the Instructor at the beginning of the course semester. 
      • Both the TA and the Instructor must sign the form, and the form must be uploaded to the appropriate T-Square site (BMED 7004 or BMED 7005) by the second Friday of the semester.
  • BME Teaching Assistant Evaluations:
    • All Instructors will complete the BME Teaching Assistant Evaluation Form at the end of each semester. 
      • This form includes a performance rubric.  All TAs must perform an average of 3 on each criterion for successful completion of his/her Assistantship.  Failure to reach this level of performance will result in required attendance of one-on-one teaching training at the Center for Enhanced Teaching & Learning, and an additional semester of TA responsibilities. 
      • Both the TA and the Instructor must sign this form to encourage feedback and mentorship.

Seminar Attendance

  • BMED 7001
  • Time taken: Fall and Spring semesters of both Year 1 and Year 2
  • Hours: 1 hour each (four hours total)
  • Form needed: A Seminar Participation Form documenting seminars attended MUST be completed and signed by each student, and uploaded to the semester-specific BMED 7001 T-Square site by 5 pm on the last day of the semester.
  • Purpose: To provide students with exposure to a variety of research and professional development subjects and a diverse pool of speakers from academia, industry, and government. Attendance is also a great opportunity for students to interact with other faculty and students within BME and from other programs.
  • This course requires the attendance of five research seminars and two professional/career development seminars each semester that meet the guidelines below.
    • Must be hosted by Georgia Tech, Emory University, or Georgia State University.
    • Three of the five research seminars must be sponsored by BME or IBB/BIOE.
    • These requirements of five research seminars and two professional/career development seminars apply for all students enrolling in BMED 7001 starting Fall 2016.
  • Failure to attend seven seminars and/or failure to submit the form on time will result in an Unsatisfactory (U) for the course.

Global Perspective Course (for PKU students only)

  • Time taken: while PKU Beijing students are in Atlanta.
  • PKU Beijing students may elect to take one Global Perspective course while in Atlanta. Courses that fill this requirement include:
    • MGT 4030: International Accounting
    • MGT 4055: International IT Issues
    • MGT 4070: International Finance
    • MGT 4117: Global Workforce Management
    • MGT 4335: International Marketing
    • MGT 4360: Global Operations
    • MOT 6126: International Issues in MOT
    • MOT 6129: International Business & Finance

Thesis Hours

  • BMED 9XXX (course is Advisor-specific)
  • Time taken: throughout time as a graduate student
  • Purpose: each student takes the 9000 course specifically assigned to his/her advisor. These hours should reflect time spent doing research and will makeup the remainder of your hours after coursework each semester to reach your total required (21 hours in Fall and Spring, and 16 hours in Summer)