- August 1 – November 1 of Year 2
- Forms needed: Honor Code Pledge & Academic Profile
- Prerequisites: Students must meet the minimum GPA requirement of 3.0 and have completed at least one integrative core course and one traditional engineering course.
- Purpose: To ensure that the graduate student has the tools necessary to be successful in the PhD program. The exam emphasizes the student’s ability to integrate bioscience and engineering concepts to solve problems.