As the program is multi- and inter-disciplinary, the curriculum is designed to provide a synergistic combination of formal courses, seminars, teaching opportunities, interactions with clinicians, and individualized biomedical engineering research experiences in the laboratories of the Biomedical Engineering faculty.
All students are required to take core courses in the areas of Biomaterials, Biomechanics, Bioelectronics/Imaging, and Biology (Cell and Molecular Biology and either Gross Human Anatomy or Human Physiology), as well as Analytic Techniques in Engineering Analysis, Ethics in Research, Experimental Design and Data Analysis, Lab Rotation, Supervised Teaching, and Introduction to Clinical Practices. In addition to the basic core curriculum, students are required to take additional coursework in their area of specialization. Overall, Ph.D. students must complete a minimum of 81 hours of graduate work and must maintain an overall grade point average of at least 3.0.
The required and selected courses are intended to focus and support the individual's mastery of his or her particular area of expertise. Throughout their graduate training, students have access to the bioengineering and biosciences laboratories at both UTHSCSA and UTSA. This provides a unique opportunity to have learning experiences in medical, dental, bioscience, and engineering environments.