Major: Biomedical Science
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 45.0-51.0 (MS) or 90.0 (PhD)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 26.0102
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 19.1042
About the Program
The Biomedical Science program at the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems applies fundamental biological research, analysis and technology to human health. The program educates students whose undergraduate education is in basic life sciences (e.g., biology) or paramedical disciplines in quantitative data analysis, mathematical modeling, systems analysis and informatics.
For students entering with degrees in physics, mathematics, and/or computer science, the School, in close collaboration with the Department of Biology, provides the coursework needed to acquire proficiency in the life sciences.
Master students can choose to include a 6 months co-op cycle as part of their studies. Students may also choose to enroll in concentrations such as as biomedical technology development, biomaterials and tissue engineering, or bioinformatics. They can also specialize in neuroengineering, biomechanics or imaging and devices. Students who graduate with a master's degree from the biomedical science program often continue clinical training in medicine, dentistry, or veterinary medicine; pursue further graduate study toward the PhD degree; or work in industry in such fields as health care, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, etc.
The Biomedical Science program has an articulation with Interdepartmental Medical Science (IMS) at the Drexel College of Medicine, which can be pursued after taking one year of required classes. Applicants to the IMS program include students who are late in their decision to apply to medical school, students interested in improving their academic record before applying or re-applying to medical schools, or students who would like a year in a medical school setting before deciding whether medicine is the career for them.
Andres Kriete, PhD
Associate Director for Graduate Studies
School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
Associate Director for Graduate Programs
School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
For more information, visit the The School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems website.
Master of Science in Biomedical Science Degree Requirements
The core requirements for the master's in biomedical science encompass approximately 45.0 course credits (most courses carry three credits each). Students who choose the non-thesis option must take 51.0 credits of coursework and cannot register for thesis or research credits.
The curriculum includes room for specialization in several areas in biomedical engineering, as well as concentrations in biomaterials and tissue engineering, bioinformatics and biomedical technology development.
Three concentrations are available:
- Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
Biomaterials and tissue engineering is designed to provide students with advanced training in cellular and molecular biology relevant to tissue engineering and behavior of materials used in biomedical applications.
This specialization emphasized a systems engineering approach to provide a foundation in systems biology and pathology informatics. Students are provided with hands-on experience in the application of genomic, proteomic, and other large-scale information to biomedical engineering as well as experience in advanced computational methods used in systems biology: pathway and circuitry, feedback and control, cellular automata, sets of partial differential equations, stochastic analysis, and biostatistics.
- Biomedical Technology Development
This concentration area aims to provide engineers with the comprehensive education and training necessary to succeed in careers in business, industry, non-profit organizations, and government agencies involving biomedical technology development.
|BMES 505||Mathematics for Biomedical Sciences I||3.0|
|BMES 506||Mathematics for Biomedical Sciences II||3.0|
|BMES 507||Mathematics for Biomedical Sciences III||3.0|
|BMES 510||Biomedical Statistics||4.0|
|BMES 511||Principles of Systems Analysis Applied to Biomedicine I||3.0|
|BMES 512||Principles of Systems Analysis Applied to Biomedicine II||3.0-4.0|
|or BMES 543||Quantitative Systems Biology|
|or BMES 611||Biological Control Systems I|
|BMES 515||Experimental Design in Biomedical Research||4.0|
|BMES 538||Biomedical Ethics and Law||3.0|
|BMES 546||Biocomputational Languages||4.0|
PhD in Biomedical Science Degree Requirements
Students with training in natural science or engineering, as well as individuals with academic or professional degrees in the medical science disciplines will be considered for admission to the doctoral program.
To be awarded the PhD degree, students must complete 90.0 required credits and fulfill a one-year residency requirement.
The following milestones have to be satisfied during the course of the program:
- Students must successfully pass the candidacy examination.
- Students must submit a PhD dissertation proposal and successfully defend it.
- Students must write a dissertation and successfully pass final oral defense.
Post-Baccalaureate Requirements and Post-Master's Requirements
Both post-baccalaureate and post-master's students are admitted into the doctoral program in Biomedical Science, but have slightly differing sets of requirements.
For post-master’s students, 45.0 of the credits that they earned toward their Master’s degree may be applied toward the PhD. If coming from the Master’s program in Biomedical Science at the School of Biomedical Engineering, those courses they took would apply.
For post-baccalaureate students, students must complete a minimum of 90.0 credits and a research thesis. These 90.0 credits include the core courses required by Drexel’s MS in Biomedical Science.
In addition to the required courses, post-baccalaureate PhD students must take at least 21.0 more credits in courses. This balance may be taken as research and/or thesis/dissertation credits.
Thesis Advisor/Plan of Study
During the first year of the program all Doctoral students are required to identify a Thesis Advisor and complete a plan of study. The student’s Thesis Advisor and the Graduate Advisor will guide the student in developing this plan of study. Each plan of study is individually tailored to the student, and includes a combination of research and course credits most beneficial and complimentary to the student’s chosen thesis topic.
The Candidacy Examination
Doctoral students must successfully pass a candidacy examination, preferably at the end of the first year of their study.
The overall objective of the candidacy examination is to test the student's basic knowledge and preparedness to proceed toward a PhD in Biomedical Science. After a satisfactory performance on the candidacy examination the student is awarded the Doctoral Candidate status. Candidates must submit a Thesis Proposal by the end of the second year and defend it in an oral presentation to a committee of five faculty members.
After the student has successfully completed all the necessary research and composed a thesis manuscript, in accordance with the guidelines specified by the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, he or she then must formally defend their thesis. A formal thesis defense includes an oral presentation of research accomplishments in front of a committee of faculty members. The thesis defense is open to the general public.
Prospective PhD students are welcome to contact the school to discuss their research interests. For a more detailed description of the PhD requirements, please visit the School of Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems' Biomedical Science web site.
For more information, visit the School’s web site and click on Graduate Programs.
Interdepartmental Medical Science Pathway to the MS in Biomedical Science
The School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems collaborates with the Drexel College of Medicine, specifically with the Interdepartmental Medical Science Program (IMSP), to offer a unique pathway to a Masters in Biomedical Science degree. Students take one years of studies in the MS Biomedical Science program and another year in the IMS program (described below). This involves completing the core sequence and a thesis or taking a non-thesis option with additional coursework.
Interdepartmental Medical Science Program Curriculum
The IMS curriculum involves a full-time commitment to rigorous coursework with strong academic requirements. Six major medical school equivalent courses are taken over two semesters. These include Biomedical Basis of Disease; Function of the Human Body; Cell Biology & Histology; Basic & Clinical Immunology; Neuroanatomy: Structure & Function and Fundamentals of Nutrition & Diet. The courses are taught by the medical school faculty and students are guided by advisors when completing their medical school applications.
In addition to rigorous science courses, students also take a medical ethics course in the fall semester followed by a professionalism course in the spring. The campuses are approximately five miles apart and a University shuttle provides free transportation between the two.
Additionally, course conferences and laboratory components for IMS students are conducted at the Health Sciences Campus where the program is based. The IMS curriculum allows exposure to both medical school lectures and individual attention from medical school professors in small group conferences.
For more information, visit Drexel's College of Medicine's Interdepartmental Medical Science Program web page.