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Doctor of Philosophy in Bioengineering

Prospective Students

Bioengineering is one of the fastest growing job markets this decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. An advanced degree in this area provides numerous opportunities to work in health care, biomedical industry, government regulatory agencies and academia. At CU Denver, you’ll work with top faculty and researchers in the field, with a choice of training pathways in basic research, clinical applications or commercialization of medical technologies.

The Doctor of Philosophy program prepares students for bioengineering careers in industry, government or academia.




Life Sciences Core (6 credits)

Core I (3 credits):

  • BIOE 5010 Cell and Molecular Biology for Bioengineers 

Core II (3 credits): Choose ONE from the following: 

  • BIOE 5011 Systems Physiology for Bioengineers 
  • BIOE 5073 Neural Interfaces & Bionic Limbs 
  • CANB 7600 Cancer Biology 
  • NRSC 7600 Cellular and Molecular Biology 
  • NRSC 7610 Fundamentals of Neuroscience

Quantitative Methods Core (6 credits)

Core I (3 credits): 

  • BIOE 5020 Analytics Methods for Engineering Analysis 
Core II (3 credits):
  • BIOE 5021 Numerical Methods for Engineering Analysis

Technology Core (6 credits)

Choose six credits (usually two courses) from the following:

  • BIOE 5053: Optics and Microscopy in Biomedical Research 
  • BIOE 5063: 3D Modeling for Bioengineers 
  • BIOE 5064: Advanced MatLab for Bioengineers and Life Scientists
  • BIOE 5065: Introduction to iOS Applications
  • BIOE 5068: Imaging for Bioengineering 
  • BIOE 5069: Advanced Biomechanics
  • BIOE 5073: Neural Interfaces & Bionic Limbs
  • BIOE 5083: Polymers in Biomedical Applications
  • BIOE 5420: Special Topics in Bioengineering (for the following topics only): 
    • Regulatory Affairs Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology 
    • Introduction to Design, Disability, and Aging
    • BioDesign 
  • BIOL 6764: Biological Data Analysis
  • CSCI 5211: Mobile Computing and Programming
  • ELEC 5638: Digital Imaging Processing
  • ELEC 5667: Wavelet Theory and Application
  • MECH 5020: Biomechanics
  • MECH 5025: Advanced Biomechanics
  • MECH 5175: Finite Element Stress Analysis
  • MECH 5143: Theory of Elasticity

*Students may also apply the following courses from the University of Colorado Boulder toward the Technology Core Requirement.

  • MCEN 5115: Mechatronics & Robotics I (Boulder) 
  • MCEN 5023: Solid Mechanics I (Boulder)

Research and Clinical Core (3 credits)

Students will begin their Clinical Experience meetings in the fall, but will register for a one-credit course in the spring. 

  • BIOE 5040 (2 credits) Research Methods for Bioengineers 
  • BIOE 5041 (1 credit) Clinical Experiences for Bioengineers

Electives (15 credits)

Dissertation (at least 30 credits)

Basic Research:
Students will emphasize traditional research with a focus on scientific discovery. Basic research is best for students interested in pursuing research careers in academia or industry.

Translational Bioengineering:
Students will work on projects that bridge the gap between clinical and laboratory settings. This track is best for students interested in academic and industry research as well as students interested in careers at regulatory agencies such as the FDA.

Students will choose their electives from the Business School’s Certificate in Entrepreneurship curriculum. Entrepreneurship is best for students interested in start-up biomedical technology. All aspects of the process required to commercialize a novel biomedical technology, device or application may be studied.

The MD-PhD degree is available for students concurrently enrolled in the Medical Scientist Training Program ​(MSTP) in the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Students complete the PhD degree (66 credits) in five years of full-time study. Please contact for advising.