Bioinstrumentation Graduate Track
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Bioinstrumentation is an interdisciplinary field requiring a knowledge of the basic principles in several areas including digital electronic systems, control systems, detection systems, and material biocompatibility. In addition to the basic principles, Ph.D's trained in the area of bioinstrumentation need an understanding of how to integrate the concepts and principles within the above areas to realize complete instrumentation systems with a variety of individual components. Ph.D. students in the Bioinstrumentation Track are given the training to perform research and development to a wide variety of component level and system level issues.

Masters Students

M.S. students within the bioinstrumentation track are required to successfully complete of one of the core bioinstrumentation courses as well as at least one additional elective bioinstrumentation course. The acceptable elective courses are listed below (bioinstrumentation core and/or advanced courses).

Ph.D. Students

Ph.D. Qualifying Exam: Ph.D. students in the bioinstrumentation track are expected to have general knowledge in the field. General knowledge includes sensor systems, control systems, digital systems, medical imaging techniques and optical systems as applied to biomedical instrumentation. The purpose of the Ph.D. Qualifying Exam is to encourage students to revisit the fundamental principles in bioinstrumentation and synthesize the material. Students should take the exam in the second or third year of study. Although the specific content of the exam changes each year, approximately 25% of the exam covers material from the M.S. level bioengineering core curriculum and 75% of the exam covers topics specific to the field of bioinstrumentation. Although specific courses are not required, the following set of courses serve as a basis for the bioinstrumentation qualifying exam. Additional information on the Ph.D. Qualifying Exam can be found in the Department of Bioengineering Ph.D. Requirements.

Bioinstrumentation Courses

Core Courses

Advanced Courses and the Program of Study

The Program of Study in Bioengineering is a list of all courses to be completed by the student as part of the requirements for the Ph.D. The plan must be approved by the advisor and by the research supervisory committee, and submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies prior to taking the Qualifying Exam. For the students in the Bioinstrumentation Track, the Program of Study in Bioengineering should include a hierarchy of courses selected to develop expertise in a focus area. Although there are no specific requirements, knowledge in fundamental areas noted above will be required to pass the Qualifying Exam. Additional expertise in a focus area will be required to perform well on the research proposal.

Additional courses must be completed to meet the minimum course credit hour requirements for the Ph.D. A typical plan of study would include approximately five specialized courses in addition to the Bioinstrumentation Track core courses to reach the course credit requirement. A limited set of example courses are given below. The specific set of courses, over and above the Bioinstrumentation Track core courses, should be selected on an individual basis to maximize expertise in the area most closely related to the student's area of research.

Sensors and Integrated Devices

Controls and Signal Processing

Optical Systems

Imaging Elective Courses

Bioinstrumentation Textbooks

Textbooks and lecture materials from the above courses are appropriate study guides for the qualifying exam. In addition, the following textbooks contain relevant material for the qualifying exam and may be used as supplemental study guides.


Questions regarding the Bioinstrumentation track should be directed to Dr. (801-581-7645).