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Congratulations BME Students

2014 research and creative activity grant award winners   
2014 Graduate Student Research and Creative Activity Grant Award Recipients:
Wei Lv, Eagappanath Thiruppathi, Bo Yang, and Austin Letcher

EAGAPPANATH THIRUPPATHI (second from the left) was also recently awarded a grant from the Sigma Xi Committee on Grants-in-Aid of Research in support of his research proposal "A Molecular Non-Fouling Coating for Cardiovascular Metallic Biomaterials."


society for biomaterials host biomaterials day in 2014

USD's Society for Biomaterials Chapter was awarded a $5,000 grant to host Biomaterials Day in 2014. 2013-2014 Officers pictured above from left to right: Sujan Lamichhane, Jacob Miszuk, Chris Blahna, Wei Lv, Jordan Anderson and Austin Letcher.

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Program Description:

Biomedical engineering (BME) focuses on the application of engineering and science methodologies to the analysis of biological and physiological problems and to the development and delivery of health-care technologies.  The biomedical engineer serves as an interface between traditional engineering disciplines and living systems and may work in either direction, applying the patterns of living organisms to engineering design or engineering new approaches to human health.  Both the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees are cross-disciplinary degrees.  The objective of the M.S. program is to prepare a student for research and development careers in biomedical industry and for additional training at the doctoral level.  The Ph.D. program will prepare a student for a career as a researcher who advances the frontiers of biomedical science and engineering with attention to generating new ideas for commercialization.

Current Focus Areas of Faculty Activity within the Program are:
  1. Biomaterials for Drug Delivery
  2. Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
  3. Nanomaterials for Biological Sensing
Admission Requirements:
  • All Graduate School Admission Requirements must be met.
  • An appropriate baccalaureate degree (biomedical, chemical, electrical, mechanical, or metallurgical engineering; materials science and engineering; or other related discipline).
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test is required.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.7 or Graduate GPA of 3.0.
  • Proficiency Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) by scoring a 79 on the Internet-Based TOEFL (IBT) or 550 on the written TOEFL.  The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) Exam is also accepted with a minimum score of 6.0.  Students from English-speaking countries are not required to submit a TOEFL score if their academic records indicate that English was the classroom language for the majority of their schoolwork.  Foreign students who have obtained an undergraduate or graduate degree from an American college or university are not required to submit a TOEFL score.  Please see Graduate International Admissions for more information.
  • For students without a baccalaureate degree in an engineering field, calculus 3 is required for full admission. One can be provisionally admitted without Calculus 3 provided that Calc 3 is taken and passed in the first semester after admission. 
  • Subject to program approval, applicants who do not meet all of the criteria may be admitted on a provisional basis.
  • Applicants are encouraged to apply early.  Assistantship decisions are typically made in mid-March.
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Required Courses for both M.S. and Ph.D.

Master of Science (33 credits)         M.S. Student Handbook
Doctor of Philosophy (84 credits)     Ph.D. Student Handbook

Biomedical Engineering is an extremely broad discipline.  A consequence of this breadth is that it is difficult to define a set of core courses that will satisfy the needs of all students.  In USD's program, we have identified a short list of courses that we believe are essential for all students, and this list is enumerated below.  In addition to the listed courses, a graduate student's advisor as well as their advisory committee may require that a student take other courses (from Biomedical Engineering and other disciplines as appropriate) that are relevant to their research and career goals.  Up to 21 credits of prior graduate level coursework may be applied toward the Ph.D. program at the discretion of the student's advisory committee. 

Course Number

Course Title


BME 601


3 credits

BME 602

Anatomy & Physiology for Engineers

3 credits

BME 603

Molecular Biology for Engineers

3 credits

BME 608

Biomedical Engineering

3 credits

BME 610

Experimental Design & Analysis

3 credits

BME 790

Seminar (Master's Students)

3 credits

BME 790

Seminar (Ph.D. Students)

6 credits

BME 798

Master's Thesis (M.S. Students)

6 credits

BME 898

Dissertation (Ph.D. Students)

30 credits


Approved Electives (M.S. Students)

9 credits


Approved Electives (Ph.D. Students)

33 credits

Financial Support:

Graduate Assistantships are available ($6,314 - $30,000 yr.) on a competitive basis.  Awarding of assistantships is based on:

  • Availability
  • Ability to communicate well in oral/written English
  • Satisfactory performance in coursework
For questions regarding admission into our graduate program, please contact:
Dr. Gopinath Mani, Assistant Professor
University of South Dakota
4800 N. Career Ave., Suite 221
Sioux Falls, SD  57107
Phone: 605-367-7773