The biomaterials and therapeutics track covers an interdisciplinary field focused on the physical and biological study of biomaterials and drug delivery systems. It encompasses man-made materials, macromolecules, bioconjugates, modern drug delivery systems, networks, and self-assembling systems, as well as their interaction with the biological environment. The student in Biomaterials and Therapeutics track should understand the relationship between the structure of biomaterials and drug delivery systems, and their interactions with complex biological systems.

Masters Students

M.S. students within the biomaterials and therapeutic track must successfully complete either BME 7120 (Biocompatibility) or BME 6302 (Biomaterials) and at least one additional course from the list of Biomaterials and Therapeutics electives (shown below). Please, note that some of the courses are offered every other year and plan accordingly.

Ph.D. Students

Ph.D. Qualifying Exam

Ph.D. students in the biomaterials and therapeutics track are expected to have general knowledge in the field. Students are encouraged to take the qualifying exam in the second year of study. The qualifying exam covers topics specific to the field of biomaterials and drug delivery systems and integrates material offered from the track courses. One half of the exam requests the answers to mandatory questions from Biomaterials and Therapeutics track fundamentals. In the other half of the exam, each student can select questions that integrate materials from elective courses.

Comprehensive Resources

Biomaterials Science: An Introduction to Materials in Medicine, B.D. Ratner, A.S. Hoffman, F.J. Schoen, and J.E. Lemons, 3rd ed, Academic Press, 2012.

The program of study is a list of all courses to be completed by the student as a part of the requirements for the Ph.D. degree. The plan of study needs to be submitted to the department Graduate Academic Advisor prior to taking the qualifying exam. Typically, the choice of the student courses is dependent on the student’s Ph.D. research topic and must be approved by the student’s advisor, the Ph.D. supervisory committee, and the director of graduate studies.

Biomaterials and Therapeutics Elective Courses

Other courses may be taken as electives upon the approval of the student’s advisor and Ph.D. supervisory committee.


Questions regarding the Biomaterials and Therapeutics track should be directed to Dr. Tara Deans.