Graduate Education

Biomedical engineering combines engineering principles with medical and biological sciences to improve human health. The graduate programs are offered in a collaboration between South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and the University of South Dakota. Both graduate programs are designed to prepare students for research and development.

Biomedical Engineering MS and Biomedical Engineering PhD

Offered jointly with the University of South Dakota (USD), biomedical engineering is concerned with the application of engineering and science methodologies to the analysis of biological and physiological problems to the delivery of health care. 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 organism to engineering design or engineering new approaches to human health. 

Both the master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees are cross-disciplinary degrees. The objective of the MS program is to prepare a student for research and development careers in biomedical industry and further research at the doctoral level. The PhD 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 biomaterials; bioimaging (instrumentation, methods and visualization); biomechanics (experimental and computational modeling/simulations), assistive technology/rehabilitation engineering, and tissue engineering. Students in these programs will be associated with one or more of several departments, research centers and laboratories.

Admission to either program will be based on the established graduate admission standards at South Dakota Mines. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE), three letters of recommendation, and a GPA of 3.00 or better are expected of all applicants for the PhD program. The TOEFL exam is required for students whose native language is not English. Students seeking exceptions warranted by special circumstances are requested to contact the biomedical engineering graduate program coordinator.

Program Contact

Dr. Steve Smith
Department Head
Nanoscience & Nanoengineering
Phone: (605) 394-5268
Office: EP 220  

Dr. Johnica Morrow
NANO-BME Program Coordinator
Nanoscience & Nanoengineering
Phone: (605)-394-1911
Office: EP 235A