Our Design, Technology, and Entrepreneurship (DTE) curriculum is both comprehensive and diverse, crossing disciplines in science, medicine and engineering, as well as those that delve into cognitive reasoning and creative development.

Core Courses

These courses are required of all students.

  • BSR 1900: DTE Makers Studio I
  • BSR 2003: Thinking Science
  • BSR 6805: Fundamentals of Nanomedicine
  • BSR1901: DTE Makers Studio II - Pharmacogenomics
  • BSR5900: DTE-x I
  • BSR5901: DTE-x II
  • The Q.E.D. Project
  • Translating Science

Course Descriptions

Our program offers an eclectic and comprehensive set of courses.

DTE Makers Studio I

This is a three credit hands-on studio course designed to explore different ways of solving problems by using technology to create physical models. You will be required to design and make a component of a larger system being developed by the class as a team.

Thinking Science

An elective course introducing the various styles used when attacking a scientific problem and exploring how these styles are influenced by the background of the investigator. The course will focus on selected topics in which multiple experts interactively discuss their strategies with you and other students.

Fundamentals of Nanomedicine

This combined lecture and laboratory course will cover the synthesis of multifunctional nanoparticles, techniques for NP characterization, applications in imaging (optical, CT, and MRI) and applications in therapy (drug delivery, genetic therapies, and tissue engineering).

DTE Makers Studio II - Pharmacogenomics

A hands-on studio course designed to explore the value of the human genome through the creation of quantitative models of the value of genetic information in the context of pharmacogenomics.


A one credit course designed as an extension of the BMS Core by discussing weekly topics in the context of DTE’s focus on the purpose-driven 4D approach to solving biomedical problems.


The second part of a two-semester course sequence designed as an extension of the BMS Core by discussing weekly topics in the context of DTE’s focus on the purpose-driven 4D approach to solving biomedical problems

The Q.E.D. Project

The Q.E.D. Project provides a hands-on, team-based, technology development experience for you as a graduate student. Over the course of an academic year, you will be part of a student-led team that will learn to define a specific problem, invent a technology-based solution to the problem, and build a prototype solution for it. You will then evaluate these solutions based on innovation, practicality, ease of use and adoption, economic impact, and commercial potential.

Translating Science

Translating Science is a semester-long course that focuses on the thinking behind clinical and translational aspects of biology. The primary objective of the course is to introduce you to the style of thinking required for effective translational research including (i) understanding the issues that distinguish translational from basic research, and (ii) interacting meaningfully with clinician collaborators. The course emphasizes instructors with direct experience in translational biology.

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Application Deadline
December 1, 2015