Biomechanics option

What is Biomechanics?

万博水晶宫水Biomechanics is the study of the mechanical laws relating to the movement or structure of living organisms. This field represents the broad interplay between mechanics and biological systems, from the nano scale to whole-body systems. Research in biomechanics enhances our understanding of health, function and disease in living systems and can also serve as inspiration for engineering innovations. Biomechanics can inform and improve the design of medical devices, robotics, athletic equipment, and other applications.

Why a Biomechanics Options?

The program provides students with:

  • an undergraduate degree option that will appear on their transcript
  • a community of peers interested in biomechanics
  • announcements about research opportunities, internships, and other resources

The Biomechanics Curriculum

Students pursuing the biomechanics option must complete 19-credits including:

Course Credits Title
1 Biomechanics Seminar
3 Biological frameworks for engineering
6 Biomechanics Electives: Students must complete a minimum of two biomechanics electives. Extra courses also count as supporting electives.
  Supporting Electives: Remaining credits must be taken from the supporting electives list, which are selected to support your engineering fundamentals related to biomechanics.
Additional or new electives that are related to biomechanics can be approved by the biomechanics advisor, requiring submission of the course’s syllabus and a paragraph describing how the course supports the student’s education in biomechanics.

Biomechanics Electives (6+ credits)

Course Credits Title
3 Biomechanics of movement
4 Introduction to biomechanics
graded, up to 3 credits Independent research in biomechanics lab
3 credits, permission of instructor required Musculoskeletal biomechanics
5 Comparative biomechanics
3 Neural engineering
4 Neural engineering tech studios
4 Computational bioengineering
3 Tissue engineering

Supporting Electives

Course Credits Title
3 Engineering innovation in medicine
4 Advanced mechanics of materials
3 Kinematics and linkage design
3 Mechanical vibrations
4 Instrumentation
4 Finite element analysis
4 Introduction to computer-aided technology
4 Medical imaging
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