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Biomechanics Concentration

Our biomechanics concentration will give students a competitive advantage in the biomedical industry. Available to both undergraduate and graduate engineering students, this five-course concentration covers topics in tissue engineering, the strength and structural behavior of biocompatible materials, and the application of solid and fluid mechanics to biological systems in health and disease.

What Will You Learn?

The concentration prepares graduates for careers in research, design, and manufacturing in the areas of prosthetics, artificial organs, and rehabilitation devices. Examples of recent biomechanical projects done in senior design, undergraduate research, and graduate research have covered such topics as prosthetics, drug delivery systems, sports injury technologies, and traumatic brain injury prevention. All of these projects require students to generate posters, reports, and presentations, thereby providing them with a realistic professional experience. In addition, several biomechanical or related professional societies have student branches within the department. Several of these projects have appeared in internationally recognized conferences and journals.

The presentations are given as in-house lectures or as talks at conferences. They also provide the students with the opportunity to disseminate their work to a wider audience. Two of the more recent projects addressed the issues of positional asphyxia in very young children, and walking frame design. Both projects are undergraduate research.

Research Presentation: Zimmer Frame Redesign

The walking frame redesign project addressed the issue of back strain associated with the misuse of walking frames by the elderly. Here a new frame was developed to force a correct use of the frame and a study was performed the examined the resulting change in strain experienced by the back muscles.

Concentration Requirements

Students accepted into the concentration will choose five courses. Students must choose two from the following list of biology courses:

course number

course name

total credits

BIOL 207

Anatomy and Physiology I 1


BIOL 208

Anatomy and Physiology II


BIOL 222

Biology for Engineers


BIOL 441

Cardiovascular Biology 1


The other three courses are selected from the following Mechanical Engineering courses:

MECH 427

Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering 2


MECH 437

Biomechanical Instrumentation


MECH 431

Structural Biomechanics


MECH 450

Introduction to Tissue Engineering


MECH 451

Introduction to Biofluid Mechanics


MECG 531

Introduction to Biomechanics


MECG 541

Special Topics 2


MECG 631

Biomechanics Modeling and Applications


MECG 741

Special Topics: in Mechanical Engineering 2


1 - Preferred courses for the concentration.

2 - New courses applicable to the Biomechanics concentration are being created and offered as Special Topics courses. Please consult the department chair and/or the concentration coordinator to determine if a particular Special Topics course may be applied to the concentration.

In addition, students are expected to pick a graduate design project within the biomechanics field. This hands-on program creates an engineer with critical, industry-specific tools.

To matriculate in the biomechanical concentration, you must earn an overall average GPA of 3.0 with no more than two grades lower than a 3.0 in any of the concentration courses. Incoming freshman, transfers and current students may enroll at any time.


For further information, please contact:

Dr. Parisa Saboori
Biomechanics Coordinator