Master of Science in Engineering Concentration in Biomedical Engineering: Biomechanics Track

The Biomechanics track provides an understanding of the structure and function of biological systems by applying mechanics. It merges engineering, technology, orthopedics, and physics in order to solve problems relating to human mobility, bone fracture, medical device design and manufacturing of implants.  The objective of this program is to prepare students to conduct research and interact with physicians, engineers, physical therapists, athletic trainers, coaches, and athletes to improve performance and recovery time while preventing injury. Focusing on analyzing biological structures such as bone, muscles, tendons and ligaments, the Biomechanics track uses this research to predict stress and stain failure limits. A graduate degree in biomechanics will prepare the students to excel in a range of clinical and educational settings through a blend of engaging course work and practical research opportunities. Our expert faculty, fully equipped biomechanics facilities, and the opportunity to interact with clinical research hospitals, orthopedic physicians, and leading medical devices manufacturing companies in the greater Milwaukee area will prepare gradates to be future leaders in this field.

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Track Course Requirements:

  • All students must take 3 credits of Bioengineering seminar, ElecEng 880.  
  • Students must also take at least 6 credits from Group A and 9 credits from Group B with a maximum of 3 credits in Independent Study with appropriate topic (subject to advisor’s approval). 
  • Thesis option students must take at least an additional 12 credits from Group A or B.
  • Non-thesis option students must take an additional 18 credits combined from Group A or B
  • Students need to have at least 2, but no more than 3 credits of MechEng/CivEng 880
  • The remaining credits may be taken as free electives.

Group A

Civ Eng/ MechEng 463- Introduction to Finite Elements 3 cr U/G
Civ Eng/MechEng 466- Mechanics of Composites 3 cr U/G
Civ Eng/MechEng 469- Introduction to Biomechanical Engineering 3 cr U/G
Civ Eng  Orthopedics Biomechanics 3 cr U/G
MatlEng 485- Introduction to Biomaterials  3 cr U/G

Group B

Civ Eng 401- Intermediate Strength of Materials  3 cr U/G
Civ Eng /MechEng 463- Introduction to Finite Elements 3 cr U/G
Civ Eng 502- Experimental Stress Analysis  3 cr U/G
Civ Eng 560- Intermediate Structural Analysis  3 cr U/G
Civ Eng /MechEng 580- Engineering Analysis in Applied Mechanics 3 cr U/G
Civ Eng 616- Computational Hydraulics and Environmental Flows 3 cr U/G
Civ Eng 701- Advanced Strength of Materials 3 cr G
Civ Eng 725- Finite Element Methods in Engineering 3 cr G
Civ Eng 732- Fatigue in Engineering Materials 3 cr G
Civ Eng 755- Mechanics of Hard and Soft Tissues 3 cr G
Civ Eng/MechEng 773- Advanced Dynamics 3 cr G
Civ Eng 801- Applied Elasticity 3 cr G
Mech Eng/Civ Eng 880- Bioengineering Seminar 1 cr G
ElecEng 436- Introduction to Medical Instrumentation 3 cr U/G
ElecEng 437- Introduction to Biomedical Imaging 3 cr U/G
ElecEng 438- Bioanalytics and Biomedical Diagnostics 3 cr U/G
HMS 520- Advanced Biomechanics 3 cr U/G
HMS 521- Pathoetiology of Musculoskeletal Injury 3 cr U/G
HMS 522- Qualitative Analysis of Human Movement 3 cr U/G
HMS 720- Biomechanics Research Methods 3 cr G
HMS 725- Interdisciplinary Themes in Biomechanics 3 cr G
Ind Eng 467- Introductory Statistics for Physical Science and Engineering Students 3 cr G
MatlEng 410- Mechanical Behavior of Materials 3 cr G
MatlEng/MechEng 457- Engineering Composites 3 cr U/G
MatlEng/MechEng 465- Friction and Wear 3 cr U/G
MatlEng 710- Advanced Mechanical Behavior of Materials 3 cr G
OccThpy 593- Introduction to Biomedical and Rehabilitation Instrumentation 3 cr U/G
OccThpy 701- Advanced Measurement and Instrumentation in Health Care 3 cr G