Biomechanics Track

Total Track Hours must equal 15

Biomechanics applies mechanical sciences to biological systems at the nano-, micro-, and macro-scales. In this track you will study static and dynamic properties of cells, soft and hard tissues, extra-cellular matrix, and biomaterials. Materials studies will be on how materials interact with the human body. You will also gain an understanding of stability and control of mechanical systems. Application areas include medical device design and implantable prosthetics for treating conditions related to disease and aging, occupational and physical therapy aids, and quantitative physiology.

Students following this track take:

TAM 210 Introduction to Statics (2 hr)
(Prerequisite: PHYS 211; credit or concurrent registration in MATH 241)
TAM 212 Introductory Dynamics (3 hr)
(Prerequisite: TAM 210 or TAM 211)
TAM 251 Introductory Solid Mechanics (3 hr)
(Prerequisite: TAM 210 or TAM 211)

and select remaining hours from:

BIOE 461 Cellular Biomechanics (4 hr)
(BIOE students have instructor consent to take this course without TAM 251 prerequisite)
ME 481 Whole-Body Musculoskel Biomech (3 hr)
(Prerequisite: TAM 212 and TAM 251)
ME 482 Musculoskel Tissue Mechanics (3 hr)
(Prerequisite: TAM 251)
TAM 445 Continuum Mechanics (4 hr)
(Prerequisite: TAM 251; MATH 241)
ME 330 Engineering Materials (4 hr) - Recommended for Prosthetics and Orthodics
(Restricted to 2 BIOE registrations per semester; contact BIOE department office)


The following is recommended as a free elective:

GE 101 Engineering Graphics & Design (3 hr)