Pitt | Swanson Engineering

Track Coordinator: Rakie Cham ( rcham@pitt.edu)

Biomechanics is the application of mechanical principles to biological systems. The Biomechanics Track curriculum was designed for flexibility so that students are able to tailor their degree into a focus area that is of interest to them. Examples of such areas include cell biomechanics, tissue / organ biomechanics, orthopaedic biomechanics, design, biomaterials, whole-body biomechanics, human factors, rehabilitation biomechanics, motor control and robotics. The Biomechanics Track curriculum is also designed to ensure that the fundamentals of contemporary biomechanics are covered. Our goal is to cover the fundamentals in Biomechanics while still allowing flexibility in individual focus.

All Biomechanics students are required to take BIOENG 1631 (Biomechanics 2) and either BIOENG 1632 (Biomechanics 3) or BIOENG 1633 (Biomechanics 4). The remaining 4 courses are elective. Consistent with their COMPREHENSIVE ELECTIVES PLAN (CEP), students can choose courses from bioengineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, robotics, math, biomaterials, cell/molecular biology, nursing, etc. Students should identify their Biomechanics focus area in the CEP and state why selected courses are important to helping realize their post-graduate goals.

Preapproved track electives are listed below. Please note that the list is only a sample of courses compiled based on track courses taken by students who have previously pursued the Biomechanics Track. Students may petition the track coordinator to have new courses placed on the list. Additionally, if you are interested in taking a course that is relevant to Biomechanics as a part of your CEP that is not listed here, you may request approval from the track coordinator for an individual exception.

Students pursuing the Biomechanics Track are encouraged to obtain a minor in Mechanical Engineering, which is a particularly attractive option for students interested in industrial positions post-graduation. With proper planning, Biomechanics students can use their 6 track electives plus 2 advanced engineering/science electives to obtain the minor. Please consult the GET A MINOR webpage for further details.

NOTE : All bioengineering students must have a minimum of 4 engineering courses out of the 8 elective courses (6 track courses and 2 advanced engineering/science courses).

Biomechanics Track Requirements :

  • TWO Required Engineering Courses :
    • BIOENG 1631 : Biomechanics 2 (Introduction to Biodynamics/Biosolid Mechanics)
    • And at least one of
      • BIOENG 1632 : Biomechanics 3 (Biodynamics of Movement)
      • or BIOENG 1633 : Biomechanics 4 (Tissues and Organ)
        ***Both can be used as concentration electives. Only one is required.
  • FOUR advanced Engineering/Science electives selected from :
    • Engineering courses
    • BIOENG 1351 : Computer Applications in Bioengineering
    • BIOENG 1810 : Biomaterials and Biocompatibility
    • BIOENG 1370 : Computational Simulation in Medical Device Design
    • BIOENG 2000 : Bioengineering Signal Acquisitions Lab
    • BIOENG 2061 : Ergonomics and Occupational Biomechanics
    • ENGR 0022 : Materials Structure and Properties
    • IE 1061 : Human Factors Engineering
    • MEMS 1015 : Rigid-Body Dynamics
    • MEMS 1028 : Mechanical Design 1
    • MEMS 1047 : Finite Element Analysis
    • ME 2003 : Introduction to Continuum Mechanics
    • ME 2045 : Linear Control Systems
    • REHSCI 1220 : Kinesiology and Biomechanics
      Science courses
    • CHEM 0310 : Organic Chemistry 1
    • CHEM 0320 : Organic Chemistry 2
    • MATH 1080 : Numerical Linear Algebra
    • MATH 1360 : Modeling in Applied Math 1
    • NUR 0013 : Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
    • REHSCI 1200 : Human Anatomy
    • HRS 1701 : Introduction to Prosthetics and Orthotics


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