The Biomechanical Engineering Area is open to all graduate students having admission to graduate study in Mechanical Engineering. This area involves the application of Mechanical Engineering knowledge, skills, and principles to the conception, design, development, analysis and operation of biomechanical systems, including: artificial organs and prostheses; bioinstrumentation and measurements; bioheat transfer; biomaterials; biomechanics; bioprocess engineering; cellular mechanics; design and control of biological systems; and physiological systems. Graduate courses and research areas are available in (but not limited to):

  • Biofluid Systems
  • Bioheat Transfer
  • Bioinstrumentation
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical Optics
  • Biosignal Analysis
  • Cellular Biomechanics
  • Computational Modeling
  • Medical Robotics
  • Rehabilitation
  • Ultrasonics

Entrance Requirements

Entrance into the program is governed by the requirements of the Graduate School and Graduate Studies Committee of the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering. The prevailing standards for admission to the department include acceptable GRE scores (Verbal, Math, and Analytical portions) and an acceptable undergraduate GPA in Mechanical Engineering or a related field. The ME Biomechanical Program is administered by the area faculty. Biomechanical area faculty members should be contacted regarding the following items:

  1. Specific requirements for coursework and degree plans. 
  2. Any special requests for variances from the specific ME requirements.
  3. Assignment of Supervising Professor and office/laboratory space.
  4. Financial support as a Research Assistant, Teaching Assistant, or offer of fellowship to allow in-state tuition.
  5. PhD Qualifying Exam requirements.

The Graduate Program in the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering is centered on activities in Mechanical Engineering, in respect to the required coursework, the research work, and the background required of the student. The major course requirements and the instructional faculty are drawn from the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The required major courses emphasize mechanical engineering and the minor courses can be drawn from the broad spectrum of biomedical courses, including biology and physiology.

Master of Science Program

Major Area Courses. The Graduate School expects students to concentrate 24 semester hours (8 courses) in major and minor areas. Major area courses (5-6) are expected to be taken in the ME 385J course sequence and/or related areas in ME. Biomechanical Area Courses related to Mechanical Engineering include:

  • ME 385J Biomedical Heat Transfer
  • ME 385J Biomaterials
  • ME 385J Biosignal Analysis
  • ME 385J Cardiovascular Dynamics
  • ME 385J Musculoskeletal Biomechanics
  • ME 385J Bioinstrumentation
  • ME 397 Intro to Biomechanical Systems

Additional ME courses can be selected from the areas of Acoustics, Thermal Fluid Systems, Dynamic Systems and Control, Design and Manufacturing, Materials Science, Nuclear, or Operations Research.

Minor Area Courses. Minor area courses (2-3) are expected from the following list:

  • Additional courses in ME
  • Additional courses in BME
  • Additional courses in KIN

Thesis. 6 semester hours are required for thesis work in the form of ME 698A and ME 698B. 


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