The Biomechanics Track

The Biomechanics track provides an understanding of the structure and function of biological systems through applied 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 the analysis of biological structures such as bone, muscles, tendons and ligaments, the Biomechanics track uses this research to predict stress and strain failure limits. A graduate degree in biomechanics will prepare 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 device manufacturing companies in the greater Milwaukee area prepares graduates to be future leaders in this field. You must meet UWM Graduate School Requirements to enroll in this track.

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 Elements3 cr U/G
Civ Eng/MechEng 466- Mechanics of Composites3 cr U/G
Civ Eng/MechEng 469- Introduction to Biomechanical Engineering3 cr U/G
Civ Eng  Orthopedics Biomechanics3 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 Elements3 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 Mechanics3 cr U/G
Civ Eng 616- Computational Hydraulics and Environmental Flows3 cr U/G
Civ Eng 701- Advanced Strength of Materials3 cr G
Civ Eng 725- Finite Element Methods in Engineering3 cr G
Civ Eng 732- Fatigue in Engineering Materials3 cr G
Civ Eng 755- Mechanics of Hard and Soft Tissues3 cr G
Civ Eng/MechEng 773- Advanced Dynamics3 cr G
Civ Eng 801- Applied Elasticity3 cr G
Mech Eng/Civ Eng 880- Bioengineering Seminar1 cr G
ElecEng 436- Introduction to Medical Instrumentation3 cr U/G
ElecEng 437- Introduction to Biomedical Imaging3 cr U/G
ElecEng 438- Bioanalytics and Biomedical Diagnostics3 cr U/G
HMS 520- Advanced Biomechanics3 cr U/G
HMS 521- Pathoetiology of Musculoskeletal Injury3 cr U/G
HMS 522- Qualitative Analysis of Human Movement3 cr U/G
HMS 720- Biomechanics Research Methods3 cr G
HMS 725- Interdisciplinary Themes in Biomechanics3 cr G
Ind Eng 467- Introductory Statistics for Physical Science
and Engineering Students
3 cr G
MatlEng 410- Mechanical Behavior of Materials3 cr G
MatlEng/MechEng 457- Engineering Composites3 cr U/G
MatlEng/MechEng 465- Friction and Wear3 cr U/G
MatlEng 710- Advanced Mechanical Behavior of Materials3 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