What is Biomechanics & Biomaterials?

Biomechanics, broadly defined, is the study of structure and function. It is the application of principles from classical mechanics (that is, loads, motion, stress, and strain of solids and fluids) to problems in biological systems. While biomechanics principles are broadly applicable, this focus area emphasizes cardiovascular and/or musculoskeletal biomechanics. Cardiovascular Biomechanics is a broad discipline that includes the heart, blood vessels, blood cells, and micro-circulation, while the emphasis on Musculoskeletal Biomechanics includes, but is not limited to, the study of bone, cartilage, ligament, tendon, and muscle development, adaptation, injury and repair;  as well as the interaction between these tissues. In both branches of mechanics, the problems may be considered from basic, applied, and clinical perspectives. The study of biomaterials plays an important role in the design of implants and surgical instrumentation for both cardiovascular and musculoskeletal applications. 

Biomechanics & Biomaterials Academic Advisors

Biomedical Engineering - Program Map: Biomechanics & Biomaterials Focus Area

Semester 1Chem I / Lab
Engr MathI
 Intro Engr Prob Solving
Engr Success First Year
Semester 2Chem II / Lab
Engr Math II
Engr Math Ⅲ MATH:2550Physics I / Lab
Intro Engr Computing
BME Forum BME:1010
Semester 3Foundations of Biology / Lab BIOL:1411Engr Math Ⅳ
Statics ENGR:2110Elec Circuits ENGR:2120Thermodynamics ENGR:2130BME Prof Seminar BME:2010
Semester 4Human Physiology
HHP:3500 or BME:2260
Quantitative Physiology
BIOS:4120 or
Cell Biology for
Engr / Lab
Biomaterials &
Biomechanics / Lab
Semester 5Systems, Instrum, & Data Acquisition / Lab
Bioimaging & Bioinformatics
Mech Def Bodies ENGR:2750Materials Science
Diversity & Inclusion 
Semester 6Focus Area
Elective #1
Focus Area
Elective #2
Focus Area
Elective #3
Fluid Mechanics
Be Creative 
Semester 7BME Senior DesignⅠ BME:4910Focus Area
Elective #4
Focus Area
Elective #5
Focus Area
Elective #6
Approved GEC Course 
Semester 8BME Senior Design Ⅱ BME:4920Physics II / Lab
Focus Area
Elective #7
Approved GEC CourseApproved GEC Course 


Biomechanics & biomaterials required coursesOfferedPrerequisites
ENGR:2510 Fluid MechanicsF/SP: MATH:2560, ENGR:2710; C: ENGR:2130
ENGR:2710 DynamicsAllP: MATH:1550, ENGR:2110
ENGR:2720 Materials ScienceAllP: CHEM:1100; C: MATH:1550
ENGR:2750 Mechanics of Deformable BodiesAllP: ENGR:2110; C: MATH:2560


Biomechanics & biomaterials electives (focus area, minor, or certificate)OfferedPrerequisites
Engineering Topics (must choose two)  
BME:2710 Engr Drawing, Design, & Solid ModelingF 
BME:5101 Biomaterials & Implant DesignFP: ENGR:2750, BME:2500
BME:5610 Musculoskeletal BiomechanicsFP: ENGR:2750, BME:2500
BME:5510 Cardiovascular EngineeringSP: BME:2500
BME:5525 Cardiopulmonary Design & ModelingFP: BME:2500, ENGR:2510
Suggested Electives  
BME:3710 Medical Device Design; The Fundamentals SP: BME:2710, BME:2500; Intended for juniors only
BME:4710 Medical Device Design StudioFP: BME:2200, BME:2500, BME:2710, BME:3710
BME:5715 Advanced Medical Device Design StudioSP: BME:2200, BME:2500, BME:2710, 3710, 4710
BME:5421 Cell Material InteractionsF/SP: BME:2400
BME:5430 BiotransportFP: BME:2500
BME:5431 Biofabrication for Tissue EngineeringSP: ENGR:2110
BME:5441 Numerical & Stat. Methods for Bioengr. F §P: MATH:2560 and MATH:2550
BME:5460 Principles of MicrofluidicsFP: BME:2500
BME:5540 Quant. Studies of Respiratory & CV Syst.S §P: BME:2200, HHP:3500
BME:5620 Intro to Applied Biomedical Finite ElementSP: BME:2500, ENGR:2750
BME:5630 Kinetics of Musculoskeletal SystemsS §P: ENGR:2710
CEE:4533 Finite ElementⅠ(or ME:4117)SP: ENGR:2750
ISE:2360 Design for Manufacturing (or ME:2300)FC: ENGR:2720
ME:2300 Manufacturing Processes (or ISE:2360)F/SC: ENGR:2720, ME:2200 or BME:2710
ME:4110 Computer Aided EngineeringSP: ENGR:2750; C: ME:3052
ME:4117 Finite Element Analysis (or CEE:4533)FP: ENGR:2750
HHP:1100 Human AnatomyAll 
HHP:4130 Skeletal Muscle PhysiologyFP: HHP:3500
HHP:4460 Cardiovascular PhysiologyFP: HHP:3500
OEH:4310 Occupational Ergonomics: PrinciplesF 
Pre-Medicine Electives  
**BIOL:1412 Diversity of Form & FunctionAllP: BIOL:1411 w/min C-
CHEM:2210 Organic Chemistry ⅠAllP: CHEM:1120 w/min C-
CHEM:2220 Organic Chemistry ⅡAllP: CHEM:2210 w/min C-
CHEM:2410 Organic Chemistry LabAllP: CHEM:1120 & CHEM:2210 w/min C-; C: CHEM:2220 
BMB:3110 BiochemistryAllSee MyUI for requirements
BIOL:2512 Fundamental GeneticsAllP: BIOL:1411 w/min C-, BIOL:1412 or PSY:2701 w/min
C-, CHEM:1110; Recommended: CHEM:2210


**Pre-medicine students should check with their Pre-medicine advisor regarding the need for this course.
§ Offered in academic years with odd fall and even spring semesters
§§ Offered in academic years with even fall and odd spring semesters
Note: At least two electives must be from the list of Engineering Topics. Electives not listed above may be approved via the Plan of Study form.
Please check MyUI for the current course offerings and pre/corequisites.
Last updated (03/20/24)

Note:  In addition to the four required focus area courses, an additional seven elective courses (21 s.h.) are also required (suggested electives list, minor, or certificate courses).  At least two of these electives (6 s.h.) must be from the list of Engineering Topics.  Electives not listed above may be approved via the Plan of Study form.

Check MyUI for the current course offerings and pre-/co-requisites.

Check the Biomechanics & Biomaterials Engineering Curriculum Map and Sample Four-Year Plan links at the top of this page for more details.

Link to previous Biomechanics & Biomaterials Focus Area Curriculum Map

Updated 03/23/24