Biomechanics & Biomaterials Focus Area

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 and Biomaterials Curriculum Map | Sample Four-Year Plan 5/20/22

biomechanics and biomaterials course map

biomechanics and biomaterials course list






Note: At least two electives (6 s.h.) must be from the list of Engineering Topics. An additional 21 s.h. of electives are also required (suggested electives list, minor, or certificate courses).

Please check MyUI for the most up to date course offerings and pre/corequisites.
Terminology from “Track” to “Focus Area” was updated in the website text on 03/16/21

Check the Biomechanics & Biomaterials Curriculum Map and Sample Four-Year Plan links above for more details.

  Biomechanics & Biomaterials Academic Advisors

Nicole Grosland

Nicole Kallemeyn

Colleen Bringman

Tae-Hong Lim

M.L. Suresh Raghavan

Sarah Vigmostad

David Wilder


Link to previous Biomechanics and Biomaterials Focus Area Curriculum Map