Minor in Biomechanical Engineering

Minor in Biomechanical Engineering


This minor provides an opportunity for students to explore the interaction between mechanical engineering and health. Recommended for students interested in aspects of engineering related to human kinematics, including biomedical devices, joint injury, prosthetic development, human-machine systems, and/or prosthetics.

Biomedical Engineering is the application of engineering analytical and design methodology to medical problems or biological systems. Within the general field of Biomedical Engineering, biomechanics is defined as the study of how forces produce motion, deformation and/or responses in biological systems.

Although this minor is designed for majors in mechanical engineering, it is open to all students with the appropriate prerequisites who would like a background in the application of and response to forces by biological systems and the opportunity to complete an interdisciplinary biomedical engineering (capstone) design project.

Innovative Curriculum

Course work in general biology, anatomy, physiology and other health science topics is combined with appropriate technical engineering courses which will allow students to appreciate mechanical forces in biological systems.

For general information about the minor contact:
Roy Dalsheim (A-K) or Laura Kenney (L-Z)

For technical information about the minor or equivalency of courses contact:
Prof. Sandra Shefelbine


  1. Students must file a petition with the MIE Academic Advisor prior to taking any coursework.
  2. Minor is awarded to students completing the requirements and earning 2.000 GPA in the minor coursework.
  3. Students should schedule a meeting with the MIE Academic Advisor prior to graduation, to be cleared for minor

Academic Advising

For support with academic questions, contact the academic advisor assigned to this program.