Biomechanics, a subfield of biomedical engineering, blends the life sciences with the traditional engineering disciplines of dynamics, solid mechanics, and fluid mechanics.

About this Program

Department Information

The Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE) graduates many exceptional mechanical and aerospace engineers each year. The Mechanical Engineering program celebrated its 100 year anniversary in 2009 and is one of the founding departments of the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering. Starting within mechanical as an aeronautical option, the Aeronautical Engineering program was founded in 1946. It grew to become the Aerospace Engineering program, which merged with Engineering Science and Mechanics in 1969. All these programs united (or reunited) in 2002. Going strong into the 21st century, MAE remains a vibrant and intellectually diverse program at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.


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P.O. Box 116250
Gainesville, FL 32611-6250

1064 Center Drive
Building NEB, Room 181
Gainesville, FL 32611


Students in mechanical engineering can apply biomechanics minor coursework toward their science and technical electives.

Required Courses

Select three:9
Engineering Analysis of Musculoskeletal Biomechanics
Mechanical Behavior of Biological Tissues and Systems
Modeling and Control of Biomolecular Machines
Bio-Solid Mechanics
Bio-Fluid Mechanics and Bio-Heat Transfer
Microfluidics and BioMEMS
Approved electives6-8
Total Credits15-17

Approved Electives

ABE 3612CHeat and Mass Transfer in Biological Systems4
ABE 3652CPhysical and Rheological Properties of Biological Materials3
ABE 4662Quantification of Biological Processes3
APK 2100CApplied Human Anatomy with Laboratory4
APK 2105CApplied Human Physiology with Laboratory4
APK 3220CBiomechanical Basis of Movement3
BME 4220Biomolecular Cell Mechanics3
BME 4409Quantitative Physiology3
BME 4632Biomedical Transport Phenomena3
BSC 2011Integrated Principles of Biology 23
EIN 4242CWorkplace Ergonomics and Biomechanics3
PHZ 4710Introduction to Biological Physics3
Any course remaining from list of required courses3
Any second course remaining from list of required courses3