Biomechanical Engineering Major Program

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The Biomechanical Engineering major integrates biology and clinical medicine with engineering mechanics and design. Research and teaching in Biomechanical Engineering are primarily focused on neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular biomechanics, and cell and tissue mechanics. Research in other areas such as hearing, vision, ocean and plant biomechanics, biomaterials, biosensors, and imaging informatics are also conducted in collaboration with associated faculty in medicine, biology, and engineering.

This degree introduces fundamental biological and biophysical principles while developing strengths in traditional engineering areas, specifically mechanical engineering. Primarily geared toward the students’ interests, this major offers a plethora of courses for students interested in specific fields of biology and mechanical engineering such as design, biomechanics, and medicine.

The Biomechanical Engineering major provides a fundamental understanding of mechanics in the fields of biology and medicine. However, it is not normally recommended as a terminal degree. This major is well suited for those interested in future graduate studies in bioengineering, medicine, and related areas. The course of study allows students to satisfy many premedical, pre-dental, or pre-paramedical requirements.


Math: 21 units minimum

Science: 22 units minimum; must include both Chemistry and Physics with a depth (3 quarters) in at least one area. 

CHEM 31 X (or CHEM 31A+B). Depth in chemistry can be fulfilled with CHEM 31A/B and CHEM 33, or with CHEM 31X, 33, and 35

BIO or HUMBIO Core: Two quarters of BIO or both A/B sides of two quarters of HUMBIO

PHYSICS 41 or 41/43/45 for depth

Technology in Society: One course required; see Approved Courses page for options

Fundamentals: Three courses required
ENGR 14. Introduction to Solid Mechnics, 4 units

ENGR 25B Biotechnology, 3 units or ENGR 80. Introduction to Bioengineering, 4 units

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