The Biomechanics group within the MSU Department of Mechanical Engineering applies fundamental principles found in mechanical engineering and engineering mechanics to model the human body, predict its response, and create devices that aid in health monitoring, performance improvement, protection, and treatment. Our ability to analyze and model individual variations in health and performance make our work broadly applicable to the full range of populations: both the young and aging; the healthy and those who have sustained injury due to disease or trauma.

Typical Thesis Program in Soft tissue mechanics/Cardiovascular mechanics

Fall   (9 credits)

  1. Math class (core requirement for EM requirement)
  2. ME 820 Continuum Mechanics (core requirement for EM requirement)
  3. Choose one from:

PSL 431 Human Physiology 

ECE 802 Medical Imaging  

Spring   (9 credits)

1. ME 821 Linear elasticity  (core requirement for EM)

2.  ME 825 Experimental Mechanics  (core requirement for EM)

3.   Choose one from

ME 495 Tissue Mechanics  

ME 872 Finite Element Method  

ME 922 Viscoelasticity  (even year)

ECE 447 Biomedical Imaging  

ECE 849 Digital image processing

PSL 432 Human Physiology II

PSL 828 Cellular & integrative physiology I

CMSE 801 (or NSC801) Introduction to Computational Science: Tools for prediction, visualization, analysis and understanding

Summer   (6 credits of research)

Fall   (6 credits)

  1. Choose one from:

ME 830 Fluid Mechanics  

ME 891 Cardiovascular Mechanics  (even year)

ME 921 Nonlinear elasticity (odd year)

2. Choose one from:

PSL 431 Human Physiology

PSL 829 Cellular & integrative physiology II

ECE 802 Medical Imaging