Biomechanics and Human Performance Engineering Concentration

Major: Biomedical Engineering: Biomechanics and Human Performance Engineering Concentration
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 199.5
Co-op Options: Three Co-op (Five years); One Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 14.0501
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
17-2031

About the Program

The concentration in biomechanics and human performance engineering provides students with the background and skills needed to create work and living environments which improve human health and enhance performance.

The biomechanics concentration applies engineering principles to study the interactions between humans and various machine systems in both working and living environments. Courses in this area of specialization cover such topics as the mechanics of materials, chronobiology, biomechanics, and human factors and cognitive engineering.

Upon graduation, students will be able to:

  • model the effects of external forces on the human body and its tissues;
  • design implanted prosthetic devices through an understanding of the interaction between biological tissues and engineering material;
  • understand neural control of posture and locomotion;
  • apply system approaches to the interaction of humans with their environment in order to optimize performance;
  • design devices to aid people with disabilities by capitalizing on their engineering skills and human performance criteria.

The School maintains extensive facilities and laboratories devoted to areas of research. Visit the School's BIOMED Research Facilities and Laboratory Map web page for more details about the laboratories and equipment available.

For more information about this concentration, see the Drexel School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems web site.

Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements
HIST 285Technology in Historical Perspective4.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
PSY 101General Psychology I (required General Studies course)3.0
UNIV R101The Drexel Experience1.0
General Studies Electives (4)12.0
Engineering Core Courses
MATH 121Calculus I4.0
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
MATH 200Multivariate Calculus4.0
PHYS 101Fundamentals of Physics I4.0
PHYS 102Fundamentals of Physics II4.0
PHYS 201Fundamentals of Physics III4.0
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3.5
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
BIO 122Cells and Genetics4.5
ENGR 100Beginning Computer Aided Drafting for Design1.0
ENGR 101Engineering Design Laboratory I2.0
ENGR 102Engineering Design Laboratory II2.0
ENGR 103Engineering Design Laboratory III2.0
ENGR 121Computation Lab I2.0
ENGR 122Computation Lab II1.0
ENGR 210Introduction to Thermodynamics3.0
ENGR 220Fundamentals of Materials4.0
ENGR 231Linear Engineering Systems3.0
ENGR 232Dynamic Engineering Systems3.0
MEM 202Statics3.0
Required Biomedical Engineering Courses
BIO 201Human Physiology I4.0
BIO 203Human Physiology II4.0
BMES 124Biomedical Engineering Freshman Seminar I1.0
BMES 126Biomedical Engineering Freshman Seminar II1.0
BMES 130Problem Solving in Biomedical Engineering2.0
BMES 201Programming and Modeling for Biomedical Engineers I3.0
BMES 202Programming and Modeling for Biomedical Engineers ll3.0
BMES 212The Body Synthetic3.0
BMES 302Laboratory II: Biomeasurements2.0
BMES 303Laboratory III: Biomedical Electronics2.0
BMES 310Biomedical Statistics4.0
BMES 325Principles of Biomedical Engineering I3.0
BMES 326Principles of Biomedical Engineering II3.0
BMES 338Biomedical Ethics and Law3.0
BMES 372Biosimulation3.0
BMES 381Junior Design Seminar I2.0
BMES 382Junior Design Seminar II2.0
BMES 491 [WI] Senior Design Project I3.0
BMES 492Senior Design Project II2.0
BMES 493Senior Design Project III3.0
ECE 201Foundations of Electric Circuits3.0
Biomechanics and Human Performance Engineering Concentration Courses
BMES 345Mechanics of Biological Systems3.0
BMES 375Computational Bioengineering4.0
or BMES 401 Biosensors I
BMES 411Chronoengineering I: Biological Rhythms in Health and Performance3.0
BMES 412Chronoengineering II: Sleep Functions in Health and Performance3.0
BMES 430Neural Aspects of Posture and Locomotion3.0
BMES 440Introduction to Biodynamics3.0
BMES 441Biomechanics I: Introduction to Biomechanics4.0
BMES 442Biomechanics II: Musculoskeletal Modeling and Human Performance4.0
BMES 444Biofluid Mechanics3.0
BMES 451Transport Phenomena in Living Systems4.0
MEM 201Foundations of Computer Aided Design3.0
MEM 238Dynamics4.0
Laboratory Requirement: Choose 2 of4.0
Laboratory I: Experimental Biomechanics
Laboratory IV: Ultrasound Images
Laboratory V: Musculoskeletal Anatomy for Biomedical Engineers
Techniques in Molecular Biology
Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
Biomechanics and Human Performance Electives (2)6.0
Suggested Biomechanics and Human Performance concentration electives (Choose 2)
Sensation and Perception
Human Factors and Cognitive Engineering
Neuropsychology
Total Credits199.5

 

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.


Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
BMES 124Biomedical Engineering Freshman Seminar I1.0
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3.5
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGR 100Beginning Computer Aided Drafting for Design1.0
ENGR 101Engineering Design Laboratory I2.0
ENGR 121Computation Lab I2.0
MATH 121Calculus I4.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
UNIV R101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits18.5
Term 2
BMES 126Biomedical Engineering Freshman Seminar II1.0
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGR 102Engineering Design Laboratory II2.0
ENGR 122Computation Lab II1.0
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
PHYS 101Fundamentals of Physics I4.0
 Term Credits19.5
Term 3
BIO 122Cells and Genetics4.5
BMES 130Problem Solving in Biomedical Engineering2.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
ENGR 103Engineering Design Laboratory III2.0
MATH 200Multivariate Calculus4.0
PHYS 102Fundamentals of Physics II4.0
 Term Credits19.5
Term 4
BIO 201Human Physiology I4.0
BMES 201Programming and Modeling for Biomedical Engineers I3.0
ENGR 220Fundamentals of Materials4.0
ENGR 231Linear Engineering Systems3.0
PHYS 201Fundamentals of Physics III4.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 5
BIO 203Human Physiology II4.0
BMES 202Programming and Modeling for Biomedical Engineers ll3.0
BMES 212The Body Synthetic3.0
ENGR 210Introduction to Thermodynamics3.0
ENGR 232Dynamic Engineering Systems3.0
MEM 202Statics3.0
 Term Credits19.0
Term 6
BMES 301Laboratory I: Experimental Biomechanics (Laboratory Requirement)2.0
BMES 302Laboratory II: Biomeasurements2.0
BMES 325Principles of Biomedical Engineering I3.0
BMES 372Biosimulation3.0
ECE 201Foundations of Electric Circuits3.0
MEM 201Foundations of Computer Aided Design3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 7
BMES 303Laboratory III: Biomedical Electronics2.0
BMES 310Biomedical Statistics4.0
BMES 326Principles of Biomedical Engineering II3.0
BMES 345Mechanics of Biological Systems3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 8
BMES 305Laboratory V: Musculoskeletal Anatomy for Biomedical Engineers (Laboratory Requirement)2.0
BMES 381Junior Design Seminar I2.0
BMES 411Chronoengineering I: Biological Rhythms in Health and Performance3.0
BMES 430Neural Aspects of Posture and Locomotion3.0
Biomechanics & Human Performance Concentration Elective*3.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 9
BMES 382Junior Design Seminar II2.0
BMES 412Chronoengineering II: Sleep Functions in Health and Performance3.0
MEM 238Dynamics4.0
BMES 401
or 375
Biosensors I
Computational Bioengineering
4.0
General Studies Elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 10
BMES 440Introduction to Biodynamics3.0
BMES 441Biomechanics I: Introduction to Biomechanics4.0
BMES 451Transport Phenomena in Living Systems4.0
BMES 491 [WI] Senior Design Project I3.0
General Studies Elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 11
HIST 285Technology in Historical Perspective4.0
BMES 442Biomechanics II: Musculoskeletal Modeling and Human Performance4.0
BMES 492Senior Design Project II2.0
Biomechanics & Human Performance Concentration Elective*3.0
General Studies Elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 12
BMES 338Biomedical Ethics and Law3.0
BMES 444Biofluid Mechanics3.0
BMES 493Senior Design Project III3.0
General Studies Elective3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Total Credit: 199.5
*

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Opportunities

Metropolitan Philadelphia has one of the highest concentrations of medical institutions and pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries in the nation. The bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering gives students access to a broad spectrum of career opportunities in medical device and equipment industry; prosthetics and assist devices industry; biomaterials and implants industry; and the telemedicine, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and agricultural sectors.

Biomedical engineering graduates are also ideally prepared for professional education in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and law. Those who choose to pursue graduate education can aim for careers in research and development, biomedical technology innovation and transfer, as well as health care technology management.

Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for more detailed information on co-op and post-graduate opportunities.

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