Master of Science in Biomechanics
The MS in Biomechanics is a degree program designed to enable students from Nebraska, the Midwest region, and abroad to develop skills and competencies in Biomechanics. Our program provides a new understanding of the dynamical aspects of human movement via multidisplinary research using an evidence-based approach through clinical and translational research. The goal of the program is to prepare students for the workforce and/or pursuing a doctoral degree. Career opportunities in biomechanics span the Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral degree levels. The MS in Biomechanics is the right degree for you if you are interested in working in:
- Gait analysis research in clinical facilities
- Prosthetic laboratories
- Rehabilitation facilities
- Research and design in companies of equipment apparel
- Industry for the development of biorobotics for performance enhancement
- Industry for the design of human-machine interfaces and biomechatronics
- Research and testing of clinical populations
- Instruction of courses in biomechanics
Students interested in applying to the MS in Biomechanics are required to submit the following items:
- Written statement of goals and rationale for entering the graduate program
- Two letters of recommendation.
- Official transcripts from previous institutions
- GRE score
- GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate program
- For applicants whose native language is not English, minimum total score of 80 on the internet based TOEFL, with at least 20 in all categories (listening, reading, writing, and speaking)
Program Forms and Resources
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Application materials should be submitted by March 1 for consideration of a Graduate Assistantship.
Doctor of Philosophy in Exercise ScienceThe Doctorate in Exercise Science is a joint program between the Department of Biomechanics and the School of Health and Kinesiology. Based on the physiology, biochemistry, biophysics, motor control and development, and bio-psychosociology of human movement, the Exercise Science doctoral program is aimed at improving movement function and physical activity level using evidence-based approaches through interdisciplinary clinical and translational research. A problem-solving approach is used across the age and health spectrum for disease prevention, health enhancement, physical rehabilitation, and exercise motivation.
Degree: Doctorate in Exercise Science
Major: Exercise Science with a Concentration in either Physiology of Exercise, Biomechanics, Motor Development and Control, or Physical Activity
Career options include:
- Scientist for federal agencies such as NASA or National Institutes of Health
- Scientist for industries such as sport equipment manufacturing, nutrition, ergonomics, or research equipment
- Laboratory director for hospitals or universities
Concentrations:Physiology of Exercise
Research focuses on cutting edge topics in sport, aging, special populations, and tactical personnel such as law enforcement, fire and military. Laboratory facilities allow for the assessment of gene expression, mitochondrial function, energy expenditure, muscle blood flow (Doppler ultrasound), and environmental effects of altitude and temperature (environmental chamber).Biomechanics
This track provides advanced knowledge in acquisition and analysis of human movement using equipment such as motion capture, force platforms, virtual reality, and electromyography. Such tools will be used to investigate movement patterns in healthy, aging, and pathological populations, including those with an amputated limb, peripheral arterial disease, and who have experienced a stroke. Students are educated on the analysis of human movement using nonlinear dynamics. Courses will be taken in mathematics, engineering, computer science, statistics and psychology.
Some career options include:
- Forensic Specialist: Impact/speed evaluation
- Industry Research: Implant evaluation (finite element analysis), Sports equipment design and evaluation
- Academics, Teaching
- Clinical Research: Hospital gait analyst
- Sales representative: Biomechanics product salesperson; product research and development
This track provides advanced knowledge on the study of motor control, development, and learning. Students are educated on the theories, principles and underlying mechanisms that characterize motor control, learning and development. In addition, different types of healthy and pathological movement patterns will be examined including balance, posture, and locomotion with special emphasis on their control, development and learning. The usage of advanced technologies such as Virtual Reality, Robotics and Brain Imaging techniques will also be covered. Courses will be taken in mathematics, engineering, computer science, statistics, psychology and neuroscience.Physical Activity
This track provides advanced knowledge related to physical activity behavior including application of behavior change theory to promote physical activity behavior (adoption and maintenance), designing interventions for physical activity, utilizing methodology for measurement of physical activity behavior in a variety of populations and settings
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