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 multidisciplinary 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)
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Doctor of Philosophy in Exercise Science
Based on the physiology, biochemistry, biophysics, motor control and development, and 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. The degree offers concentrations in Biomechanics, Motor Development and Control, Physiology of Exercise, and Physical Activity.
Degree: Doctorate in Exercise Science
Major: Exercise Science with a Concentration in either Biomechanics, Motor Development and Control, Physiology of Exercise, or Physical ActivityCareer 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
This track provides advanced knowledge in acquisition and analysis of human movement using equipment such as motion capture (including laboratory and field-based systems), force platforms, virtual reality, 3D printing, and electromyography. Such tools are used to investigate movement patterns in healthy, aging, and pathological populations. Findings may be applied to rehabilitation or treatment protocols intended to improve performance. These tools are also used to investigate the movement of animals to better inform robotic and device designs. Courses will be taken in biomechanics, mathematics, engineering, computer science, statistics, and motor control.Motor Development and Control
This track provides advanced knowledge on the study of the motor sciences, motor control, development, and learning. Students are educated on the theories, principles, and underlying mechanisms that characterize the motor sciences. Different types of healthy and pathological movement patterns may be examined such as balance and locomotion with special emphasis on their development, control, 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 the motor sciences, biomechanics, computer science, statistics, psychology, and neuroscience.
This track focuses on research in 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). Courses will be taken in exercise physiology, advanced research methods, and statistics.Physical Activity
This track provides advanced knowledge related to physical activity behavior including application of behavior change theory to promote the adoption and maintenance of physical activity, designing interventions for physical activity, utilizing methodology for measurement of physical activity behavior in a variety of populations and settings. Students will utilize a variety of objective and subjective assessments of physical activity as well as qualitative research methods within a lab and community-based setting. Courses will be taken in health behavior theory, physical activity assessment, advanced research methods, and statistics.
Applications are processed through UNO's Office of Graduate Studies
The TOEFL may be required for students without a degree from a U.S. institution.