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Introduction

Currently, both doctoral and master's degree programs are offered in the biomechanics specialization. The doctoral program (Ph.D. in Kinesiology-Biomechanics Specialization) is a 96-hour program with empahsis on research. In the MS-degree program (MS in Kinesiology-Biomechanics Specialization), two tracks are available: Research Track and Clinical Track. The Research Track is essentially a 30-hour thesis track while the Clinical Track is a 36-hour non-thesis track. The requirements vary degree to degree and track to track:

The biomechanics core courses are offered in two-year cycles. A new course cycle starts in the Fall semester of each even-numbered year. The next course cycle, therefore, starts in Fall 2010. Admissions to the MS degree program are affected by the course cycle.

Ph.D. Program

The biomechanics doctoral program is designed to produce competent assistant professors/researchers who will be working at higher education institutions and/or research institutions. While research is the core component, students will also be expected to develop reasonable teaching skills during the degree program.

The following pre-requisite courses must be completed before a student starts his/her doctoral degree program in the biomechanics specialization. It will be assumed in all biomechanics core courses that students have necessary knowledges of the following pre-requisite areas:

  • Kinesiology:
    • Functional Anatomy (3+ hours)
    • Kinesiology/Biomechanics (3+ hours)
    • Exercise Physiology (3+ hours)
  • Mathematics:
    • Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry, and Calculus
    • Students must understand differentiation & integration, multivariable calculus, and basic vector & matrix algebra.
  • Physics/Mechanics:
    • Physics (3+ hours)
    • Students must have a basic understanding of classical (Newtonian) mechanics.
  • Programming Language:
    • Visual Basic, C, C++, Visual C++, Java, or MATLAB
    • Students must be able to use at least one programming language fluently.
Students will be required to take additional mathematics and mechanics couses as a part of their degree programs:
  • Linear Algebra
  • Matrix Computation
  • Differential Equations
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Classical Mechanics (Statics/Dynamics)

An interview is mandatory for a doctoral applicant. Only applicants with a master's degree will be admitted to the doctoral program directly. Those who do not have a master's degree will be first admitted to the MS program and reconsidered at the end of the first year.

MS Programs

The following pre-requisite courses must be completed before a student starts his/her MS degree program in the biomechanics specialization. It will be assumed in all biomechanics core courses that students have necessary knowledges of the pre-requisite areas:

  • Kinesiology:
    • Kinesiology/Biomechanics (3+ hours)
    • Exercise Physiology (3+ hours)
  • Mathematics:
    • Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry, and Calculus
    • Students must understand differentiation & integration, multivariable calculus, and basic vector & matrix algebra.
  • Physics:
    • Physics (3+ hours)
    • Students must have a basic understanding of classical (Newtonian) mechanics.

The Research Track is for those who intend to advance to a doctoral program or to work in a research setting. The Research Track is a 30-hour thesis track.

The Clinical Track is for those who have undergraduate physical therapy and/or athletic training backgrounds and intend to practice in a clinical setting after completing the MS degree. This track is a 36-hour non-thesis track. Clinical Track applicants will be admitted in cohorts for the Fall semesters of the even-numbered years ONLY.

Biomechanics Courses

The following biomechanics courses are offered:

  • KINS 5513 Mechanical Analysis of Human Motion:
    Kinematics and kinetics of human motion with emphasis on the principles of describing human motion and the effects of external and internal forces on the human body and motion. 3 hours.
  • KINS 6523 Advanced Biomechanics:
    Advanced biomechanical issues such as inertial properties of the human body, mathematical body modeling, numerical methods in biomechanics, advanced joint kinematics and kinetics, and modeling & simulation. 3 hours.
  • KINS 6623 Biomechanical Analysis I - Motion Analysis:
    Advanced motion and analysis techniques including human body modeling, high-speed videography, manual and automatic marker tracking, data reduction and processing, 2- & 3-dimensional analysis, inverse dynamics, and computer procedures. 3 hours.
  • KINS 6643. Biomechanical Analysis II - Data Acquisition & Instrumentation:
    Advanced data acquisition issues including A/D conversion, device interface, programming, force plate and ground reaction force analysis, electrode placement and EMG analysis, EMG normalization and force processing, and biomechanical instrumentation. 3 hours.
  • KINS 6813 Advanced Research in Kinesiology:
    Kinesiology research involving literature review, identification of the research question, research design, development of research tools and analysis protocols, data collection and analysis, manuscript writing, and presentation. 3 hours. May be repeated for additional credit.
  • KINS 6903 Special Topics:
    Specially scheduled course on topic of current interest: Occupational Biomechanics, Computing in Biomechanics, and Modeling in Biomechanics. 3 hours. May be repeated for additional credit.

The following is a typical 2-year course cycle:

Year Fall Spring Summer I
1

KINS 5513 Mechanical Analysis
KINS 6813 Advanced Research

KINS 6623 Biomechanical Analysis I
KINS 6813 Advanced Research

KINS 6903 Special Topics
(or KINS 6813 Advanced Research)

2

KINS 6643 Biomechanical Analysis II
KINS 6813 Advanced Research

KINS 6523 Advanced Biomechanics
KINS 6813 Advanced Research
KINS 6903 Special Topics
(or KINS 6813 Advanced Research)

Regardless of the degree program and track, biomechanics students are not allowed to take more than 10 hours a semester.

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