Carnegie Mellon University

Biomechanics (BMEC) Track


The BMEC track addresses the application of solid or fluid mechanics to biological and medical systems. It provides a quantitative understanding of the mechanical behavior of molecules, cells, tissues, organs, and whole organisms. The field has seen a wide range of applications from the optimization of tissue regeneration to the design of surgical and rehabilitation devices. 


The BMEC track is ideally suited to the combined education of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering or Civil & Environmental Engineering, both provide the necessary foundation in the underlying physical principles and their non-Biomedical Engineering applications. This track may also appeal to students of Electrical & Computer Engineering who are interested in biomedical robotics. Education in biomechanics enables students to pursue careers in medical devices or rehabilitation engineering.

Track Requirements

In addition to the Biomedical Engineering core requirements, students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • One (1) Required BMEC Elective
  • Two (2) BMEC Electives (either Required or Additional)

Required Electives (must take at least one of the following)

42-341 Introduction to Biomechanics 
42-645/24-655 Cellular Biomechanics 
42-646/06-646/24-657 Molecular Biomechanics 
42-648 Cardiovascular Mechanics 

Additional Electives

33-441/03-439 Introduction to BioPhysics 
42-444 Medical Devices 
42-447 Rehabilitation Engineering 
42-640/24-658 Image-Based Computational Modeling & Analysis  
42-643/24-615/06-623 Microfluidics 
42-647/24-659 Continuum Biomechanics: Solid and Fluid Mechanics of Physiological Systems 
42-X00 BME Research* or 39-500 CIT Honors Thesis* or 42-6XX Clinical Course (Surgery for Engineers/ Precision Medicine/ICU Medicine) 

*The 42-X00 research project (42-200/300/400 Sophomore/Junior/Senior Biomedical Engineering Research Project or 39-500 Honors Research Project) must be on a BME topic that is aligned to the track, supervised or co-supervised by a BME faculty member, and conducted for 9 or more units of credit.

Some Special Topics and newly offered or intermittently offered courses may be acceptable as BMEC track electives. Students should consult with their Biomedical Engineering advisors and petition the Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Affairs Committee for permission to include such courses as BMEC track electives.

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Revised (8/19/2019)