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BMC 501 Statics and Dynamics
Introduction to statics and dynamics including general principles of mechanics and standard procedures for solving problems. Force vectors, free body diagram construction, moments, equilibrium, and friction concepts are covered in the statics portion of the course. Equations of motion, energy and momentum principles, rigid body movement concepts are covered in the dynamics portion of the course. [4]
 BMC 502 Strength and Properties of Materials
Axially loaded members, torsion of circular and non circular members, stress and strain and their relationships including three dimensions, combined loadings, components with pressure, moment of inertia, symmetrical and unsymmetrical bending. [4]
BMC 503 Introduction to Research
Introduces students to methods of scientific research to include review of literature, research designs, sampling techniques, measurement, and related issues. Research articles and research thesis that exemplify various research designs, presentation of results, and conclusions will be reviewed and discussed.[1]
BMC 504 Journal Club [1]
BMC 511 Biomechanics
Application of mechanics principles to the study of the human body. Primary focus on musculoskeletal biomechanics: study of forces and their interaction with joints, bone, cartilage and tendon tissue. Background in mechanical engineering, including statics, dynamics, and strength of materials is advantageous.  Prerequisites: BMC 501,BMC 502. [4]
BMC 512 Bioengineering Materials
A comprehensive introduction to biomaterials used in implants and medical devices with an emphasis on orthopedic biomaterials and preparation for working in the implant industry. This course reviews the properties, clinical significance, and regulatory implications of materials and devices relevant to their application to the human body. It covers metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, natural biomaterials, soft and hard tissue implants and implant failure case studies.   The fundamentals of implant material biocompatibility and federal regulations are also covered. 
Prerequisites: BMC 501, BMC 502. [4]
BMC 513 Kinematics of Human Motion
Introduces students to the fundamentals of motion analysis measurement, research, and clinical applications.  After a survey of current and historical motion analysis systems and techniques, students will learn methodology and interpretation of motions accelerations and forces produced by, or applied to body segments during daily activities. Focus will be on the lower extremities but spine and upper body will be introduced as well. Students will also gain familiarity with complementary measurement tools such as electromyography. Prerequisites: BMC511, BMC 501,ANA503. [4]
BMC 514 Spine Biomechanics
Study of the effects of spine conditions, surgical techniques and implants on the function, motion and stability of the spine.  In vitro, in silico and in vivo analyses of spinal kinematics and dynamics as well as the corresponding experimental methods used.  Spinal tissue mechanical properties and function characterization will also be covered.  Prerequisites:  BMC 511, BTN 522. [4]

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