Biomechanics

If you are interested in advance studies focused on the mechanics of the human body and motion, TWU's biomechanics program is the one for you. In this program, you will study and apply your education to areas such as human mobility biomechanics, fall prevention in the elderly, injury mechanism and prevention, training biomechanics, enhancement of sport performance and biomechanics of special population.

Courses for this program are offered on the Denton campus.

Careers & Salaries

Biomechanical engineers typically work for in these areas:

  • Biomechanics/movement science laboratories in hospitals and universities
  • Physical therapy clinics
  • Sport equipment companies
  • Sport teams
  • Private practice

They frequently are sought after by college and professional athletes to measure their movement and provide recommendations to improve their play. 

Salaries in this profession vary widely. Payscale.com currently lists a median annual income of $63,600 for biomechanical engineers.

Those earning their PhDs most frequently enter the higher education field as assistant professors (average annual salary of $73,600) or serve as a research scientist or specialized professional within the field of biomechanics.

Why Biomechanics at TWU?

TWU provides hands-on learning to our students. We combine lectures with applied exercises in the lab. You will get experience reading and analyzing data output from state-of-the-art equipment.

As a doctoral student, you perform research of interest to you, with opportunities to collaborate with other TWU departments.

Master's Program Requirements

This program takes 30-36 credit semester hours to complete, depending on whether you choose to do the professional paper or thesis option. See full program requirements in the Graduate Catalog.

Undergraduate prerequisites for this program include:

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

As a full-time student, you can complete your master's coursework in as little as four semesters.

Doctoral Program Requirements

This program requires 96 credit hours, including credit hours from graduate-level work and six semester credit hours for dissertation. (See full program requirements in the Graduate Catalog.)

These prerequisite courses must be completed before you can start this doctoral program:

  • Kinesiology: Functional Anatomy (3+ hours), Kinesiology/Biomechanics (3+ hours), Exercise Physiology (3+ hours)
  • Mathematics: Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry and Calculus (must understand the differentiation and integration, multivariable calculus, and basic ventro and matrix algebra)
  • Physics (3+ hours), with a basic understanding of classical (Newtonian) mechanics
  • Programming Language: Visual Basic, C, C++, Visual C++, Java or MATLAB (you must be fluent in at least one programming language)

Additional mathematics and mechanics courses are also required:

  • Linear Algebra
  • Matrix Computation
  • Differential Equations
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Classical Mechanics (Statics/Dynamics)

How to Apply

All graduate-level applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA for the last 60 hours of undergraduate study. All prospective doctoral students must have a 3.2 GPA for all prior graduate work. A GRE score is required.

Application Steps:

  1. Apply to the TWU Graduate School. (See the Graduate School for specific Kinesiology program admission requirements.)
  2. Submit your resume and reference letters (two for the master's program, three for Ph.D.) to the Kinesiology Graduate Coordinator.
  3. If you are a doctoral candidate, the Kinesiology department will review your materials and determine if you qualify for an interview.

You cannot be admitted into the Biomechanics doctoral program unless you have an interview with the Kinesiology department.

For More Information

Young-Hoo Kwon, PhD
Professor
Biomechanics
(940) 898-2598
Email: YKwon@twu.edu