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Mechanical Engineering

Master of Science
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The Masters of Science degree in Bioengineering, offered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering, provides both a terminal professional degree for students to enter the biotechnology and medical device industries as well as preparation for further study in bioengineering leading to the Doctor of Engineering or PhD degree. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in an engineering field with a strong grounding in physics and mathematics. The degree program offers three tracks in biomechanics, biomaterials, and bioinstrumentation as described below.

The student’s program will be prepared in conference with and approved by the bioengineering graduate adviser. Students take a “core” of courses required for their specialization, and additional courses and electives.

Students without prerequisites for the required courses may need to take additional courses outside the 30 units needed for the degree.

All requirements for the master's degree coursework must be completed within six consecutive calendar years after initial registration.

The graduate program offers two areas of specialization.

Biomechanics Specialization 

Biomechanics requires an integrative understanding of physiology and mechanics. Design of medical devices including choice of materials, tissue mechanics and computational mechanics modeling, are focuses of our program that reflect the rigorous mechanical engineering backbone. Applications in orthopedic, cardiovascular medicine range from microscopic MEMS to joint kinematics and computers in the surgical ward.

  • Core Courses
  • BIOL 590 Physiology of Human Systems (4)
  • ME 580 Biomechanics (3)
  • ME 610 Finite Element Methods in Mechanical Engineering (3)
  • ME 681 Biomaterials (3)
  • ME/EE 685 MEMS Design and Applications (3)
  • ME 696 Tissue Engineering

Biomaterials Specialization

Biomaterials engineers must develop new materials or manufacturing techniques for implants and devices, develop new sensors to measure physical and chemical properties in tissues and implants, and assess biocompatibility. For these applications, the focus is on the interaction of biological tissues and fluids with synthetic surfaces. This area requires proficiency in cell and molecular biology as well as materials science.

  • Core Courses
  • BIOL 585 Cell and Molecular Immunology (3)
  • ME 540 Nonmetallic Materials (3)
  • ME 681 Biomaterials (3)
  • ME 685 MEMS Design and Applications (3)
  • ME 696 Tissue Engineering
List of Electives
  • AE 601 Computational Fluid Dynamics (3)
  • AE 621 Theory of Elasticity (3)
  • BIOL 585 Cell and Molecular Immunology (3)
  • BIOL 590 Physiology of Human Systems (4)
  • BIOL 597A Univariate Statistical Methods in Biology (3)
  • CHEM 711 Chemical Thermodynamics (3)
  • CHEM 712 Chemical Kinetics (3)
  • CHEM 751 Separations Science (3)
  • EE 502 Electronic Devices for Rehabilitation (3)
  • EE 503 Biomedical Instrumentation (3)
  • EE 539 Instrumentation Circuits I (3)
  • ENS 610 Biomechanics: Measurement Techniques I-Kinematics (3)
  • ENS 611 Biomechanics: Measurement Techniques II-Kinetics (3)
  • ENS 612 Biomechanics: Measurement Techniques III-EMG (3)
  • ENS 613 Motor Control and Rehabilitation Science (3)
  • ENV E 554 Process Fundamentals of Environmental Systems (3)
    ENV E 648 Biological Processes and Bioremediation Engineering (3)
    ME 502 Continuum Mechanics (3)
    ME 540 Nonmetallic Materials (3)
    ME 580 Biomechanics (3)
    ME 585 Fundamentals of Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) (3)
    ME 610 Finite Element Methods in Mechanical Engineering (3)
    ME 645 Mechanical Behavior of Engineering Materials (3)
    ME 656 Conduction Heat Transfer (3)
    ME 681 Biomaterials (3)
    ME 683 Design of Medical Devices (3)
    PHYS 670A Medical Physics I (3)
    PHYS 670B Medical Physics II (3)
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Please send supplemental documents, letters of recommendations, statement of purpose, and further questions to:

Dr. Samuel Kassegne
Bioengineering Graduate Adviser
Mechanical Engineering Department
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-1323


Telephone:  (619) 594 1815

Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, E-326

San Diego State University

5500 Campanile Drive

San Diego, CA 92182-1323