Biomechanics, B.S.

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Major

The Core Curriculum is designed to foster critical thinking skills and introduce students to basic domains of thinking that transcend disciplines. The Core applies to all majors. Information on specific classes in the Core can be found at https://www.marshall.edu/gened/.

Core Curriculum
Core 1: Critical Thinking
FYS 100First Yr Sem Critical Thinking3
HS 200 Bison image  Cap graduation image Comp Medical Terminology (CT)3
PSY 201 Bison image Introductory Psychology (CT)3
Core 2
ENG 101 Bison image  Cap graduation image Beginning Composition3
ENG 201 Bison image Advanced Composition3
CMM 103Fund Speech-Communication3
MTH 132Precalculus with Sci Applica5
BSC 228 Bison image  Cap graduation image Human Physiology4
Core II Humanities (WI)3
PSY 201 Bison image Introductory Psychology (CT)3
Core II Fine Arts3
Music in Society (recommended )
Additional University Requirements
Writing Intensive (WI Sec of Core II Hum)3
Writing Intensive3
Multicultural or International
Music in Society (recommended)
HS 475Trends in Biomechanics (Capstone I)3
HS 495Trends in Biomechanics II (Capstone II)3
Major-Specific
BSC 227 Cap graduation image Human Anatomy4
BSC 228 Bison image  Cap graduation image Human Physiology4
DTS 210Nutrition3
ESS 220 Cap graduation image Fitness and Wellness3
ESS 345 Cap graduation image Exercise Physiology3
ESS 375 Cap graduation image Fitness Assess & Exerc Prescr3
STHM 401Ethics in Sport3
STHM 410Leadership: Theory & Practice3
ESS 442Princ of Strength & Cond3
ESS 443Prin of Strength Cond Lab1
HS 200 Bison image  Cap graduation image Comp Medical Terminology (CT)3
HS 215 Cap graduation image Intro to Athletic Training3
HS 220Personal Health3
HS 221Personal Health II3
HS 365Functional Kinesiology3
HS 369Motor Learning3
HS 435Biomech Instrument Mat Lab3
HS 464Pathomechanics3
HS 465Biomechanical Analy of Mvmt3
HS 475Trends in Biomechanics (C)3
HS 495Trends in Biomechanics II (C)3
STA 225 Bison image  Cap graduation image Introductory Statistics (CT)3
SFT 235 Bison image  Cap graduation image Intro to Occup Safety (CT)3
SFT 373Prin Ergonomics & Hum Factors3
SFT 373LPrin of Ergonomics Lab1
PHY 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image College Physics I3
PHY 202 Bison image General Physics I Laboratory1
PHY 203 Bison image College Physics II3
PHY 204 Bison image General Physics 2 Laboratory1
PSY 311 Cap graduation image Child Development3
PSY 312Adult Development3
Free Elective (or Area of Emphasis)3
Free Elective (or Area of Emphasis)3
Free Elective3

Major Information

  • Students are required to know and track their degree requirements for graduation or for entrance to a professional school.
  • Course offerings and course attributes are subject to change semesters. Please consult each semester’s schedule of courses for availability and attributes.
  • Math Requirement: The biomechanics math requirement is for MTH 132 Precalculus with Sci Applica only (a pre-requisite for Physics 1). Students need an ACT Math score of 24+ to be eligible for MTH 132 Precalculus with Sci Applica. For students with a lower ACT Math score, we allow them to take two courses as an alternative: Algebra (MTH 130 College Algebra with ACT 21+ or MTH 127 College Algebra-Expanded with ACT 17+) and then Trigonometry (MTH 122 Plane Trigonometry) over two semesters.

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Four Year Plan

Biomechanics is the analysis of human movement to enhance performance, improve training, accelerate rehabilitation, and reduce injury risk. This is done by integrating various mechanical aspects of human movement during static and dynamic activities. The Biomechanics degree applies physics and math principles to study the interactions between humans and various machine systems in both working and living environments. Students will be exposed to specialized equipment to help measure the interaction of humans with their environment. Force plates and accelerometers measure forces generated by various segments of the body and then exerted externally to the body. Muscle activation is measured through electromyography. Motion analysis, using video to create three-dimensional reconstructions, measures body positions, velocities, and accelerations.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
FYS 100 First Yr Sem Critical Thinking 3
ENG 101 Bison image  Cap graduation image Beginning Composition 3
HS 200 Bison image  Cap graduation image Comp Medical Terminology (CT) 3
Select one of the following: 3-5
College Algebra-Expanded  
College Algebra  
Precalculus with Sci Applica  
UNI 100 Freshman First Class 1
 Credit Hours13-15
Second Semester
HS 222 Hlth Prov First Aid/CPR/AED 3
Select one of the following: 3
Plane Trigonometry  
Free Elective/Elective 1
 
ENG 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image Advanced Composition 3
BSC 227 Cap graduation image Human Anatomy 4
PSY 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image Introductory Psychology (CT) 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Year
First Semester
BSC 228 Bison image  Cap graduation image Human Physiology 4
HS 365 Functional Kinesiology 3
PHY 201 Bison image College Physics I 3
PHY 202 Bison image General Physics I Laboratory 1
PSY 311 Cap graduation image Child Development 3
HS 220 Personal Health 3
 Credit Hours17
Second Semester
ESS 345 Cap graduation image Exercise Physiology 3
PHY 203 Bison image  Cap graduation image College Physics II 3
PHY 204 Bison image  Cap graduation image General Physics 2 Laboratory 1
HS 215 Intro to Athletic Training 3
SFT 235 Bison image Intro to Occup Safety (CT) 3
PSY 312 Adult Development 3
 Credit Hours16
Third Year
First Semester
ESS 375 Cap graduation image Fitness Assess & Exerc Prescr 3
STHM 401 Ethics in Sport 3
HS 465 Biomechanical Analy of Mvmt 3
STA 225 Bison image  Cap graduation image Introductory Statistics (CT) 3
Core II Fine Arts 3
Music in Society (recommended)  
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
ESS 220 Cap graduation image Fitness and Wellness 3
HS 435 Biomech Instrument Mat Lab 3
HS 464 Pathomechanics 3
SFT 373 Prin Ergonomics & Hum Factors 3
SFT 373L Prin of Ergonomics Lab 1
Core II Humanities (WI) 3
 Credit Hours16
Third Semester
Summer Term (required)  
HS 369 Motor Learning 3
 Credit Hours3
Fourth Year
First Semester
DTS 210 Nutrition 3
ESS 442 Princ of Strength & Cond 3
ESS 443 Prin of Strength Cond Lab 1
HS 475 Trends in Biomechanics (C) 3
CMM 103 Fund Speech-Communication 3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
STHM 410 Leadership: Theory & Practice 3
HS 495 Trends in Biomechanics II (C) 3
Free Elective or Area of Emphasis 3
Free Elective or Area of Emphasis 3
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours124-126