Exercise Science, PhD

School of Health and Kinesiology, Department of Biomechanics, College of Education

Vision Statement

The doctoral degree in exercise science at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is a joint program between the Department of Biomechanics and the School of Health and Kinesiology.  The degree is based on the physiology, biochemistry, biophysics, motor control and development, and psychology of human movement. The program is aimed at developing researchers who are working to improve movement function and physical activity using evidence-based approaches through interdisciplinary clinical and translational research. A problem-solving approach is used across the age and health spectrum for disease prevention, health enhancement, physical rehabilitation, and exercise motivation.  The program offers four areas of concentration in biomechanics, physiology of exercise, motor development and control, and physical activity. 

Program Contact Information

Danae Dinkel, PhD, Doctoral Program Chair (DPC)
207 School of Health and Kinesiology (H&K) 
402.554.2670
dmdinkel@unomaha.edu

Program Email Address

Laura Rotert, Administrative Coordinator
100 Biomechanics Research Building (BRB) 
402.554.3228
lecampbell@unomaha.edu

Ellen Eitzmann, Graduate Programs Office Assistant
207 School of Health and Kinesiology (H&K)
402.554.2910
eeitzmann@unomaha.edu 

Program Website

Admissions

Application Deadlines (Spring 2020, Summer 2020, and Fall 2020)

Applications for this program are accepted on a rolling basis. All materials must be submitted prior to the beginning of the semester in which the student has elected to begin coursework.

Program-Specific Requirements

  • GPA of 3.2 in master’s program or in the last 30 hours of previous graduate work
  • Master’s degree, or minimum of 30 graduate hours in a related field, e.g., health, physical therapy
  • Applicants are required to have a command of oral and written English.  Those who do not hold a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from the United States, OR a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from a predetermined country on the waiver list, must meet the minimum language proficiency score requirement in order to be considered for admission.  A score of 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, 80 internet-based, 6.5 IELTS, or a 53 PTE is required, with a score of at least 20 in all categories (listening, reading, writing, and speaking)

  • GRE Score:
    • Total score (verbal and quantitative) of at least 297.  Exam and scores must have been taken within the last three (3) years.
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose:
    • Needs to state goals and objectives for seeking the degree. Students will identify their intended area of focus and the name of the faculty advisor with whom they wish to work (maximum 500 words).
  • Writing Sample:
    • Provide a writing sample which could include: first-author scientific paper, thesis proposal, research paper, or similar example showcasing the student's aptitude for writing. 
  • Resume/CV
  • Undergraduate Course Deficiencies: these courses are determined by the student's mentor in collaboration with their supervisory committee.  Each student's individual deficiency courses will be approved in their program of study.
  • Approval by a faculty member willing to act as advisor and mentor to the student. The applicant is expected to contact a potential advisor to determine if a suitable match in interests exists. This assures that the student will be able to develop a program of study that meets the specific goals intended. Please note that assistantship funding is a separate process and should be discussed with your faculty mentor. 

Degree Requirements

Required Courses21
ADVANCED STATISTICS 1
BIOSTATISTICS IN BIOMECHANICS I
RESEARCH IN HEALTH, PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND RECREATION 1
BIOSTATISTICS IN BIOMECHANICS II
Take the following course for a minimum of 15 credit hours:
DOCTORAL SEMINAR 2
Concentrations
See Exercise, PhD Concentrations24
KINS 9990DISSERTATION15
Total Credits60

Exit Requirements

  • Comprehensive Examination
  • Dissertation

Program-Related Information

  • Advisor and Supervisory Committee
    • Preliminary contact is made with a potential advisor prior to applying to the program. Once admitted, a student is assigned an advisor based on the match in interests with those of the advisor and willingness of the advisor to take on the student.
    • In the students first year, the student must form a supervisory committee.  It should consist of a least four exercise science affiliated graduate faculty members including the faculty advisor, one of whom must be from a department different than that of the dissertation advisor.  At least three members, including the faculty advisor, must be graduate faculty at UNO.  The dean for Graduate Studies at UNO will appoint the committee upon recommendation of the advisor.  The committee will be responsible for approving the program of study, comprehensive exam, dissertation proposal, dissertation and its oral defense. 
  • Program of Study (must have 45 hours remaining after approval)
    • The student and his/her advisor will determine the program of study, including the required courses and general area of research for the dissertation. This program of study is subject to final approval from the student's doctoral supervisory committee. After this approval, the student will submit the Program of Study Form with course information to the Graduate Studies Office.
  • Comprehensive Exam
    • The required comprehensive exam will be taken towards the end of the student's coursework.  The supervisory committee, in conjunction with the student will determine the nature of the exam; the exam could include a take-home exam followed by an oral defense, or writing an NIH-type grant followed by an oral exam.  The supervisory committee will evaluate the exam.
  • Dissertation Proposal Form
    • Within one year of successfully completing the comprehensive exam and being admitted to candidacy, a formal research proposal for the dissertation topic should be presented to the supervisory committee.  The format of the proposal is subject to approval by the advisor and the supervisory committee.  The proposal could include a formal written proposal with an oral defense or oral presentation of the proposed research project. 
  • Dissertation
    • After successfully completing the comprehensive exam and being admitted to degree candidacy, the student must register for at least one credit hour of dissertation for each semester until completion of the degree. A minimum of 15 hours of dissertation credit must be completed within the course of the degree.
    • It is expected that the dissertation will result in manuscript submissions in referred journals in the discipline. 
    • Upon completion of the dissertation, an updated CV must be submitted to the Doctoral Program Committee chair. 
  • Residency
    • The residency will be reasonably compact, continuous, and coherent, and a substantial portion done at and under close supervision of the university.  Most of the students in the program will be full-time and continuously enrolled. 

Concentrations

Physiology of Exercise Concentration

Required Courses
KINS 9951/8950ADVANCED EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY3
KINS 9960ADVANCED EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY II3
HEKI 9851/8850EXERCISE FOR SPECIAL POPULATIONS3
KINS 8076OPTIMIZING SPORTS PERFORMANCE3
KINS 8086CLINICAL EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY3
Electives
Select 9 hours from the following:9
ADVANCED BIOMECHANICS
ADVANCED BIOMECHANICS II
HIGHER EDUCATION TEACHING SEMINAR
MOTOR CONTROL I
MOTOR CONTROL II
CELLULAR BIOLOGY
BIOCHEMISTRY I LABORATORY
BIOCHEMISTRY II LABORATORY
CURRENT TOPICS IN WEIGHT MANAGEMENT
IMPLEMENTING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN DIVERSE POPULATIONS
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY ASSESSMENT AND HEALTH RELATED RESEARCH
PLANNING WORKSITE WELLNESS PROGRAMS
SPORT IN AMERICAN CULTURE
CURRICULUM IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION
OCCUPATIONAL BIOMECHANICS
BEHAVIORAL ASPECTS OF COACHING
RISK MANAGEMENT FOR HEALTH FITNESS PROFESSIONALS
CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE PREVENTION AND REHABILITATION
PSYCHOLOGY OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
INTERNSHIP IN EXERCISE SCIENCE
TOPICS IN SPORTS MEDICINE
SERVICE EXPERIENCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION
MOTOR LEARNING I
MOTOR DEVELOPMENT
MOTOR LEARNING II
SPECIAL STUDIES
HEKI 8220
PROBLEMS & ISSUES IN HPER
RESEARCH PROJECT
ANALYSIS OF RESEARCH AND LITERATURE IN HUMAN MOVEMENT
QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS
BIOC 827
Metabolic Regulatory Mechanisms
Total Credits24

Biomechanics Concentration

Required Courses
BMCH 9451ADVANCED BIOMECHANICS3
BMCH 9460ADVANCED BIOMECHANICS II3
BMCH 8400MOTOR LEARNING I3
or BMCH 8410 MOTOR CONTROL I
or BMCH 8420 MOTOR DEVELOPMENT
BMCH 9500MOTOR LEARNING II3
or BMCH 9510 MOTOR CONTROL II
or BMCH 9520 MOTOR DEVELOPMENT II
PHYS 8455CLASSICAL MECHANICS3
Electives
Select 9 hours from the following:9
METHODS IN BIOMECHANICS I
METHODS IN BIOMECHANICS II
MOTOR DEVELOPMENT
MOTOR DEVELOPMENT II
MOTOR LEARNING I
MOTOR LEARNING II
MOTOR CONTROL I
MOTOR CONTROL II
NONLINEAR ANALYSIS FOR MOVEMENT STUDIES
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN BIOMECHANICS
MATLAB FOR MOVEMENT SCIENCES
MUSCULOSKELETAL SIMULATION
BSEN 814
Medical Imaging Systems
BSEN 912
Advanced Diagnostic Ultrasound Imaging
CEEN 8336
Microprocessor System Design
CEEN 8366
Embedded Microcontroller Design
CIP 814
Scientific Writing
CIP 817
Applied Scientific Writing
DATA STRUCTURES
ADVANCED COMPUTER GRAPHICS
INTRODUCTION TO ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
PATTERN RECOGNITION
NUMERICAL ANALYSIS I
NUMERICAL ANALYSIS II
COMPUTER GRAPHICS
HUMAN COMPUTER INTERACTION
ELEC 8606
Labview Programming
ELEC 8636
Digital Signal Processing
ELEC 9150
Adaptive Signal Processing
PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL WRITING
GCBA 812
Human Neuranatomy
HEALTH ASPECTS OF AGING
SEMINAR IN AGING AND HUMAN BEHAVIOR
ANALYSIS OF RESEARCH AND LITERATURE IN HUMAN MOVEMENT
QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS
SPECIAL TOPICS IN IT INNOVATION
EXERCISE FOR SPECIAL POPULATIONS
PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
INTRODUCTION TO PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
ORDINARY DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
DESIGN AND ANALYSIS OF ALGORITHMS
DETERMINISTIC OPERATIONS RESEARCH MODELS
PROBABILISTIC OPERATIONS RESEARCH MODELS
FUZZY SET THEORY AND ITS APPLICATIONS
DYNAMICAL SYSTEMS AND CHAOS
TOPICS IN MODELING
ADVANCED TOPICS IN APPLIED MATHEMATICS
MECHANICS OF BIOMATERIALS
SYSTEMS NEUROSCIENCE
CLINICAL EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY
IMPLEMENTING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN DIVERSE POPULATIONS
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY ASSESSMENT AND HEALTH RELATED RESEARCH
OCCUPATIONAL BIOMECHANICS
CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE PREVENTION AND REHABILITATION
ADVANCED EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY
ADVANCED EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY II
ELEMENTS OF ELECTRONICS
PROSEMINAR: STATISTICAL METHODS I
PROSEMINAR: STATISTICAL METHODS II
PROSEMINAR: COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
Total Credits24

Motor Development and Control Concentration

Required Courses
BMCH 9421/8420MOTOR DEVELOPMENT3
BMCH 9460ADVANCED BIOMECHANICS II3
BMCH 9500MOTOR LEARNING II3
BMCH 9510MOTOR CONTROL II3
BMCH 9101NONLINEAR ANALYSIS FOR MOVEMENT STUDIES3
Electives
Select 9 hours from the following:9
METHODS IN BIOMECHANICS I
METHODS IN BIOMECHANICS II
MOTOR LEARNING I
MOTOR CONTROL I
MOTOR DEVELOPMENT
NONLINEAR ANALYSIS FOR MOVEMENT STUDIES
MATLAB FOR MOVEMENT SCIENCES
ADVANCED BIOMECHANICS
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN BIOMECHANICS
ADVANCED BIOMECHANICS II
MUSCULOSKELETAL SIMULATION
COMPUTER GRAPHICS
HUMAN COMPUTER INTERACTION
ELEC 8606
Labview Programming
ELEC 8636
Digital Signal Processing
ELEC 9150
Adaptive Signal Processing
PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL WRITING
HEALTH ASPECTS OF AGING
SEMINAR IN AGING AND HUMAN BEHAVIOR
SYSTEMS NEUROSCIENCE
CLINICAL EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY
IMPLEMENTING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN DIVERSE POPULATIONS
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY ASSESSMENT AND HEALTH RELATED RESEARCH
OCCUPATIONAL BIOMECHANICS
CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE PREVENTION AND REHABILITATION
PSYCHOLOGY OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
HIGHER EDUCATION TEACHING SEMINAR
SERVICE EXPERIENCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION
ADVANCED EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY
ADVANCED EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY II
ANALYSIS OF RESEARCH AND LITERATURE IN HUMAN MOVEMENT
QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS
EXERCISE FOR SPECIAL POPULATIONS
DYNAMICAL SYSTEMS AND CHAOS
ADVANCED TOPICS IN APPLIED MATHEMATICS
PROSEMINAR: COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
PROSEMINAR: PERCEPTION
PROSEMINAR: BEHAVIORL NEUROSCIENCE
PROSEMINAR: DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
UNMC: GCBA 812, PEDS 913, PHYT 942
Total Credits24

Physical Activity Concentration

Required Courses
KINS 9131/8130IMPLEMENTING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN DIVERSE POPULATIONS3
KINS 9141/8140PHYSICAL ACTIVITY ASSESSMENT AND HEALTH RELATED RESEARCH3
KINS 9701/8700PSYCHOLOGY OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY3
HEKI 9851/8850EXERCISE FOR SPECIAL POPULATIONS3
KINS 9040PHYSICAL ACTIVITY EPIDEMIOLOGY3
Electives
Select 9 hours from the following:9
CURRENT TOPICS IN WEIGHT MANAGEMENT
CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE PREVENTION AND REHABILITATION
ADVANCED EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY
HIGHER EDUCATION TEACHING SEMINAR
ADVANCED BIOMECHANICS
ADVANCED BIOMECHANICS II
MOTOR CONTROL I
MOTOR CONTROL II
PLANNING WORKSITE WELLNESS PROGRAMS
OCCUPATIONAL BIOMECHANICS
RISK MANAGEMENT FOR HEALTH FITNESS PROFESSIONALS
INTERNSHIP IN EXERCISE SCIENCE
TOPICS IN SPORTS MEDICINE
MOTOR LEARNING I
MOTOR DEVELOPMENT
MOTOR LEARNING II
SPECIAL STUDIES
RESEARCH PROJECT
PROBLEMS & ISSUES IN HPER
ANALYSIS OF RESEARCH AND LITERATURE IN HUMAN MOVEMENT
QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS
EPIDEMIOLOGY & PREVENTION OF DISEASE
WOMEN'S HEALTH AND ISSUES OF DIVERSITY
PROGRAM EVALUATION AND INSTRUMENTATION
HEALTH ASPECTS OF STRESS MANAGEMENT
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS I
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS II
PROBABILISTIC OPERATIONS RESEARCH MODELS
TOPICS IN MODELING
HEALTH CARE POLICY
THE U.S. HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
PERSONNEL PSYCHOLOGY
PROSEMINAR: PERSONALITY
PROSEMINAR: SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
SOCIOEMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
PSYCHOSOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
SOCIETY & HEALTH
UNMC: BIOS 823, BIOS 825, BIOS 810, EPI 821, EPI 835, EPI 845, HPRO 902, HPRO 910, HPRO 998.
Total Credits24

BMCH 8000  SEMINAR IN BIOMECHANICS (0 credits)

Required non-credit course for graduate students in biomechanics. Intended to familiarize the graduate student with current ongoing biomechanical research at UNO and other institutions. The seminar will additionally include topics focusing on professional development, job and educational opportunities, and biomechanical methodologies.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Must be a student in BMCH graduate program. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

BMCH 8030  BIOSTATISTICS IN BIOMECHANICS I (3 credits)

The focus of the course is to prepare students to understand and apply research and biostatistical methods needed in the design and analysis of biomechanical investigations. The major topics to be covered include research design and multiple linear regression. (Cross-listed with BMCH 9031)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Graduate Standing in Biomechanics program or Department Permission.

BMCH 8100  NONLINEAR ANALYSIS FOR MOVEMENT STUDIES (3 credits)

This course is to introduce different nonlinear methods for the analysis of biological and movement time series. Emphasis will be given on understanding the algorithms behind each nonlinear method. (Cross-listed with BMCH 9101)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Instructor Permission.

BMCH 8106  BIOINSPIRED ROBOTICS (3 credits)

The goal of the course is to involve students in an interdisciplinary vision of biomechanics, biology, engineering and architecture by learning how humans and other animals function in their environment. These design principles from nature can be translated into novel devices, structures, and robots. (Cross-listed with BMCH 4100).

BMCH 8200  MATLAB FOR MOVEMENT SCIENCES (3 credits)

Introduction to Matlab software, plotting data, spectral analysis and the Fourier transform, data smoothing, and image analysis of movement related data. All topics will be implemented using Matlab. (Cross-listed with BMCH 9201)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Instructor permission.

BMCH 8206  METHODS IN BIOMECHANICS I (3 credits)

In this course students learn about the methods and equipment used in biomechanics as well as the analysis of data collected from those methods. Course experiences include both lecture and lab based learning. (Cross-listed with BMCH 4200).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Department Permission

BMCH 8216  METHODS IN BIOMECHANICS II (3 credits)

In this course students learn about advanced methods and equipment used in biomechanics, as well as the analysis of data collected from those methods. Course experiences include both lecture and lab based learning. This course builds on the experience gained in BMCH 4200/8206, Methods in Biomechanics I. (Cross-listed with BMCH 4210).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): BMCH 8206 or Department Permission

BMCH 8400  MOTOR LEARNING I (3 credits)

Discussion and analysis of scientific principles related to the learning of motor skills; review related literature and research in motor learning. The focus of the course is on recent theories of how movements are acquired and performed, and on factors that have implications for motor learning throughout the life span. (Cross-listed with BMCH 9401)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Department Permission.

BMCH 8410  MOTOR CONTROL I (3 credits)

The focus of the course is to explore the study of the conditions and factors that influence the control and performance of motor skills from both neurophysiological and psychobiological perspectives. (Cross-listed with BMCH 9411)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Department Permission. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

BMCH 8420  MOTOR DEVELOPMENT (3 credits)

This course focuses on the study of motor development, the processes that underlie this development and the factors that influence it. Students will gain an understanding of the major theoretical perspectives of motor development across the life span with special emphasis given in child development. (Cross-listed with BMCH 9421)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Department Permission.

BMCH 8450  ADVANCED BIOMECHANICS (3 credits)

The course will address the biomechanical basis of human performance including mechanical analysis of human gait, fundamental movement patterns and techniques used for collecting biomechanical data. (Cross-listed with BMCH 9451)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): BMCH 4630 (Biomechanics) [previously PE 4630] or Instructor Permission.

BMCH 8646  ORTHOPEDIC BIOMECHANICS (3 credits)

Orthopedic Biomechanics focuses on the use of biomechanical principles and scientific methods to address clinical questions that are of particular interest to professionals such as orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, rehabilitation specialists, and others. (Cross-listed with BMCH 4640).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Department Permission

BMCH 8900  INDEPENDENT RESEARCH IN BIOMECHANICS (1-6 credits)

In this course individuals or groups will conduct research projects for the study and analysis of biomechanical topics.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Permission of the Department and approval by Faculty Advisor. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

BMCH 8910  INDEPENDENT STUDY IN BIOMECHANICS (1-6 credits)

This is a variable credit course designed for graduate students in Biomechanics who would benefit from independent reading assignments and problems. Independent study enables individual students or a small group of students to focus on topics typically not explored in other offerings or to explore topics currently offered in further depth. (Cross-listed with BMCH 9911)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Graduate student in BMCH and approval by Faculty Advisor. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

BMCH 8990  THESIS IN BIOMECHANICS (1-6 credits)

A research project, designed and executed under the supervision of the chair and approval by members of the graduate student's advisory committee. In this project the student will develop skills in research design, research conduct, data analysis, and reporting. The final product of this course will be an original thesis of independent scientific investigation.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Department Permission. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

BMCH 9031  BIOSTATISTICS IN BIOMECHANICS I (3 credits)

The focus of the course is to prepare students to understand and apply research and biostatistical methods needed in the design and analysis of biomechanical investigations. The major topics to be covered include research design and multiple linear regression. (Cross-listed with BMCH 8030)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Graduate Standing in Biomechanics program or Department Permission.

BMCH 9040  BIOSTATISTICS IN BIOMECHANICS II (3 credits)

The focus of the course is to prepare graduate students to understand and apply advanced research and biostatistical methods needed in the design and analysis of biomechanical investigations. The major topics to be covered include advanced research design and the general linear model. This course builds upon basic research design and linear regression learned in Biostatistics in Biomechanics I for the application in single factor and multi-factor experimental analyses.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Graduate Standing, BMCH 8030/9031 or equivalent

BMCH 9101  NONLINEAR ANALYSIS FOR MOVEMENT STUDIES (3 credits)

This course is to introduce different nonlinear methods for the analysis of biological and movement time series. Emphasis will be given on understanding the algorithms behind each nonlinear method. (Cross-listed with BMCH 8100)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Instructor Permission

BMCH 9201  MATLAB FOR MOVEMENT SCIENCES (3 credits)

Introduction to Matlab software, plotting data, spectral analysis and the Fourier transform, data smoothing, and image analysis of movement related data. All topics will be implemented using Matlab. (Cross-listed with BMCH 8200)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Instructor permission.

BMCH 9401  MOTOR LEARNING I (3 credits)

Discussion and analysis of scientific principles related to the learning of motor skills; review related literature and research in motor learning. The focus of the course is on recent theories of how movements are acquired and performed, and on factors that have implications for motor learning throughout the life span. (Cross-listed with BMCH 8400)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Department Permission.

BMCH 9411  MOTOR CONTROL I (3 credits)

The focus of the course is to explore the study of the conditions and factors that influence the control and performance of motor skills from both neurophysiological and psychobiological perspectives. (Cross-listed with BMCH 8410)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Department Permission. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

BMCH 9421  MOTOR DEVELOPMENT (3 credits)

This course focuses on the study of motor development, the processes that underlie this development and the factors that influence it. Students will gain an understanding of the major theoretical perspectives of motor development across the life span with special emphasis given in child development. (Cross-listed with BMCH 8420)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): PE 2800 (Motor Behavior) or permission of instructor.

BMCH 9451  ADVANCED BIOMECHANICS (3 credits)

The course will address the biomechanical basis of human performance including mechanical analysis of human gait, fundamental movement patterns and techniques used for collecting biomechanical data. (Cross-listed with BMCH 8450)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): BMCH 4630 (Biomechanics) [previously PE 4630] or Instructor Permission.

BMCH 9460  ADVANCED BIOMECHANICS II (3 credits)

A comprehensive and advanced detailed investigation of the biomechanics of motor performance in special populations such as stroke, Parkinson's disease, and amputees. Includes advanced study of the mechanical analysis of motor skills and movement patterns and the research techniques for collecting and interpreting biomechanical data. Detailed lectures will cover etiology of such special populations with a focus on the endpoint movement disorders.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): BMCH 8450 or BMCH 9451 or Instructor Permission. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

BMCH 9500  MOTOR LEARNING II (3 credits)

The focus of the course is to further explore the study of the conditions and factors that influence the learning and performance of motor skills.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): BMCH 8400, BMCH 9401 or Instructor Permission. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

BMCH 9510  MOTOR CONTROL II (3 credits)

The focus of the course is to further explore the study of the conditions and factors that influence the control and performance of motor skills.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): BMCH 8410, BMCH 9411 or Department Permission. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

BMCH 9520  MOTOR DEVELOPMENT II (3 credits)

This course focuses on the study of motor development, the processes that underlie this development and the factors that influence it. This course will focus on exploring motor development in clinical populations of people with autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, etc. and the factors that influence the progression of motor skills.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): BMCH 8420 or permission from instructor.

BMCH 9870  MUSCULOSKELETAL SIMULATION (3 credits)

This course covers knowledge and skills needed to generate dynamic models, analyses, and simulations of the human musculoskeletal system for different types of movement. In this course, students build and analyze computer simulations implemented on common software platforms to gain insight into movement biomechanics and control. The materials covered in this course may be of interest to engineers, physical therapists, and biomedical researchers looking to apply their technical skills to solving clinical problems. This course emphasizes the technical skills necessary to conduct and analyze musculoskeletal simulations of movement.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Department Permission.

BMCH 9910  DOCTORAL SEMINAR (3 credits)

The major goal of this course is to teach the graduate student how to write manuscripts/grants and be an effective academician with strong ethics. The outcome of this course is for the student to produce a manuscript based on data acquired in the laboratory from the ideas developed in the seminar or submit a grant that will support the research ideas developed in at least one semester. The material covered is intended to equip students with the skills necessary to be successful in their academic careers with emphasis given on writing scientific papers. (Cross-listed with KINS 9910).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Admission into the PhD program. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

BMCH 9911  INDEPENDENT STUDY IN BIOMECHANICS (1-6 credits)

This is a variable credit course designed for graduate students in Biomechanics who would benefit from independent reading assignments and problems. Independent study enables individual students or a small group of students to focus on topics typically not explored in other offerings or to explore topics currently offered in further depth. (Cross-listed with BMCH 8910)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Graduate student in BMCH and approval by Faculty Advisor. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

BMCH 9990  DISSERTATION (1-15 credits)

The course provides doctoral candidates in Exercise Science with a process to complete a dissertation research plan. The course learning activities will focus on the completion of a candidate's dissertation. The course is designed to allow advanced doctoral candidates to demonstrate technical mastery of the discipline and to advance knowledge by completing an investigation. (Cross-listed with KINS 9990).

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Admittance to the UNO Doctoral Program in Exercise Science, successful completion of doctoral coursework & comprehensive exams, approval of the dissertation supervisory committee chair & advancement to candidacy. Not open to non-degree graduate students.