With the sports engineering minor, you will learn how to apply math and physics to solve sporting problems.


The minor in Sports Engineering provides an opportunity for engineering students to complement their engineering education with a set of courses that will cover the technical and societal aspects for a career in sports. If you are looking to work in the sporting goods industry or to develop or use technology for a league or team, then this minor is for you. 

Designed primarily for students majoring in one of the university engineering fields, the Sports Engineering minor is open to students from other colleges who likely will need to take additional courses to satisfy prerequisites.

Male student inspecting a bat in the baseball lab. Image by Tory Germann

What Is Sports Engineering?

The field of sports engineering is the technical application of math and physics to solve sporting problems, which might include:

  • Analyzing athlete performance
  • Building facilities
  • Designing equipment 
  • Developing test standards
  • Ensuring compliance with safety requirements

Why Study Sports Engineering at UMass Lowell?

UMass Lowell has been a leader in sports engineering research for the past two decades. 

  • Our Sports Collaborative for Open Research and Education (SCORE) is a campus cluster focused on bringing together faculty, staff, students, companies, and organizations with the mission of exploring sports from academic and experiential perspectives in the university community and beyond. SCORE connects disciplines in business, education, engineering, fine arts, health sciences, humanities, sciences, and social sciences, as well as many extracurricular elements of student life.
  • The Baseball Research Center, founded by Dean Sherwood in 1999, has provided hundreds of students with experiential learning in the field of Sports Engineering, through the Center’s engagement with Sports Leagues and Associations and Sporting Goods Manufacturers to advance the scientific understanding and state of the art of sports equipment. Dean Sherwood has also served as the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology since 2016. 
  • The coordinator of the minor, Patrick Drane has been a Sports Engineering researcher since 1999 and serves on the Executive Committee of the International Sports Engineering Association (ISEA) and organized, together with Dean Sherwood, the International Sports Engineering Conference in 2012.


The minor in Sports Engineering consists of 24 credits. This multidisciplinary minor draws upon departments from across the university, including courses in engineering; health or biological science; business; and social science, arts and humanities.

Sample courses include:

For a complete course list and minor requirements, visit the Academic Catalog.

Career Opportunities

The sports and fitness industry is a major industry with more than 375,000 workers and $150 billion in domestic sales.*

Students completing the Sports Engineering minor will be well positioned to pursue careers in diverse industries including:

  • Professional sports teams
  • Sporting goods companies
  • Sports governing bodies
*source: Sports & Fitness Industry Association

Contact Us

For more information, please contact:

Patrick Drane
Program Coordinator