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Biomedical Engineering

Program Overview

The Faculty of Applied Science offers a program leading to the Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) in Biomedical Engineering. Biomedical Engineering (BME) addresses fundamental problems where human biology and physical design principles intersect. The program gives biomedical engineers the skills required to make scientific discoveries and inventions that promote health.

Typically, UBC engineering programs begin with a common first year after which students apply for, and are registered in, a specific engineering discipline in second year. However, entry into the second year of the BME B.A.Sc. program requires BME-specific versions of the first year courses and students wishing to study in the BME program in their second year are strongly encouraged to apply for registration in the “Pre Biomedical Engineering Standardized Timetable (PBME STT)” after they apply to UBC’s first year Engineering Program. The PBME STT is a modified version of the common first year and selection for the modified timetable is limited and competitive. This timetable allows students to take introductory material core to the BME program in year one.

Students apply for the BME B.A.Sc. after completing first year engineering (or a comparable program at another university or college). Students who are admitted to the BME B.A.Sc. without completing the PBME STT will have to complete any missing course requirements.

Students completing their first year of the PBME modified first year timetable will also be eligible for 2nd year placement into other Engineering programs at UBC.

The program is designed with four streams of technical electives to allow students to focus on particular areas of Biomedical Engineering: Cellular Bioengineering; Biomedical Systems and Signals; Biomechanics and Biomaterials; and Biomedical Informatics. After their second year, BME students indicate their prioritized stream preferences. Prospective students should be aware that a maximum enrolment limit may apply to each stream. If student preferences for a stream exceed capacity for that stream, the program Director will select students for the stream based on academic standing and demonstrated interest and ability in that specific stream.

Consult the program website for technical elective selection for each stream.

The program is designed to align with admissions criteria for medical school. Students intending to apply to medical school after their biomedical engineering program must take a first year English course as a complementary study. Other courses within the program are considered equivalent for the purposes of the Biology content recommended by the UBC Faculty of Medicine.

Program Requirements

First Year
APSC 100 3
APSC 160 3
BMEG 1011 3
BMEG 1021 2
CHEM 121 4
CHEM 123 4
MATH 100 3
MATH 101 3
MATH 152 3
PHYS 157 3
PHYS 158 3
PHYS 170 3
WRDS 150 3
Total Credits 40
Second Year
BMEG 201 3
BMEG 210 3
BMEG 220 4
BMEG 230 4
BMEG 245 4
BMEG 250 4
BMEG 257 4
CHBE 251 3
CPEN 2212 or CPEN 223 4
MATH 253 or 226 3
MATH 256 3
MATH 264 1
Total Credits 40
Third Year
BIOC 202 3
BMEG 310 4
BMEG 321 3
BMEG 350 4
BMEG 357 3
BMEG 371 3
CHEM 233 3
CHEM 235 1
STAT 251 3
Stream-based Courses 9
Complementary Studies Electives3 3
Total Credits 39
Fourth Year
BMEG 401 3
BMEG 455 3
BMEG 457 6
STAT 300 3
Stream-based Courses 18
Complementary Studies Electives3 6
Total Credits 39
1 Students who come into Biomedical Engineering without taking BMEG 101 and BMEG 102 must take all of APSC 101, PHYS 159 (or equivalent) and BMEG 200.
2 Students planning to complete the Bioinformatics option should take CPEN 221.
3 See Complementary Studies Courses. Students planning to apply to Medical School should take a first year English course as their complementary studies elective. Students should confirm the specific pre-requisite courses for the Medical School(s) to which they will apply.

Stream Based Courses

Students completing the Cellular Bioengineering Stream must complete the following:
BIOC 302 3
BMEG 374 3
BMEG 470 3
CHBE 381 3
Additional technical electives4 15
Students completing the Biomedical Informatics Stream must complete the following:
BIOC 302 3
CPSC 221 4
CPSC 340 3
Either MATH 220 3
Or CPSC 121 4
Additional technical electives4 13 (if taking CPSC 121)
14 (if taking MATH 220)
Students completing the Biomedical Systems and Signals Stream must complete the following:
BMEG 320 3
ELEC 221 4
Additional technical electives4 20
Students completing the Biomaterials and Biomechanics Stream must complete the following:
APSC 278 3
APSC 279 1
BMEG 330 3
MECH 260 3
Additional technical electives4 17
4 To be chosen from a course list available on the program website and in consultation with an undergraduate advisor.

Cooperative Education Experiential Work Terms

Cooperative education experiential learning placements are an integral part of the Bachelor of Applied Science in Biomedical Engineering program. Students will typically complete four 4-month experiential learning placements coordinated through the Applied Science Co-op Program. Work terms can take place during the Winter or Summer terms. Students should refer to the program website for the current schedule. Students unable to complete one or more co-op terms should consult with a departmental advisor.

Page last updated: February 24, 2021

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