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Biomedical Engineering

This program is pending final approval by the Ministry of Advanced Education.

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 registration in second year in a specific engineering discipline. The BME program allows students to take introductory material core to the program in first year through registration in a modified first year timetable. Students wishing to study in the BME program apply for registration in a modified first year timetable when they apply to UBC’s first year Engineering Program. Selection for the modified timetable is limited and competitive.

Transfer into second year BME for students who have completed the standard first year in the UBC engineering program (or a comparable program at another university or college) is limited to students with high academic standing, and requires approval of the BME program advisor. Students who transfer into BME will have to complete any missing course requirements. Students wishing to transfer into BME at second year should consult the program website and their academic advisor.

Students completing their first year of the BME modified first year timetable will be eligible to transfer into other Engineering programs at UBC for their second year.

The program is designed with four streams of technical electives to allow students to focus on particular areas of Biomedical Engineering: Cellular Bioengineering; Biomedical Informatics; Biomedical Systems and Signals; and Biomechanics and Biomaterials. 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 150 4
CHEM 121 4
CHEM 123 4
MATH 100 3
MATH 101 3
MATH 152 3
PHYS 157 3
PHYS 158 3
PHYS 170 3
Total Credits 36
First Summer
ENGL 112 3
BMEG 101 3
BMEG 102 2
Total Credits 8
Second Year
MATH 253 or 226 3
BMEG 201 3
BMEG 210 2
BMEG 220 4
BMEG 230 4
BMEG 250 4
BMEG 257 4
CHBE 251 3
CPEN 221 4
MATH 256 3
MATH 264 1
Total Credits 35
Third Year
BIOC 202 3
BMEG 310 3
BMEG 350 4
BMEG 357 3
CHBE 351 3
CHEM 233 3
CHEM 235 1
ELEC 371 3
STAT 251 3
Complementary Studies Electives1 3
Stream-based Technical Electives 9
Total Credits 38
Fourth Year
STAT 300 3
BMEG 456 3
BMEG 450 6
BMEG 430 3
Complementary Studies Electives1 3
Stream-based Technical Electives 18
Total Credits 36
1 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 Technical Electives

Students completing the Cellular Bioengineering Stream must complete the following:
CHEM 211 4
CHBE 381 3
BMEG 410 4
BIOC 302 3
Additional technical electives2 13
Students completing the Biomedical Informatics Stream must complete the following:
CPSC 221 4
CPSC 340 3
BIOC 302 3
Either MATH 220 4
Or CPSC 121 3
Additional technical electives2 13 (if taking CPSC 121)
14 (f taking MATH 220)
Students completing the Biomedical Systems and Signals Stream must complete the following:
BMEG 320 3
ELEC 221 4
Additional technical electives2 20
Students completing the Biomaterials Biomechanics Stream must complete the following:
APSC 278 3
MECH 260 3
BMEG 330 3
Additional technical electives2 18
2 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.

Contact Information

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