Undergraduate Minor

The Biomedical Engineering department prides itself on the diversity of it students – hailing from all areas of engineering and from the physical, chemical and life sciences – and their passion and drive. Students can do experimental or theoretical research or a combination of both, and there are possibilities for research in hospitals and in the field.

The majority of students who chose to pursue biomedical engineering were not formally trained as biomedical engineers, but were attracted by their interest in the field and the excitement of interdisciplinary and collaborative research.


Though we do not have an undergraduate program, if you plan on studying biomedical engineering at the graduate level you are encouraged to take the undergraduate Minor in Biomedical Engineering or some courses in physiology and life sciences (for engineers, physicists), and quantitative courses (for life science students). Any one of the courses listed below is appropriate for fulfilling the Master's program prerequisites for ‘a university-level course in general physiology, cell biology, or molecular biology’ for non-life science students wishing to study in the department.

ANAT 212 Molec Mechanisms of Cell Funct 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

BIOC 212 Molec Mechanisms of Cell Funct 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

BIOL 200 Molecular Biology 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

BIOL 201 Cell Biology & Metabolism 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHGY 209 Mammalian Physiology 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHGY 210 Mammalian Physiology 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


Details of the Minor Program

Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) - Minor Biomedical Engineering(21 Credits)

    Offered by:Biomedical Engineering
    Degree:Bachelor of Engineering

Program Requirement:

Minor Advisers: Prof. R. Leask (Wong Building, Room 4120), Prof. R. Mongrain (Macdonald Engineering Building, Room 369), or Prof. G. Mitsis (Macdonald Engineering Building, Room 384).

Note: Open to all students in the Faculty of Engineering.

Minor program credit weight: 21-25 credits

The Biomedical Engineering Minor allows access to courses in basic life sciences and is intended to expose students to the interdisciplinary tools used in biomedicine.

To complete this Minor, students must obtain a grade of C or better in all approved courses and satisfy the requirements of both the Major program and the Minor.

Students considering this Minor should contact the Minor Advisers listed above.

Complementary Introductory Courses in Life Sciences

3-7 credits

One or two courses from the following list (equivalents can be approved):


  • ANAT 212 Molec Mechanisms of Cell Funct 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • BIOC 212 Molec Mechanisms of Cell Funct 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • BIOL 200 Molecular Biology 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • BIOL 201 Cell Biology & Metabolism 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • CHEM 212 Intro Organic Chemistry 1 4 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • PHGY 209 Mammalian Physiology 1 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • PHGY 210 Mammalian Physiology 2 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer


Specialization Courses

12-18 credits from the following:

Students must select 6 credits from courses outside their department and at least one BMDE course. These BMDE courses are best taken near the end of the program, when prerequisites have been satisfied.



    Physiological Systems, Artificial Cells and Organs


    • BMDE 505 Cell and Tissue Engineering 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PHGY 311 Channels, Synapses & Hormones 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PHGY 312 Resp.,Renal,&Cardio Physiology 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PHGY 313 Blood,GI,Imm.Syst.Physiol 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PHGY 517 Artificial Internal Organs 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PHGY 518 Artificial Cells 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer


    Bioinformatics, Genomics and Proteomics


    • ANAT 365 Cellular Trafficking 3 Credits*
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • ANAT 458 Membranes & Cellular Signaling 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • BIOC 311 Metabolic Biochemistry 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • BIOC 312 Biochemistry of Macromolecules 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • BIOC 458 Membranes & Cellular Signaling 3 Credits*
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • BMDE 506 Molecular Biology Techniques 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • BMDE 509 Quant Anal & Mod of Cell Proc 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • COMP 302 Programming Lang & Paradigms 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • COMP 360 Algorithm Design 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • COMP 421 Database Systems 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • COMP 424 Artificial Intelligence 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • COMP 462 Computational Biology Methods 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
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      • Winter
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    • COMP 526 Probabilistic Reasoning and AI 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    * Students choose either ANAT 365 or BIOC 458


    Biomaterials, Biosensors, and Nanotechnology


    • BMDE 504 Biomaterials & Bioperformance 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • BMDE 505 Cell and Tissue Engineering 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • BMDE 508 Intro. to Micro & Nano-Bioeng 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • CHEE 380 Materials Science 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • ECSE 424 Human-Computer Interaction 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • MECH 553 Design & Manuf of Microdevices 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • MIME 360 Phase Transformations:Solids 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • MIME 362 Mechanical Properties 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • MIME 470 Engineering Biomaterials 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PHYS 534 Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer


    Biomechanics and Prosthetics


    • BMDE 503 Biomedical Instrumentation 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • CHEE 561 Intro to Soft Tissue Biophys 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • CHEE 563 Biofluids&Cardiovascular Mech. 3 Credits*
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • MECH 315 Mechanics 3 4 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • MECH 321 Mechanics of Deformable Solids 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • MECH 530 Mech of Composite Materials 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • MECH 561 Biomech of Musculoskeletal Sys 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • MECH 563 Biofluids&Cardiovascular Mech 3 Credits*
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • MIME 360 Phase Transformations:Solids 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • MIME 362 Mechanical Properties 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    * Students choose either CHEE 563 or MECH 563.


    Medical Physics and Imaging


    • BMDE 519 Biomedical Signals & Systems 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • COMP 302 Programming Lang & Paradigms 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • COMP 360 Algorithm Design 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • COMP 424 Artificial Intelligence 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • COMP 558 Fund. of Computer Vision 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • ECSE 303 Signals and Systems 1 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • ECSE 304 Signals and Systems 2 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • ECSE 412 Discrete TimeSignal Processing 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PHYS 557 Nuclear Physics 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer


    Neural Systems and Biosignal Processing


    • BMDE 501 Selected Topics:Biomedical Eng 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • BMDE 502 BME Modelling & Identification 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • BMDE 503 Biomedical Instrumentation 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • BMDE 519 Biomedical Signals & Systems 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • ECSE 517 Neural Prosthetic Systems 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • ECSE 526 Artificial Intelligence 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PHYS 413 Physical Basis of Physiology 3 CreditsTaught only in alternate years
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer


    Complementary Courses

    0-6 credits

    Up to 6 credits in the B.Eng., or B.Sc.(Arch.) program can also be credited to the Minor, with the permission of the Departmental Adviser and approval of the Minor Adviser. In particular, courses at the 200 level or higher that are prerequisites for certain specialization courses would be eligible, with permission of the Minor Adviser. By careful selection of complementary courses, the Minor can be satisfied with 9 additional credits in the student's major program or a maximum of 12 credits of overlap with the major program.