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Biomedical Engineering Specialization

The biomedical engineering specialization (BMES) is an undergraduate program offered exclusively to engineering students at the Schulich School of Engineering through the Centre for Bioengineering Research and Education. The specialization is completed in parallel with a regular Bachelor of Science degree in engineering (Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Geomatics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Software Engineering).

Biomedical engineers work in industries such as healthcare, pharmaceuticals, sports medicine, medical imaging, medical instrumentation, and are involved in design, manufacture and testing of medical products, as well as in government, academic and research institutions. 

Why choose Biomedical Engineering? Find out more

Admissions and Application
In the first year, students complete the same common core courses as all other first-year engineering students. Students apply for admission to the biomedical engineering specialization (BMES) at the same time as they apply for their choice of engineering program. Find out more

Undergraduate Courses
There are course requirements specific to the specialization in second, third and fourth year, as well as a practicum requirement. Find out more

Project Requirement
In the final year of study, there is the choice of either a 2 term, 3-course equivalent biomedical engineering research thesis or a 1 term biomedical engineering research project. If the project option is selected, the remaining 2 courses are filled from technical electives in biomedical engineering or the engineering major. Find out more 

Practicum Requirement
All biomedical engineering undergraduate students gain work experience in the program. This is achieve by 1) completing the biomedical engineering research thesis, 2) participating in a BME related internship, or 3) completing a 4 month practicum in an academic or industry facility. Find out more 

Undergraduate Resources


Dr. Peter Goldsmith, PhD, PEng
Associate Director, Undergraduate Programs, Centre for Bioengineering Research and Education (CBRE)
Phone: 1 (403) 220-7779