Biomedical Engineering Minor



This highly focused minor examines engineering's intersection with medical research and biomedical technology. Courses provide training in physiological control systems, bioinstrumentation, biomechanics and a choice of lab or design experience.

Admission requirements


All engineering students in the Core 8 programs (chemical, civil, computer, electrical, industrial, materials, mechanical and mineral) are eligible to enrol in this minor.

Engineering Science students, except those pursing the Biomedical Systems Engineering major, are also permitted to take this minor.

Course Requirements

Students must fulfill the following course requirements to complete this minor (equalling 3.0 credits):

  1. CHE 353—Engineering Biology (0.5 credit)
  2. BME 331—Physiological Control Systems (0.5 credit)
  3. BME 440—Biomedical Engineering Technology & Investigation (0.5 credit)
  4. BME 530—Human Whole Body Biomechanics or MIE 439—Biomechanics I (0.5 credit)

And, one of:

  • BME Thesis Option (1.0 credit)
  • BME 498—Biomedical Engineering Capstone Design (1.0 credit)

Click here for course descriptions.

Important Notes

  1. Half courses (0.5 credit) may be offered in the fall or winter term; please refer to the current Academic Calendar for scheduling information and course descriptions
  2. Entry into BME 498Y  requires students to fill out a survey which will be posted on the BME Minor Quercus board.
  3. Entry to the BME Thesis Option requires students to submit the Thesis/Design Project Preliminary Approval Form to the CDP Office. Please see this for further instructions.
  4. A biomedical engineering minor student may take both BME 498 or the BME Minor Thesis but only one course can count towards the minor—Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) students are restricted to only one of these courses
  5. Former Engineering Science students who transferred into a Core 8 program may use BME 205—Biomolecules and Cells to replace CHE 353 and is also an eligible prerequisite for MIE 331

Application Procedure

Please complete this online enrolment form


Recommended Scheduling

Year 3
  • CHE 353
  • BME 331
Year 4
  • BME 440
  • BME 530 or MIE 439
  • BME 498 or BME Thesis Option

This is only a recommended schedule; it may not fit for all engineering programs.

Please consult the Academic Calendar, your home department academic advisor to determine the optimal schedule for you.

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