About Biomedical Engineering

What is biomedical engineering?

Biomedical engineering (BME) uses engineering tools and approaches to advance knowledge and solve problems in animal and human biology, medicine and health care. Biomedical engineering makes important differences every day by extending lives, ensuring the safety of our food and water supplies, promoting independence, and improving quality of life for people and animals around the world.

We are educating the next generation of leaders for the bio-economy with our multidisciplinary training programs that involve over 340 scholars and six faculties, working in multidisciplinary teams at more than 40 unique, state-of-the-art facilities across campus. This includes a direct-admit graduate program and an undergraduate specialization in biomedical engineering.

We are building on our vibrant training and research environment and rich history of collaboration that stimulates discovery and fosters technological innovations in health, providing an engineering approach to improve quality of life. 

What biomedical engineers do


Traditional roles

Biomedical engineers help advance our future through impactful research that drives meaningful discoveries to better our quality of life. In the traditional sense, graduates of biomedical engineering have progressed in career roles including stem cell research, pharmaceutical, biomaterials, biomedical devices design and food engineering. 

Today's transdisiplinary roles

Biomedical engineering is a growing transdisciplinary field whereby applications of research, biology, and medicine are used to improve both human and animal life. As this scientific field continues to grow, graduates can look forward to a diverse range of career opportunities in areas such as bioinformatics, biomaterials, cellular and tissue engineering, genomics, and biomedical imaging.


Leading UCalgary's biomedical engineering community

Researchers and trainees from multiple faculties participate in activities with our department, and we are engaged with the health care system, industry, the wider research community and beyond. We form collaborative teams focused on research in human mobility, health monitoring, advanced biomedical imaging, precision biodiagnostics, regenerative medicine and novel medical technologies to transform quality of life and continuously improve the health system.


Historical timeline