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Biomedical engineering specialization for undergraduates

About the specialization

In the first year, biomedical engineering students complete the same common core courses as all other first-year engineering students. Students apply for admission to the biomedical engineering specialization in February of that first year. Admission to the biomedical engineering specialization is limited to approximately 35 students per year and is based on academic performance. A few additional students are also admitted through a holistic process where they submit an essay along with their academic records. 

Completion of the specialization in biomedical engineering involves eight specific courses. When considered along with the engineering major, only three additional classes are required.

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Career pathways

Biomedical engineers study, design, develop, evaluate, manage, and support biological and medical systems and products  things like artificial organs, prostheses, medical instruments and information systems. They work with scientists, researchers, doctors, veterinarians, pharmacists and therapists. 

Graduates can focus on:

  • Bioinformatics and bioinstrumentation
  • Biomaterials and biomechanics
  • Bio-nano engineering and biophotonics
  • Biosensors and medical imaging
  • Cellular and tissue engineering
  • Electrophysiology and robotics
  • Clinical or therapeutic engineering
  • Health care systems and systems physiology

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Required courses


Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (BMEN 301)

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Anatomy and Physiology for Engineers (BMEN 309)

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Fundamentals of Biomedical Device Design (BMEN 401)

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Biomedical Engineering Research Thesis (BMEN 500) or Biomedical Engineering Project (BMEN 501)

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Electives

Introduction to Biomedical Imaging and Applications (BMEN 509)

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Biomaterials and Biocompatibility (BMEN 511)

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Bioengineering Methods in Systems Biology and Physiology (BMEN 515)

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Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering (BMEN 519)

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Biomechanics of Tissues (BMEN 525)

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Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Engineering (BMEN 585)

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Principles of Biochemical Engineering (ENCH 535)

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Biomechanics of Movement (BMEN 523)

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Introduction to Microelectromechanical Systems (ENMF 529)

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Fundamentals of Biometric System Design (ENCM 509)

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Embedded System Interfacing (ENCM 511)

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Imagers and Integrated Micro and Nanotechnology Sensory Systems (ENEL 619.26)

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Electronic Systems and Applications (ENEL 569)

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Optical Instrumentation (ENEL 606)

Theory and Practice Advanced DSP Processor Architecture (ENEL 653)

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Introduction to Image Analysis and Computer Vision (CPSC 535)

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Emergent Computing (CPSC 565)

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Biometric Technologies (CMSC 697)

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Bio-Inspired Engineering (ENGG 523)

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Practicum requirement

To complete a biomechanical engineering specialization, students engage in a practicum - paid work or research experience. This can happen in one of the following ways:

Engineering internship

Students complete a minimum four-month paid internship in a biomedical engineering industry job plus either the biomedical engineering thesis (BMEN 500) or project (BMEN 501) course. Internship placements are coordinated through our Engineering Career Centre.

Research experience

Students combine a minimum of four-months of research experience in a biomedical engineering research facility with either the biomedical engineering thesis (BMEN 500) or project (BMEN 501) course. 

Research thesis

Students conduct an independent research project (BMEN 500) with the guidance of a supervisor. This commitment of 105 to 158 hours starts with a research proposal, involves completing a study and culminates in a thesis presentation.

Undergraduate research funding

NSERC Student Research Assistantships

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Markin Undergraduate Student Research Program

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PURE Awards

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Alberta Innovates Summer Research Studentships

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BME Calgary Summer Research Studentships

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