Bioengineering admission

Opening doors for biology students to apply for UCalgary engineering

Pursue your interest in understanding the human body and developing biomedical devices as a launching pad to a career in biomedical engineering.

Our four-week Bioengineering Summer Institute is designed specifically for students who are passionate about biology and bioengineering. It also offers a new way for students with high school biology to enter first-year engineering.

What is the summer institute?

Launching as a pilot in the summer of 2019, this new course takes place over four weeks in August.   

It features:

  • Small class sizes
  • Hands-on experiments
  • Field trips
  • Mentoring from biomedical engineers
  • A foundation in physics
  • No final exam

What will I learn?

Analyze human body balance movements and build models to represent the cardiovascular system.

Hear from Olympic athletes and sports coaches with degrees in mechanical and civil engineering on how they use their knowledge of bioengineering to increase their performance.

Explore how diagnostic imaging works and meet bioengineers who are building the machines of the future.

What does it cost?

Cost for the summer institute is largely covered by scholarships, however there is a $50 fee for each student. This is a full-time, four-week course and attendance is mandatory to successfully complete course requirements.  

How will it help me get into engineering?

We know from experience that students who do well in high school biology and mathematics tend to do well in engineering courses. This summer institute will help you experience more about bioengineering, while also preparing you with the physics foundation you need to enter your first year engineering courses.

Students with a high school biology background who are interested in completing the summer institute and meet the Schulich School of Engineering admission standards will be offered admission to engineering.

When does it start?

The exact start date has yet to be determined. This will be a full-time course over the month of August. The course will include a mixture of lectures, labs and field trips. Attendance is mandatory to successfully complete this course.

Who can I contact for more information?

If you would like to find out more about this new opportunity, please contact the Schulich School of Engineering diversity, teaching and learning specialist Alison Barrett at alison.barrett@ucalgary.ca to find out more.