Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering

About the program

Biomedical engineers work at the intersection of medicine, engineering, science and other disciplines to solve health challenges. Biomedical engineering is much more than applying engineering methods to living organisms. As a graduate you will have the confidence and ability to communicate with different players in the life-science field, from clinicians and nurses to designers, scientists and other engineers. You will be able to see present needs and identify future solutions. Engineering solutions for health is one of the research priorities at the University of Calgary, with more than 300 researchers across the faculties of engineering, nursing, veterinary medicine, medicine and kinesiology. There is a growing biomedical industry, in Alberta and in Canada, that needs graduates with skills ranging from biomedical engineering and problem solving to teamwork and interpersonal communication.

The BSc in Biomedical Engineering program has a common first year, which consists of 10 courses in mathematics, sciences, computing, engineering principles, communications and design. A design backbone throughout the program will form critical-thinking and problem-solving skills and provide opportunities to interact with local industry and researchers in many different fields of study. Most courses have hands-on experiential laboratory sessions to reinforce concepts taught in lectures. Leadership development is fostered through open-ended projects and group work.

Find out more

More details about admissions, budgeting and how to apply are available on the UCalgary Future Students program description.

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Biomedical engineering student, Schulich School of Engineering, Tiffany Dang

Biomedical engineering allows me to address some of the most pressing issues in health care and medicine, and to develop innovative solutions that will have a direct impact. All while advancing the field and pushing the boundaries of interdisciplinary research.

Tiffany Dang, BSc (Eng)'20

Biomedical engineering grad student

Cancer treatment biomedical engineering research at the Schulich School of Engineering

Career pathways

As a biomedical engineer you will be able to bring your skills to improve healthcare worldwide in the biotech, pharma and medtech sectors and beyond. Biomedical engineers study, design, develop, evaluate, manage, and support biological and medical systems and products. A degree in biomedical engineering can also open doors for graduate studies or a professional degree such as medicine, veterinary medicine or law.

Graduates can focus on:

  • Artificial organs
  • STEM cells
  • Prosthetics
  • Medical instruments
  • Disease detection and monitoring
  • Information systems.

An academic path that works

Our students follow a tried and true educational path. This includes a common first year, an internship opportunity after year three and an exciting design project to cap things off.


Common 1st year

Undergraduate students spend their first year learning about the broad world of engineering. From there, they focus their studies on a specific engineering discipline for the remainder of their degree.

Choose a major

In their second year of studies, undergraduate students begin taking courses in their major. These programs include: biomedical, electrical, civil, software, chemical, mechanical, geomatics, and sustainable systems engineering.


Between their third and fourth year, students can apply to do an internship. These paid work experiences range from 12 to 16 months. For students interested in international internships, one in 15 intern abroad.

Design project

During their fourth year of study, students undertake a team design project. Many work with an industry partner. Together, they develop well-researched and tested solutions to real-world challenges.

Earn an engineering degree and a business degree

Are you torn between choosing an engineering or business education? At the University of Calgary you can simultaneously complete a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Bachelor of Commerce in five years. This unique program is offered in partnership with the Haskayne School of Business.

Undergraduate admission enquiries

Engineering Student Centre

Mailing address:
ENC 205, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4

Street address:
622 Collegiate Place NW, Calgary, AB T2N 4V8

Campus location:
Canadian Natural Resources Limited Engineering Complex (EN)