Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineers improve life by developing solutions to improve human health.

Program Overview

Be part of medical innovation. The growing field of Biomedical Engineering fuses engineering design and problem solving to improve human health.

Biomedical Engineers apply the principles and technologies associated with engineering to design innovative ways to improve human health and quality of life. In this hands-on program, you will study anatomy, physiology and pathology as well as courses in electronics, mechanics, and computer science.

Examine bio-systems from molecular to a full body scale to understand what happens when something goes wrong, as in the case of injury or disease. Biomedical Engineering can also be an entry point into medical school.


What Students are saying about Biomedical Engineering

Megan - Biomedical Engineering Student

Biomedical EngineeringStudent
Check out Megan's blog!
  I’ve learned to wire robots, program an EKG, calibrate MRI, CT and Ultrasound equipment, build computer mice. I’ve learned to weld pieces of metal together...dissected horses, held a human heart, watched surgeries and correctly identified the four lobes of the liver in a lab-exam. I’ve written medical marijuana biosecurity policies, applied for a patent, designed obstetric clinics, visited health posts in rural Vietnam and attended speeches by Dr. Margaret Chan (Director General of the World Health Organization) in Switzerland. How does a biomedical engineering degree let you do all this? The answer is, only at Guelph.

Program Information

  Bachelor of Engineering*
*Available in regular or co-operative education
  • Bioinstrumentation
  • Cellular, Tissue and Genetic Engineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Pharmaceuticals
      As a Biomedical Engineer, you can work in a variety of fields including research and development relating to medical equipment, injury prevention and rehabilitation, as well as treatment devices and diagnostic tools. Our graduates also pursue further education in biological engineering, mechanical engineering, or in professional programs such as medicine or dentistry.
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Software Engineer
  • Medical Researcher
  • Physician


    First Year

    Your first year courses in Biomedical Engineering are chosen to introduce you to engineering design and to build the foundation of fundamental science and math skills needed in all fields of engineering. These foundational courses are essential to your education as an engineer.

    Fall Semsester

    Winter Semester

    General Chemistry I

    General Chemistry II

    Introduction to Programming

    Engineering Analysis

    Engineering and Design I

    Physics with Applications

    Calculus I

    Calculus II

    Science and Society since 1500

    Engineering Mechanics I

    Beyond First Year

    Biomedical Engineering provides students with a common base of knowledge essential to engineering, and then allows them to select from a menu of electives to attain a degree of specialization in one of three areas, or to choose electives which broaden their general knowledge base. Elective concentrations are available in the areas of biomechanics; biosignal processing; and pharmaceuticals. For an overview of all courses available in Biomedical Engineering, please consult the current Undergraduate Calendar.

    Areas of Interest

    • Biomechanics
    • Biosignal Processing
    • Pharmaceuticals


    Design. Create. Solve.

    Guelph Engineering students experience Engineering Design from the moment they walk in the door.  At Guelph, you will take part in our integrated approach to engineering design starting immediately in your first semester. Your design experience continues to build in each year of your program and many 3rd and 4th year courses have a large design component built directly into the curriculum.

    Capstone Design Project

    In your final year, you will work with students from multiple engineering disciplines to complete a final design project that focuses on your area of interest.  This capstone course allows students to complete a project from beginning to end, in their chosen field and under the guidance of a faculty advisor.  The comprehensive design course prepares our students to envision and develop new and effective solutions to issues in our world.

    Examples of Biomedical Engineering capstone design projects (Specialization in Biomedical Applications):

    • Instrumented shoe insert for gait analysis
    • Sports neck brace to prevent cervical compression
    • Low cost control for prosthetic knee joint
    • System to assess grip forces, configuration and frequency of use for children in a diagnostic/rehabilitation situation