Biomedical Engineering

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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

Pratham - Biomedical Engineering Student

Biomedical Engineering
  My co-op work terms gave me experiences I didn't even think were possible. Throughout my time in co-op at Guelph, I was a research assistant for a gait laboratory at the University of Guelph, where I conducted investigations on strategies used during obstacle avoidance. I was lead engineer for the design and development department at Niagara Prosthetics and Orthotics, where I constructed innovative rehabilitation products for clients. And I had the privilege of being a research intern at Spaulding National Running Centre - part of Harvard Medical School! I assisted the athletes' medical team in helping that athlete achieve peak performance, and I conducted ground-breaking research on running biomechanics.

Program Information

  Bachelor of Engineering*
*Available in regular or co-operative education
  • Biomechanics
  • Biosignal Processing
  • 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

    CHEM*1040  |  General Chemistry I

    CHEM*1050  |  General Chemistry II

    ENGG*1100  |  Engineering and Design I

    CIS*1500  |  Introduction to Programming

    ENGG*1500  |  Engineering Analysis

    ENGG*1210  |  Engineering Mechanics I

    MATH*1200  |  Calculus I

    MATH*1210  |  Calculus II

    PHYS*1130  |  Physics with Applications

    PHYS*1010  |  Introductory Electricity and Magnetism

    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 concentration of knowledge in one of three areas, or to choose electives which broaden their general knowledge base. For an overview of all courses available in Biomedical Engineering, please consult the current Undergraduate Calendar.

    Elective Opportunities:

    • Biomechanics
    • Pharmaceutical Processing
    • Biosignals


    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:

    • 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