Biological Engineering Major

Biological Engineering

Why Biological Engineering?

As a student interested in problems requiring the application of knowledge from both the biological sciences and engineering, you will find the challenge you are seeking as a Biological Engineer. This field of engineering is the application of principles, methods and concepts of biology to systems and tools, ranging in scale from molecular to ecosystem level.

Students in the BIOE program may also be interested in studying Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or other majors.

To see all courses offered in this degree, visit our 2023-2024 Academic Calendar.

Gain Valuable Experience Through Co-op

Our Biological Engineering co-op is a five-year program, with five work terms, designed to facilitate the transition of students from academic studies to a professional career improving students’ job search skills, work performance and networking abilities, and boosting resume experience.

To see all courses offered in the co-op program, visit our 2023-2024 Academic Calendar.

Enhancing Human, Animal and Plant Life

 Make Your Degree Work for You

Explore your interests in areas like renewable fuels production or sustainable bioplastics made from plant materials, the extraction and stabilization of nutraceuticals or food and beverage manufacturing.

 Focus on Biological Systems

Biological Engineers work with the most complex machines in the world-living organisms! You’ll combine engineering principles with life sciences to design creative solutions for biological systems, from humans to animals and plant life.

 Build Your Engineering Career Foundation

Our Biological Engineering graduates pursue careers in food safety, bio-instrumentation, diagnostics and sensorics in bio-systems, biomechanics and ergonomics, and more.

Alexis Wagner
In high school, after visiting my top choice schools, it was Guelph that stood out as the ideal learning and living environment.  With career aspirations ranging from doctor and architect, to medical illustrator, I needed a program that would challenge me, while giving me the freedom to seek out my passion.  As a varsity athlete and avid traveller, I valued the flexibility of working in research for two to four months each summer.  The flexibility of the biological engineering program allowed me to take specialized food science courses, and now every aspect of my job as Brewing Manager at a major international brewery draws on knowledge I learned during my undergrad!

Alexis Wagner
Biological Engineering
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Portrait of Sasha Paquette
Coming from Calgary, I looked at programs across the country, and the Biological Engineering Co-op program at the University of Guelph was truly unique. The program's integration of engineering principles and biological sciences perfectly aligns with my interest in advancing food and agricultural innovation. Guelph has a wonderful campus environment, and the consistent support from both faculty and the engineering community has truly elevated my academic journey, making it an exceptionally enriching experience.

Sasha Paquette, Undergraduate Student
Biological Engineering

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