X. Degree Programs

Bachelor of Engineering [B.Eng.]

Biological Engineering Program Co-op (BIOE:C)

School of Engineering, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Students interested in problems requiring the application of knowledge from both the biological sciences and engineering will find a challenge 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. This field combines engineering principles with life sciences to design creative solutions for biological systems, with applications ranging from pharmaceutical and food manufacturing, bioconversions to reduce waste, and production of sustainable, bio-based materials. For example, a Biological Engineer concentrating on biotechnology might design and manage bioreactors to improve their productivity. A Biological Engineering graduate can pursue a career in a number of exciting fields, including food safety, bio-instrumentation, diagnostics and sensorics in bio-systems, biomechanics and ergonomics.

Program Requirements

The Co-op program in Biological Engineering is a five year program, including five work terms. Students must complete a Fall, Winter and Summer work term and must follow the academic work schedule as outlined below (also found on the Co-operative Education website: https://www.recruitguelph.ca/cecs/). Please refer to the Co-operative Education program policy with respect to adjusting this schedule.

Biological Engineering Academic and Co-op Work Term Schedule
Year Fall Winter Summer
1 Academic Semester 1 Academic Semester 2 Off
2 Academic Semester 3


Academic Semester 4 COOP*1000 Work Term I
3 Academic Semester 5 COOP*2000 Work Term II COOP*3000 Work Term III
4 Academic Semester 6 Academic Semester 7 COOP*4000 Work Term IV
5 COOP*5000 Work Term V Academic Semester 8 N/A

To be eligible to continue in the Co-op program, students must meet a minimum 70% cumulative average requirement after second semester, as well as meet all work term requirements. Please refer to the Co-operative Education program policy with respect to work term performance grading, work term report grading and program completion requirements.

For additional program information students should consult with their Co-op Co-ordinator and Co-op Faculty Advisor, listed on the Co-operative Education web site.

Credit Summary (25.50 Total Credits)*

19.25 - Required Core Courses

1.00 – BIOE-1 Biological Engineering Electives

0.75 – BIOE-2 Biological Engineering Design Electives

2.00 – Complementary Studies Electives

0.50 – Free Electives

2.00 Co-op Work Terms

Note: A minimum of four Co-op work terms including a Summer, Fall, and Winter are necessary to complete the Co-op requirement. *A fifth Co-op work term is optional and if completed, the total number of credits will equal 26.00.

See Program Guide for more information on restricted electives and their prerequisite requirements. Students can take a maximum of 1.50 credits at the 1000 level from the above list of electives.

The recommended program sequence is outlined below.

Major (Honours Program)

Semester 1 - Fall
CHEM*1040 [0.50] General Chemistry I
ENGG*1100 [0.75] Engineering and Design I
ENGG*1500 [0.50] Engineering Analysis
MATH*1200 [0.50] Calculus I
PHYS*1130 [0.50] Physics with Applications
Semester 2 - Winter
CHEM*1050 [0.50] General Chemistry II
CIS*1500 [0.50] Introduction to Programming
ENGG*1210 [0.50] Engineering Mechanics I
MATH*1210 [0.50] Calculus II
PHYS*1010 [0.50] Introductory Electricity and Magnetism
Semester 3 - Fall
BIOL*1080 [0.50] Biological Concepts of Health
COOP*1100 [0.00] Introduction to Co-operative Education
ENGG*2230 [0.50] Fluid Mechanics
ENGG*2400 [0.50] Engineering Systems Analysis
MATH*2270 [0.50] Applied Differential Equations
STAT*2120 [0.50] Probability and Statistics for Engineers
One of:
BIOL*1070 [0.50] Discovering Biodiversity
BIOL*1090 [0.50] Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
Semester 4 - Winter
BIOC*2580 [0.50] Introduction to Biochemistry
ENGG*2100 [0.75] Engineering and Design II
ENGG*2120 [0.50] Material Science
ENGG*2450 [0.50] Electric Circuits
ENGG*2660 [0.50] Biological Engineering Systems I
MATH*2130 [0.50] Numerical Methods
Summer Semester
COOP*1000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term I
Semester 5 - Fall
ENGG*3160 [0.50] Biological Engineering Systems II
ENGG*3260 [0.50] Thermodynamics
ENGG*3450 [0.50] Electronic Devices
ENGG*3830 [0.50] Bio-Process Engineering
HIST*1250 [0.50] Science and Technology in a Global Context
0.50 restricted electives
Winter Semester
COOP*2000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term II
Summer Semester
COOP*3000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term III
Semester 6 - Fall
ENGG*3240 [0.50] Engineering Economics
ENGG*4380 [0.75] Bioreactor Design
ENGG*4390 [0.75] Bio-instrumentation Design
1.00 restricted electives
Semester 7 - Winter
ENGG*3100 [0.75] Engineering and Design III
ENGG*3170 [0.50] Biomaterials
ENGG*3410 [0.50] Systems and Control Theory
ENGG*3430 [0.50] Heat and Mass Transfer
1.00 restricted electives
Summer Semester
COOP*4000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term IV
Fall Semester
COOP*5000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term V
ENGG*4000 [0.00] Proposal for Engineering Design IV
Semester 8 - Winter
ENGG*4110 [1.00] Biological Engineering Design IV
1.75 restricted electives
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