X. Degree Programs

Bachelor of Engineering [B.Eng.]

Biological Engineering Program (BIOE)

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.

Major (Honours Program)

Semester 1
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
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
BIOL*1080 [0.50] Biological Concepts of Health
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
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
Semester 5
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
Semester 6
ENGG*3100 [0.75] Engineering and Design III
ENGG*3170 [0.50] Biomaterials
ENGG*3430 [0.50] Heat and Mass Transfer
ENGG*3440 [0.50] Process Control
1.00 restricted electives
Semester 7
ENGG*3240 [0.50] Engineering Economics
ENGG*4000 [0.00] Proposal for Engineering Design IV
ENGG*4380 [0.75] Bioreactor Design
ENGG*4390 [0.75] Bio-instrumentation Design
1.00 restricted electives
Semester 8
ENGG*4110 [1.00] Biological Engineering Design IV
1.75 restricted electives
Restricted Electives (see Program Guide for more information)

The Engineering Program requires Biological Engineering students to complete the following combination of elective credits to complete their program:

  • 1.00 credits from the BIOE-1 Biological Engineering electives

  • 0.75 credits from the BIOE-2 Biological Engineering design electives

  • 2.00 credits from Complementary Studies electives

  • 0.50 credits in Free Electives

Consult the Program Guide for further information on the prerequisite requirements specific to each elective. Students can take a maximum of 1.50 credits at the 1000 level from the above list of electives.

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