Biomedical Engineering Option


The Biomedical Engineering Option in Electrical Engineering allows sudents interested in the application of technology to medicine and the life sciences to have courses and project concentration in these areas. The option provides core courses in Electrical Engineering as well as a range of specific courses traditionally covered in Biomedical Engineering: anatomy, physiology, biomedical instrumentation, biosignals and systems, medical imaging, regulatory standards, design processes, and the emerging areas of micro and nanotechnology.

Students who satisfactorily complete the following option will be given recognition as receiving the Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering (Biomedical Engineering Option).

No previous training or courses in biology or medicine are required.

Why Biomedical Engineering?

There is a growing demand for engineers with biomedical training. Demand comes from industry, such as medical devices and biotechnology, as well as academic research through advanced degrees. The driving force behind this growth includes an aging population, advances in biomedical technology, and increased complexity of medical care. For more detailed information about the nature of biomedical engineering, growth trends and areas of specialization, consult the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society or the Biomedical Engineering Society.

UBC Applied Science is at the forefront of this growth by hiring new faculty in the area of biomedical engineering, expanding research facilities, and creating graduate opportunities. Find out more about biomedical engineering at UBC here.

Application Information

Students interested in the Biomedical Engineering Option should apply at the end of First Year Engineering. Both Co-op and non-Co-op students are welcome to apply.

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Program Curriculum

Second Year
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First Term Second Term
CPEN 211 (5)ELEC 202 (4)
CPSC 259 (4)ELEC 211 (2)
ELEC 201 (4)ELEC 221 (4)
ELEC 271 (1)ELEC 281 (3)
MATH 253 (3)ELEC 292 (6)
MATH 256 (3)MATH 264 (1)

Total Credits = 40

Third Year
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ELEC 301 (4)ELEC 311 (4)
ELEC 341 (4)ELEC 371 (3)
BMEG 410 (3)ELEC 391 (6)
BMEG 456 (3)
Breadth Electives (8)*
One of STAT 251, MATH 318, MATH 302, STAT 302 (3)*
Complementary Study Electives (3)*

Total Credits = 41

*courses can be taken in either term

Fourth Year
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ELEC 473 (3)ELEC 422 (3)
ELEC 471 (3)
APSC 450 (2)*
ELEC 494 (10)
ELEC 481 (3)*
Advanced Electives (6)*
Free Electives (3)*
Complementary Study Elective (3)*

Total Credits = 36

*courses can be taken in either term

Program Checklist

Biomedical Option Elective List

For information about electives outside of engineering that undergraduate students can take, please see our ECE Free Elective Policy

For official course descriptions for each of the courses listed above, please visit our ECE Course Listing