Biomedical Engineering Option

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Biomedical Option Program Summary

The Biomedical Engineering Option in Electrical Engineering allows students 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 UBC’s School of Biomedical Engineering 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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Biomedical Option Program Curriculum

Second Year
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
First TermSecond Term
ELEC 301 (4)ELEC 311 (4)
ELEC 341 (4)ELEC 371 (3)
BMEG 410 (3)ELEC 391 (6)
BMEG 456 (3)
Breadth Electives (8)*
Probability/Statistics Elective (3)*
Complementary Study Electives (3)*

Total Credits = 41

*courses can be taken in either term

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

Total Credits = 36

*courses can be taken in either term

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

For a downloadable Biomedical Option program checklist, please use our Biomedical Option Program Checklist

Biomedical Option Elective Lists

Students in the Biomedical Option can refer to the lists below of department-approved electives when planning their coursework:


Biomedical Option students should complete one of the following probability/stats courses:

STAT 251, STAT 302, MATH 302, MATH 318
Breadth Electives

Biomedical Option students should complete 8 credits from the following Breadth Electives:

CPEN 311, ELEC 315, ELEC 331, ELEC 342
Advanced Electives

Biomedical Option students should complete 6 credits from the following Advanced Electives:

BMEG 310
CPEN 333, CPEN 411, CPEN 412
ELEC 401, 402, 403, 411, 412, 413, 415, 421, 431, 432, 433, 434, 441, 442, 451, 452, 453, 454, 455, 456, 457, 461, 462, 463, 464, 465, 472, 474, 499*
– Please note that only 3 credits of ELEC 499 (Undergraduate Thesis) can be used to satisfy the Advanced Elective requirement
BIOC 202, BIOC 302, BIOC 303
BIOL 201
CHEM 203, CHEM 205, CHEM 233
MATH 361
MTRL 495
PHYS 404
Complementary Studies Electives

Students in the Biomedical Option should complete 6 credits of Complementary Studies – Humanities and Social Studies, and 3 credits of Complementary Studies – Impact of Technology on Society. Typically, students complete 3 credits from the Humanities and Social Studies credits in their first year before selecting 2nd Year ELEC.

For all information on what courses are eligible for your “Humanities and Social Studies” and “Impact of Technology on Society” credits, please see the EAS Course Planning Page
Free Electives

Free electives are intended to allow students to explore a breadth of coursework that can extend beyond engineering or science coursework. Other courses cannot be applied to more than one ECE requirement, but free elective coursework can be applied towards ECE requirements and towards requirements of Minors (e.g., Mathematics Minor, Commerce Minor).

Biomedical Option students can complete 3 credits of Free Electives and should note the following:

Co-op courses cannot be used towards the free electives requirement
Free Elective credits must be completed at the university level (no transfer credit for AP coursework or for other courses completed in high school)
Students may count up to 3 transfer credits from another university to cover this requirement

For any questions about electives or counting a course for credit, please email