The School of Biomedical Engineering along with the faculties of Applied Science and Medicine are pleased to announce that the undergraduate program in biomedical engineering (BME) has been approved by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education. The program is offered at the Vancouver campus.

Students interested in the biomedical engineering program should select the Bachelor of Applied Science (engineering) on the UBC admission application. The Faculty of Applied Science will notify applicants at a later time when the supplementary form for permission to register in the Pre-Biomedical Engineering (PBME) Standard Time Table is available. Please refer to the below and BME FAQs for the most up-to-date information.

The new biomedical engineering program is offered in addition to a biomedical option available in the Departments of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. For details on the biomedical option, visit Biomedical Engineering Options.

Please review BME FAQs if you have any questions.

Why study this program

Biomedical Engineering graduates are able to work in a variety of different fields. Common areas of focus they can pursue include: cell-based therapeutics, regenerative medicine, gene therapy, engineered organs, imaging technology: X-Rays, CT scans, ultrasound, MRI; neural engineering, wearable technology, surgical implants, surgical instrumentation, data mining, machine learning, drug design and gene finding to improve patient outcomes related to disease and pathophysiology.

Courses & specializations

The Pre-Biomedical Standard Time Table allows students to experience the foundational first year while beginning to dive deeper into biomedical engineering topics. After second year, students will indicate their stream preferences to specialize in one of the following areas of Biomedical Engineering:

  • Cellular Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Informatics
  • Biomedical Systems and Signals
  • Biomechanics and Biomaterials

Curriculum including first year

Course descriptions

 

Sample courses

 

Year 1
Pre-Biomedical Standard Time Table

 

Year 2  
BMEG 245 The Fundamental Units of Life: From Cells To Systems
MATH 253 Multivariable Calculus
BMEG 201 Technical Communication for Biomedical Engineers
CHBE 251 Transport Phenomena I

 

Year 3  
BMEG 310 Introduction to Bioinformatics
CHEM 233 Organic Chemistry for the Biological Sciences
BIOC 202 Introductory Medical Biochemistry
BMEG 357 Biomedical Engineering Design II

 

Year 4  
BMEG 430 Economics of Heath Care Solutions
BMEG 457 Biomedical Engineering Design Project
BMEG 456 Clinical and Industrial Biomedical Engineering
STAT 300 Intermediate Statistics for Applications

 

Enhance Your Education (further education)

Graduates of the Biomedical Engineering program looking to continue their education can pursue professional programs and graduate studies. The analytical and problem-solving skills students gain from an undergraduate engineering degree translate well into the qualities needed for Medical and Law School. Students may also want to pursue a Master of Applied Science or Master of Engineering degree. 

Careers

With an annual provincial median salary of $81,338 (source) and an expected growth rate of 1.2% over the next 5 years (source), Biomedical Engineering graduates are well positioned to pursue successful careers in medical institutions, research facilities, medical equipment and pharmaceutical manufacturers, corporate research and development labs, consulting engineering firms, and governments (source). Common career titles (source) for Biomedical Engineering graduates include: Biomedical Engineer or Clinical Engineer.

Employers 

Both current students and graduates are able to work for a wide range of employers. Some of the biggest employers of UBC Biomedical Engineering students over the past several years include Vancouver Coastal Health, Kardium and Verathon Medical.

Alumni

Design teams & clubs

Design teams 

There are over 30 Engineering Design Teams at UBC. Joining an engineering design team is an excellent opportunity for students from all disciplines to collaborate on a wide variety of design projects and gain relevant teamwork, leadership, and technical skills transferrable to future careers. Design teams related to Biomedical Engineering include:

See full list of UBC’s Engineering Design Teams.

Clubs 

There are many ways engineering students can get involved, including joining clubs relevant to their discipline. Relevant clubs include:

  • Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Student Association

Research 

The School of Biomedical Engineering is involved in research related to molecular and cellular engineering and synthetic biology, genomics and nano-devices, immune-engineering and advanced biomaterials, regenerative medicine, artificial intelligence and simulation systems with biomedical application, visualization and imaging from nanomolecular to physiological scales. These topics are explored in the following areas of research:

Cellular & Molecular Engineering

  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Immune-Engineering

Imaging & Computational Biology

  • AI& Multiscale Imaging
  • Bioinformatics/Systems Biology
  • Computational Modelling

Human Interfacing Devices

  • Therapeutic Delivery & Nanodevices
  • Bionics & Biosensors
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomechanics & Injury Prevention

Minors & Dual Degrees 

Engineering students are able to complement their studies with 5 Minors available or a Dual Degree with Arts. Students interested in a minor can apply to their chosen option in their third year of study. A minor or dual degree will likely extend your degree past 4 years. 

Co-op 

Participation in the Applied Science Co-op Education program gives students the opportunity to gain up to 20 months of paid relevant work experience during their degree. This experience provides an excellent opportunity for students to explore different industries, apply their studies to the working world, and create connections with future employers. The Co-op program will extend your four year degree to five years. Participation is optional and students apply to join Co-op in their second year of study. 

International experiences 

Students can embark on an unforgettable experience abroad while earning credits towards their engineering studies. Opportunities include the Coordinated International Experience (CIE) exchange program, the Go Global exchange program, and the Global Engineering Leadership courses. The CIE program is customized for Applied Science students and features 18 international partner institutions across 3 regions. All of the international experiences have generous funding opportunities and allow for students to build an international network of peers, professors, and potential employers. 

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