Bioengineering Minor

Note: This minor is being modified. The new Bioengineering Minor requirements will take effect on May 1, 2022. Only students who are enrolled in the Bioengineering Minor before April 30, 2022 will be allowed to complete the requirements below.

The Bioengineering Minor was designed for Engineering undergraduates interested in learning more about biology and its application to engineering.

Our definition of bioengineering is broad, encompassing all areas where engineering and biology intersect. This includes bioprocess engineering, environmental microbiology, biomaterials, tissue engineering, bioelectricity, systems biology, biomedical imaging, biomechanical engineering, nanotechnology related to medicine and the environment and engineering design for human interfaces.

Students who successfully complete the Bioengineering Minor will be better prepared for careers in the following industries or organizations: pharmaceutical, medical devices, medical diagnostics, health care delivery, agriculture, forestry, management of natural resources (e.g. water, land, oil, minerals), regulatory and policy development, sustainable energy generation, transportation, waste management, bioremediation, biomaterials, bio-mechanical devices, bioinformatics and medicine.

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With the exception of Engineering Science students in the Biomedical Systems Engineering Major, all Engineering undergraduates are eligible to enrol in the Bioengineering Minor.

Bioengineering Minor enrolment form (PDF).


Students in the Bioengineering Minor must successfully complete of a minimum of six one-semester courses and include at least two courses at the advanced level.

Engineering Science course equivalents are listed in italics.

  1. Mandatory course: CHE 353H: Engineering Biology (or BME 205HS: Biomolecules & Cells for EngSci)
  2. Choose one: CHE 354H: Cellular & Molecular Biology; MIE 331H/BME 331H: Physiological Control Systems; BME 395H: Biomedical Systems Engineering II: Cells & Tissues; BME 350H: Biomedical Systems Engineering I: Organ Systems.

Select four electives from the following courses (at least two must be from the Advanced Level):

Introductory Courses Advanced Courses
BME 330S: Patents in Biology & Medical Devices

BME 350HIF: Biomedical Systems Engineering I 

BME 440H1F: Biomedical Engineering Technology & Investigation

CIV 342H1F: Water & Wastewater Treatment Processes

FOR 308H1F: Discovering Wood & its Role in Societal Development (HSS)

HMB 201H1S: Introduction to Fundamental Genetics & its Applications

HMB 265H1F: General & Human Genetics

HPS 318H1F: History of Medicine 1 (HSS)

HPS 319H1S: History of Medicine II (HSS)

HPS 346H1S: Modifying & Optimizing Life (HSS)

MIE 242H1F: Psychology for Engineers

MIE 343H1F: Industrial Ergonomics & the Workplace

MIE 439H1S: Biomechanics I

BME 331H1S: Physiological Control Systems

MSE 343F: Introduction to Biomaterials

PCL 201H1S: Introduction to Pharmacology &
Pharmacokinetic Principles

PHL 281H1S: Bioethics (HSS)

PSL 300H1F: Human Physiology I

BCB 420H1S: Computational Systems Biology

BCH 441H1F: Bioinformatics

BME 395H1F: Biomedical Systems Engineering II: Cells & Tissues

BME 530H1S: Human Whole Body Mechanics

BME 435H1S: Biostatistics

BME 455H1F: Cellular & Molecular Bioengineering II

BME 595H1F: Medical Imaging

CHE 354H1S: Cellular & Molecular Biology

CHE 416H1S: Chemical Engineering in Human Health

CHE 450H1F: Bioprocess Technology & Design

CHE 462H1S: Food Engineering

CHE 471H1S: Modeling in Biological & Chemical Systems

CHE 475H1S: Biocomposites: Mechanics & Bioinspiration

CHE 564H1S: Pulp & Paper Processes

CHM 446H1S: Organic Materials Chemistry

CIV 541H1F: Environmental Biotechnology

BME 445H1F: Neural Bioelectricity

ECE 446H1F: Sensory Communication

ECE 448H1S: Biocomputation

FOR 421H1F: Green Urban Infrastructure: Sustainable City Forests (CS)

FOR 424H1S: Innovation & Manufacturing of Sustainable Materials

FOR 425H1S: Bioenergy & Biorefinery Technologies

IMM 250H1F: The Immune System & Infectious Disease

MGY 377H1F: Microbiology I: Bacteria

MIE 458H1F: Biofluid Mechanics

MIE 523H1F: Engineering Psychology & Human Performance

MIE 520H1F: Biotransport Phenomena

MIE 561H1S: Healthcare Systems

MSE 440H1F: Emerging Applications in Biomaterials

PCL 302H1F: Pharmacodynamic Principles

Departmental design course or thesis with approval of the Director of the Minor