Bioengineering Minor

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.


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.


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.

Mandatory course: Engineering Biology (CHE353HF) or Biomolecules and Cells (BME205HS)

Choose one of: Cellular and Molecular Biology (CHE354HS) or Physiological Control Systems (MIE331HS) or Biomedical Systems Engineering II: Cells and Tissues (BME395F) or Biomedical Systems Engineering I: Organ Systems (BME350F).

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

Introductory Courses Advanced Courses
Patents in Biology and Medical Devices (BME330S)

Biomedical Systems Engineering I (BME350H1F)

Biomedical Engineering Technology & Investigation (BME440H1F)

Water & Wastewater Treatment Processes (CIV342H1F)

Discovering Wood and its Role in Societal Development (FOR308H1F) (HSS)

Psychology for Engineers (MIE242H1F)

Industrial Ergonomics & the Workplace (MIE343H1F)

Biomechanics I (MIE439H1S)

Introduction to Fundamental Genetics and its Applications (HMB201H1S)

General & Human Genetics (HMB265H1F)

History of Medicine I (HPS318H1F) (HSS)

History of Medicine II (HPS319H1S)(HSS)

Physiological Control Systems (MIE331H1S)

Introduction to Biomaterials (MSE343F)

Introduction to Pharmacology &
Pharmacokinetic Principles (PCL201H1S)

Bioethics (PHL281H1S) (HSS)

Human Physiology I (PSL300H1F)

Human Whole Body Mechanics (BME430H1S)

Biostatistics (BME435HIS)

Biomedical Systems Engineering II: Cells and Tissues (BME395H1F)

Cellular & Molecular Bioengineering II (BME455H1F)

Medical Imaging (BME595H1F)

Cellular and Molecular Biology (CHE354H1S)

Chemical Engineering in Human Health (CHE416HIS)

Food Engineering (CHE462H1S)

Modeling in Biological & Chemical Systems (CHE471H1S)

Bioprocess Technology & Design (CHE450H1F)

Biocomposites:  Mechanics & Bioinspiration (CHE475H1S)

Pulp & Paper Processes (CHE564H1S)

Organic Materials Chemistry (CHM446H1S)

Environmental Biotechnology (CIV541H1F)

Neural Bioelectricity (ECE445H1F)

Sensory Communication (ECE446H1F)

Biocomputation (ECE448H1S)

Green Urban Infrastructure: Sustainable City Forests (FOR421H1F)

Innovation & Manufacturing of Sustainable Materials (FOR424H1S)

Bioenergy & Biorefinery Technologies (FOR425H1S)

Fluids of Biological Systems (MIE508H1F)

Engineering Psychology and Human
Performance (MIE523H1F)

Biotransport Phenomena (MIE520H1F)

Healthcare Systems (MIE561H1S)

Emerging Applications in Biomaterials (MSE440H1F)

Computational Systems Biology (BCB420H1S)

Bioinformatics (BCH441H1F)

The Immune System & Infectious Disease (IMM250H1F/S)

Pharmacodynamic Principles (PCL302H1F)

Microbiology I: Bacteria (MGY377H1F)

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