(New) Bioengineering Minor

(Effective for enrolments after May 1, 2022)

The Undergraduate Bioengineering Minor is a collaborative effort across the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering and is open to engineering students interested in learning more about biology and its breadth of application to engineering. Our definition of bioengineering is broad, reaching all areas at the interface of engineering and biology. The minor provides in-depth knowledge from molecular and cell scale engineering, manufacturing of biosystems and devices, to translation of technologies ranging from sustainable energy and renewable bioproducts to patient care.



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.


Requirements for the Minor in Bioengineering

The new requirements for a Bioengineering Minor in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering are the successful completion of the following courses:


1. Choose:

  • CHE353H1 OR BME205H1** (0.5 FCE)


2. Choose at least 1 course (0.5 FCE):

  • BME412H1 (recommended for Biomedical Engineering pathway)
  • BME455H1 (recommended for both pathways)
  • BME331H1 (recommended for Biomedical Engineering pathway)
  • CHE354H1 (recommended for Bioprocess Engineering pathway)

Although students are required to only complete one out of the four courses listed above, it is highly recommended to complete two of the above courses if scheduling permits.


3. Choose at least 1 course (0.5 FCE):

  • BME498Y1 #
  • Departmental Thesis (requires approval of Minor Director from BME (Biomedical pathway) or CHE (Bioprocess Pathway))#
  • BME440H1
  • CHE450H1


4. Choose up to three electives as needed to bring the total to 3.0 FCE.

Students may choose any of the below courses but those wishing to concentrate on a particular pathway are recommended to choose courses that fit within that category.

Biomedical Engineering pathway:

Courses relevant to the Biomedical Engineering pathway are further grouped into three themes: Molecular engineering, Cell and Tissue Engineering and Clinical Engineering:

  1. Molecular theme: BME412H1, BME440H1, BME595H1, CHE475H1, ECE448H1, MSE343H1, MSE440H1
  2. Cell & Tissue theme: BME350H1, BME395H1, BME455H1, MIE439H1, MIE458H1, MIE520H1
  3. Clinical theme: BME330H1, BME331H1, BME445H1, BME530H1, ECE441H1, ECE446H1
Bioprocess Engineering pathway:

Courses relevant to the Bioprocess Engineering pathway are further grouped into two themes: Biomolecular and microbial engineering, and Biomanufacturing:

  1. Biomolecular and Microbial engineering theme: CHE354H1, ECE448H1, MGY441H1, CHE471H1, BCB420H1
  2. Biomanufacturing theme: CHE354H1, BME330H1, CHE450H1, CHE462H1, CHE475H1, CHE471H1, CHE564H1, CIV342H1, CIV541H1, MGY377H1, MSE343H1, MIE520H1

Additional eligible Bioengineering elective courses: CHE416H1, CHM456H1, ECE331H1, ECE335H1, ECE431H1, ECE516H1, FOR308H1, FOR421H1, FOR424H1, FOR425H1, HMB201H1, HMB265H1, HPS318H1, HPS319H1, IMM250H1, MIE242H1, MIE343H1, MIE523H1, MIE561H1, PCL201H1, PCL302H1, PHL281H1, PSL300H1


** BME205 is only available for enrollment for Engineering Science students

# Students wishing to register in BME498Y1Y must obtain approval from the Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate & Graduate Student Office. Some departments have agreed to accept BME498Y1Y in place of their program’s capstone course (existing agreement for ECE, MSE, ME). Alternatively, students who wish to count their departmental thesis or capstone design project towards the Bioengineering minor will be assessed on a case-by-case basis as is currently the case with Bioengineering and other minors.



One of:
CHE353H1: Engineering BiologyF2-20.50
BME205H1: Fundamentals of Biomedical EngineeringS21.5010.50
At least one of:
BME331H1: Physiological Control SystemsS3110.50
BME412H1: Introduction to Biomolecular EngineeringF
BME455H1: Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering IIF31.5010.50
CHE354H1: Cellular and Molecular BiologyS3120.50
At least one of:
BME440H1: Biomedical Engineering Technology and InvestigationS24-0.50
BME498Y1: Biomedical Engineering Capstone DesignY
CHE450H1: Bioprocess Technology and DesignF30.6610.50
Bioengineering-related capstone or thesis with Director's approvalF/S/Y0.5 or 1.0
As needed to bring credit weight to 3.0:
BME330H1: Patents in Biology and Medical DevicesS3--0.50
BME350H1: Biomedical Systems Engineering I: Organ SystemsF3120.50
BME395H1: Biomedical Systems Engineering II: Cells and TissuesF2120.50
BME445H1: Neural BioelectricityF31.510.50
BME530H1: Whole-Body MechanicsS32- 0.50
BME595H1: Medical ImagingF2310.50
CHE450H1: Bioprocess Technology and DesignF
CHE462H1: Food EngineeringS3-10.50
CHE471H1: Modelling in Biological and Chemical SystemsS3-10.50
CHE475H1: Biocomposites: Mechanics and BioinspirationS3-10.50
CHE564H1: Pulp and Paper ProcessesS3-10.50
CIV342H1: Water and Wastewater Treatment ProcessesF3110.50
CIV541H1: Environmental BiotechnologyS3--0.50
ECE331H1: Analog ElectronicsF31.510.50
ECE335H1: Introduction to Electronic DevicesF3-20.50
ECE431H1: Digital Signal ProcessingF31.510.50
ECE441H1: Interfacing & Modulating the Nervous SystemS31.510.50
ECE446H1: Sensory CommunicationF31.50-0.50
ECE448H1: BiocomputationS3-20.50
ECE516H1: Intelligent Imaging ProcessingF33-0.50
FOR308H1: Discovering Wood and its Role in Societal DevelopmentF3-10.50
FOR421H1: Green Urban Infrastructure: Sustainable City ForestsF2--0.50
FOR424H1: Innovation and Manufacturing of Sustainable MaterialsS2-10.50
FOR425H1: Bioenergy and Biorefinery TechnologyS2-20.50
MIE242H1: Psychology For EngineersF33-0.50
MIE343H1: Industrial Ergonomics and the WorkplaceF33-0.50
MIE439H1: Cell and Tissue MechanicsF32-0.50
MIE458H1: Biofluid MechanicsF3-10.50
MIE520H1: Biotransport PhenomenaF3-10.50
MIE523H1: Engineering Psychology and Human PerformanceF33-0.50
MIE561H1: Healthcare SystemsS3-20.50
MSE343H1: BiomaterialsF3-10.50
MSE440H1: Biomaterial Processing and PropertiesF
BCB420H1: Computational Systems BiologyS2-20.50
MGY441H1: BioinfomaticsF2-10.50
CHM456H1: Organic Materials ChemistryS2-10.50
HMB201H1: Introduction to Fundamental Genetics and its ApplicationsS2-10.50
HMB265H1: General & Human GeneticsF2-10.50
HPS318H1: History of Medicine I
HPS319H1: History of Medicine IIS---0.50
IMM250H1: The Immune System & Infectious DiseaseS---0.50
MGY377H1: Microbiology I: BacteriaF3--0.50
PCL201H1: Introduction to Pharmacology and Pharmacokinetic PrinciplesS3-10.50
PCL302H1: Introduction to Pharmacology: Pharmadynamic Principles
PHL281H1 (formerly PHL281Y1): BioethicsS---0.50
PSL300H1: Human Physiology IF3-10.50