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Designed to train engineers to work in a variety of environments, including research hospitals, biomedical industries, and regulatory agencies,  the program focuses on areas of biomedical devices, sensor design and development, medical imaging, biomechanics, and biosignals.

For a full description of the unique Biomedical Engineering curriculum, including course listings, please see Waterloo's Undergraduate Studies Calendar.

Theme areas

All students will take technical elective courses in the program's 3 theme areas. Alternatively, they can broaden their studies with the addition of an Engineering option

Biomedical signals

There is a significant range of biological or clinical measurements taken in the biomedical industry. These include human-generated signals (EEG and EKG), the influence of biological tissue on an external signal (X-ray, MRI), and other types of measurements that are relevant to biomedical modeling and analysis (force, mass, velocity).

  • Topic areas include: medical imaging, biosignals, neuroscience, and diagnostics (pattern recognition).


The human body is a physical system, and its components - whether fluid, muscle, soft tissue or bone - can be modelled and analyzed using the principles of mechanics.

  • Topic areas include: biofluid mechanics, tissue mechanics, musculoskeletal biomechanics, sports mechanics, and rehabilitation.

Biomedical devices

Improvements in materials and the miniaturization of sensors and electronics has opened opportunities for the creation of new-generation, biomedical devices.

  • Topic areas include: assistive devices, implants, prostheses and orthoses, biomechatronics, design for the elderly, biomedical technologies, and therapeutics.