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Biomedical Engineering at Waterloo

At a glance

  • Available as a co-op program only
  • Starts in first year so apply directly to this program on your application
  • Earn a Bachelor of Applied Science in Biomedical Engineering
  • Offered by the Faculty of Engineering

About the program

Biomedical Engineering combines medical knowledge with engineering principles to improve health care and quality of life.

You’ll focus on the modelling and design of biomedical systems to develop new technologies for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

With courses that cover biomechanics, physics, chemistry, and design, you’ll be trained as a generalist, helping you communicate across the many areas of expertise for this field.

With 2 years of real-world co-op work experience and a major design project, you can apply your knowledge and explore career options, which range from creating new solutions for diabetic testing to designing athletic equipment.

Admission requirements

  • Ontario students: 6 Grade 12 U and/or M courses including
    • Advanced Functions (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
    • Calculus and Vectors (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
    • Chemistry (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
    • Physics (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
    • English (ENG4U) (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • Admission averages: Individual selection from the low to mid-90s
  • An Admission Information Form is required
  • Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements database

What courses will you take?

Co-op

By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve.

Co-op work/study sequence

  Fall Winter Spring
First year School School Co-op
Second year School Co-op School
Third year Co-op School Co-op
Fourth year School Co-op Co-op
Final year School School  

Fall = September to December, Winter = January to April, Spring = May to August
School = 4-month school term
Co-op = 4-month co-op work term

Careers

Biomedical engineers work in fields such as:

  • biomedical data analysis
  • biomedical image analysis and pattern recognition
  • medical device product design and manufacturing
  • simulation and modeling of diseases and biological systems
  • healthcare regulations
  • design and engineering of sports equipment and testing
  • research and development in medical devices and instrumentation

As a graduate, you might work in a hospital, university research centre, industry as well as government and/or regulatory agencies.

Possible professional designation

Learn more about Biomedical Engineering