Biomedical Engineering

Improve the health of others (without the hefty med school bill).

Design bionic limbs. Create laser-guided surgical devices. Develop wearable tech to help athletes perform better. In Biomedical Engineering, you’ll use engineering know-how to develop better ways to diagnose illnesses, treat health problems, and enhance health.

You’ll study biomechanics, physics, chemistry, and design. With that broad knowledge, you’ll be able to collaborate with all kinds of different experts: biologists, medical practitioners, policy makers, and engineers, to name a few. You’ll also learn to model and design complex biomedical systems—and you’ll get plenty of hands-on experience through two years of paid co-op work terms, plus a fourth-year design project.

By the time you graduate, you’ll be ready to create tomorrow’s life-saving and life-enhancing innovations.

Biomedical Engineering admission requirements

Ontario students: six 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 mid-90s

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First-year Biomedical Engineering courses

September to December

January to April

  • BME 102 - Seminar
  • BME 122 - Data Structures and Algorithms
  • BME 162 - Human Factors in the Design of Biomedical and Health Systems
  • BME 186 - Chemistry Principles
  • SYDE 112 - Fundamental Engineering Math 2
  • SYDE 114 - Numerical and Applied Calculus
  • One Complementary Studies Elective

After first year

Sample upper-year courses

BME 261 – Prototype, Simulation and Design
BME 361 – Biomedical Engineering Design
BME 386 – Physics of Medical Imaging
BME 450 – Sports Engineering


Why Waterloo Engineering?

Discover Waterloo's Engineering department and the innovations its students and faculty are making possible.

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Co-op = relevant paid work experience

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.

Sample co-op job titles

  • Junior biomedical engineer
  • Medical device software developer
  • Signal processing algorithm developer
  • Bioengineering research assistant
  • Medical device design
  • Robotics and embedded sensor research assistant

Sample co-op employers

  • The Hospital for Sick Children
  • Intellijoint Surgical Inc
  • PointClickCare
  • Synaptive Medical
  • Exact Imaging
  • Nest Labs

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What can I do with a degree in Biomedical Engineering?

Graduates often pursue careers in health, design, robotics, and research. They usually work in health care centres, laboratories, and more.

Recent graduates

  • Microbiologist – Apotex
  • Climate Change Information Analyst – Northern Climate ExChange
  • Medical Officer – Canadian Forces
  • Genetics Technologist – Princess Margaret Hospital
  • Lead Instructor – Stem Lab Robotics
  • Epidemiologist – Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CIFA)
  • Medical Radiation Therapist – University of Toronto

Possible professional designation

For more information on potential careers, check out our page on careers in engineering.

Be more than a number

Biomedical Engineering is one of Waterloo’s smaller engineering programs, so you'll quickly get to know your classmates and professors.

Gain a broad education

Learn from engineering professors who specialize in systems design, electrical and computer, chemical and mechanical and mechatronics.


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