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Biomedical Undergraduate Courses

With an in-depth offering of specialized courses, our program introduces students to the topics – and careers – that excite them most. Dive deep into rehabilitation engineering for a career in prostheses, explore a future in gene therapy and cellular engineering, or apply biomechanics training as a product developer for a medical devices company. You’ll also have the opportunity to gain valuable industry experience through our popular co-operative internship program and to build a working prototype through our esteemed fourth-year design project. Between coursework and practical experience, our bachelor of engineering in biomedical engineering will give you the skills you need to embark on a rewarding career dedicated to improving patient outcomes and quality of life.

A full description of each course can be found in the undergraduate calendar.

For questions related to undergraduate programming in the department, visit the FAQ web page or send an email to frontoffice@ee.ryerson.ca.

A strong foundation is essential. With courses designed to give you the knowledge you’ll need for the rest of your degree – no matter which engineering discipline you choose – first year is the launchpad for your future success. You’ll gain a better understanding of each of our engineering programs, and the different areas of focus that they offer.

1st Semester

Liberal Studies: One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

2nd Semester

  • BME 100* - Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
  • CPS 125 - Digital Computation and Programming
  • ECN 801 - Principles of Engineering Economics
  • ELE 202 - Electric Circuit Analysis
  • MTH 240 - Calculus II
  • PCS 125 - Physics: Waves and Fields

* This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

Your second-year studies will continue to advance your foundations in physics and mathematics while also incorporating biology and physiology and introducing you to practical biomedical engineering applications of mechanics and systems.

3rd Semester

4th Semester

Liberal Studies: One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

All required core courses in the first and second semesters are prerequisites to all required core courses in third and fourth semesters.

In addition, some fourth semester courses also have third semester prerequisites. Please refer to the course descriptions for detailed prerequisite listings.

Third year is an exciting time, when the picture of your career comes into focus. Your studies will emphasize instrumentation, signalling and processing techniques, and will begin to apply data mining, statistics and probability theory as they relate to biomedical technologies. You’ll finish the year ready to put your newly developed skills into practice through our optional co-operative internship program. (Participating in a co-operative internship will add one more year to your degree.)

5th Semester

6th Semester

  • BME 632 - Signals and Systems II
  • BME 639 - Control Systems and Bio-robotics
  • BME 674 - Biomedical Instrumentation
  • EES 612 - Electric Machines and Actuators
  • MTH 410 - Statistics

Liberal Studies: One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

All required core courses in the first and second semesters are prerequisites to all required core courses in fifth and sixth semesters.

In fourth year, the focus is on your career-readiness, as well as your ideas and innovations. You’ll explore themes relevant to the direction of the industry and work collaboratively on a design project. By this stage, you will be able to design, simulate and implement through weekly labs and defend or present your work. This emphasis on self-directed learning will prepare you for a career in industry or academic research. Should you wish to pursue more advanced studies, fourth year is the ideal time to consider applying to our graduate program.

Note: Should you participate in a co-operative internship, your fourth year will be spent exclusively working in industry. You’ll complete the remainder of your degree the following year, making your program five years in duration.

7th Semester

  • BME 70A/B* - Biomedical Engineering Capstone Design

Liberal Studies: One course from the following:

  • ENG 503 - Science Fiction
  • GEO 702 - Technology and the Contemporary Environment
  • HST 701 - Scientific Technology and Modern Society
  • PHL 709 - Religion, Science and Philosophy
  • POL 507 - Power, Change and Technology

Professional: Four courses from Table I.

8th Semester

  • BME 70A/B* - Biomedical Engineering Capstone Design
  • CEN 800 - Law and Ethics in Engineering Practice

Professional: Four courses from Table II.

* BME 70A/B is a two-term course with a GPA weight of 2.00.

Capstone Design Project

The two-term Capstone Design Project (BME 70A/B) gives fourth-year engineering students the opportunity to design and develop a working prototype using our 3D printer, and then prove, verify and present their results. Working in teams, students choose a topic from a published list of projects and work with a faculty advisor who supervises and guides students from concept through implementation. For more information, current students can visit the Capstone Design page. 

Course Electives

Providing students with maximum flexibility to explore topics of interest in depth, the biomedical engineering program offers a wide selection of fourth-year elective courses based on current industry demands. In the final year of study, students select four elective courses from each of the below tables.

Table I

Key Knowledge to Be Acquired

  • Tissue engineering approach for augmentation or replacement of compromised tissue function

Key Skills to Be Mastered

  • Three-dimensional polymeric scaffolds and drug delivery vehicles
  • Gene therapy
  • Cellular engineering for functional repair of injured tissues

Key Knowledge to Be Acquired

  • Character of photon and electron radiation beams, radiation dose functions and computerized radiation treatment planning
  • Special radiation treatment procedures
  • Radiation shielding 

Key Skills to Be Mastered

  • Design, analysis and uses of radiation producing equipment

Key Knowledge to Be Acquired

  • Engineering principles underlying the design and utilization of devices for persons with disabilities 
  • Exposure to fabrication and design techniques

Key Skills to Be Mastered

  • Limb and spinal orthoses
  • Limb prostheses 
  • Devices aiding mobility
  • Seating aids
  • National policies

Key Knowledge to Be Acquired

  • Electroneurogram (ENG), electromyogram (EMG), electrocardiogram (ECG), electroencephalogram (EEG), event-related potentials (ERPs), electrogastrogram (EGG), phonocardiogram (PCG) and carotid pulse (CP)

Key Skills to Be Mastered

  • Various biomedical signals, and related signal modelling and analysis techniques

Key Knowledge to Be Acquired

  • Emerging areas in biomedical engineering 

Key Skills to Be Mastered

  • Topics covered change from year to year

Table II

Key Knowledge to Be Acquired

  • Principles underlying the design, evaluation and implementation of interactive computing systems

Key Skills to Be Mastered

  • Technical breakdown of interfaces 
  • Graphical user interfaces 
  • Physiological and human factors issues
  • Design of interfaces using virtual reality, the internet and other advanced development tools

Key Knowledge to Be Acquired

  • Biophysical and chemical principles of biomedical microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)

Key Skills to Be Mastered

  • Solid-state transducers
  • Optical transducers 
  • Electrochemical transducers 
  • Biomedical microelectronics 
  • Microfluidics

Key Knowledge to Be Acquired

  • Theory and practice of molecular database searching and sequence alignment in genetic engineering

Key Skills to Be Mastered

  • Databases and internet access
  • Sequence homology searching
  • Multiple alignment and sequence motif 
  • Protein structure and function

Key Knowledge to Be Acquired

  • Mathematical modelling of biomedical systems

Key Skills to Be Mastered

  • Lumped and distributed models of electrical, mechanical and chemical processes

Key Knowledge to Be Acquired

  • Fundamental principles of medical image analysis and visualization

Key Skills to Be Mastered

  • Ultrasound, MR and X-ray imaging
  • Image perception and enhancement 
  • 2-D Fourier transform 
  • Spatial filters, segmentation and pattern recognition