Biomedical Focus Area

This subject area focuses on the application of engineering techniques to medicine and life sciences. Biomedical Engineers advance medical technology by developing instrumentation and methods of diagnosis of diseases, models of biological mechanisms, prosthetic devices, rehabilitation techniques, imaging systems, and improvement of patient healthcare.

Requirements

To complete the Biomedical Focus Area, students are required to take a total of six (6) courses as indicated below. Of these, four (4) replace general technical elective and one (1) is in place of the Natural Science Elective in the Electrical Engineering program (the 6th course is over and above the basic course requirements for the EE program). To complete the program requirements, three (3) additional courses must be selected from the technical electives listed in the Electrical Engineering Standard Program.

Prescribed Biomedical Courses (All are required)

  • ECE 4610 Biomedical Instrumentation and Signals
  • BIOL 1410 Anatomy of the Human Body
  • BIOL 1412 Physiology of the Human Body
    or MBIO 1220 Essentials of Microbiology
  • BIOE 2590 Biology for Engineers
    or BIOL 1030 Biology 2: Biological Diversity, Function and Interactions

Biomedical Group A Elective Courses (1 required)

  • ECE 4860 Biomedical Optics
  • PHYS 3220 Medical Physics and Physiological Measurement
  • PHYS 4300 Microfluidics for Biology
  • CHEM 2370 Biochemistry 2: Catabolism, Synthesis, Information Pathways

Biomedical Group B Elective Courses (Choose at most 1)

  • BIOL 1412 Physiology of the Human Body
  • MBIO 1220 Essentials of Microbiology
  • BIOE 3320 Engineering Properties of Biological Materials
  • BIOE 4610 Design of Assistive Technology Devices
  • CHEM 1310 Introduction to Physical Chemistry
  • CHEM 2210 Introduction to Organic Chemistry 1: Structure and Function
  • CHEM 2360 Biochemistry 1: Biomolecules and Introduction to Metabolic Energy

acrobat Biomedical Focus Area Summary and Flowchart

Notes:

  • With permission of the Department, students may substitute additional Group A or Group B Elective courses for any of their three (3) remaining Electrical Engineering Technical Elective courses.
  • The ECE department cannot guarantee space or ensure against time slot conflicts regarding courses taught by other Departments/Faculties.

Admission into the Faculty of Medicine

Eligibility requirements towards admission into the Faculty of Medicine can be achieved from within the Biomedical Area program if students substitute their remaining 3 Electrical Engineering Technical Electives with appropriate courses from the Biomedical Group A and Group B Electives lists. The following courses must be taken:

  • BIOL 1410 Anatomy of the Human Body
  • BIOL 1412 Physiology of the Human Body
  • BIOL 1030 Biology 2: Biological Diversity, Function and Interactions
  • MBIO 1220 Essentials of Microbiology
  • CHEM 1310 Introduction to Physical Chemistry
  • CHEM 2210 Introduction to Organic Chemistry 1: Structure and Function
  • CHEM 2360 Biochemistry 1: Biomolecules and Introduction to Metabolic Energy
  • CHEM 2370 Biochemistry 2: Catabolism, Synthesis, Information Pathways

Notes: This information is valid for the 2017-2018 academic year. Entrance requirements for the Faculty of Medicine may change in subsequent years.

Effective January 2016