In the sections below, you will find information to assist you with selecting courses as you work towards graduating with a Biosystems Engineering degree. You will also find information on the Rules and Regulations that apply to undergraduate students in the Faculty of Engineering. Although we have provided these resources for you on these pages, please do not hesitate to contact the Biosystems Engineering student advisor or stop by the Biosystems Engineering office in person if you require assistance with anything related to your undergraduate program. We wish you success in your studies!Program Overview
The Department of Biosystems Engineering offers an accredited degree program in Biosystems Engineering. Biosystems Engineering emphasizes the application of engineering principles to biologically-based systems (plants, animals, humans, and microorganisms). The program is designed to give students knowledge of the fundamental principles of engineering and to introduce biological concepts to enable these engineers to successfully interact with relevant professionals when solving engineering problems involving biological systems. The program is offered in both a traditional and a co-operative education format. The department offers three Specializations (Biomedical, Bioresource, and Environmental) and one Minor (Agribusiness). With the appropriate selection of elective courses, the bachelor’s degree in Biosystems Engineering meets the requirements for admission to the Faculty of Medicine.What Courses Do I Need to Take?
Due to program changes that occur from time to time, the complete list of courses required to complete your Biosystems Engineering degree depends upon the year in which you were admitted to the Department of Biosystems Engineering. Blank “Program Audit Forms” are provided below. Alternatively, you may stop by the Biosystems Engineering office and request a copy of the Program Audit Form from your student file – it will be populated by the courses that you have already completed.
Program Audit Form:
Admitted to Biosystems Engineering September 2017
Admitted to Biosystems Engineering September 2016
Admitted to Biosystems Engineering September 2015
Admitted to Biosystems Engineering September 2014
Admitted to Biosystems Engineering September 2013
Admitted to Biosystems Engineering September 2012
In What Sequence Should I Take the Courses?
Three flowcharts have been developed to assist you in deciding the order in which courses should be taken. Please choose the 8-term flowchart if you plan to finish the Biosystems Engineering program in 4 years and the 10-term flowchart if you plan to finish the Biosystems Engineering program in 5 years. We have also provided a flow chart specific to those intending to complete the Admission to Medicine option. It is recommended that you follow one of these flowcharts to minimize registration difficulties. Please note that the arrows in the flowchart indicate prerequisite and co-requisite relationships that exist between courses.
To assist with preparing your detailed timetable for the Fall and Winter terms, colour-coded timetables have been prepared to accompany the 8-Term, 10-Term and Admission to Medicine Flowcharts. Courses are grouped by term according to the sequence identified in the appropriate Flowchart. It is recommended that you download a blank Timetable Planning Form which can be used to prepare your detailed timetable for the coming academic terms. Please note that complementary studies electives and free electives which can be taken to fulfill requirements of the Specializations are not indicated on the master timetables.
Blank Timetable Planning Form
Biosystems Engineering Core Courses Timetable 2017-18
Biomedical Specialization Electives Timetable 2017-18
Bioresource Specialization Electives Timetable 2017-18
Environmental Specialization Electives Timetable 2017-18
What Qualifies as a Complementary Studies Elective?
Complementary studies electives are required to give the engineering student exposure to topics outside the fields of science and engineering. There are many university courses that fulfill this requirement. Any course at the 1000-level or above from the faculties of Arts or Management, or the Department of Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics can be used as a Complementary Studies elective. However, ARTS 1100 Introduction to University many not be used for credit in the Faculty of Engineering. Other university courses which do not cover topics of science or engineering may also be acceptable. Please consult with the department head (or his/her designate) for approval of such courses. If you are planning to complete a Specialization, please take note that there are specific courses to be used as complementary studies electives.
What Qualifies as a Free Elective?
Any university course at the 1000-level or above can be used as a free elective. However, ARTS 1100 Introduction to University may not be used for credit in the Faculty of Engineering. Please note that additional BIOE design electives can be taken as free electives. If you are planning to complete a Specialization, please take note that there are specific courses to be used as free electives.What are the Specific Requirements for the Specializations?
There are currently three Specializations available to Biosystems Engineering students. Specific requirements are given at the following links.
What Minors are Available to Biosystems Engineering Students?
Any engineering student can complete a Minor in Arts, Computer Science, Geological Sciences, Management, Math, or Music. Please consult the General Calendar for specific requirements (or make an appointment to speak with the Department Head).
In addition, there is a Minor in Agribusiness that is available only to Biosystems Engineering students. The minimum requirement is 18 credit hours consisting of ECON 1010 Introduction to Microeconomic Principles (3 credit hours), ECON 1020 Introduction to Macroeconomic Principles (3 credit hours), ABIZ 1000 Introduction to Agribusiness (3 credit hours), ABIZ 2510 Introduction to Agricultural and Food Marketing (3 credit hours), ABIZ 2520 Introduction to Management Sciences (3 credit hours) and at least three additional credit hours from the Department of Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics (students must meet all prerequisite requirements). A maximum of 2 courses (6 credit hours) of courses used for the minor may also be used to fulfill course requirements in Biosystems Engineering.
The bachelor’s degree in Biosystems Engineering provides the background to meet eligibility requirements for admission into the Faculty of Medicine. Students planning to apply for entrance to Medicine after completing the B.Sc. in Biosystems Engineering are advised to take PHIL 2740 Ethics and Biomedicine as one complementary studies elective and CHEM 2210 Organic Chemistry 1 and CHEM 2360 Biochemistry 1 as their two free electives. (Note: CHEM 2370 Biochemistry 2 needs to be taken as an additional course.)What Do I Need to Know About Co-op?
The Faculty of Engineering offers a Co-operative education and Industry Internship Program (Co-op/IIP) designed to complement and enrich the academic program with work experience. The work terms provide students with practical experience, assistance in financing their education, and guidance for future career specialization.
A student in good academic standing, who will have successfully completed 58 credit hours of their academic program of study by the end of the session, may apply to participate in the Co-operative and Industry Internship Program. Applicants will be interviewed and approved by the Co-op/IIP staff and faculty advisors. Final acceptance into the program will be confirmed in writing by the Co-op/IIP office.
Progress of all students through Co-op/IIP the program is dependent upon the student obtaining a job placement confirmed as appropriate by the Co- op/IIP office.
Upon acceptance, Engineering students enrol in the course ENG 4800, Engineering Cooperative Education Work Term 1 (and subsequently, ENG 4810, ENG 4820, ENG 4830, ENG 4840) for the specific work term of employment.
Students who are unable to maintain the standards of the Co-op/IIP will be transferred back into the regular program. The course and grade requirements for completion of the Co-op/IIP are the same as those required for the regular program. However, in order to satisfy course prerequisite requirements, timetables may differ from the regular program. Co-op/IIP students are evaluated in the same manner as regular students and all rules and regulations of the Faculty of Engineering apply.
Written reports must be completed at the end of each work term. Each successfully completed work term and its corresponding work term report receives a Pass/Fail grade and is rated at one credit hour. Graduates who successfully complete at least three work terms and the required work term reports will have the Co-operative Education Option acknowledged on their B.Sc. graduation parchment.
For more information regarding the Co-op/IIP requirements, please see the Co-op/IIP office.
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