Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Biosystems Engineering educates engineers who have an understanding of biological systems.  The 45-course core program has sufficient flexibility to allow students to select an area of specialization.  Students in good academic standing are eligible to participate in a cooperative education program.   With careful selection of electives (one additional course required), the core program can be used to meet the entrance requirements for the Faculty of Medicine.

B.Sc. in Biosystems Engineering

The Biosystems Engineering program is structured to give students flexibility in course selection.  The Department currently offers 15 design electives; 4 are required to fulfill degree requirements.  To fulfill an accreditation requirement, all engineering students must take a minimum number of complementary studies electives (i.e., not engineering- or science-based).  The Biosystems Engineering program allows flexibility in the selection of 2 complementary studies electives.  Finally, there are 2 free electives which can be used to take university course.

Complementary Studies Electives

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 may 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.

Free Electives

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.

 

Agricultural Specialization

Students who obtain a grade of “C” or better in the courses listed below will receive a notation of “agricultural specialization” on their transcript at the time of graduation.

 

Group A: Science Electives
Within the two science slots in the core program, choose:
     SOIL 4060 Physical Properties of Soil
     AGRI 2200 Principles of Plant and Animal Physiology

 

Group B:  Biosystems Engineering Design Electives
Choose at least three of the following courses from the list of available design electives:
     BIOE 4412 Design of Light-Frame Building Systems
     BIOE 4420 Crop Preservation 
     BIOE 4590 Management of By-Products from Animal Production
     BIOE 4600 Design of Water Management Systems

Group C:  Complementary Studies & Free Electives
Choose 9 credit hours (minimum of 3 credit hours of complementary studies) from the following list of courses:
     ABIZ 1000 Introduction to Agribusiness Management*
     ABIZ 3530 Farm Management*
     AGRI 1500 Natural Resources and Primary Agricultural Production
     AGRI 1510 Production, Distribution and Utilization of Agricultural Products
     BIOE 2090 Machinery for Agricultural Production
     BIOE 2222 Precision Agriculture Concepts and Applications
     ENTM 3170 Crop Protection Entomology
     PLNT 2500 Crop Production
     PLNT 2510 Fundamentals of Horticulture
     SOIL 3520 Pesticides:  Environment, Economics and Ethics

     * Can be used as a complementary studies elective.

 

Biomedical Specialization

 

Students who obtain a grade of “C” or better in the courses listed below will receive a notation of “biomedical specialization” on their transcript at the time of graduation.

Group A:  Science Electives
Within the two science elective slots in the core program, choose:
     BIOL 1410 Human Anatomy (rather than SOIL 4060)
     BIOL 1412 Physiology of the Human Body (rather than AGRI 2200)

 

Group B:  Biosystems Engineering Design Electives
Choose the following three courses from the list of available design electives:
     BIOE 4414 Imaging and Spectroscopy for Biosystems
     BIOE 4610 Design of Assistive Technology Devices
     BIOE 4640 Bioengineering Applications in Medicine

Group C:  Complementary Studies & Free Electives
Choose 9 credit hours (minimum of 3 credit hours of complementary studies) from the following list of courses:
     BIOL 2410 Human Physiology 1
     BIOL 2420 Human Physiology 2
     BIOL 4470 Sensory-Motor Physiology
     ECE 4610 Biomedical Instrumentation and Signal Processing
     ENG 1900 Occupational Health and Safety Awareness*
     HIST 4660 History of Health and Disease (6)*
     HIST 4680 History of Health and Disease in Modern Canada (6)*
     KIN 2330 Biomechanics
     KIN 4330 Advanced Biomechanics
     NATV 3240 Native Medicine and Health*
     PHIL 2740 Ethics and Biomedicine*
     PHYS 3220 Medical Physics and Physiological Measurement
     PHYS 4400 Medical Imaging

     * Can be used as a complementary studies elective.

 

Bioprocessing Specialization

Students who obtain a grade of “C” or better in the courses listed below will receive a notation of “bioprocessing specialization” on their transcript at the time of graduation.

Group A:  Science Electives
Within the two science slots in the core program, choose:
     SOIL 4060 Physical Properties of Soil
     AGRI 2200 Principles of Plant and Animal Physiology

Group B:  Biosystems Engineering Design Electives
Choose at least three courses from the list of available design electives:
     BIOE 4420 Crop Preservation 
     BIOE 4390 Unit Operations 1
     BIOE 4440 Bioprocessing for Biorefining
     BIOE 4590 Management of By-Products from Animal Production
     BIOE 4630 Pollution Prevention Practices

Group C:  Complementary Studies & Free Electives
Choose 9 credit hours (minimum of 3 credit hours of complementary studies) from the following list of courses:
     ABIZ 1010 Economics of World Food Issues and Policies*
     ENG 1900 Occupational Health and Safety Awareness*
     FOOD 1000 Food Safety Today and Tomorrow
     FOOD 3010 Food Process 1
     FOOD 4260 Water Management in Food Processing
     HNSC 1200 Food: Facts and Fallacies
     HNSC 2160 Principles of Food Preparation and Preservation

     * Can be used as a complementary studies elective.

 

Environmental Specialization

Students who obtain a grade of “C” or better in the courses listed below will receive a notation of “environmental specialization” on their transcript at the time of graduation.

Group A:  Science Electives
Within the two science slots in the core program, choose:
     SOIL 4060 Physical Properties of Soil
     AGRI 2200 Principles of Plant and Animal Physiology

Group B:  Biosystems Engineering Design Electives
Choose at least three of the following courses from the list of available design electives:
     BIOE 4460 Air Pollution Assessment and Management
     BIOE 4480 Environmental Impact Assessment
     BIOE 4590 Management of By-Products from Animal Production
     BIOE 4600 Design of Water Management Systems
     BIOE 4620 Remediation Engineering
     BIOE 4630 Pollution Prevention Practices

Group C:  Complementary Studies & Free Electives
Choose 9 credit hours (minimum of 3 credit hours of complementary studies) from the following list of courses:
     ABIZ 2390 Introduction to Environmental Economics* (or equivalent)
     AGEC 2370 Principles of Ecology (or equivalent)
     CIVL 3690 Environmental Engineering Analysis
     CIVL 3700 Environmental Engineering Design
     CIVL 4350 Hazardous Waste Treatment
     GEOG 2250 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
     GEOG 2520 Geography of Natural Resources*
     PHIL 2750 Environmental Ethics*

     * Can be used as a complementary studies elective.

 

Sustainable Building Systems Specialization

Students who obtain a grade of “C” or better in the courses listed below will receive a notation of “sustainable building systems specialization” on their transcript at the time of graduation.

Group A:  Science Electives
Within the two science slots in the core program, choose:
     SOIL 4060 Physical Properties of Soil
     AGRI 2200 Principles of Plant and Animal Physiology OR BIOL 1412 Physiology of the Human Body

Group B:  Biosystems Engineering Design Electives
Choose the following three courses from the list of available design electives:
     BIOE 4412 Design of Light-Frame Building Systems
     BIOE 4560 Structural Design in Wood
     BIOE 4700 Alternative Building Design

Group C:  Complementary Studies & Free Electives
Choose 9 credit hours (minimum of 3 credit hours of complementary studies) from the following list of courses:
     CIVL 2770 Civil Engineering Materials
     CIVL 3760 Structural Analysis
     ENVR 3750 Green Building and Planning
     ENVR 3850 Sustainable Manitoba (A)
     EVDS 1600 Introduction to Environmental Design*
     EVDS 1660 History of Culture, Ideas and Environment*
     EVLU 4002 Construction Materials

     * Can be used as a complementary studies elective.

 

Agribusiness Minor

A minor in agribusiness is available 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.

Environmental Option

Students who obtain a grade of “C” or better in the courses listed below will receive a notation of “environmental option” on their transcript at the time of graduation. No new students will be admitted to the Environmental Option effective September 2012. Students enrolled in the Biosystems Engineering program as of September 2012 can choose between the Environmental Option and the new Environmental Specialization. The Environmental Option will be discontinued upon graduation of the last student who had specified the Environmental Option.

     PHIL 2750 Environmental Ethics
     CIVL 3690 Environmental Engineering Analysis
     CIVL 3700 Environmental Engineering Design
     BIOE 4480 Environmental Impact Assessment (or CIVL 4100 Engineering Management and the Environment)

Admission to Medicine

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.)

Cooperative Education Program

Co-operative education is a process of learning which formally integrates the student’s academic study with work experience in industry, government, and the profession. The work terms provide you with practical experience, help finance your education, and provide guidance for further career specialization. At the time of your first placement, you will have completed 80 credit hours of your program and be in a position to make a contribution in the workplace. You must be in good academic standing to enter the co-operative education program.

Students typically start their first co-op work term in May after completion of the winter term of their second year. The work term is 4 months, but can be extended to 8 months. In this case, students would replace one academic term with a work term. Students generally enter their next co-op work term in May of the following year. September and January starting times may be possible if students are willing to postpone an academic term.

Acceptance into the program is dependent upon the student receiving a job placement in consultation with the department’s cooperative education coordinator. Once a job placement has been secured through the coordinator, the student is accepted into the program and enrols in course BIOE 2000 Cooperative Work Study 1, BIOE 3000 Cooperative Work Study 2, or BIOE 4000 Cooperative Work Study 3 as appropriate. To pass these courses, students must prepare a work term report. The cooperative education coordinator assigns faculty advisors to mark work term reports; reports are given grades of “Pass” or “Fail.” In order to remain in the co-operative education program, a student must maintain a minimum DGPA of 2.00 and must obtain a grade of “pass” for each work term report. All rules and regulations of the Faculty of Engineering apply. Students who do not maintain these standards may not remain in the co-operative education program. Each successfully completed cooperative education course carries one credit hour. A graduate who successfully completes BIOE 2000, BIOE 3000, and BIOE 4000 will have the words “Co-operative Education” appear on their transcript.

 

 

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