Biomedical Focus Area

This information describes the Biomedical Focus Area for students in the Electrical Engineering program. If you are a Computer Engineering student, please see the Biomedical Focus Area page for that program.

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.


To complete the Biomedical Focus Area, students are required to take a total of six (6) courses as indicated below. Of these, five (5) replace general technical elective and one (1) is in place of the Natural Science Elective in the Electrical Engineering program. To complete the program requirements, two (2) additional courses must be selected from the technical electives listed in the Electrical Engineering Standard Program.

Prescribed Biomedical Courses (All are required)

Biomedical Group A Elective Courses * (1 required)

Biomedical Group B Elective Courses *

  • 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

* One course must be selected from Group A, with a second course selected from either Group A or Group B.

acrobat Biomedical Focus Area Summary and Flowchart


  • With permission of the Department, students may substitute additional Group A or Group B Elective courses for either of their two (2) 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

This focus area may be of particular interest to students wishing to pursue post-graduate studies in medicine. For specific information on application to the College of Medicine, please consult the Max Rady College of Medicine section of the General Calendar.

Effective May 2019