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Biomedical Engineering Admission Information

Administered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

The Biomedical Engineering BEng Degree Program is accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board.


Four years of study following Grade 12 U/M graduation.


The basis of admission to Ryerson's undergraduate engineering programs is the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with six grade 12 U/M courses including competitive grades in the prerequisite subjects: English (ENG4U/EAE4U), Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U), Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Chemistry (SCH4U), and Physics (SPH4U). Admission is based on competitive grades in program-specific subject requirements and competitive overall admission averages.


Application to Ryerson University is completed online through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (www.ouac.on.ca).

Biomedical Engineering Program Overview

The Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Science (FEAS) through the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers the BEng in Biomedical Engineering four-year degree program. The BEng Biomedical Engineering program is the first and only standalone undergraduate Biomedical Engineering program in Canada, and the program will take advantage of the strategic location of Ryerson University in Toronto's Medical Discovery District and seven world-class hospitals.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in collaboration with the Departments of Aerospace Engineering, Biology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Industrial and Mechanical Engineering, and Mathematics at Ryerson University will deliver the curriculum.

“ The B.Eng. Biomedical Engineering program is the first and only standalone undergraduate biomedical engineering program in Canada.”

According to the working definition of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), biomedical engineering integrates physical, chemical, mathematical and computational sciences and engineering principles to study biology, medicine, behaviour, and health. It advances fundamental concepts, creates knowledge from the molecular to the organ system levels, and develops innovative biologics, materials, processes, implants, devices and informatics approaches for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease; for patient rehabilitation; and for improving health.

The Biomedical Engineering program has been developed to benefit from, enhance and expand the multidisciplinary collaboration among the various engineering and science programs at Ryerson; to attract more students of higher quality to the university and retain them, as well as enhance the reputation of engineering education at Ryerson. It will offer students excellent opportunities to build strong backgrounds in biomedical engineering and benefit from the collaborative interdisciplinary relationships between engineering and life sciences, being key strategic areas of strength at FEAS, Ryerson. The Faculty has expertise in almost all of the areas of biomedical engineering. At this point the expertise is primarily devoted to the research activities of the faculty members.

This program is run within the framework of engineering programs at Ryerson. As with all degree programs associated with engineering, students are initially admitted into the common first year for engineering. During the second year students will study fundamental courses in electronic circuits, biomaterials, cell biology, physiology, engineering algorithms, digital systems, statics and mechanics of materials. In third year the students will focus in microprocessor systems, fluid mechanics, biomedical transducers, bioinformatics, biomechanics, biostatistics, signals and systems, control systems, and biomedical instrumentation. In the fourth year, the students will study a range of state-of-the-art topics in biomedical engineering, and will also be involved in a capstone design project.


First Year: The objective of the first year transition program is to provide students, who may need more time to adapt to the demanding university curriculum, with an immediate opportunity to upgrade their Academic Standing. In the second semester, Phase I of the transition program offers all first semester core courses: CHY 102, MTH 140, and PCS 211 in parallel to the second semester regular program courses. Students who have failed or are missing any one of these courses at the end of the first semester are required to upgrade their Academic Standing through enrolling in the transition program. During the condensed Spring term (May-July) Phase II of the transition program offers all second semester core courses: BME 100, CHE 200, CHY 211, CPS 125, EES 512, ELE 202, MEC 222, MTH 240, MTL 200, and PCS 125. These courses represent a repeat of the second semester regular program courses that were not taken by students enrolled in Phase I of the transition program.

“ The objective of the first year transition program is to provide students, who may need more time to adapt to the demanding university curriculum.”

Attention: Students are also given the opportunity to complete the following courses through The Chang School of Continuing Education during both the Spring and Summer terms: CECN 801, CCMN 432, and appropriate lower- and upper-level liberal studies courses. Only these Chang School courses will be counted towards the student's full-time Engineering degree program.

At the completion of the transition program, successful transition program students will be promoted to the second year of the Biomedical Engineering program, without losing an academic year.


Highly innovative and proactive retention strategies play an important role in helping students build the skills for success in a demanding engineering curriculum. Through the First-Year and Common Engineering Office, the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Science has incorporated the Early Intervention Program into the first-year engineering experience. At the semester's mid-point, students who are failing courses in their core curriculum are identified and encouraged to attend an interview with the First-Year and Common Engineering Program Director/Academic Advisor and/or the Student Counsellor. Together, the student and the academic support team members discuss options to help reduce the chances of academic failure.


All students admitted into first year engineering are required to write a mandatory Writing Skills Test (WST) or the diagnostic Ryerson Test of English Proficiency (RTEP). The WST is conducted annually during Orientation Week before the beginning of the first semester. Students who pass the WST, by achieving a grade of 'B' or higher, may enroll in their chosen Liberal Studies courses. Those students who do not pass the WST and those students who achieve a 'C-' level remedial pass on the RTEP, will be required to enroll in LNG 100, LNG 101, LNG 200 or LNG 300 courses as lower level liberal studies, depending on the outcome of the WST assessment. Students who do not pass the first WST or who achieve a 'C-' level remedial pass on the RTEP, will have three additional chances to pass the WST. The second test will be available in May following the completion of the First-Year Engineering curriculum. The third and fourth WST will be conducted during the following Orientation Week, and in May of the following year, for the next cohort of engineering students.

Students who fail the second WST may benefit from a four to six-week intensive ESL/writing program, which will be available during the Spring term. Students may not proceed into the third year of their engineering program without passing the WST. Engineering students who need to further develop their language and writing skills, will have access to additional writing-intensive Liberal Studies courses. Students who are required to take the LNG 100, LNG 200, LNG 300 or LNG 101 are strongly encouraged and expected to take these writing-intensive humanities and social science courses. Detailed information is available from the First-Year and Common Engineering Office. For additional information, please refer to the specific engineering program within this calendar or contact the First-Year and Common Engineering Office, Room ENG 377 Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 4261.


In order to enroll in the IIP students must have a CLEAR Academic Standing after completing all THIRD year required courses with a minimum CGPA of 2.7. If hired by one of the corporations who intend to provide such internship placements, IIP students will spend a period of 8-16 consecutive months, from May to September of the following year, as engineering interns at the corresponding corporations. After the completion of the industrial internship, students return to the academic program to complete their final year of studies. Enrolment in the IIP extends the program length to five years.

After securing an internship position the IIP students will be enrolled in the WKT 99A/B Industrial Internship Program for Biomedical Engineering students during the academic year in which they work as interns. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis. Completion of the Industrial Program (IIP) will be identified on the student's transcript as WKT 99A/B: Industrial Internship Program, with the appropriate grade received.


Students who opt for this specialization will gain a solid foundation in management science courses, specifically tailored to better prepare them for a career in engineering or applied science management or for graduate studies in management related specializations (e.g. MBA). Students must complete all first year courses and obtain a CLEAR Standing to be eligible to enroll in this specialization.

Furthermore, in order to continue taking courses within the specialization, students must maintain their CLEAR Standing. Students' CGPAsA cumulative grade point average is calculated as an indicator of overall academic performance in a program and is used as a criterion for graduation requirements, for honours graduation or other academic distinctions, and for determining academic standing during study in a program. will continue to be calculated based only on their required program courses and separate CGPAs will be computed for courses in the specialization. In order to have the specialization designation reflected on their degrees, students must successfully complete all six courses in the specialization and achieve a CGPA of 2.0 or more before graduation.

Courses within the optional specialization cover four major areas in management science: Strategic Engineering Management, Operations Management/Operations Research, Financial Sciences, and Organizational Sciences. Required courses include: Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management, Operations Management, Managerial Accounting, and Organization Design & Dynamics. Elective courses span the following: Investment Analysis, Management Information Systems, Operations Research, and Project Management.

Required courses: EMS 201, EMS 202, EMS 204, EMS 303, ECN 801.

Elective courses (select one): EMS 203, EMS 301, EMS 302, EMS 304.

Courses are offered in the Spring/Summer term. All required courses are prerequisite to the corresponding elective courses. For example, EMS 201 is a prerequisite to EMS 301. Additional prerequisites may be required. See the course description pages for details.


There is a growing need for engineers trained in the biomedical sciences. Biomedical engineers are employed in industry, in hospitals, in research facilities of educational and medical institutions, in teaching, and in government regulatory agencies. They often serve a coordinating or interfacing function, using their background in both the engineering and medical fields. In industry, they may create designs where an in-depth understanding of living systems and of technology is essential. They may be involved in performance testing of new or proposed products. Government positions often involve product testing and safety, as well as establishing safety standards for devices.

“The number of biomedical engineering jobs will climb almost twice as fast as the overall engineering discipline average for a 26.1% gain by 2012.”

In the hospital, the biomedical engineer may provide advice on the selection and use of medical equipment, as well as supervising its performance testing and maintenance. They may also build customized devices for special health care or research needs. In research institutions, biomedical engineers supervise laboratories and equipment, and participate in or direct research activities in collaboration with other researchers with such backgrounds as medicine, physiology, and nursing. The number of biomedical engineering jobs will climb almost twice as fast as the overall engineering discipline average for a 26.1 percent gain by 2012, according to the U.S. government's new long-range forecast.


Applicants approved into an Engineering program cannot expect to receive any transfer credits in Engineering discipline or Engineering related discipline courses if their applicable post secondary education was not completed at a program accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB). Refer to the listing of CEAB accredited institutions.

Core and professional engineering course transfer credits will ONLY be granted at the time of admission. An Offer of Admission will notify the applicant of transfer credit decision(s) subject to acceptance of their Offer.

Liberal Studies discipline courses taken at CEAB accredited or non-accredited schools will be considered for either lower- or upper-level liberal studies transfer credit. College courses, in general, are not eligible for transfer credit except in the case of lower-level liberal studies courses.


Students must take two lower-level liberal studies courses and two upper-level liberal studies courses to graduate.


Students may pursue any Minor offered by Ryerson (with exceptions), and are eligible for only one Minor. Please refer to the Minors Policy section for further information on individual Minor requirements and restrictions.


Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions. Please refer to the Curriculum Advising website for complete details.

Last Modified: Monday, 16-Mar-2015 14:02:17 EDT