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(B.Eng.BME. Co-op Optional)

Biomedical Engineering

The Chemical and Biomedical Engineering program is a five-year program where students are required to complete core Chemical Engineering courses in addition to project- and design-based courses from the iBioMed program.

Current Student Inquiries:

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Phone:
+1 905.525.9140 x 27371
Office:
MDCL 3511
Future Student Information

Overview

Chemical Engineering focuses on the design of processes capable of producing new materials, energy and clean water in a highly effective manner - processes in which the human body excels. Medicine and Biochemistry have been an integral part of the Department of Chemical Engineering at McMaster University for more than 40 years. Pioneering work done on understanding the interactions between blood and the surfaces of implanted materials (such as stents), was done in our Department and that work has impacted the lives of thousands of patients receiving these implants. About one third of our faculty members work in bio related areas: some on medical applications, such as drug delivery and biomedical device design; others on bioprocessing, investigating how to produce therapeutic agents effectively.

The Department has a long tradition of hiring a large number of undergraduate students to work in faculty members’ labs during the summer. Each year, we hire about 65 students like you to experience the thrill of researching and pushing the boundaries of our respective fields.

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Course Sequencing Information

This program layout aplies to sutdents registered in 2021-2022.
Where there are discrepancies in this document, the published Academic Calendar will always take precedence.
For a detailed breakdown of your course requirements, please refer t your Student Summary in Mosaic.

Level II: 37 units (as of 2021)

Term 1

Term 2

ChE 2D04
Chemical Engineering Principles I  
Math 2ZZ3
Engineering Mathematics IV
ChE 2E04
Numerical Methods and Computing for Chemical Engineers
ChE 2F04
Chemical Engineering Principles II
Math 2Z03
Engineering Mathematics III
ChE 2O04
Fluid Mechanics
HTHSCI 2E03
Inquiry II: Biochemistry
IBEHS 2P03
Health Solutions Design Projects II: Introduction to Genetic Engineering
HTHSCI 2F03
Human Physiology & Anatomy I
HTHSCI 2FF3
Human Physiology & Anatomy II
  Chem 1AA3
Introductory Chemistry II

Level III: 39 units (as of 2020)

Term 1

Term 2

ChE 3A04
Heat Transfer
ChE 3G04
Chemical Process Synthesis and Simulation
ChE 3D04
Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
ChE 3K04
Introduction to Reactor Design
ChE 3M04
Mass Transfer and Stagewise Operations
 
HTHSCI 2G03
Statistics & Epidemiology 1
HTHSCI 3G03
Critical Appraisal of the Medical Literature
 IBEHS 3A03
Biomedical Signals and Systems
IBEHS 3P04
Health Solutions Design Projects III: Analysis and Decision Making

3 units from:

Chem 2E03 – Introductory Organic Chemistry
Or 
Chem 20A3 – Organic Chemistry I

 

Complementary Studies (3 units)

 Level IV: 36-37 units (as of 2020)

Term 1

Term 2

ChE 3I03
Data Acquisition and Analysis
ChE 3L02
Intermediate Laboratory Skills
Chem Bio 2A03 
Introduction to Bio-Analytical Chemistry
ChE 3P04
Process Control
IBEHS 4B03
Biomechanics
 
IBEHS 4F04
Biomedical Instrumentation and Measurement
IBEHS 4C03
Statistical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
IBEHS 4P04
Health Solutions Design Projects IV: Economics and Project Management
IBEHS 4D03
Introduction to Medical Imaging
Approved IBEHS Technical Elective (3-4 units)

3 units from:

  • ChE 4A03 - Energy Systems Engineering (term 1)
  • ChE 4B03 - Polymer Reaction Engineering (term 1)
  • ChE 4E03 - Digital Computer and Process Control (term 1)
  • ChE 4H03 - Big Data Methods and Modeling in Chemical and Materials Engineering (term 2)
  • ChE 4K03 - Reactor Design for Heterogeneous Systems  (term 1)
  • ChE 4M03 - Industrial Separation Processes (term 1)
  • ChE 4X03 - Polymer Processing (term 2)
  • ChE 4Z03 - Interfacial Engineering (term 2 List B)
 Level V: 36-39 units (as of 2020)

Term 1

Term 2

ChE 4N04
Engineering Economics and Problem Solving
Engineer 4A03
Engineering and Social Responsibility
 ChE 4L02
Advanced Laboratory Skills
 
IBEHS 4QZ3
Modelling of Biological Systems
 
IBEHS 5P06 A/B
Biomedical Capstone Design Project

9-10 units from:

  • ChE 4A03 - Energy Systems Engineering (term 1)
  • ChE 4B03 - Polymer Reaction Engineering (term 1)
  • ChE 4E03 - Digital Computer and Process Control (term 1)
  • ChE 4H03 - Big Data Methods and Modeling in Chemical and Materials Engineering (term 2)
  • ChE 4G03 - Optimization in Chemical Engineering (term 2)
  • ChE 4K03 - Reactor Design for Heterogeneous Systems  (term 1)
  • ChE 4M03 - Industrial Separation Processes (term 1)
  • ChE 4TA3 - Teaching Practicum (term 1 & 2)
  • ChE 4X03 - Polymer Processing (term 2)
  • ChE 4Y04 A/B - Senior Independent Project (term 1 & 2 List B)
  • ChE 4Z03 - Interfacial Engineering (term 2 List B)
Approved IBEHS Technical Elective (3-4 units)
Complementary Studies Electives (6 units)

Co-op & Experiential Learning

Students enrolled in either the BME or HESE stream at McMaster will have the opportunity to apply for co-op positions.

 Co-op placements are flexible and can be taken up at any time.  

  • Co-op is offered for both degree options 

  • Students are able to add co-op at any time up to the end of their penultimate year of studies

  • A minimum of 12 months of relevant work experience is required to receive your co-op designation

For maximum flexibility, options include:

  • 4 month summer work-terms

  • 8 to 16 month continuous internships

iBioMed students have landed co-op placements within the following industries:

Healthcare

Education

Finance

Government

Technology

 

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