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Degree Options:

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

The Engineering Physics and Biomedical Engineering program is a five-year program where students are required to complete core Engineering Physics 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 27925
Office:
JHE A315
Future Student Information

Overview

The Department of Engineering Physics emphasizes new engineering disciplines that have emerged in recent years. In these high technology areas the link between engineering applications and basic science is particularly important. The Biomedical Engineering option in the Department of Engineering Physics emphasizes the fundamental medical physics that relates to new technologies, as well as its application to practical problems in human health. The Department of Engineering Physics specializes in biophotonics and biosensors. Biophotonics refers to a combination of biology and photonics, which is the science and technology of the generation, manipulation, and detection of photons, which are particles of light. Biophotonics is a fast emerging field in which light is used for the study of biological molecules, cells and tissues for disease detection, diagnosis, and treatment. Light is a non-destructive probe of biological tissue, making it very useful for disease detection and diagnosis. Engineering Physics is also involved in the development and application of micro- and nano-sensors for the detection of DNA, proteins, viruses, and other biological materials.

 

 

Admission Requirements

Admission to either the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Health, Engineering Science and Entrepreneurship (HESE) specialization or the B.Eng.BME Biomedical Engineering (BME) specialization requires successful completion of all non-elective Level I IBEHS courses with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.0. 

All students who successfully complete the first year of the program will have a space in one of the two degree options.  As enrolment is limited in each of the two degree options (HESE or BME), where there is more demand than spaces, competition will be based on first-year academic achievement.

Students seeking admission to the BME specialization will be admitted to one of eight Level II Engineering programs (Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Engineering Physics, Materials, Mechanical, Mechatronics, or Software).  Admission to a Level II Engineering program is guaranteed for all students who meet the general progress requirements.  All engineering programs have limited enrolment; should there be more applicants than the limiting number in any program, admission to that program will be based on GPA.

Students who do not meet the requirements to proceed to Level II in May will have a Pending flag put on their allocation.  The Pending flag will be removed in August if the student completes the requirements over the summer.

Notes

As well as completing the academic requirements as specified in this Calendar, students in a Co-op program must complete IBEHS 1EE0. IBEHS 2EC0 will be added to the academic record for each 4 month work term.

Co-op and 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

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