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Degree Options:

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

Chemical and 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.

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+1 905.525.9140 x 27371
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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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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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