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Degree Options:

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

Civil and Biomedical Engineering

The Civil and Biomedical Engineering program is a five-year program where students are required to complete core Civil 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

The diverse expertise within the Department of Civil Engineering enable us to address several grand challenges related to biomedical engineering with the goal of building healthier communities. These included studying the fate and transport of pathogens in ground water systems and their subsequent impact on the environment and human health. In addition, we study flow of contaminated water (e.g. with radionuclides or heavy metals) in fractured rock systems. The department also has an ongoing program on the systemic risk of hydraulic fracking on ground water aquifers. Our faculty considers medical evacuation plans and medical resource allocation and optimization under national- or regional-levels disasters (e.g. nuclear release, wild fire, etc.) in order to ensure the health and resilience of our communities. With a strong foundation in mechanics, we equip our graduates with the necessary tools to model human body motion dynamics and responses to extreme loading conditions (e.g. explosions) as well as simulating human injuries (e.g. bone fracture, traumatic brain injuries, etc.) using numerical tools (e.g. finite element analysis). Realizing the importance of our healthcare infrastructure, we educate students on state-of-the-art methods to ensure the resilience of such critical infrastructure systems in order to avoid cascading failure under natural or man-induced hazards.

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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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