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Electrical and Biomedical Engineering

What is Electrical and Biomedical Engineering?

Biomeds deal at the interface between electrical engineering, biological sciences and medicine. As such, they need a stronger background in the life sciences, namlely biology, chemistry, anatomy, and physiology. Biomeds take all core electrical and computer engineering courses, as well as related medical courses. The enrolement in this program is capped, due to the intensive course and lab requirements, thus making it very competitive. As a result, the biomedical program is heavier than either the computer or electrical engineering programs and opens many exciting future opportunities!

What Can You Do After Graduation?

  • Work as a Biomedical Engineer - medical imaging specialist, prosthetic designer, medical robotics, design medical devices (e.g., MRI machines), pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing, etc.
  • Work as an Electrical Engineer - you have all the core electrical engineering qualifications!
  • Apply to Medical School
    • Completing the program gives you the prerequisites to apply to Medical School
  • Go to Graduate School, i.e., M.Eng., M.A.Sc., Ph.D.
    • Study cutting-edge topics, such as: Prosthetic Limbs, Brain Stimulation, Implants, Hearing Aid Devices, etc.

Success Stories

Photograph of the CPRGlove
  • ECE Alumni in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering, Corey Centen, Sarah Smith, and Nilesh Patel founded Atreo Medical Inc., after inventing the award-winning CPRGloveTM.

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Dr. Michael Noseworthy gives us a glimpse of what he and his students do in his lab at St. Joseph's Hospital, in Hamilton, Ontario.

What Will You Study?

Level II - Fundamentals of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering

  • EE topics - circuit theory, electronic devices, programming and advanced mathematics
  • BioMed topics - Cellular and molecular biology as well as an introductory chemistry course.

Level III - Specific EE topics and broader BioMed Engineering Courses

  • EE topics - additional circuit and electronics courses with labs, design of digital systems course and labs, microprocessor course and lab, advanced engineering mathematics, electromagnetics.
  • BioMed topics - structure of biological materials, bioelectricity, organic chemistry (2 courses), anatomy and physiology (2 courses)
  • Highlights:
    • Students get the opportunity to work with cadavers
    • Students study two organic chemistries, as opposed to one in many other programs

Level IV - Deeper specialization in EE/BioMed

  • EE topics - digital signal processing, probability and random processes, digital communication systems, design project
  • BioMed topics - biomedical instrumentation, modelling biological systems, medical robotics, medical image processing.
  • You will undertake a year-long electrical engineering design course where you will complete an open-ended project under the supervision of a faculty member (EE 4BI6).
  • Highlights:
    • Practical use of MRIs - Students get a hands-on experience at St. Joseph's Hospital in Elec Eng 4BF3 (see video above)