The application of engineering principles to biomedical sciences has been gaining significant momentum since the 1980s. Exploring a biomedical problem from an engineering perspective provides unique solutions to biomedical problems. Utilizing established chemical engineering principles, such as thermodynamics, mass transfer and reactor design, enables significant advances in human health and facilitates establishment of an industrial activity based on bioengineering principles.
The Chemical Engineering - Biomedical Option retains all of the core courses of the Chemical Engineering program. It then adds courses specific to the biomedical sciences to provide students with the necessary background for employment in the biomedical field. These additional courses are:
- BIOL 107 - Introduction to Cell Biology
- BIOCH 200 - Introductory Biochemistry (or BIOL 201, or CELL 201)
- BME 210 - Human Anatomy and Physiology: Cells and Tissues
- BME 211 - Human Anatomy and Physiology: Systems
- CH E 484 - Introduction to Biochemical Engineering
- CH E 582 - Introduction to Biomaterials (or MAT E 458)
- PHIL 386 - Philosophy and Healthcare
- WKEXP 906 - Engineering Work Experience VI
Of the 125 students admitted to Chemical Engineering each year, 5 are admitted to the Biomedical Option. The enrolment in this option is currently limited by the placements of students in the research internship (WKEXP 906), and it is expected to increase as we seek to increase the capability for these placements.