The Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering program at Carleton University uniquely combines the foundation of mechanical engineering and the exciting and rapidly growing discipline of biomedical engineering. This combination includes the chemistry, biology and biochemistry knowledge needed to contribute to biomechanical technology development and design, and the engineering science and design disciplines of biofluids, biomaterials and biomechanics.

The integration of these topics gives students the ability and opportunity to design and build new components and systems for biomechanical applications. Other applications include the design of prostheses, artificial organs, new drug delivery systems and medical devices for improved health care and monitoring.

The Carleton Advantage

Carleton University’s Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree program in Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering offers:

  • a co-operative education option that combines study and work experience for top students;
  • strong emphasis on hands-on laboratories and design,giving you a chance to learn by doing; and
  • excellent scholarships for high-standing students

Our Laboratory and Research Facilities

At Carleton, you will benefit from:

  • modern, well-equipped laboratories;
  • excellent computer facilities on campus;
  • proximity to, and collaboration with, area hospitals; and
  • an interdisciplinary approach with opportunities to work with, and learn from, students in other biomedical and design programs.

Your Co-op Opportunities

As a student in the Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering program you will have the opportunity to apply to the Co-operative Education Program. Co-op integrates degree-related, paid work terms into your degree program. A minimum of four work terms are required to obtain the Co-op designation on your degree. Often, the four consecutive work terms following third year take place with the same employer.

Our program is closely associated with research institutions and industry, giving students valuable work experience and contacts that will benefit them in the future.

The pattern of work and study terms for the co-op option is shown in the following table.

Calendar Year Fall Winter Summer
1 study term 1 study term 2
2 study term 3 study term 4 work term
3 study term 5 study term 6 work term
4 work term work term work term
5 study term 7 study term 8

Learn more about our featured co-op employers. 

Choosing the Right Program

The BEng program in Mechanical Engineering is fully accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board. The program is also designed to meet the prerequisite courses required by many medical schools in North America.

First year begins with a common core of fundamentals in engineering, mathematics and science. Second year offers introductory courses in fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, materials and biochemistry. In the third year, specialized biomechanical courses are offered, such as biofluids and biomaterials, along with mechanical engineering design courses and organic chemistry. Fourth year offers further specialization in biomechanics and biomechanical device design, as well as the opportunity to apply your knowledge in a major group design project relevant to the medical and health-care fields.

Course Structure

The courses of a typical Biomedical and Mechanical program are shown below.

Study Term 1 Study Term 2
Calculus for Engineering Students
[MATH 1004]
Linear Algebra for Engineering Students
[MATH 1104]
General Chemistry I
[CHEM 1001]
General Chemistry II
[CHEM 1002]
Computation and Programming
[ECOR 1041]
Introductory Electromagnetism and Wave Motion [PHYS 1004]
[ECOR 1043]
Visual Communication
[ECOR 1047]
[ECOR 1045]
[ECOR 1044]
Data Management
[ECOR 1042]
[ECOR 1046]
Introduction to Engineering Disciplines I
[ECOR 1055]
[ECOR 1048]
Engineering Profession
[ECOR 1057]
Introduction to Engineering Disciplines II
[ECOR 1056]
Complementary Studies Elective
Study Term 3 Study Term 4
Differential Equations and Infinite Series for Engineering Students [MATH 1005] Multivariable Calculus for Engineering Students [MATH 2004]
Engineering Dynamics 
[MAAE 2101]
Engineering Graphical Design 
[MAAE 2001]
Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
[MAAE 2400]
Mechanics of Solids I
[MAAE 2202]
Engineering Materials
[MAAE 2700]
Fluid Mechanics I
[MAAE 2300]
Foundations of Biology I
[BIOL 1103]
Complementary Studies Elective
Study Term 5 Study Term 6
Mathematical Methods I
[MATH 3705]
Machine Design & Practice
[MECH 3002]
Dynamics of Machinery 
[MAAE 3004]
[MECH 3710]
Mechanics of Solids II 
[MAAE 3202]
Feedback Control Systems 
[MAAE 3500]
Biofluid Mechanics 
[MECH 3310]
Electrical Engineering
[ELEC 3605]
Biomedical Systems, Modeling & Control [SYSC 3610] Engineering Economics
[ECOR 3800]
Design and Analysis of Engineering Experiments [ECOR 2050] Communication Skills for Engineering Students [CCDP 2100]
Engineering Portfolio
[ECOR 2995]
Study Term 7 Study Term 8
Engineering Design Project
[MAE 4907]
[MECH 4210]
Biomedical Device Design
[MECH 4013]
Heat Transfer
[MECH 4406]
Professional Practice
[ECOR 4995]
Engineering Elective Ethics, Research Methods, & Standards for Biomedical Engineering [SYSC 4201]
Biomedical Elective Biomedical Elective

Note: As study terms and courses offered may vary, please refer to the Carleton University Undergraduate Calendar for specific program requirements.

Your Future Opportunities

As a graduate of the Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering program, you could find employment in health-care establishments and medical facilities, working with medical equipment or medical devices. You could also be employed in industry in the development of health-care technologies.

Alumni Feature

“[My] company doesn’t underestimate its junior engineers. They give you meaningful tasks and responsibilities, and there’s definitely a lot of room for personal and professional development.”

Jasmine Shaw (BEng/16 – Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering, MASc/20 – Technology Innovation Management) Technical Project Manager at Solace

Admission Requirements

For admission to the Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering program, you must have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, including a minimum of six 4U/M courses.

Your six courses must include four prerequisite courses:

  • Advanced Functions
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • One of the following:
    • Calculus and Vectors (strongly recommended for applicants to all engineering programs)
    • Biology
    • Earth and Space Science

Although it is not an admission requirement, at least one 4U course in either English or French is recommended. Equivalent courses may be substituted at the appropriate 4U level.

Since the number of qualified applicants may be greater than the number of available spaces, cut-off averages and required marks may vary.


If you are from outside Ontario, or outside Canada, please visit Carleton’s Undergraduate Admissions website for details on your specific program’s requirements.

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