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Programs / Engineering / Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering

Program Summary

The biomedical and mechanical engineering program integrates life sciences with the traditional mechanical engineering topics of solid mechanics, dynamics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, materials, robotics and control systems to analyze and solve problems related to biomechanical engineering, biotechnology and medicine. The program provides students with a skill set that enables the development of advanced components, systems and techniques for biomechanical applications that are crucial to modern health care. The curriculum is designed with an emphasis on the development of practical and problem-solving skills based on hands-on laboratory and design work.

Carleton University’s Bachelor of Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering (BEng) 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.

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 degreerelated, 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.

Ottawa is a global technology leader. Sharing a city with some of the world’s best tech companies and government laboratories offers excellent opportunities for co-op and internship placements, as well as a high number of prospects for future employment. Nearly 79,000 people in the national capital are employed by more than 1,800 tech companies, including multinational giants who lead the way in telecommunications, software, computer systems, aerospace, sensor technologies, the environment, security and defence, construction, semiconductors, and wireless technologies.

The BEng program in Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering is fully accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board. When you graduate from this program, you will meet the educational requirements for registration as a professional engineer. The program is also designed to meet the prerequisite courses required by many medical schools in North America.

You will spend the first year in this program learning the fundamentals of basic science and mathematics, with courses in biology, chemistry and physics. 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.

As a graduate of this 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.