Curriculum for Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering
Standard Academic and Coop Schedule
The curriculum consists of the common set of first year courses, six terms unique to the degree, and four Coop work terms, as shown in the table below. Any deviation from the academic and work/other term schedule requires the written approval of the Dean of the Faculty.
Academic and Work/Other Term Schedule  

SeptDec  JanApr  MayAug 
Term 1A  Term 1B  Term 1C or Work/Other term 
Term 2A  Work/Other Term  Term 2B 
Work/Other Term  Term 3A  Work/Other Term 
Term 3B  Work/Other Term  Term 4A 
Work/Other Term  Term 4B 
Cooperative Education: Similar to other University of Victoria Engineering programs, the Biomedical Engineering academic term will be offered in alternate terms interleaved with Cooperative Education (http://www.uvic.ca/coopandcareer/studentsalumni/coop/programs/engineering/) terms after the first year. Please refer to the University of Victoria Academic Calendar (http://web.uvic.ca/calendar/) for more information about the first year engineering standard and immersion year schedules – which can spread first year into 3 terms instead of 2.
Note: There are two streams in Biomedical Engineering Program flow: An Electrical Stream and a Mechanical Stream. Streams begin in Term 2B, and where applicable, you must choose courses relevant to your stream. Consult with a program advisor for schedule planning advice.
Note: Many courses are offered only one time per year. Refer to the UVic Calendar BME Courses (http://web.uvic.ca/calendar/CDs/BME/CTs.html) to verify course scheduling information. Consult with a program advisor for schedule planning advice.
Disclaimer: You are responsible for ensuring that all degree requirements have been satisfied as outlined in the UVic Academic Calendar (http://web.uvic.ca/calendar/). Any errors or omissions on this website do not absolve you from having to complete all of the program requirements. In the case of any discrepancy, the UVic Academic Calendar must be considered the definitive authority.
New BME Program Flow, Applicable for Student Entry after Sept 2017
Year 1  Fall 1A
Year 2  Fall 2A
Year 3  Spring 3A
 BME 320  Engineering Materials with BME Applic.
 BME 350  Biomedical Engineering Design
 ECE 330  Electronic Circuits or ECE 365  Applied Electronics and Electrical Machines
 MECH 345  Mechanics of Fluids
 Electrical Stream: Two of ECE 300, ECE 310, ECE320, ECE 340, MECH 320
 Mechanical Stream: MECH 320, MECH 335
Year 3  Fall 3B
 BME 335  Biosensors and Instrumentation
 ECON 180  Introduction to Principles of Microeconomics and Financial Project Evaluation
 STAT 260  Introduction to Probability and Statistics I
 Electrical Stream: ECE 360 and 1 of ECE 350, ECE 370^{10}, ECE 380^{10}, MECH 330, MECH 360, MECH 395
 Mechanical Stream: MECH 330, MECH 380
 Complementary Studies Elective^{3}
Year 4  Summer 4A
 ENGR 297  Technology and Society
 BME 499  Design Project
 Choose 2 of Biological Science Electives (either in 4A, 4B or both):
 Choose 2 of Biomedical Engineering Electives^{4} (required over 4th year – either in 4A, 4B or both)
 Choose 3 of Technical Electives^{5} (required over 4th year – either in 4A, 4B or both)
Year 4  Spring 4B
 CSC 349A  Numerical Analysis
 ENGR 446  Technical Report
 ENGR 498  Engineering Law
 Choose 2 of Biological Science Electives (either in 4A, 4B or both):
 Choose 2 of Biomedical Engineering Electives^{4} (required over 4th year – either in 4A, 4B or both)
 Choose 3 of Technical Electives^{5} (required over 4th year – either in 4A, 4B or both)
Biomedical Engineering Elective Courses
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^{4 }Two Biomedical Engineering Electives required over 4th year – either in 4A, 4B or both
^{5 }One of the technical electives may be replaced by a 300level CENG, ELEC, MECH or SENG course if the course is a prerequisite for a 400level technical elective. Also, additional BME electives may be used to replace technical electives from this list
^{6 }Additional prerequisites may be required
^{7 }For Existing BME Program only (Students entering from Sept 2012 to Sept 2016). Not available for New BME Program.
^{8 }Not normally offered. Not Available after Sept 2017
^{9 }For New BME Program only (Students entering after Sept 2017).
^{10}Not acceptable if student presents credit in ECE 365 or ELEC 365.
Existing BME Program Flow, Applicable for Student Entry from Sept 2012 to Sept 2016
Year 1  Fall 1A
Year 2  Fall 2A
Year 2  Summer 2B
 BME 201 Quantitative Human Physiology
 ECE 250  Linear Circuits I
 MATH 204  Calculus IV
 MECH 220  Mechanics of Solids I
 Electrical Stream: ECE 220  Electrical Properties of Materials , ECE 260  Cont.Time Signals and Systems
 Mechanical Stream: MECH 242  Dynamics , MECH 285  Properties of Engineering Materials
Year 3  Spring 3A
 BIOC 299  Biochemistry for NonMajors
 BME 350  Biomedical Engineering Design
 ECE 330  Electronic Circuits or ECE 365  Applied Electronics and Electrical Machines
 MECH 345  Mechanics of Fluids
 Electrical Stream: Two of ECE 300, ECE 310, ECE 320, ECE 340, MECH 320
 Mechanical Stream: MECH 320, MECH 335
Year 3  Fall 3B
 BME 335  Biosensors and Instrumentation
 ECON 180  Introduction to Principles of Microeconomics and Financial Project Evaluation
 STAT 260  Introduction to Probability and Statistics I
 Electrical Stream: ECE 360 and 1 of ECE 350, ECE 370, ECE 380, MECH 330, MECH 360, MECH 395
 Mechanical Stream: MECH 330, MECH 380
 Complementary Studies Elective^{3}
Year 4  Summer 4A
 ENGR 297  Technology and Society
 BME 499  Design Project
 Choose 2 of Biomedical Engineering Electives^{4} (required over 4th year – either in 4A, 4B or both)
 Choose 5 of Technical Electives^{5} (required over 4th year – either in 4A, 4B or both)
Year 4  Spring 4B
 CSC 349A  Numerical Analysis
 ENGR 446  Technical Report
 ENGR 498  Engineering Law
 Choose 2 of Biomedical Engineering Electives^{4} (required over 4th year – either in 4A, 4B or both)
 Choose 5 of Technical Electives^{5} (required over 4th year – either in 4A, 4B or both)
^{1 }Or TERM 1C if first year immersion
^{2 }CSC 115 may be substituted in a term when CSC116 not offered. CSC 116 strongly recommended
^{3 }A Complementary Studies Elective course deals with central issues in humanities or social sciences. The chosen course must be approved, prior to registration, by the Faculty of Engineering’s BEng Programs Committee. A current list of acceptable courses may be obtained from the BEng office or the Faculty website (Complimentary Studies PDF).
^{4 }Two Biomedical Engineering Electives required over 4th year – either in 4A, 4B or both
^{5 }One of the technical electives may be replaced by a 300level CENG, ELEC, MECH or SENG course if the course is a prerequisite for a 400level technical elective. Also, additional BME electives may be used to replace technical electives from this list