First Year

Our biomedical engineering undergraduate program is composed of dedicated classes in 2nd through 4th year as well as specialized courses in first year accessed through the Pre-Biomedical Engineering Standardized Timetable (PBME STT). Only students admitted to the BASC program at UBC will be invited to submit a supplementary form to gain permission to register in a PBME STT.

Just as UBC’s engineering program is highly competitive, so too is BME. Every year we receive more applications than we can accommodate, so put your best foot forward!

Second Year

At the end of first year, engineering students are asked to submit an online Program Preference Form indicating the departments in which they are most interested. Program placement is based on academic performance and is very competitive.

The GPA cut-off for admission changes from year to year. Students are admitted through a broad-based admission process. We are looking for students with proven academic track records and who will actively contribute to the SBME community. As well as meeting the minimum academic requirements for admission, broad-based considerations also include a students’ unique life experience, their non-academic backgrounds and hobbies, and especially their passion for the field.


The program offers four streams, each with specific technical electives to allow students to focus on particular areas of Biomedical Engineering: Cellular Bioengineering; Biomedical Informatics; Biomedical Systems and Signals; and Biomechanics and Biomaterials. Students choose their preferred stream after their second year in the program. Prospective students should be aware that a maximum enrollment limit may apply to each stream. If enrollment exceeds capacity for a given stream, the program Director will then select students based on academic standing, demonstrated interest, ability in that specific stream and broad-based considerations.


Students who wish to transfer into Biomedical Engineering should contact Applied Science Engineering Student Services.

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