The biomedical engineering undergraduate program is composed of dedicated classes in the 2nd through 4th year as well as a group of specialized courses in first year that are accessed by application to the Pre-Biomedical Engineering Standardized Timetable (PBME STT). Students interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree in BME should submit a supplementary form for the PBME STT. For more information and to review deadlines, please visit

Admission to engineering at UBC is competitive and this is true for the BME program as well. Every year, UBC receives applications from more students than we can accommodate, which means we must restrict enrolment.

For more information on admission into First Year Engineering, visit

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. Placement into most programs is very competitive and based on academic performance. The online form must be completed by May 15.

The GPA cut-off for admission changes from year to year. Students are admitted through a broad-based admission process. We seek students who will be both academically successful and an active contributor of our, and their, communities. Broad-based criteria are also assessed to determine final placements. We consider students’ unique life experiences, non-academic background, hobbies, motivation and passion, but all students must still meet a minimum academic performance standard.

Priority Placement

Students who are registered in the PBME STT may be eligible for priority second year placement in BME. In order to qualify for priority placement, students who are in the PBME STT must meet the following conditions

  1. Have a sessional average at the end of the Winter Session of 72% or higher
  2. Be eligible for year 2 standing as determined by Engineering Student Services
  3. Successful completion of CHEM 123 by May 15th
  4. Successful completion of BMEG 101 and 102 by May 15th
  5. Submit a second year program preference form and identify BME as your first choice. The form is released in March.

Students who complete the PBME STT but do not meet one of more of these conditions will still be considered for placement in BME through the normal competitive placement process.

Students entering 2nd year BME without completing first year pre-requisites

Students who enter 2nd year BME who are deficient in the following courses (or equivalents) will be required to pick up these courses in 2nd year:

  • CHEM 121*
  • CHEM 123*

Note that adding the above courses will increase the time required for students to complete the BMEG program. Students will need to meet with an advisor prior to registration.

*CHEM 154 is not considered equivalent to CHEM 121 & 123

Students coming in with APSC 101 and PHYS 159 do not need to take BMEG 101 and 102, but will need to take a to-be-created bridge course to make up for the missing credit. More information about this bridge course will be released in the future.


Appeals are handled by Engineering Student Services. Please scroll to the bottom of the placement page for information regarding Appeals for Reconsideration of 2nd Year Placement.

The program is designed with 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. After their second year, BME students indicate their prioritized stream preferences. Prospective students should be aware that a maximum enrolment limit may apply to each stream. If student preferences for a stream exceed capacity for that stream, the program Director will select students for the stream based on academic standing, demonstrated interest, ability in that specific stream and broad-based aspects. More information on streams can be found here. (there is no link attached to here).

Students who wish to transfer between departments within the Faculty of Applied Science should contact Applied Science Engineering Student Services.

Information on transferring into UBC Vancouver Engineering can be found here.

Visiting International Research Students

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Exchange Students

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