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Biological Engineering

Please note that the College of Engineering has suspended enrollment into the Biological Engineering Program for the 2013-14 academic year.

Students already admitted to the program will be able to complete their programs unaffected by this decision, however prospective students are encouraged to contact an academic advisor in the Engineering Student Centre to discuss their learning or career goals.

Protecting people, animals and the environment

Biological engineers ensure that we have the necessities of life: safe and plentiful food to eat, pure water to drink, clean fuel and energy sources, and a safe, healthy environment in which to live. More specifically, biological engineering is the application of engineering principles to address challenges in the life sciences which includes fields of agriculture, biology, ecology and medicine.

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Bachelor of Science in Engineering - Biological Engineering

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Biological Engineering: Is it for you?

  • Our Program is structured upon core engineering subjects for the first two years, then increasingly specialized classes that allow students to pursue areas of interest to them.
  • Areas of study include machinery design, plant and animal housing, water and soil management and food/biological material processing.
  • Additionally, students can take a pre-medicine program which allows them to apply to the College of Medicine under the pre-requisite only category.
  • Our students are employed by such industries as machinery manufacturers, natural resource industries, food/feed and fiber processors and the biomedical field.
  • Students have the opportunity to participate in our Engineering Professional Internship Program (EPIP) and receive combined degrees with biology, biochemistry, computer science and mathematics, among others. 
  • The program has a strong link with industry through programs such as the Quarter Scale Tractor Design Competition, industrial internships, graduate research projects and International UG and Post-graduate student exchanges. We also boast a very active student group, which sponsors numerous social and sporting events throughout the year. 
  • The undergraduate program presents a challenging and interesting workload. We offer the advantage of small, intense classes, large lab facilities, superb faculty and excellent support staff.

Sample Classes

  • BLE 295: Introduction to Biosystems Engineering
    Introduction to the discipline of Agricultural and Bioresource (Biosystems) Engineering and to design principles and practices. Students will develop logical problem-solving skills through solution of problems involving energy and mass balances, bioprocessing, instrumentation and machinery systems, water and soil resources and waste management. Extensive use is made of computer software for calculation and graphical presentation of results.
  • BLE 327: Transport Processes in Biosystems
    A unified approach to transport of energy and mass in biological and environmental processes. Emphasis is placed on the formulation and solution of mathematical models to represent heat and mass transfer in indoor and outdoor environments, in plant and mammalian systems, and for industrial processing of food and biomaterials. Students will apply analytical and numerical techniques to solve heat transfer problems involving steady state and transient heat conduction, convection and radiation, heat transfer with phase change, and mass transfer problems involving steady state and transient diffusion/dispersion and convection.
  • BLE 422: Modeling of Biosystems
    The student will be introduced to the concept of computer simulation as an analytical tool for understanding, designing and testing biology-related systems. Content includes introduction to systems modeling, classification of models, elements of dynamic simulation models, analytical models based on equilibrium, modeling growth and population dynamics, compartment models, feedback in biological systems and feedback mechanisms and stability of biological systems. Mathematical optimization and reliability analysis techniques are introduced.

Career Opportunities

With a degree in biological engineering, you can have an exciting career in many areas, including the following:

  • agricultural machinery
  • biomass processing equipment
  • biological materials handling
  • irrigation
  • land and ecological management
  • post harvest management
  • food and bioprocessing
  • biofuels production
  • bioenergy
  • biocomposite materials
  • biomechanical
  • biomedical
  • waste utilization
  • water resource management