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Biological Engineering

University of Guelph
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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Program description

Biological Engineering

Combine engineering principles with life sciences to design creative solutions for biological systems. Explore biological engineering with our interdisciplinary curriculum, including areas such as pharmaceutical and food manufacturing; bioinstrumentation and biosensing and production of sustainable, bio-based materials. Be prepared for an exciting career full of opportunity in a vast number of related fields.

Biological Engineers combine their knowledge of life sciences with engineering principles to design and control biological processes and systems with the aim of enhancing human, animal and plant life.

Biological Engineers work with the most complex machines in the world - living organisms. Guelph's cutting-edge Biological Engineering program focuses on fundamentals in bio-materials science, bio-systems analysis, instrumentation and control systems. You can tailor your program to explore interests in the production of renewable fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel or sustainable bioplastics made from plant materials, the extraction and stabilization of nutraceuticals to provide health benefits or manufacturing in the food and beverage industries.

Admission requirements

Admission to semester one of a degree program and General Studies is available in the Fall semester only. A semester one degree applicant is defined as one who will receive fewer than 2.00 transfer credits upon admission.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

First Year

Fall Semsester

  • General Chemistry I
  • Calculus I
  • Engineering Analysis
  • Engineering and Design I
  • Physics with Applications

Winter Semester

  • General Chemistry II
  • Calculus II
  • Engineering Mechanics I
  • Introductory Electricity and Magnetism
  • Introduction to Programming

Beyond First Year

In addition to the interdisciplinary courses, below are a few courses specific to Biological Engineering. For descriptions of these courses, please consult the current Undergraduate Calendar.

  • Electrical devices
  • Heat and mass transfer
  • Bio-instrumentation design
  • Bioreactor design
  • Bio-materials

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for Canadian Students/Permanent Residents - $6,091 per year and for International Students - $24,300 - 33,551 per year

Scholarships & funding

We offer several scholarships, for more information please visit our website.

Career opportunities

As a Biological Engineer, you can work in a wide variety of fields including design ergonomics, pharmaceutical production, food production, biomaterials and conversions, medical equipment design, or in research. Our graduates also pursue further education in food engineering, biomedical engineering, or in professional programs such as medicine or dentistry.

  • Research Associates
  • Clinical Engineer
  • Human Factors Analyst
  • Energy Manager

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About this institute

University of Guelph

University of Guelph

The University of Guelph is ranked as one of Canada’s top comprehensive universities, with top marks in student experience. No matter where you're from, once you enrol at U of G, you’re part of a community – a network of...

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Why study at University of Guelph

The city of Guelph was ranked in 2019 as one of the top 50 places to live in Canada.

The university campus boats a gorgeous walking campus, stunning greenery and beautiful building and facilities.

With over 200 student clubs, 7 dining halls, 19 intramural sports and a 25,000 sq. foot fitness centre, you can see why we are recognized as a Canadian leader in student experience.

There are so many ways for prospective international students to reach out to the university. Check out all our social media handles, as well as our university website and admission pages for up to date news. We also offer international students the ability to chat with current international students through our UniBuddy platform. Go onto our international admission webpages to find more details on how to get in touch with a student or staff UniBuddy and start chatting!

Contact info

University of Guelph

50 Stone Road East
N1G 2W1 Guelph Ontario

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