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Below is a list of some courses, including a brief description, that you may find yourself taking during your first year of this program. For formal policies governing mandatory courses and the order in which they have to be taken, please refer to McMaster’s Undergraduate Calendar.

Some Courses You May Take

Project-based integrated learning course using healthcare problems to teach design and engineering content. Topics in ethics and professionalism, health and safety, communication, visualization, computation, and materials introduced.
Three lectures, one lab (three hours), one tutorial (two hours); both terms
Prerequisite(s): Registration in the Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences (IBEHS) program
Antirequisite(s): ENGINEER 1C03, 1D04, 1P03, MATLS 1M03 
An introduction to chemical principles for Engineering students, including reactivity, bonding, structure, energetics and electrochemistry.
Three lectures, one lab (two and one half hours) every other week; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in a program in Engineering
Antirequisite(s): CHEM 1A03
Not open to students with credit or registration in ISCI 1A24 A/B.
Students will explore the molecular basis of cellular communication (gene expression, cellular signaling) underlying disease processes. A hybrid approach blending didactic and inquiry-based approaches will be used.
Two sessions per week (three hours each); two terms
Prerequisite(s): Grade 12 U Biology and registration in Health Sciences I, or Grade 12 U Biology and registration in the Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences (IBEHS) program.
Co-requisite(s): WHMIS 1A00 . Students registering in HTHSCI 1I06 A/B must also register in WHMIS 1A00 when completing their registration.
Antirequisite(s): BIOLOGY 1A03 
Functions: limits, continuity, derivatives, optimization, curve sketching. Antiderivative, definite integral, techniques of integration, with applications.
Three lectures, one tutorial, one lab; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in a program in Engineering
Antirequisite(s): ARTSSCI 1D06 A/B, MATH 1A03, 1LS3, 1N03, 1NN3, 1X03, 1Z04
Not open to students with credit or registration in ISCI 1A24 A/B.
Techniques of integration, applications of definite integrals, differential equations, polar coordinates, parametrized curves. Sequences, infinite series, power series. Partial derivatives.
Three lectures, one tutorial, one lab; one term
Prerequisite(s): MATH 1ZA3
Antirequisite(s): ARTSSCI 1D06 A/B, MATH 1AA3, 1LT3, 1N03, 1NN3, 1XX3, 1ZZ5
Not open to students with credit or registration in ISCI 1A24 A/B.
Vector spaces given by solutions to linear systems. Linear independence, dimension. Determinants. Eigenvalues, eigenvectors and diagonalisation. Complex numbers.
Three lectures, one tutorial, one lab; one term
Prerequisite(s): One of Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors U, MATH 1F03, or credit or registration in MATH 1ZA3
Antirequisite(s): MATH 1B03, 1ZZ5
A course for engineering students. Principles of mechanics of particles and rigid bodies, including Newton's Laws, rotational kinematics and dynamics, torque, energy, momentum, angular momentum, and simple harmonic motion.
Three lectures, one lab (three hours) every other week; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in a program in the Faculty of Engineering
A course for engineering students. Oscillations and waves, interference; electrostatics, electric potential, circuit elements; magnetic fields.
Three lectures, one lab (three hours) every other week; one term
Prerequisite(s): PHYSICS 1D03 and registration in Engineering
Antirequisite(s): PHYSICS 2A03
Formerly HTHSCI 1BS0
BSL 1 biosafety training for the handling of non-pathogenic bacteria, cell lines, blood and body fluids or mammalian tissues based on federal laboratory biosafety guidelines.
This course is evaluated on a Complete/Fail basis.
Web module
BSL 1 must be completed prior to the start of the first lab for all courses for which it is required. Students who fail the quiz will be required to repeat it and will not be permitted in any course where BIOSAFE 1BS0 is a requirement until the quiz has been successfully completed.
Introduction to safety guidelines at McMaster University, acceptable safety conduct and positive safety attitudes and practices in laboratories and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).
This course is evaluated on a Complete/Fail basis.
Web modules
Antirequisite(s): ART 1HS0, ENGINEER 1A00, ENGTECH 1A00, NURSING 1A00, SCIENCE 1A00
This requirement must be completed prior to the start of the first lab. Students who fail the quiz must reattempt it and will not be permitted in any course with a lab component or any Level II ART course until the requirement has been successfully completed.
Orientation to Engineering Co-op programs, self-assessment exercises, job and employer research, cover letter and resume writing, interviewing skills and work place professionalism.
Five sessions; first or second term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in the Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences (IBEHS) Co-op program
Cross-list(s): ENGINEER 1EE0 
Not open to students in their final level.
A discussion of organic chemistry, chemical kinetics, acid-base equilibrium, and the energetics of phase transformations, with emphasis on relevant experimental techniques and solving real problems ranging from drug discovery to environmental chemistry.
Three lectures, one lab (two and one half hours) every other week; one term
Prerequisite(s): CHEM 1A03 or CHEM 1E03
Not open to students with credit or registration in ISCI 1A24 A/B.

In second year, students will pursue more specialized courses of study in either the Bachelor of Engineering and Biomedical Engineering (B.Eng. BME.) degree or the Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences in Health, Engineering Science and Entrepreneurship (B.H.Sc. HESE) degree.

B.Eng.BME

Students in the B.Eng.BME degree cover fundamental skills and techniques in both biomedical engineering and a chosen core discipline. There are eight core disciplines to choose from, including Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, and Software Engineering). Admissions into one of these engineering disciplines will be based on first-year academic performance and the availability of space in the discipline.

B.H.Sc. HESE

Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences Health Engineering Science and Entrepreneurship (B.H.Sc. HESE) integrates engineering, health sciences and entrepreneurship, creating a hybrid graduate that interacts with clinicians, researchers and patients. Health and Engineering Entrepreneurship courses from level two to level five integrate business and engineering concepts including; organizational behaviour, leadership, finance and marketing, discovery, validation, design thinking, and more. Students will work in groups to create value from problems in the health and engineering disciplines by learning how to develop and market a concept.

Level II Program Selection:

As enrolment is limited in each degree options, where there is more demand than spaces, competition will be based on first-year academic achievement.

Bachelor of Engineering & Biomedical Engineering – 90 spaces

Bachelor of Health Sciences in Health, Engineering Science and Entrepreneurship – 50 spaces

Careers or Options Beyond This Program

Graduates will not only be uniquely positioned for careers in:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biotechnology & Health
  • Biomedical Science sectors of the economy
  • Graduate Research
  • Professional Health Science careers (i.e. Medicine)
  • Private Sector opportunities

Students enrolled in either stream of the iBioMed program will have the opportunity to apply for co-op positions. Co-op placements are flexible and can be taken up at any time.

Co-op may be added at any time up to the end of a student’s final year of study.

A minimum of 12 months of relevant work experience required to receive a co-op designation upon graduation. For maximum flexibility, options include 4-month summer work-terms and 8 to 16-month continuous internships.

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
PHYSICS 1D03

Introduction to Mechanics (Lecture)

PHYSICS 1D03

Introduction to Mechanics (Lecture)

PHYSICS 1D03

Introduction to Mechanics (Lecture)

10:30 a.m.
IBEHS 1P10

Health Solutions Design Projects (Lecture)

IBEHS 1P10

Health Solutions Design Projects (Lecture)

IBEHS 1P10

Health Solutions Design Projects (Lecture)

11:30 a.m.
MATH 1ZA3

Engineering Mathematics I (Lecture)

MATH 1ZA3

Engineering Mathematics I (Lecture)

MATH 1ZA3

Engineering Mathematics I (Lecture)

12:30 p.m.
CHEM 1E03

Chemistry for Engineering (Lecture)

IBEHS 1P10

Health Solutions Design Projects (Tutorial/Design Studio)

CHEM 1E03

Chemistry for Engineering (Lecture)

1:30 p.m.
CHEM 1E03

Chemistry for Engineering (Lecture)

2:30 p.m.
IBEHS 1P10

Health Solutions Design Projects (Lab)

PHYSICS 1D03

Introduction to Mechanics (Tutorial)

PHYSICS 1D03

Introduction to Mechanics (Biweekly Lab)

HTH SCI 1I06

Cellular and Molecular Biology (Lecture)

CHEM 1E03

Chemistry for Engineering (Biweekly Lab)

3:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
MATH 1ZA3

Engineering Mathematics I (Tutorial)

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