Why choose Biomedical Engineering at UBC?

Why choose Biomedical Engineering at UBC?

Are you interested in how engineering, medicine, life sciences, computer science, and mathematics work together to solve health problems? Do you want to help transform people’s lives? Biomedical Engineering at UBC could be the right program for you.

 

What is Biomedical Engineering? 

Biomedical engineers use engineering tools like design, modelling, and fabrication, and apply them to science and healthcare issues. They develop new technologies that enable doctors, therapists, biotech companies, and researchers to improve human health.

Technologies developed by biomedical engineers touch every aspect of our lives. They include the ultrasound images that give us the first glimpse of our children, extended-release drugs that allow us to sleep through the night, lifesaving cardiac stents, and high-performance robotic surgery.

 

What will you learn?

As a Biomedical Engineering student at UBC, you’ll take specialized courses to help you build a unique foundation in engineering, biology, math, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, design, and the healthcare system. In your third year, you’ll have the chance to customize your degree based on your interests. You can choose from four different streams:

  • Biomechanics and biomaterials teaches you about applying classical mechanics, and how to solve biological problems by viewing the body as an engineered structure.
  • Cellular and molecular bioengineering lets you apply engineering principles to cellular and molecular biology. You’ll focus on developing cell-based therapeutics in regenerative medicine and drug delivery.
  • Biomedical systems and signals helps you learn about the processes that produce and transform signals in biological systems, and the way that these signals are translated by the body.
  • Biomedical informatics and systems biology lets you explore genomes and patient healthcare information using math and data systems such as machine learning.

Through traditional classroom instruction, hands-on studio time, Co-op opportunities, and lab work, you’ll graduate with a deep knowledge of biology, human anatomy, and physiology, and understand how to combine it with engineering design. After finishing your studies, you’ll be ready to work across a range of life science-related jobs, such as designing biomedical devices or pharmaceuticals, or working in fields like medical diagnostics or clinical engineering.

 

The student scoop

Nadine Truter student story

Meet Nadine, who is learning how to design treatments at a molecular level to help cure patients’ illnesses.

 

What makes the program unique?

  1. Learn in-demand skills. Vancouver is home to over 300 life sciences companies – many of which are ranked in the top 100 technology companies in Canada. Globally, too, there is an increasing call for engineers with biomedical training, with the US Department of Labour Statistics estimating that the number of jobs for Biomedical Engineers will increase by 27 percent over the next three years.

 

  1. Discover each topic in depth. Although UBC’s Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering programs both offer an introduction to biomedical engineering as a specialization, the Biomedical Engineering degree provides a much deeper level of knowledge, suitable for entering the industry or academia. When you graduate, you’ll be accredited as a Biomedical Engineer by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB).

 

  1. Prepare for a fulfilling career. Many Biomedical Engineering graduates go on to medical school, research or advanced degrees, or start their own businesses. For those who choose employment, you’ll be ready for a job in biotechnology companies, biomedical device companies, diagnostic companies, e-health companies, hospitals, government research facilities, or in areas outside life sciences. You’ll work on exciting projects like developing artificial organs, prosthesis, diagnostics, biomedical devices, instruments, and new safety devices.

 

  1. Gain work experience while you study. Co-op Education provides the opportunity for you to gain paid, full-time experience in a variety of work settings, test out possible career options, and begin building a professional network – all before graduation. You’ll benefit from a variety of support workshops, one-on-one coaching, and work experience relevant to your future career goals.

 

  1. Work on a real-life project. One of the program’s final courses is a real-world design project, which will challenge you to apply the skills you’ve learned to an open-ended problem in biomedical engineering. You’ll work in small teams under the supervision of a faculty advisor or a practicing professional engineer from the industry, and be tasked with designing a new device or technology to solve some of today’s toughest medical problems.

 

Degree Spotlight: Bachelor of Design

Degree Spotlight: Bachelor of Design

Are you fascinated by the built environment? Do you dream of making your mark on the world? Design impacts society and the environment, and can create cultural change. This cross-disciplinary design degree allows you to imagine the world you want to live in, and learn how to build it.

 

What will you learn?

The new Bachelor of Design in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urbanism degree is the only undergraduate program in Canada that draws from all three disciplines. Over four years, you’ll explore how design is connected across multiple scales, from the body to the city.

The program is very hands-on. Much of the teaching takes place in the design studio, which you’ll attend three days a week. As well as creating your own independent studio projects, you’ll have the chance to participate in a design+build, where you’ll sketch and test constructions as a team before erecting a final product.

Many of your courses will be maker-focused, including materials study, 3D modelling, and drawing by hand. Alongside those practical skills, you’ll learn about site analysis and structures, as well as the history and theory of design.

You can find out more about the degree by watching this video.

 

Why choose the Bachelor of Design degree at UBC?

  1. It’s one of the best schools in the world. UBC is the number one school in Canada to study the built environment, and places in the top 30 globally.

 

  1. Vancouver acts as a living lab. Known for its compact, sustainable urban design, the city of Vancouver is a rich study environment to examine the interaction between natural and urban landscapes. Your design projects could include transforming an urban park in the downtown core, or reimagining parking garages in the age of autonomous vehicles.

 

  1. You’ll have a lot of career prospects. The degree has a special focus on entrepreneurship and design, and you’ll graduate with skills you can use within and outside the design community.

 

  1. You can study abroad. Urban design differs all over the world, and UBC students have the chance to explore unique built environments across the globe. You’ll be able to combine classroom-based learning with community-based fieldwork, and, if you wish, gain work experience abroad through the Coordinated International Experience (CIE) program.

 

  1. You won’t have to narrow down your options. The Bachelor of Design degree lets you draw from all three disciplines of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urbanism without having to specialize in one stream.

 

What can you do after graduating?

The program will prepare you to take a number of routes into the design world. Your degree could be the first step towards graduate studies to become an architect or landscape architect. You can also apply your new skills in spatial design, critical thinking, and digital media tools to pursue a career in many related fields, such as set design, industrial design, game design, lighting design, and urban planning.

 

Programs spotlight: Earth, environment, and sustainability

Programs spotlight: Earth, environment, and sustainability

Whether you dream of unearthing ancient artifacts at archaeological sites across the world, or your aspirations lie closer to home in the vast forests of the Canadian wilderness, there’s a program for you at UBC. Join a community of like-minded students who are passionately exploring how humans interact with the natural world.

Explore your program options

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Are you fascinated by Earth’s deep history and how the planet’s natural systems combine to create our world? In the Earth and Environmental Sciences program at UBC Okanagan, you’ll gain skills in experimentation, data collection, communication, and more as you learn how to apply scientific knowledge to benefit society and the environment.

 

The student scoop

Meet Jenna, an Earth and Environmental Studies student who has travelled the world conducting research and gaining expertise in watershed management and renewable energy.

Archaeology

Dive into the origins of the world’s great civilizations in the Department of Anthropology at UBC Vancouver. As a student of Archaeology, you’ll explore the emergence of humankind and the beginning of state societies in regions across the world, including right here in Canada. Along the way, you’ll gain practical skills in current archaeological methods and theory, and the practice of archeological research.

Geography

Discover the cultural, physical, and social circumstances that make up our world in the Geography at UBC Okanagan. You’ll delve into the relationships between nature and society, place and human identity, and economies and people, researching important questions about the natural world with classroom study and site visits.

The student scoop

Sara Amadi, UBC alumni

Meet Sara, a UBC alumna whose quest to fight climate change started as an undergraduate in UBC’s Global Resource Systems program.

 

Forest Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology

The Forest Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology program at UBC Vancouver is the first in Canada to focus on the bioeconomy – the scientific, economic, and policy issues involved in creating a sustainable future. Among other topics, you’ll explore how to change people’s energy usage, transform forest and plant materials into renewable products, and legislate a reduction of carbon usage.

 


See a full list of earth, environment, and sustainability programs at UBC


 

Degree spotlight: Bachelor of Management

Degree spotlight: Bachelor of Management

Are you looking to use your leadership skills to make a difference in the world? Do you want to steer organizations towards doing the right thing?

UBC Okanagan’s Bachelor of Management degree is designed to help you achieve those goals.

What will you learn?

While traditional business schools might direct students to chase profits, UBC Okanagan’s program will teach you how to incorporate social, financial, and environmental sustainability into the way organizations are run.

Your first two years will offer a broad overview of management and business principles, with the option for you to focus on particular areas such as financial accounting, marketing, and management communications if you wish. Your third and fourth years will let you dive more deeply into topics that you care about, while continuing to ensure that you study a wide range of management skills. You’ll finish the program with hands-on experience creating real-life management solutions for one of UBC’s partner organizations.

After graduating, you’ll be ready to work within your community, launch your own business, or empower organizational change.

 

Student Scoop

Zachary Bingley UBC Student Story

After graduating from the Bachelor of Management program, Zachary is giving back to his community by working on a project that helps reduce food insecurity in the Okanagan area.

 

What makes the program unique?

Like other programs at UBC Okanagan, the Bachelor of Management degree is your chance to experience life on a close-knit campus while gaining your education at one of the world’s top 40 universities. Here are five other facts you might not know about the program:

1. Apply your management knowledge to different fields. The Bachelor of Management at UBC’s Okanagan campus is designed to let you pursue your interests and learn what sectors you might like to enter after you graduate. You’ll have the opportunity to complete a minor in Computer Science, Cultural Studies, Economics, Sociology, or Psychology.

2. Work within your community. UBC Okanagan has strong ties to local businesses, and you’ll have the chance to make a difference in those organizations. In your third year, you’ll take part in the Live Case Challenge, which asks you to create a sustainable solution to a real-life problem faced by a partnering organization.

3. Gain work experience while you study. Build your career confidence through Co-op Education and explore work experience that challenges and inspires you. Co-op Education provides the opportunity for you to gain paid, full-time experience in a variety of work settings, test out possible career options, and begin building a professional network – all before graduation. You’ll benefit from a variety of support workshops, one-on-one coaching, and work experience relevant to your future career goals.

4. Build new connections and friendships. You’ll be part of the Management Student Association on the Okanagan campus, which provides optional professional and social experiences for you during your degree, including conferences and competitions throughout the year.

5. Experience brand new facilities. The Faculty of Management is located in a new, $68-million state-of-the-art teaching and research facility that incorporates high-tech teaching tools, training resources, and meeting spaces, and is the largest building on campus.

 

Why study Manufacturing Engineering at UBC?

Why study Manufacturing Engineering at UBC?

What is Manufacturing Engineering?

Are you hoping to study engineering, but you’re not sure which branch to focus on? Manufacturing engineering might be one of the lesser-known fields, but it’s also one of the most important.

As a manufacturing engineer, you’ll be tasked with turning raw material into new products in the most effective, efficient, and economical way you can. It’s your job to research and develop tools, processes, machines, and equipment, and to combine them all to meet your goals.

At UBC, you’ll get the chance to study the entire manufacturing process, from designing concepts and creating mechanical parts all the way through to product delivery. Studying on UBC’s Okanagan or Vancouver campus – or both – you’ll gain the technical skills to set you up for a broad range of jobs in the industry.

 

Why choose Manufacturing Engineering?

Why should you pick the Manufacturing Engineering program at UBC? Here are five reasons:

 

  1. It’s the first degree of its kind in B.C. There aren’t many examples of fully-fledged manufacturing programs at research universities in Canada, and none in British Columbia. Manufacturing is one of the most important industries in the country, accounting for 10 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP). UBC’s program offers you the specialized education at a world top 40 university to enter this important market.

 

  1. You’ll get to spend time on both the Okanagan and Vancouver campuses. Prospective UBC students typically have to pick either the Okanagan or Vancouver campus for their program, but Manufacturing Engineering is different. For your fourth-year final project, you’ll have the chance to specialize, and can choose either production management on the Okanagan campus or technical manufacturing on the Vancouver campus. Either way, you’ll meet the requirements set out by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers.

 

  1. You’ll get to master some cutting-edge manufacturing tools. Automation and digitalization are essential to the field, and UBC’s manufacturing program has been designing to train students in state-of-the-art techniques. You’ll learn how to master artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and manipulate advanced materials during the program.

 

  1. You can study abroad for a semester, and gain course credit. As a Manufacturing Engineering student, you’ll have the chance to broaden your academic and cultural experience by spending time at a leading university in another country. You can choose to be a part of the Coordinated International Experience (CIE) program and study for a semester in Asia, Australia, and Europe, gaining credit for your UBC degree while you’re there.

 

  1. There are plenty of opportunities for Co-op placements. As part of your program, you can participate in the Engineering Co-op for up to 20 months of paid engineering work experience to apply the skills you’ve learned in the classroom. Participating in a Co-op offers a competitive advantage when you’re looking for the best job after you graduate, and UBC has the largest engineering Co-op program in Western Canada and one of the most successful in the country.

Check out these new programs at UBC

Check out these new programs at UBC

Are you interested in becoming a leader in the emerging global bioeconomy, or in solving the Earth’s most pressing environmental challenges? Perhaps your passion lies in the medical world, and learning how to engineer artificial organs or bones?

Whatever your interests, we have a program for you. We’ve recently introduced five new options at UBC: Biomedical Engineering, Food and Resource Economics, Forest Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology (BEST), Manufacturing Engineering, and Sustainable Agriculture and Environment.

Read on to learn more about these programs and discover if they’re right for you.

 

Biomedical Engineering (Vancouver campus)

Biomedical Engineering header image

As a Biomedical Engineering student, you’ll learn how to create new biomaterials – synthetic or natural materials used for building different parts of the body, such as artificial organs and bones. Through traditional classroom instruction, hands-on studio time, and lab work, you’ll graduate with a comprehensive knowledge of biology and human anatomy, and know how to combine it with engineering design. After finishing your studies, you’ll be ready to work in the emerging field of biotechnology and more traditional sectors like healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and engineering.

 

Food and Resource Economics (Vancouver campus)

Food and Resource Economics

As climate change continues to threaten species and cultures, a booming industry has emerged around foodstuffs and natural resources. In the Food and Resource Economics program, you’ll learn what the limitations and solutions are for optimizing the global food supply, and find out how best to deal with the world’s diminishing natural resources. In addition to gaining deep subject knowledge, you’ll discover how to work with large data sets and develop your critical thinking and analytical skills. During your studies, you’ll be able to take a number of business management electives, allowing you to finish the program ready to work in the food, agricultural, and natural resource sectors.

 

Forest Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology (BEST) (Vancouver campus)

Forest Bioeconomy Sciences Technology

The Bachelor of Science in Forest Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology (BEST) at UBC Vancouver is Canada’s first comprehensive program focused on the growing bioeconomy – the parts of the economy that involve producing renewable biological resources and transforming them into valuable products we use every day. You’ll learn about the scientific, economic, and policy issues related to the bioeconomy and how these intersect to create a sustainable future. With a BEST degree, you’ll be poised for a career focused on the design and development of renewable materials, energy, and sustainable land-use strategies, and be well-positioned to fill one of the 1 million new bioeconomy jobs predicted in the European Union by 2030.

 

Manufacturing Engineering (Okanagan and Vancouver campuses)

Manufacturing Engineering Okanagan

As a student in the Manufacturing Engineering program at UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver, you’ll find out how to design new manufacturing materials, and coordinate manufacturing processes. Over four years, you’ll discover the best ways to create all kinds of products – everything from textiles to electronics to recyclables – in an efficient, cost-effective, and responsible way. You’ll be able to take courses in mechanical, materials, and computer engineering, and gain specific knowledge in how to manage production systems and industrial automation. In your final year, you’ll have the chance to specialize in production management on the Okanagan campus or technical manufacturing on the Vancouver campus, depending on your unique career aspirations.

 

Sustainable Agriculture and Environment (Vancouver campus)

In the Sustainable Agriculture and Environment program, you’ll tackle a range of environmental challenges while tailoring your studies to your particular interests – from agricultural production to soil and water resources management to climate change. You’ll learn how to produce food in a way that protects our soils, water, and air; how to manage biodiversity and habitats for the organisms we rely on to help us grow our food; and which agricultural practices are best for urban environments. You’ll have access to a living laboratory for experiential learning at the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, located at the UBC Farm on UBC’s Vancouver campus. As a graduate of this program, you’ll be primed for a professional career focused on shaping a more sustainable, food-secure future.

Programs spotlight: Media and fine arts

Programs spotlight: Media and fine arts

Whether you’re a budding storyteller, an aspiring actor, or a concert pianist in the making – someone who’s at ease in front of an easel, at a keyboard, or behind the scenes – there’s a program for you at UBC. Come here to discover and develop your skills in film, theatre, music, visual art, creative writing, media, and more.

Explore your program options

Media Studies

Explore new media and examine the impact of technological innovation on our interactions and society in the Media Studies program on UBC’s Okanagan and Vancouver campuses. You’ll develop a portfolio of skills and experiences that will enable you to pursue a career in a wide range of sectors across the knowledge economy.

A professor’s perspective

UBC Music Bob Pritchard Laptop Orchestra

Meet Professor Pritchard, a music professor who’s using technologies that capture physical movement to transform the human body into a musical instrument.

Music: Advanced Performance

Imagine having a world-class concert hall like The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in your backyard! In the Music: Advanced Performance program on UBC’s Vancouver campus, you’ll study music theory, technology, and musicianship while completing four years of private instruction in voice, opera, piano, organ, guitar, harpsichord, or an orchestral instrument of your choice.

Art History and Visual Culture

Develop critical thinking and writing skills as you analyze diverse forms of art and visual culture, including “high art,” performance art, pop culture, architecture, and everyday objects in their cultural and historical contexts. The cross-disciplinary Art History and Visual Culture program on UBC’s Okanagan campus delves into the heart of human experience and identity.

The student scoop

UBC alumnus Nadine Bradshaw

Meet Nadine, a Visual Arts alumna who has fond memories of painting on mountain tops and staying up all night to install her fourth-year exhibition.

Theatre: Design and Production

Learn more about set, costume, lighting, and sound design, including set and costume construction, stage and production management, and other production technologies. As a graduate of the Theatre: Design and Production program on UBC’s Vancouver campus, you’ll be ready to work in professional theatre or film, or pursue advanced training in grad school.


See a full list of media and fine arts programs at UBC


 

Programs spotlight: Languages and linguistics

Programs spotlight: Languages and linguistics

Are you interested in learning a new language, helping to revitalize an endangered language, or understanding the roots of a language you already know? Have you ever wondered how language shapes culture and society, and how pop culture and social media influence language? One of UBC’s languages and linguistics programs could be for you.

Explore your program options

English

Study literature written in English from around the world, from the earliest medieval riddles to contemporary slam poetry in the English program on UBC’s Okanagan and Vancouver campuses. You’ll also learn more about the English language itself, including its roots, its patterns, and its uses in politics and social media.

The student scoop

Meet Stephanie, a UBC alumna who majored in English and volunteered as a literacy mentor with UBC’s Trek program.

French and Spanish

Explore French and Spanish cultures in and outside the classroom, and learn how they’ve impacted Canada and other countries across the globe – all while refining your speaking and written skills in both languages – in the French and Spanish program on UBC’s Okanagan campus.

First Nations and Endangered Languages

Explore the processes and protocols for the documentation, conservation, revitalization, and reclamation of endangered languages, cultures, and Indigenous knowledge systems locally, regionally, and internationally in the First Nations and Endangered Languages program on UBC’s Vancouver campus.

A professor’s perspective

Christine Schreyer

Meet Professor Schreyer, a linguist and anthropologist who helped develop Superman’s mother tongue.

Speech Sciences

Study language structure, child development and language acquisition, anatomy and physiology, and more in Speech Sciences on UBC’s Vancouver campus. This interdisciplinary program includes courses from the Department of Linguistics, the Department of Psychology, and the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences.


See a full list of languages and linguistics programs at UBC