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Undergraduate Calendar 2022-2023 
Undergraduate Calendar 2022-2023 [-ARCHIVED CALENDAR-]

Engineering Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Engineering Physics and Biomedical Engineering Co-Op (B.Eng.BME)

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Admission to Level II IBEHS Programs

Admission to either the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Health, Engineering Science and Entrepreneurship (HESE) specialization or the B.Eng.BME Biomedical Engineering (BME) specialization requires successful completion of all non-elective Level I IBEHS courses with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.0. 

All students who successfully complete the first year of the program will have a space in one of the two degree options.  As enrolment is limited in each of the two degree options (HESE or BME), where there is more demand than spaces, competition will be based on first-year academic achievement. Note: BME is a five-year program, while HESE is a four-year program (effective September 2022).

Entry into the five-year Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences (B.H.Sc. (Honours)), Health, Engineering Science & Entrepreneurship (HESE) program is last available in September 2022.

Effective September 2023, Level I students interested in the B.H.Sc. (Honours) HESE program will apply for the four-year program.

Students who enrolled in the five-year B.H.Sc. (Honours) HESE program prior to September 2022 and are not scheduled to graduate in June 2022, are given the choice to remain in the five-year program or transfer into the four-year B.H.Sc. (Honours) HESE program.

Students seeking admission to the BME specialization will be admitted to one of eight Level II Engineering programs (Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Engineering Physics, Materials, Mechanical, Mechatronics, or Software).  Admission to a Level II Engineering program is guaranteed for all students who meet the general progress requirements.  All engineering programs have limited enrolment; should there be more applicants than the limiting number in any program, admission to that program will be based on GPA.

Students who do not meet the requirements to proceed to Level II in May will have a Pending flag put on their allocation.  The Pending flag will be removed in August if the student completes the requirements over the summer.


  1. Approved technical electives for a total of at least 28 units:
  • Students must take at least 12 units of Approved Technical Electives from the Engineering Physics course offerings
  • Students must take at least one of the ENGPHYS 4U*2 courses (i.e., ENGPHYS 4UB2 , 4UM2 , 4UN2 , 4UP2 , and 4US2 )
  • Students must take at least 6 units of Approved Technical Electives from the Approved IBEHS technical elective course offerings
  1. While two units worth of the 4U*2 courses are required at a minimum, these courses are also part of the Approved Engineering Physics technical electives and students may take an unlimited number of these courses to fulfill their elective requirements in any year.
  2. Approved technical electives are available in a list on the Engineering Physics website. Subject to Chair approval, students may replace Engineering Physics technical electives with approved Engineering courses. Also subject to Chair approval, courses not appearing on the technical elective list may qualify as acceptable technical electives. Students are free to choose their technical electives according to their own interests, but may consider the following course recommendations for a program of study. Further detail on program specializations and course recommendations is available on the Engineering Physics website. Students are responsible for ensuring that they fulfill the prerequisites for each course. Note that courses in departments other than Engineering Physics may be subject to enrollment limitations.
  • Nanotech Device Engineering: ENGPHYS 3F03, 3PN4, 4MD3, 4UM2, 4Z03, MATLS 4H03
  • Photonics/Optical Engineering: ENGPHYS 3E04, 3F03, 3PD3, 3PN4, 4S03, 4UP2, 4Z03, ELECENG 3FK4 and 4EM4
  • Solar Photovoltaic Engineering: ENGPHYS 3E04, 3ES3, 3F03, 3PN4, 4MD3, 4X03, 4UM2, 4Z03, MATLS 4Q03
  • Nuclear Engineering: ENGPHYS 3D03, 3ES3, 3O04, 4D03, 4NE3, 4P03, 4PP3, 4UN2, MECHENG 4O04, 4S03, 4U03, and 4V03
  • Biomedical Engineering: ENGPHYS 3E04, 3F03, 3PN4, 4B03, 4I03, 4S03, 4UB2, 4Z03, MECHENG 4N03
  • Smart Systems Engineering: ENGPHYS 3F03, 3PN4, 4US2, COMPENG 2SH4, 2SI3, MECHENG 4R03, 4H03, ELECENG 4CL4, 3FK4, 3TR4
  • Quantum Computing: ENGPHYS 4QC3, 4QM3, COMPENG 2SH4, 2SI3, MATH 2R03, 3C03, 3D03, 3QC3, PHYSICS 3MM3, 3QI3, 4F03
  • Space Systems Engineering: ENGPHYS 3O04, 3SP3, 3D03, 3E04, 4X03, MECHENG 4AA3, 4Q03, ELECENG 3TR4, and optionally MATH 3C03, PHYSICS 3A03, 3C03, 3QI3, ASTRON 2E03, 3X03, 3Y03, ELECENG 4TK4, ENGPHYS 4QC3, 4QM3, MATLS 3M03, MECHENG 4J03, MEDPHYS 4F03
  • Interdisciplinary Engineering Physics: ENGPHYS 3D03, 3E04, 3ES3, 3O04, 3F03, 3PD3, 3PN4, 4B03, 4I03, 4PP3, 4QC3, 4X03
  1. As well as completing the academic requirements as specified in this Calendar, students in a Co-op program must complete IBEHS 1EE0 . IBEHS 2EC0  will be added to the academic record for each four month work term.
  2. Students enrolled in the Integrated Biomedical Engineering & Health Sciences (IBEHS) program may take up to 8 units of research project or independent study courses. A full listing can be found on the IBEHS website.
  3. Students enrolled in a B.Eng.BME program wishing to enrol in a research project or independent study course will require a faculty member supervisor or co-supervisor with an appointment at McMaster University.


Level II: 38 Units

Level III: 35 Units (2022-2023 ONLY)

Level III: 39 Units (EFFECTIVE 2023-24)

Level IV: 35-37 Units

Level V: 34-36 Units

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