Jul 13, 2024  
Undergraduate Calendar 2023-2024 
Undergraduate Calendar 2023-2024 [-ARCHIVED CALENDAR-]

Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Chemical 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. Students may choose to follow a stream of recommended technical elective courses.
    • Process Systems Engineering (PSE) Stream:
      Required Courses: Three of CHEMENG 4H03 , 4E03 , 4G03 , 4K03 , and 4L03  (at least one PSE laboratory completed). Other courses may be substituted with permission of the Department Chair.
    • Polymer Materials and Manufacturing (PMM) Stream:
      Required Courses: Three of CHEMENG 3Q03 , 4B03 , 4H03 , 4X03 , 4Z03 ; and 4L03  (at least one PMM laboratory completed). Other courses may be substituted with permission of the Department Chair.
    • Water-Energy Technologies (WET) Stream:
      Required Courses: CHEMENG 4A03 , 4M03 , 4L03  (at least one WET laboratory completed) and one of ENGINEER 4V04 or CIVENG 4V04 . Other courses may be substituted with permission of the Department Chair.
  2. 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 4-month work term.
  3. 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.
  4. 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: 37 Units

Level III: 39 Units

Level IV: 36-37 Units

Level V: 34-36 Units

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