Get the information you need for academic planning and connect with experiences to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes that employers are seeking.

This resource is meant as a guide to provide suggestions throughout your time at university (refer to the Academic Calendar for a complete list of program requirements). Develop a plan and timeline that suits you best. Make intentional choices for your courses and work experiences.

  • Student spotlight

    “Make use of the many different clubs and societies that engineering has to offer! You will meet some of your best friends and you’ll have someone to share notes with as well as people to study with.”

    Amadeus Lackamanec, biosystems engineering student

Biosystems Engineering at UM

As a biosystems engineering student at the University of Manitoba, you will learn to integrate the knowledge of biological sciences into engineering applications in order to develop practical solutions to problems associated with biological systems. You will have the opportunity to specialize in one of the following areas:

  1. Biomedical: apply engineering principles and design concepts to medicine for healthcare purposes (e.g. rehabilitation engineering, clinical engineering, medical imaging and orthopaedics).
  2. Bioresources: develop efficient and environmentally sensitive methods of producing food, timber, bio-based products and renewable energy sources for an ever-increasing world population.
  3. Environmental: examines the environmental impact of human developments to solve problems associated with the environment (e.g. soil contamination, pollution of rivers and lakes, air pollution and wastewater treatment).

The B.Sc. Engineering programs have continuing accreditation from the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB). B.Sc. Engineering graduates have the educational requirements to become registered Professional Engineers in all Canadian jurisdictions.

Skills you will gain by studying BIOSYSTEMS ENGINEERING

  • A demonstrated understanding of both scientific and engineering methods and the ability to use these methods to analyze complex problems involving biological systems.
  • Generate conceptual and detailed designs for complex engineering problems, demonstrating the proper use of equipment and instrumentation in the solution.
  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with colleagues, clients, and the general population.

Year 1 - 37.5 credit hours


Course requirements:
CHEM 1100, CHEM 1122COMP 1012PHYS 1050MATH 1210,
MATH 1510 and MATH 1710 and ENG 1430ENG 1440ENG 1450 and ENG 1460, plus written English requirement

To do this year:

  1. Meet with an academic advisor in the Faculty of Engineering to help you plan your program.
  2. Apply online for entry into the biosystems engineering degree program by the admission deadline.
  3. For academic support, visit the Math Help Centre or contact the Academic Learning Centre to register for a Supplemental Instruction Session.


Start planning your career:

  1. Meet with a career consultant to generate career ideas based on your interests, values, personality and skills.
  2. Research careers matching your skills and interests, attend UMES events to learn about engineering programs and career choices.
  3. Set up a careerCONNECT account to view job postings and register for workshops and events.
  4. Explore your Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official record of university-approved activities.


Link experiences to your career interests. Options include:

  1. Student groups including University of Manitoba Engineering Society and the University of Manitoba Students' Union.
  2. Volunteer for UM Orientation events to help welcome new students to campus while gaining experience.
  3. Student work opportunities including Work-StudySTEP Services or Federal Student Work Experience Program.
  4. Experiential education opportunities such as UM Community Volunteers and the Student Leadership Development Program.


Considering international opportunities?
Visit the International Centre website to learn about international opportunities for UM students.

Explore communities and cultures you want to work with: visit Migizii Agamik, the International Centre or learn about local agencies via 211 Manitoba at

Year 2 - 77.5 credit hours


Course requirements:
CHEM 1100 and CHEM 1126, MATH 2130 and MATH 2132BIOE 2110BIOE 2480BIOE 2590BIOE 2790BIOE 2800 and BIOE 2900MECH 2150 and one elective course

To do this year:

  1. Consider focusing your education by choosing a specialization in biomedical, bioresources or environmental engineering.
  2. Consider the agribusiness minor to prepare you for positions with managerial responsibilities in industry.
  3. Consider applying for the co-op program.


Make professional connections:

  1. Join the Career Mentor Program to learn from professionals.
  2. Attend career fairs, such as ASE, to connect with employers.
  3. Become a student affiliate with Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba.
  4. Develop professional connections by attending networking events such as H.I.R.E.D. and Engineering Wine and Cheese events.

Market your skills: develop your resumé and cover letter and refine your interview skills.


Gain relevant experience: consider applying to the Co-operative Education and Industrial Internship Program.

Gain practical experience by volunteering: check out Let’s Talk Science and UMES Outreach.

Explore student research opportunities: apply for a research assistant position, Undergraduate Research Award or NSERC grant.

Consider joining technical societies and competition teams: visit the Faculty of Engineering and University of Manitoba Engineering Society's respective websites for listings of technical societies.


Develop global career skills and expand intercultural learning: consider an international student exchange through the International Engineering Programs Office, Co-op/IIP students can also take advantage of the Canada-Japan program, My World Abroad or SWAP for a "working holiday."

Staying local? Check out Engineers without Borders or one of the local service-learning programs. Consider learning a new language and about a new culture through the Language Partner Volunteer Program.


Year 3 - 117.5 credit hours


Course requirements:
MBIO 1220BIOE 3270BIOE 3320BIOE 3400BIOE 3590 and BIOE 3900MECH 3482STAT 2220, plus four elective courses.

To do this year:

  1. Meet with a department advisor for program approval.
  2. Meet with your co-op advisor, if applicable.
  3. Discuss your program with your professors and industry professionals for advice regarding the best choice of technical electives for your needs.

Investigate your career options:

  1. Identify gaps in experience and fill them through volunteering, work placements or internships.
  2. Reflect on your classroom learning and identify skills that can be transferred to the workplace.
  3. Explore supports available to entrepreneurs for business planning such as World Trade Centre Winnipeg.
  4. Create a LinkedIn profile to network with professionals.

Consider continuing your studies: check out the Faculty of Graduate StudiesExtended Education or other academic institutions.


Continue or start research: participate in the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition or an international internship through the International Engineering Programs Office.

Check out student job opportunities with: the City of WinnipegManitoba Hydro and WISE Kid-Netic Energy.

Search for job opportunities online: check out Eco CanadaScience.caJob BankFind My JobIndeed or other search engines.

Use your networks and connections: inquire about unadvertised job openings (the "hidden job market").


Did you travel abroad? Become an exchange mentor for the International Student Mentorship Program, join the exchange student community at the University of Manitoba or speak or write an article about your experience.

Participate in the multicultural opportunities on campus: join the Intercultural Development and Leadership Program or take part in Graduation Pow Wow.

Year 4 - 151.5+ credit hours


Course requirements:
ANTH 2430 or ENG 3020ENG 3000BIOE 4240BIOE 4900 and BIOE 4950, plus 5 elective courses.

To do this year:

  1. Meet with your department advisor for program approval (especially important if you have chosen to complete one of the specializations).
  2. Meet with your co-op advisor, if applicable.
  3. Confirm eligibility to graduate with a biosystems engineering academic advisor and declare intent to graduate in Aurora.


Start job search 9 months in advance: contact Career Services to refine your job search and self-marketing strategies. You can visit the office up to 6 months after graduation.

If you are continuing on to graduate school: finalize your application materials and contact biosystems engineering professors recruiting graduate students. Use the graduate awards database to search for funding and awards to help finance your continuing education.


Ensure you have references in place: ask three work-related references who are willing to expect calls from potential employers. If applying to graduate studies ask your professor for a reference or a letter of recommendation.

Assess your resumé: update your resumé for each job application. Focus on the knowledge, skills and attributes that are of interest to the employer.


Prepare to work in a multicultural environment:
Visit Canada's National Research Centre for Truth and Reconciliation on campus. Get access to LinkedIn Learning through the Winnipeg Public Library and take courses to develop your cross-cultural intelligence.

Sample Jobs




What do employers want?

Industries such as agriculture, environment, government, oil and gas, research and design, and pharmaceutical development would value a biosystems engineering degree in combination with the employability skills that are highly sought after by employers. These include:*

  • Industry specific knowledge
  • Problem solving
  • Analytical skills
  • Team work
  • Oral and written communication
  • Personal management
  • Project management
  • Continuous learning

Attain skills through your classroom education and take advantage of experiential education opportunities.

*Information has been adapted from Employability Skills 2000+ and Workplace Education Manitoba – Essential Skills.

Get one-on-one help

  • Meet with a career consultant

    Meet with a career consultant for a confidential discussion about your career goals, job search, resumé/CV and interview preparation.

    Contact Career Services at or call 204-474-9456 to make an appointment.

  • Talk to an academic advisor

    Talk to an academic advisor who will guide you to resources to help you make important decisions for your future. Advisors are specialized, often by program, faculty/school or unit.

    Find your advisor

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Career Compass

Use Career Compass as a guide to develop a strong connection between your studies and your occupational choices. It will provide you with suggestions for academic and career planning specific to your program.

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Contact us

Department of Biosystems Engineering
Room E2-376 Engineering and Information Technology Complex
75A Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB, R3T 5V6, Canada