Top biosystems program in North America
Our biosystems program is the largest biosystems engineering program in Western Canada. It is ranked second nationally across all biosystems programs in Canada and is in the top ten in North America in research productivity among similar departments. Our program is accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board and is recognized by self-regulated engineering bodies across Canada.
Building a sustainable tomorrow
Biosystems engineers play an important role within our society by helping to create better, sustainable ways to carry out our daily lives. Biosystems engineering graduates find employment opportunities across many sectors in the labour market including environmental consulting, renewable energy, biomedical technology, food, fibre, pharmaceuticals manufacturing, agricultural machinery, crown corporations and government, as well as non-governmental organizations.
Biosystems engineering students have many options within the Price Faculty of Engineering to customize their learning experience. We offer specializations in biomedical, bioresource, and environmental engineering. Every biosystems student can also participate in the Co-operative Education and Industrial Internship Program (Co-op/IIP). Students also have access to state-of-the-art facilities for undergraduate research.
Community-minded learning environment
The Price Faculty of Engineering is known for our small class sizes with a strong commitment to providing an exceptional student experience, including extracurricular student groups, award-winning design teams, and student-led activities. The Faculty has over 25 extra/co-curricular groups that students can participate in throughout their studies.
The Bachelor of Science in Biosystems Engineering is one of five undergraduate engineering majors that can be pursued after a common year of foundation studies.
Expected duration: 4 to 5 years
Biosystems engineering emphasizes the application of engineering principles to biologically-based systems (plants, animals, humans and microorganisms). The program is designed to give students knowledge of the fundamental principles of engineering and to introduce biological concepts to enable these engineers to successfully interact with relevant professionals when solving engineering problems involving biological systems.
The program is offered in both a traditional and a co-operative education format. The department offers three specializations (Biomedical, Bioresource and Environmental) and one minor (Agribusiness). A bachelor’s degree in Biosystems Engineering meets the requirements for admission to the Max Rady College of Medicine.
For full course descriptions, please visit the Academic Calendar.
Learning beyond the classroom
Every student in Engineering has opportunities to apply the theoretical foundations of classroom learning to real-world design problems throughout the program.
In the Co-operative Education and Industrial Internship Program (Co-op/IIP), you can complement your study with paid work experience. Competition, representational, and special-interest societies allow you to connect with fellow students with shared interests. And student exchange programs let you complete part of your degree at one of several partner universities around the world.
In order to gain admission into biosystems engineering, all applicants must first complete a minimum eight of the preliminary year engineering courses. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
Direct Entry applicants are those who have not attended a post-secondary institution or have completed fewer than 24 credit hours at a recognized university or college. Direct entry applicants apply to the preliminary year and require the following:
- Manitoba high school graduation including 5 full credits at the Grade 12 level in courses designated S,G, or U
- A minimum average of 80% over the following, with no less than 70% in each of English 40S, Pre-Calculus Mathematics 40S, Chemistry 40S and Physics 40S.
Advanced entry applicants are those who have completed one year (24 credit hours) or more of studies in the preliminary year program, another faculty at the University of Manitoba or another recognized post-secondary institution, including several required courses.
If you do not meet the requirements for direct or advanced entry into the Bachelor of Science in Engineering program, you can apply for admission to University 1, the Faculty of Science, or another program.
How to apply
Domestic student application fee: $100
International student application fee: $120
Applications to the University of Manitoba are completed online. To begin your application, select the "Start or continue your application" button. The online application includes several parts, and you may be required to submit transcripts, proof of English Language proficiency, and other documents.
Admission and application inquiries
Faculty of Graduate Studies
Room 500 UMSU University Centre
65 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Department of Biosystems Engineering
Room E2-376 Engineering & Information Technology Complex
75 Chancellor Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 5V6