Academic Calendar 2022-2023

Biomedical Computing – Specialization (Computing) – Bachelor of Computing (Honours)

BMCO-P-BCH (Biomedical Computing)
BMCO-I-BCH (Biomedical Computing with Professional Internship)

Subject:  Administered by the School of Computing in cooperation with the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, and Biomedical and Molecular Sciences.
Plan:  Consists of 102.00 units as described below.
Program:  The Plan, with sufficient electives to total 120.00 units, will lead to a Bachelor of Computing (Honours) Degree.

Requirements for this program have been modified. Please consult the 2021-2022 Calendar for the previous requirements.

1. Core
A. Complete the following:
CISC 121Introduction to Computing Science I3.00
CISC 124Introduction to Computing Science II3.00
B. Complete the following:
BIOL 102Fundamentals of Biology: Molecular and Cell Biology3.00
BIOL 103Fundamentals of Biology: Organisms to Ecosystems3.00
C. Complete the following:
CHEM 112General Chemistry6.00
D. Complete 6.00 units from the following:6.00
Discrete Mathematics for Computing l
and Introduction to Linear Algebra
Discrete Mathematics for Computing l
and Linear Algebra
Linear Algebra
E. Complete 6.00 units from the following:6.00
Differential and Integral Calculus
Differential and Integral Calculus
Differential and Integral Calculus I
and Differential and Integral Calculus II
F. Complete 3.00 units from the following:3.00
Introduction to Statistics
Statistics and Probability I
Probability I
G. Complete the following:
CISC 203Discrete Mathematics for Computing II3.00
CISC 204Logic for Computing Science3.00
CISC 221Computer Architecture3.00
CISC 223Software Specifications3.00
CISC 235Data Structures3.00
CISC 271Linear Data Analysis3.00
H. Complete the following:
BIOL 205Mendelian and Molecular Genetics3.00
I. Complete the following:
BCHM 218Molecular Biology3.00
J. Complete the following:
CISC 330Computer-Integrated Surgery3.00
CISC 352Artificial Intelligence3.00
CISC 360Programming Paradigms3.00
CISC 365Algorithms I3.00
K. Complete 3.00 units from the following:3.00
Proteins and Enzymes
Comparative Biochemistry
L. Complete the following:
BIOL 331Analytical Genomics3.00
M. Complete 9.00 units from the following:9.00
Fundamentals of Software Development
Database Management Systems
Computational Biology
Medical Informatics
N. Complete the following:
CISC 497Social, Ethical and Legal Issues in Computing3.00
O. Complete 3.00 units from the following:3.00
Advanced Undergraduate Project
Undergraduate Thesis
2. Option
A. Complete 12.00 units from the following course list:12.00
Elective Courses18.00
Total Units120.00

3. Substitutions

A. Students in the internship version of this Plan will substitute 3.00 units from COMP at the 300-level for requirement 1.O. (CISC 499). In addition, the B.Cmp.(Hons.) Program requirements will be increased by 6.00 units from COMP at the 300-level, for a total of 126.00 units if the student is taking a 12-month internship, or by 9.00 units from COMP at the 300-level, for a total of 129.00 units if the student is taking a 16-month internship.

4. Notes

A. Students with no programming experience should review the Introductory Courses paragraph included on the School of Computing overview page in the Calendar

B. ELEC courses are offered by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Special permission may be required to register. All such courses will count as 3.00 units towards degree requirements in Arts and Sciences.

C. With the approval of the Undergraduate Chair, students who take CISC 500 working on a project directly related to Biomedical Computing may count 3.00 units towards BMCO_Options.

D. A maximum of 6.00 units from courses offered by other Faculties and Schools may be counted toward the program and/or Plan requirements. This includes courses in BMED, COMM, GLPH, LAW, NURS and courses in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. 

Biomedical Computing Course List

The following list contains courses offered through other Departments. In accordance with Academic Regulation 2.5 (Access to Classes), students do not have enrolment priority in all of these courses. Access to these courses may only be made available during the Open Enrolment period, and then only if space permits.


Options in the Biomedical Computing Plan
CHEM 281General Organic Chemistry I (with Virtual Laboratory)3.00
CHEM 282General Organic Chemistry II3.00
CHEM 285General Organic Chemistry II (with Virtual Laboratory)3.00
PHGY 215Principles of Mammalian Physiology l3.00
PHGY 216Principles of Mammalian Physiology ll3.00


Courses in other departments usable as CISC Options
COMM 365
ELEC 470Computer System Architecture3.00
MATH 272Applications of Numerical Methods3.00
MATH 337Stochastic Models in Operations Research3.00
MATH 401Graph Theory3.00
MATH 402Enumerative Combinatorics3.00
MATH 434Optimization Theory with Applications to Machine Learning3.00
MATH 474Information Theory3.00


Statistic Course Options
BIOL 243Introduction to Statistics3.00
CHEE 209Analysis Of Process Data3.00
COMM 162Managerial Statistics3.00
ECON 250Introduction to Statistics3.00
GPHY 247Introduction to Statistics3.00
KNPE 251Introduction to Statistics3.00
NURS 323Introduction to Statistics3.00
POLS 285Introduction to Statistics3.00
PSYC 202Statistics in Psychology3.00
SOCY 211Introduction to Statistics3.00
STAM 200Introduction to Statistics3.00
STAT 263Introduction to Statistics3.00
STAT 367Engineering Data Analysis4.00