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Major: Biological Engineering (BE)

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Accredited by ABET 
Offered by: Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering
207 Riley-Robb Hall, 255.2173,

Our Commitment

The educational objectives of the Biological Engineering program are consistent with those of the College of Engineering and Cornell University. We are committed to providing an excellent undergraduate engineering program in a nurturing learning environment where our graduates acquire knowledge and develop skills for professional success. Graduates of our program include a diverse group of leaders and problem-solvers who contribute technically, professionally, and personally to our society.

Program Objectives

  • Produce graduates who pursue careers related to Biological Engineering based on a solid educational background in appropriate mathematics, physical and life sciences, liberal studies, and engineering.
  • Produce graduates who pursue advanced degrees in engineering and related professional fields.

Engineering Distributions

  • ENGRD 2020: Mechanics of Solids (required)
  • ENGRD 2XXX: ENGRD 2600: Principles of Biological Engineering (recommended)

Required Major Courses

Choose two of the three following:

  • BIOMG 1350: Principles of Cell and Developmental Biology
  • BIOG 1440: Introduction to Comparative Physiology
  • BIOEE 1610: Ecology and the Environment


  • BIOG 1500: Investigative Biology Laboratory
    BIOG 1105/1106: Introductory Biology
    BIOG 1107/1108: Introductory Biology
    BIOMG 3300
    3330: Principles of Biochemistry
    BIOMI 2900: General Microbiology Lectures
    CEE 4510: Microbiology for Environmental Engineering
  • BIO XXXX: Biological Science course(s) with a biology prerequisite
  • CHEM 1570: Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry
    CHEM 3570: Organic Chemistry for the Life Sciences
  • BEE 1510, CS 1110, 1112, 1113, or 1114: Introduction to Computing
  • CS 1130: Transition to Object-Oriented Programming
    CS 1132: Transition to MATLAB ENGRG
  • 1050: Engineering Seminar
    BEE 1200: The BEE Experience
  • BEE 2600/ENGRD 2600: Principles of Biological Engineering
    BEE 2510/ENGRD 2510: Engineering for a Sustainable Society
  • BEE 3500: Biological and Environmental Transport Processes
  • BEE 2220: Bioengineering Thermodynamics and Kinetics
    ENGRD 2210: Thermodynamics
  • CEE 3040: Uncertainty Analysis in Engineering
    ENGRD 2700: Basic Engineering Probability and Statistics
  • BEE 3310: Bio-Fluid Mechanics
    CEE 3310: Fluid Mechanics

Concentration electives: Three courses from approved list.

Major-approved electives to complete remaining credits.

Major-Approved Engineering Electives and Concentration Courses

One course must be a BEE Capstone course and one must be a BEE Laboratory Experience course (see department web page for a current list of approved courses). BE Concentrations: Biomedical Engineering, Bioprocess Engineering, or Bioenvironmental Engineering (see department web page for a current list of approved concentration courses).

The requirements for premedical study can be met with an additional 6–9 credits if courses are carefully selected.


Click here to open the major checklist in a new window (pdf).


a. Engineering electives must include BEE Capstone design and BEE lab experience.

b. ENGRD 2700 (fall, spring) or CEE 3040 (fall).

c. The Intro Biology requirement may be satisfied by either of the following two options:

(1) Take any two of: BIOG 1350, BIOG 1440, BIOG 1610; plus one semester of BIOG 1500 (lab), or
(2) BIOG 1105 and BIOG 1106 or BIOG 1107 and BIOG 1108.

d. Either Biochemistry or Microbiology is required: BIOMG 3300, or BIOMG 3330, or BIOMG 3310 and BIOMG 3320, or BIOMI 2900, or CEE 4510.

e. BEE1510 and BEE1200 required of CALS matriculates. CS111x and ENGRI required of CoE matriculates.

f. Upper level BIO: Any biology course that has a biology prerequisite.

g. CALS matriculates must enroll in CHEM 2070 (fall); COE matriculates must enroll in CHEM 2090 (fall, spring).