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Accredited by ABET (see inside front cover)

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) or
  • ENGRD 2510: Engineering for a Sustainable Society

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, or BIOG 1105/1106: Introductory Biology Individual Instruction, or BIOG 1107: Introductory Biology I: From Atom to Cell, and BIOG 1108: Introductory Biology II: From Cell to Biosphere, and BIOG 1500: Investigative Biology Laboratory
  • BIOMG 3300 or 3330: Principles of Biochemistry, or BIOMG 3310 and BIOMG 3320: Principles of Biochemistry, or BIOMG 3350: Principles of Biochemistry
  • BIOMI 2900: General Microbiology Lectures, or CEE 4510: Microbiology for Environmental Engineering
  • BIO XXXX: Biological Science course(s) with a biology prerequisite
  • BEE 2600/ENGRD 2600: Principles of Biological Engineering, or BEE 2510/ENGRD 2510: Engineering for a Sustainable Society
  • BEE 3500: Biological and Bioenvironmental Transport Processes
  • BEE 2220: Bioengineering Thermodynamics and Kinetics, or ENGRD 2210: Thermodynamics
  • CEE 3040: Uncertainty Analysis in Engineering, or ENGRD 2700: Basic Engineering Probability and Statistics
  • BEE 3310: Bio-Fluid Mechanics, or 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). One course must satisfy the College of Engineering technical writing requirement.

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




  1. COE matriculates must enroll in CHEM 2090 (fall, spring); CALS matriculates must enroll in CHEM 2070 (fall). Students in either college may also substitute CHEM 2150 for either CHEM 2090 or 2070.
  2. CS 111X and ENGRI required of COE matriculates. BEE 1510 and BEE 1200 required of CALS matriculates.
  3. The Major program includes nine (9) credits of courses outside the Major. These are satisfied by ENGRD 2020, CEE 3040, or ENGRD 2700, and a non-BEE Major-approved elective. d. In addition to the First-year Writing Seminars, a technical writing course must be taken as an engineering distribution, liberal studies, approved elective, or Major course.
  4. Choose two of the three following: BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1440, or BIOEE 1610, plus BIOG 1500. May substitute BIOG 1105/1106 or BIOG 1107/1108 plus BIOG 1500. All BIO courses must be taken for letter grade.
  5. Either biochemistry or microbiology is required: BIOMG 3300 or BIOMG 3330 or BIOMG 3310 or BIOMG 3320 or BIOMI 2900 or CEE 4510.
  6. Upper-level BIO: Any biology course that has a biology prerequisite.
  7. Electives must include a BEE capstone design course and a BEE laboratory experience course. See department web page for a current list of approved courses.
  8. BEE 2220 or ENGRD 2210 and ENGR Stats preferably before semester 6.
  9. Forty-six of the 51 minimum Required Major Course credits must be Engineering courses (including distribution courses)