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Offered by: Department of Biomedical Engineering
Contact: Belinda Floyd, Graduate Field Assistant, 109 Weill Hall, minor_bme-mailbox@, 255.2573


All undergraduates are eligible regardless of undergraduate major. Students may participate in either the Biological Engineering minor or the Biomedical Engineering minor, but not both.

Educational Objectives

Biomedical engineering is the application of engineering principles and methods to a wide array of problems associated with human health. The discipline includes the design of biocompatible materials, prostheses, surgical implants, artificial organs, controlled drug delivery systems, and wound-closure devices. Diagnosing diseases and determining their biological origins depend on increasingly sophisticated instrumentation and the use of mathematical models. This minor allows students to gain exposure to the breadth and depth of biomedical engineering offerings at Cornell, to prepare for advanced studies in biomedical engineering, and to obtain recognition for their interest and capability in this rapidly growing area.


  • Bioengineering Seminar (1 credit, one semester) and at least six (6) courses (minimum of 18 credits) from the five categories listed below.
  • Two courses need to be in Category 1 (Introductory Biology) and/or Category 2 (Advanced Biology) with no more than one listing from Category 1.
  • Four courses must come from Category 3 (Molecular and Cellular Biomedical Engineering); Category 4 (Biomedical Engineering Analysis of Physiological Systems); and Category 5 (Biomedical Engineering Applications), with courses from at least two of these categories represented.
  • At least four of the six courses must not be specifically required Major degree courses or cross-listings. A course chosen from a list of major electives is acceptable.

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Category 1. Introductory Biology (maximum of 4 credits; 3-8 credits count as one course toward this category.)

  • A score of 5 on (CEEB) Advanced Placement Biology
  • ENGRI 1310: Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
  • BIOG/BIOMG 1350: Principles of Cell and Developmental Biology
  • BIOG/BIOMG 1440: Introduction to Comparative Biology
  • BIOG 1105 and 1106: Introductory Biology
  • BIOG 1107 and 1108: General Biology
  • BIOG 1140: Foundations of Biology
  • Pre-med introductory biology requirements as outlined by the Health Careers Program Advisory Board of Cornell University.

Category 2. Advanced Biology

  • BIOAP 3110/VTBMS 3460: Introductory Animal Physiology, Lectures
  • BIOMG 3300: Principles of Biochemistry, Individualized Instruction
  • BIOMG 3310: Principles of Biochemistry, Proteins and Metabolism
  • BIOMG 3320: Principles of Biochemistry: Molecular Biology
  • BIOMG 3330: Principles of Biochemistry, Proteins, Metabolism, and Molecular Biology
  • BIOMG 2810: Genetics and Genomics
  • BIOMI 2900: General Microbiology Lectures
  • BIONB 2220: Neurobiology and Behavior II: Introduction to Neurobiology

Category 3. Molecular and Cellular Biomedical Engineering

  • AEP/ENGRD 2520: The Physics of Life
  • BEE/BME 3600: Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering
  • BME 3010/CHEME 4010a: Molecular Principles of Biomedical Engineering
  • BME 3020/CHEME 4020a: Cellular Principles of Biomedical Engineering

Category 4. Biomedical Engineering Analysis of Physiological Systems

  • BIONB/BME/COGST/PSYCH 3300: Introduction to Computational Neuroscience
  • BIONB/BME 4910: Principles of Neurophysiology
  • BME 4010/MAE 4660a: Biomedical Engineering Analysis of Metabolic and Structural Systems
  • BME 4020a: Electrical and Chemical Physiology
  • CHEME/BME 4810: Biomedical Engineering
  • MAE/BME 4640: Orthopaedic Tissue Mechanics

Category 5. Biomedical Engineering Applications

  • AEP 4700/BIONB 4700/BME 5700: Biophysical Methods
  • BEE 3650: Properties of Biological Materials
  • BEE 4500: Bioinstrumentation
  • BEE/MAE 4530: Computer-Aided Engineering: Applications to Biomedical Processes
  • BEE 4590: Biosensors and Bioanalytical Techniques
  • BME 4110: Science and Technology Approaches to Problems in Human Health
  • BME 5400: Biomedical Computation
  • BME 5600: Biotransport and Drug Delivery
  • BME 5810/MAE 5680: Soft Tissue Biomechanics
  • CS/BIOMG/ENGRD 3510: Numerical Methods in Computational Molecular Biology
  • DEA/BME 4520: Inside-Out Ergonomics II
  • ECE/BME 4980: Special Topic: Introduction to Systems and Synthetic Biology
  • ECE 5020/BME 5020: Biomedical System Design
  • ECE 5780: Computer Analysis of Biomed Images (next offered in SP14)
  • MSE 4610: Biomedical Materials and their Applications
  • MSE/BME 5620: Biomineralization: The Formation and Properties of Inorganic Biomaterials
  • FSAD 4390/BME 5390: Biomedical Materials and Devices for Human Body Repair


  • BME/BEE 5010: Bioengineering Seminar

Academic Standards

At least C– in each course in the minor. GPA ≥2.0 for all courses in the minor. With the exception of the BME Seminar, all courses must be taken for a letter grade.


a. Students interested in professional practice as biomedical engineers should consider the M.Eng. degree in BME. The recommended sequence for admission is as follows, two courses from category I and category II, BME 3010, 3020, 4010, and 4020. The program requires that students have knowledge of molecular and cellular biomedical engineering and of biomedical engineering analysis of physiological systems.