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 upon increasingly sophisticated instrumentation and the use of mathematical models. The purpose of this minor is to allow students in the College of Engineering 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.
The Biomedical Engineering Minor is offered by the Department of Biomedical Engineering. All undergraduates in the College of Engineering, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Human Ecology, and College of Agriculture and Life Science are eligible to participate in the Biomedical Engineering Minor. Students may participate in either the Biological Engineering Minor and the Biomedical Engineering Minor, but not both.