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Undergraduate Programs

Biomedical engineering (BME) is an interdisciplinary field that bridges engineering and medicine to address a wide array of problems associated with human health, from diagnosing and determining the biological origins of disease to designing biocompatible and living products to control/augment the healing process. Biomedical engineers use engineering and biology knowledge to design, fabricate, and analyze of biomedical systems, devices, diagnostics, and therapeutics that address problems and opportunities associated with human health and performance. Examples of products developed by biomedical engineers include biocompatible materials such as prostheses, surgical implants, artificial organs, controlled drug-delivery systems, and wound closure devices. Biomedical engineers work with doctors, veterinarians, therapists, and researchers, as well as in in a wide range of scales—from nanoscale and molecular levels to the whole body—with a focus on affecting change and restoring function.

Cornell’s Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering is a leader in developing research that spans the Ithaca and New York City campuses, including Weill Cornell Medical College and Cornell Tech. Our mission is to create world-class graduates to meet the 21st century needs of biomedical-related industries focused on medical devices and pharmaceuticals, as well as government and private consulting practice. We also aim to produce intellectual and technical leaders for graduate education in medicine or engineering. Most importantly, we strive to create a diverse community of life-long learners who are innovation confident, collaborative across disciplines, and community engaged. To this end, the Meinig School offers a major program (link to major page) designed to provide a broad background in the fundamentals of biomedical engineering as well as an introduction to the many professional and technical areas of interest to biomedical engineers. Our program also features a minor (link to minor page) in biomedical engineering that is open to all Cornell undergraduates wishing to gain exposure to the breadth and depth of biomedical engineering offerings at Cornell. 

For details on our major and minor programs, please visit the links to the right.

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