Skip to main content

Applying to the Minor

in this section

Section Navigation

In This Section:

The BME minor offers a core sequence of five courses that articulates the Meinig School’s multiscale vision. This core series is supported by electives in biomedical mechanics, imaging and instrumentation, biomaterials and tissue engineering. An introductory freshman course (BME 1310) provides an overview of the breadth of BME. The core courses for the minor are taught by tenure-track faculty in BME. Instruction for associated laboratories is performed by a senior lecturer (Dr. Shivaun Archer). This minor allows students to build expertise in quantitative engineering analysis of human biology, physiology, and pathology that complements their major discipline training for a broad range of industrial, academic, and professional careers.


Students in the College of Engineering graduating with a BME minor will:

  • Have gained exposure to the breadth and depth of biomedical engineering offerings at Cornell’s Meinig School
  • Be prepared for advanced studies in biomedical engineering 
  • Obtain transcript recognition for their interest and capability in this rapidly growing field


All undergraduates in the College of Engineering, College of Arts and Sciences, and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are eligible to participate in the BME minor, as long as they have met the following requirements: 

  • A letter grade of C- or better for each course in the minor and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better for all courses in the minor
  • Bioengineering Seminar (1 credit, 1 semester) as well as 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 course from Category 1
  • Four courses must come from Category 3 (Molecular and Cellular Biomedical Engineering), Category 4 (BME 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


Required Course: BME 5010/BEE 5010 (1 semester) - Bioengineering Seminar

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

  • A score of “5” on (CEEB) Advanced Placement Biology Exam
  • ENGRI 1310 - Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
  • BIOG/BIOMG 1350 - Principles of Cell and Developmental Biology
  • BIOG/BIOMG 1440 - Introduction to Comparative Physiology
  • 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
  • BIOG/BIOMG 3300 - Principles of Biochemistry, Individualized Instruction
  • BIOBM 3310 - Principles of Biochemistry: Proteins and Metabolism
  • BIOMG 3320 - Principles of Biochemistry: Molecular Biology
  • BIOBM 3330 - Principles of Biochemistry: Proteins, Metabolism, and Molecular Biology
  • BIOGD 2810 - Genetics
  • BIONB 2220 - Neurobiology and Behavior II: Introduction to Neurobiology
  • BIOMI 2900 - General Microbiology Lectures

Category 3. Molecular & Cellular Biomedical Engineering
  • A&EP 2520/ENGRD 2520 - The Physics of Life
  • BME 3600/BEE 3600 - Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering
  • BME 3010/CHEME 4010* - Molecular Principles of Biomedical Engineering
  • BME 3020/CHEME 4020* - Cellular Principles of Biomedical Engineering

Category 4. Biomedical Engineering Analysis of Physiological Systems
  • BEE 4540 - Physiological Engineering
  • BIONB/BME/COGST/PSYCH 3300 - Introduction to Computational Neuroscience
  • BME 4910/BIONB 4910 - Principles of Neurophysiology
  • BME 4010/MAE 4660* - Biomedical Engineering of Metabolic and Structural Systems
  • BME 4020* - Electrical and Chemical Physiology
  • BME 4810/CHEME 4810 - Biomedical Engineering
  • BME 4640/MAE 4640 - Orthopedic Tissue Mechanics

 Category 5. Biomedical Engineering Applications

  • BME 5700/A&EP 4700/BIONB 4700 - Biophysical Methods
  • BEE 3650 - Properties of Biological Materials
  • BEE 4500 - Bioinstrumentation
  • BEE 4530/M&AE 4530 - Computer-Aided Engineering: Applications to Biomedical Processes
  • BEE 4590 - Biosensors and Bioanalytical Techniques
  • BEE 5400 - Biomedical Computation BEE 5830 - Cell-Biomaterials Interactions
  • BME 4110 - Science and Technology Approaches to Problems in Human Health
  • BME 5600 - Biotransport and Drug Delivery
  • BME 5810/MAE 5680 - Soft Tissue Biomechanics 
  • CS 3510/BIOBM 3510/ENGRD 3510 - Numerical Methods in Computational Molecular Biology
  • BME 4980/ECE 4980 - Special Topic: Introduction to Systems and Synthetic Biology
  • BME 5020/ECE 5020 - Biomedical System Design
  • BME 5780/ECE 5780 - Computer Analysis of Biomedical Images
  • MSE 4610 - Biological Materials and their Applications
  • BME 5620/MSE 5620 - Biomineralization: The Formation and Properties of Inorganic Biomaterials
  • BME 5390/FSAD 4390 - Biomedical Materials and Devices for Human Body Repair

* For full course descriptions please visit the Courses of Study (link) website.

* Students interested in professional practice as biomedical engineers should consider the M.Eng. degree in BME. The recommended sequence for admission to the M.Eng. BME will be two courses from Category 1 and 2, as well as BME 3010, 3020, 4010, and 4020. The M.Eng. BME program will require a knowledge of molecular and cellular BME, and of BME analysis of physiological systems.