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The Meinig School majors program in biomedical engineering (BME) begins with an application-inspired curriculum, in which the application landscape is provided first and the rigor is filled in during subsequent courses. Students first gain a broad understanding in core engineering coursework, including experimental design, performance, and analysis. Next students survey the cornerstone biomedical applications and fundamentals. Progression in the major involves examining engineering analysis of biological systems alongside one of four concentration areas: Molecular/Cellular/Systems Engineering (MCSE); Biomaterials & Drug delivery (BMDD); Biomedical imaging and instrumentation (BMII); Biomechanics and Mechanobiology (BMMB).

Five components in the BME curriculum deliver the knowledge and technical depth expected for all BME graduates:

  1. Multiscale core courses. Four courses that step through BME principles from atomic to organ scales including quantitative multiscale biology, physiology, and pathology.
  2. Experiential learning. Each student will have an extracurricular project to provide real-world engineering experiences. This project will also develop professional skills. See Experiential Learning (link) for more examples.
  3. Topical foundations. The intellectual breadth comes from an innovative set of “Cornerstone classes,” one for each concentration that will provide the foundational motivation for and landscape of the topic and introduce core quantitative material.
  4. Concentration and capstone laboratory practice courses. Students will already know the relevance of this content and the opportunity space for each concentration from the cornerstone classes. Our curriculum has four concentrations: Molecular/Cellular/Systems Engineering; Biomechanics and mechanobiology; Biomedical imaging and instrumentation; Biomaterials & drug delivery. See the Concentrations page (link) for more detail.
  5. Biomedical Engineering Design. Teams of BME students from different concentration preparation work together to break down a problem from industry or the clinic, and engineer a robust solution to meet that need.

Browse the current BME Course offerings. You may consult the most recent Engineering Undergraduate Handbook for the Course Checklist.

Please see the most recent version of the Cornell Engineering Undergraduate Handbook for specific information on each major, especially p. 28 (additional information on BME affiliation requirements) and p.40, the typical flow chart of courses taken by undergraduates interested in BME affiliation.



Engineering Distributions
ENGRD 2202: Biomedical Transport Phenomena (Required)
ENGRD 2020: Statics and Mechanics of Solids (Required)

Required Major Course Sequence (Core and Cornerstones)
BME 2010                        Physiologyof Human Health and Disease
BME 2110                        Biomolecular Thermodynamics and Physical Chemistry
BME 2310                        Biomedical Signals and Systems
MATH 2940                     Linear Algebra    
BTRY 3010+                    Biological Statistics
BME 2210                        Biomaterials: Foundation and Application in Medicine
BME 3010                        Cellular Principles of Biomedical Engineering
BME 3020                        Molecular Principles of Biomedical Engineering
BME 3030                        Biomedical Instrumentation and Technology Fabrication
BME 4010                        Biomedical Engineering Analysis of Metabolic and Structural Systems
BME 4020                        Electrical and Chemical Physiology
BME 4080/4090:              Biomedical Engineering Design Laboratory

+ ENGRD 2700 or CEE 3040 alternatively satisfies this course

Biomedical Engineering Concentrations (Must Choose 1)

Molecular, Cellular, and Systems Engineering (MCSE)
Required Courses:
CHEM 1570a                   Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry
BME 3110                        Engineering and Computational Analysis of Cellular Systems
BME 4190                        MCTE Practicum Laboratory

Choose 6 credits from the following courses:
BTRY 4381                      Bioinformatics Programming
BME 5850                        Current Practices in Tissue Engineering
BME 5830                        Cell-Biomaterials Interactions
CHEME 5430  Bioprocess Engineering
Or 1 3xxx/4xxx course from another BME Concentration    

Biomedical Materials and Drug Delivery (BMDD)
Required Courses:
CHEM 1570a                   Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry
BME 3210                        BDD Concentration Course
BME 4190 or                    MCTE Practicum Laboratory
BME 4490                        BMMB Practicum Laboratory

Choose 6 credits from the following courses:
BEE 3650                         Properties of Biological Materials
MSE 4020 or                    Mechanical Properties of Materials; Processing and Design
   MAE 4640 or Orthopedic Tissue Mechanics
   MSE 5230 or  Physics of Soft Materials
   BME 5810                     Soft Tissue Biomechanics
BEE 3400                         Design and Analysis of Biomaterials
CBE 5430                         Bioprocess Engineering
MSE 4610                         Biomedical Materials and Their Applications
MSE 5550                         Introduction to Composite Materials
MSE 5620                         Biomineralization
BME 5830                         Cell-Biomaterial Interactions
BME 5850                         Current Advances in Tissue Engineering
BME 6310                         Engineering Principles in Drug Delivery

Biomedical Imaging and Instrumentation (BMII)
Required Courses:
PHYS 2214                       Physics III: Oscillations, Waves, and Quantum Physics
BME 3310                         Medical and Preclinical Imaging
BME 4390                         Electronics for Biomedical Engineers (Practicum Laboratory)

Choose 6 credits from the following courses:

ECE 2100                          Introduction to Circuits for Electrical and Computer Engineers
ECE 3100                          Introduction to Probability and Inference for Random Signals and Systems
AEP 3300                          Modern Experimental Optics
ECE 4300                          Lasers and Optoelectronics
BEE 4590                          Biosensors and Bioanalytical Techniques
ECE 4910                          Principles of Neurophysiology
ECE 4760                          Designing with Microcontrollers
ECE 5470                          Computer Vision
ECE 5780                          Computer Analysis of Biomedical Images

Biomedical Mechanics and Mechanobiology (BMMB)
Required Courses:
PHYS 2214                       Physics III: Oscillations, Waves, and Quantum Physics
             Or CHEM 1570a  Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry
BME 3410                         BMMB Concentration Course
BME 4490                         BMMB Practicum Laboratory

Choose 6 credits from the following courses:

MAE 4640                         Orthopaedic Biomechanics
MAE 4680                         Biofluid Mechanics
BME 5810                         Soft Tissue Biomechanics
MSE 5130                         Mechanobiology of Materials and Cells
BEE 3310                          Bio-Fluid Mechanics
BEE 4530                          Computer Aided Engineering

Approved Electives (6 credits)

aCHEM 1570 requirement can also be satisfied by the Premed Organic/Biological Chemistry Sequence.

Download the BME course check list, or consult the most recent Engineering Handbook.