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Biomedical engineering builds research around a quantitative understanding of the human body as an integrated, multiscale system. The study of mechanisms of disease through engineering analysis can be used to design better therapies, devices and diagnostic procedures to improve human health. The diversity of opportunities inherent in biomedical engineering and the access to the vast intellectual and facilities resources across Cornell and at its partner site at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City make Cornell an exceptional place to earn a degree. 

A critical component of every student degree program is active participation in the school's research activity and its research goals could not be achieved without this participation. Undergraduate students from diverse majors participate in the biomedical engineering minor or take biomedical engineering courses and many of these students also make important contributions to the school's research goals.

We offer the following degree programs:

Bachelor of Science (B.S.): This four-year degree program will give graduates a comprehensive pallet of fundamental biomedical engineering knowledge, technical expertise, and professional skills essential for careers in biotechnology, medical device, and biomedical science careers. Our majors are also well prepared for follow-on graduate education in MD and/or PhD programs. We have tailored our program’s curricular, practice, and experiential training for four concentration areas well suited for current and emerging careers:

  • Molecular/Cellular/Systems Engineering
  • Biomaterials & Drug Delivery
  • Biomedical imaging and instrumentation
  • Biomechanics and Mechanobiology

Master of Engineering (M.Eng.): This one-year master’s program prepares students for a professional career in engineering or other problem-solving positions, or for further graduate study. The program focuses on hands-on engineering practice and design, producing professional biomedical engineers capable of identifying unmet clinical needs to invent, design, develop, and deploy innovative medical technologies. Our students come from diverse academic and cultural backgrounds. We provide a rich and rigorous educational process, and we place our professionals within the many branches of healthcare industry, clinic, and academia. Experience can be tailored to prepare for individual career goals. For selected students there is also the opportunity to pursue both M.Eng. and MBA degrees in a combined program.

Doctoral program (Ph.D.): High-level command of concepts and an unsurpassed research experience turns students into world- class researchers. The Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering offers specialization in the following areas of research:

What Kind of Student are You?

Jordan Harrod

I've always been interested in medicine and engineering but wasn't sure that I wanted to be a doctor, so I decided BME was the best way to combine them.

— Jordan Harrod, B.S. '18