BME Major FAQ
BME Major Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between biological engineering and biomedical engineering?Click to Open
Biomedical engineering is a unique field that develops engineering skills from a variety of disciplines and applies them to problems related to human health and disease. Biomedical engineering at Cornell has been designed to prepare students to deal with the variability of the human body and to engineer robust solutions in an uncertain environment.
If I do not complete the required courses to affiliate at the end of the third semester, can I complete them in the fourth semester and affiliate then?Click to Open
Yes! As of 2019-2020, BME officially accepts affiliation applications during the fourth semester. Please note, however, that for scheduling purposes ENGRD 2202/BME 2000 (a required affiliation course) is offered during fall semesters only.
Is there a limit to the number of students that can affiliate with a Biomedical Engineering major?Click to Open
During the start-up phase of the major, which is likely to be a few years, we (like any other major) have a maximum capacity in terms of faculty and classroom/lab space. It is possible, but unlikely, that a number of students all want to affiliate to BME but we cannot accommodate them all. To date, we have not denied anyone that qualified for affiliation.
Is it possible to transfer into biomedical engineering from another college?Click to Open
The undergraduate biomedical engineering major for the College of Engineering was approved by the State of New York during summer 2015. During the start-up phase of the major, which is likely to be a few years, only incoming first-year students and rising sophomores in the College of Engineering will be eligible to apply for affiliation (i.e., internal transfer students and external transfer students will not be eligible to apply for affiliation with BME).
I want to get involved with biomedical engineering, but I was unable to affiliate. What can I do?Click to Open
There are a number of ways to gain a background in Biomedical Engineering outside of the major. We have a minor, a one-year Masters of Engineering (M.Eng.) and many faculty research labs that take in students from various science and engineering disciplines.
How can I get information about early admission into M.Eng. while still an undergraduate or admission into other graduate degree programs in biomedical engineering?Click to Open
I am an incoming freshman and have AP scores for multiple math and science courses. Any reason not to take the credits and skip those courses?Click to Open
It all depends on what you view as the quality of your preparation. Many students wish they hadn't passed out of courses because 1) they can solidify the material much better in a new setting, and 2) getting good grades in classes builds confidence for more difficult classes and should help your GPA. Reasons to take the AP credit are 1) to have lesser course loads each semester, and by extension more free time, or 2) to be able to minor or otherwise diversify your educational experience.
Is there a preference for BIOMG 1350 over BIOG 1440 for the introductory bio course?Click to Open
As of Fall 2017, BIOG 1440 is no longer an option for the introductory biology requirement. Students must take BIOMG 1350.
Do you require a specific Introduction to Computing (CS 1110, 1112, 1114, or 1115) course in order to affiliate to BME?Click to Open
No. Any of these courses will satisfy the Engineering Common Core CS requirement. However, due to the nature of some upper-level courses and professor preferences, we strongly recommend students take a Matlab-based section (CS 1112 preferred).
Is there a recommended pre-med course sequence published?Click to Open
Will CHEM 3570 (Org Chem) be a suitable replacement for CHEM 1570 (Intro to Org/Bio Chem)?Click to Open
CHEM 1570 can be satisfied by the pre-medicine sequence, so those students who take organic chemistry and biochemistry do not need to take CHEM 1570.
What is the process for certification for the B.S. biomedical engineering degree?Click to Open
A completed graduation checklist will be reviewed by the student and undergraduate coordinator in the student’s second-to-last semester and again in the student’s final semester. Graduation dates are January, May, and August. Outstanding graduation-related paperwork is to be completed and submitted prior to graduation. All credits (including AP credits and petitioned credit) need to appear on transcripts or credit to be applied.
I have additional questions. Whom should I contact?Click to Open
You can email the Undergraduate Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any additional questions.