Program Mission & Objectives

Program Mission
The mission of the bachelor of science (B.S.) program in biomedical engineering is to train students in the practice of design fabrication, and analysis of biomedical systems, devices, diagnostics, and therapeutics. Specifically, Cornell's vision for Biomedical Engineering centers around a quantitative approach to understanding biology across length and time scales--taking a systems approach from molecules, to cells, to tissue/organs, to biological systems, while emphasizing quantitative analysis and directly tying concepts to human health and disease. The quantitative nature of this program distinguishes the BME major from traditional programs in biology, while the focus on human health is distinct from other programs in engineering that include the study of biological systems (e.g. biological and environmental engineering and chemical and biomolecular engineering). Additionally, its focus on multiscale analysis of biological systems is a unique signature of Cornell Biomedical Engineering relative to programs at peer institutions.

Program Objectives 
Our objective 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 aim to create a diverse community of life-long learners who are innovation confident, collaborative across disciplines, and community engaged.

  • Objective 1: Teach our students to apply engineering principles to understand and predict the behavior of biological and physiological systems relevant to human health and disease. 
  • Objective 2: Train our students in the theory and practice of biomedical engineering design and technology creation. 
  • Objective 3: Train our students to engineer robust solutions within highly variable and complex biomedical problems. 
  • Objective 4: Build critical leadership, interpersonal and professional skills to thrive within diverse team environments and prepare for life-long learning. 
  • Objective 5: Provide our students with opportunities for an experiential learning approach based on biomedical applications. 
  • Objective 6: To provide a complementary liberal education in humanities, history and social sciences.