Courses of Study 2016-2017 
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Courses of Study 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biological and Environmental Engineering, M.Eng.

Offered by the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering

Contact: 207 Riley-Robb hall, (607) 255-2173,

Educational Goals

The Master of Engineering degree builds on of the engineering B.S. or quantitative science degree to prepare candidates for a professional career. The program integrates technical engineering with the biological and life sciences to enable graduates to solve technical problems on a size scale ranging from molecular to whole organism to ecosystem depending on their interests. Graduates gain positions in industry, consulting, government and public service sectors. The degree can also pave a path to advanced study in science, engineering, business, law, and/or medicine.

The program is flexible allowing students to choose courses and projects that meet their individual goals. Students may start in the fall or spring semester and although the program is usually completed in two semesters, students have up to four years to complete requirements so they can take advantage or industry internships, MBA, etc.  In addition to advanced courses in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, students have access to all courses in the College of Engineering. The M.Eng. program is designed to foster a close student–faculty mentoring relationship. Cornell Engineering undergraduates may apply early if they will have 8 or fewer credits remaining in their bachelor’s program.

Curriculum Requirements

A total of 30 credits* is required for the master of engineering degree.  All M.Eng. students must complete:

Students work with their graduate faculty advisor to develop their individual or group design project and schedule appropriate courses in one of the following concentrations:

  • bioenergy and integrated energy systems
  • bioenvironmental engineering
  • biological engineering
  • bioprocess engineering
  • ecohydrology
  • environmental engineering
  • environmental management (M.P.S.[ALS] only)
  • food engineering
  • industrial biotechnology
  • nanobiotechnology
  • sustainable systems
  • synthetic biology

*Detailed requirements are found here:

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