Courses of Study 2017-2018 
    Jul 26, 2021  
Courses of Study 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biomedical Engineering Minor

Offered by the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME)

Contact: Ryan Sauvé, 108 Weill Hall, (607) 254-3368,

All undergraduates are eligible to participate in this minor, but they may participate in only one of the biological engineering and the biomedical engineering minors.

Educational Objectives: Biomedical engineering is the application of engineering principles and methods to a wide array of problems associated with human health. The discipline includes the design of biocompatible materials, prostheses, surgical implants, artificial organs, controlled drug-delivery systems, and wound closure devices. Diagnosing diseases and determining their biological origins depend upon increasingly sophisticated instrumentation and the use of mathematical models. This minor allows students to gain exposure to the breadth and depth of biomedical engineering offerings at Cornell, to prepare for advanced studies in biomedical engineering, and to obtain transcript recognition for their interest and capability in this rapidly growing area.

Students interested in the minor should contact Ryan Sauvé at the address listed above for an application. Consult the web site listed above for instructions.

Academic standards: At least C– in each course in the minor. A cumulative GPA ≥ 2.0 for all courses in the minor.


At least six courses (≥ 18 credits) from the five categories listed below; two course groups need to be in categories 1. Introductory biology and/or 2. Advanced biology with no more than one course from category 1. Four courses must come from the following categories: 3. Molecular and cellular biological engineering, 4. Biomedical engineering analysis of physiological systems, and 5. Biomedical engineering applications with courses from at least two of these categories represented. At least four of the six courses must not be specifically required major degree courses or cross-listings.


Category 1. Introductory biology (maximum of 4 credits; 3-8 credits count as one course toward this category of the BME minor):


*Students interested in professional practice as biomedical engineers should consider an M.Eng. degree in BME. The recommended sequence for admission is as follows: two courses from categories 1 and 2, BME 3010 , BME 3020 , BME 4010 , and BME 4020 . The program requires students to have a knowledge of molecular and cellular biomedical engineering, and of biomedical engineering analysis of physiological systems.