Undergraduate Studies

The undergraduate biomedical engineering curriculum at Columbia is designed to provide broad knowledge of the physical and engineering sciences and their application to the solution of biological and medical problems. Students are strongly encouraged to take courses in the order specified in the course tables; implications of deviations should be discussed with a departmental adviser before registration.


Biomedical Engineering Core

The first two years provides a strong grounding in the physical and chemical sciences, engineering fundamentals, mathematics, and modern biology. The last two years of the undergraduate program provide substantial exposure to fundamentals in biomedical engineering with emphasis on the integration of principles of biomedical engineering, quantitative analysis of physiology, and experimental quantification and measurements of biomedical systems. The common core biomedical engineering curriculum provides a broad yet solid foundation in biomedical engineering.

Elective Courses

The flexible choice of technical electives in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, other departments in the Engineering School, as well as in other departments in the arts and sciences allows students to broaden their biomedical engineering education to their individualized interests for a personalized curriculum. These qualities allow the faculty to prepare students for activity in all contemporary areas of biomedical engineering.

Graduates of the program are equipped for employment in the large industrial sector devoted to health care, which includes pharmaceuticals, medical devices, artificial organs, prosthetics and sensory aids, diagnostics, medical instrumentation, and medical imaging. Graduates also accept employment in oversight organizations (FDA, NIH, OSHA, and others), medical centers, and research institutes. They are prepared for graduate study in biomedical engineering and several related areas of engineering and the health sciences. Students can meet entrance requirements for graduate training in the various allied health professions. No more than three additional courses are required to satisfy entrance requirements for most U.S. medical schools.

All biomedical engineering students are expected to register for nontechnical electives, both those specifically required by the School of Engineering and Applied Science and those needed to meet the 27-point total of nontechnical electives required for graduation.

More Information

More official and extensive details of undergraduate course requirements are available from the SEAS online bulletin.

Note that each student enrolled in the BME department is assigned an academic adviser. Students are required to meet their adviser during pre-registration and registration periods.


BME Undergraduate Chair
Clark T. Hung, Ph.D. (cth6@columbia.edu)

BME Sophomore Adviser
Clark T. Hung, Ph.D. (cth6@columbia.edu)

Student Affairs Manager
James Ihn (ji2234@columbia.edu)

Administrative Assistant for Student Affairs
Zachary Corter (zc2306@columbia.edu)

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