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Cornell's resource for all students interested in pre-health is the Health Careers website through University Career Services.

Engineering students interested in a health related career may pursue any of the 14 majors offered by the College of Engineering. While some majors have more overlap with coursework required for pre-health, it is important for every student to select the engineering major best suited for his/her interests and strengths. 

University Career Services produces two guides each year to assist students at various stages of preparing for and applying to pre-health programs. These guides contain information ranging from course requirements and recommendations for pre-health students to recommendations for assessing your readiness to apply and guidelines for the application process. These guides are updated and published each year.  

The course recommendation information in the guide geared towards first and second year students is based on two criteria: fulfilling prerequisite coursework for most health career professions/programs and providing optimal coverage for standardized professional admissions exams (i.e., MCAT).  

Students interested in pre-health are encouraged to prioritize the requirements of the Engineering Common Curriculum (categories 1-9) and major affiliation during their first and second year. Engineering Advising can assist students with understanding how pre-health courses may or may  not overlap with the various majors within the College of Engineering and how to best integrate the pre-health coursework within the Engineering curriculum.

The university health career advisor (103 Barnes Hall) assists students with understanding the factors often used in the admissions process, how to approach their undergraduate career to best prepare for a health related program and how assess preparation for and navigation of the examination and application processes.

Finally, eMed, which was founded in 2010 at Cornell University by a group of engineers to address the demands of a growing premedical student population in engineering is a valuable resource.  eMed aims to provide the resources and connections necessary to shape successful premedical engineering students and better prepare them for the challenges that lie ahead in the path to a medical profession.


Pre-Health Planning Guides

These plans are offered as a general guide of how one might fulfill degree requirements while fulfilling prerequisites for most medical school admission. Students should use these as a starting point for planning, should discuss options with their advisors, and make use of other advising resources to devise an individual plan.

Biological Engineering

Biomedical Engineering 

Chemical Engineering

Civil Engineering

Computer Science

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Engineering Physics 

Environmental Engineering

Information Science, Systems, and Technology

Material Science and Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Operations Research and Engineering 

Science of Earth Systems 

These guides are based off of the 2016-2017 degree requirements. For the most up to date information, consult with major departments and current College of Engineering Handbook