Dyson Business Minor for Engineers


People skills and knowledge of business fundamentals can position engineers for the creation and delivery of more effective solutions. Teamwork, communication, and collaboration are skills that you’ll need as you interface with others—especially when you’re tasked with delivering sophisticated solutions to clients or customers.

Understanding how core business functions “work” and how stakeholders measure success will help you gain support and resources to turn your engineering ideas into reality. With the Dyson business minor for engineers (DBME), you’ll begin to understand how managers think and how finance, marketing, accounting, and operations can affect business decisions.

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Who’s eligible for the DBME?


All undergraduates in the College of Engineering and select majors in the colleges of Arts & Sciences and Agriculture and Life Sciences (see full list below).

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How many credits are required?


13.5 core credits (7 must be AEM courses) across areas such as business, finance, accounting and operations. In addition, 3 credits in microeconomics is the required foundation course.

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I’m interested. What’s next?


After reviewing the requirements below and our FAQ and policies page, you can begin the process using the Business Minors Dashboard.

Current students:


You can manage your minor and track your progress using the Business Minors Dashboard.


Eligible engineering majors

The DBME is open to students majoring in certain engineering subjects within Cornell’s colleges listed below.

Foundation Course

This minor requires 3 credits in microeconomics.  We recommend taking this course before taking the minor’s core courses and require it to be completed by your sixth semester.  A letter grade of a C or better is required.

Core Requirements

The minor’s core requirements (13.5 credits) must be fulfilled by taking courses in the five areas listed below, which includes 3 credits that are related to your career goals. Please note that 7 credits must be AEM courses.

A letter grade of a C or better is required.


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Featured Course: Business Simulation

AEM 4660 – Business Simulation is the minor’s capstone course. In this course, you’ll make individual and team-based decisions based on imperfect information and aggressive time constraints. Through analysis, coaching, and facilitation, you’ll learn how business decisions influence firm performance in a dynamic marketplace. A true business management crash course!