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Why should I major in biomedical engineering?

I got a degree in Biomedical Engineering, and if I could go back and do it all over again, I would have majored in Electrical Engineering instead. BME is a great degree and you'll learn a lot. In general, you'll likely get a BROAD knowledge base, without ever delving deep into any particular area. This could be good or bad for you depending on what you'd like to do. This would be valuable if you went to go work for a medical device company where there's already mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, and clinicians who are working together - you'll be the one with a broad enough knowledge base to understand each of them and be able to coordinate their efforts. Unfortunately for me, I went on to graduate school. In my particular area of study (neural engineering), I've had to learn a lot of electrical engineering skills, more or less on my own. I feel like BME undergrad didn't really give me any REAL skills to carry on - just a baseline knowledge of lots of different things (biochemistry, materials science, anatomy and physiology, electricity and circuits, tissue engineering, etc). Bottom line: if you're going to graduate school, get a Bachelors in ME or EE or MSE or anything else which will give you some useful skills to carry on into BME for grad school. If you're going to work for a company, BME undergrad would suit you fine (although ME or EE would suit you fine for a lot of BME companies too ;) )

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