Biomedical Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

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Managing Pre-Med Requirements

Given the strong impact of technology on medicine, education in biomedical engineering provides excellent preparation for a medical career. However it requires early planning, strong discipline, and hard work for Biomedical Engineering dual major students to meet multiple sets of requirements.

Biomedical Engineering dual major students should work closely with advisors in both departments and the Health Professions Program(HPP) Director to ensure timely progress of multiple sets of requirements. A rough plan for the courses and MCAT examination should be laid down during the freshman year. To gain additional time for the application and to enhance academic credentials, students may consider finishing a Praticuum-Option M.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering before entering medical school.

Breakdown of the Requirements for Health Professions Program Relative to Biomedical Engineering (Classes of 2017 to 2019)

Breakdown of the Requirements for Health Professions Program Relative to Biomedical Engineering (Classes of 2020 and Owward)

Courses Required by Biomedical Engineering and/or Engineering College

03-121 Modern Biology (BME Core)
42-202 Physiology (BME Core)
03-206 Biomedical Engineering Laboratory (BME Core)
42-302 Biomedical Engineering Systems Modeling and Analysis (BME Core)
21-120 Differential & Integral Calculus (CIt Common Requirement)
21-122 Integration and Approximations (CIT Common Requirement)
33-141 Physics I for Engineering Students (CIT Common Requirement)
33-142 Physics II for Engineering Students (CIT Common Requirement

Courses that Meet Engineering College General Education Requirements

76-101 Interpretation and Argument
76-xxx English course of the student's choice, typically 200-level or higher
85-102 Intro to Psychology or 85-241 Social Psychology
XX-xxx Introduction to Sociology (see HPP Director for course selection)

Courses Required by a Traditional Engineering Department but not by Biomedical Engineering

09-105 Introduction to Modern Chemistry (Chemical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering)
09-106 Modern Chemistry II (Chemical Engineering)
09-207 Techniques in Quantitative Analysis (Chemical Engineering)

Courses that Do Not Meet Any Engineering Requirements

09-208 Techniques for Organic Synthesis and Analysis
33-100 Basic Experimental Physics

Advice

Based on the analysis above, the shortest path to meeting HPP requirements is to be a Biomedical Engineering/Chemical Engineering dual major.  It is more difficult to meet HPP requirements for students with a second major in other traditional engineering disciplines, requiring up to eleven extra courses. 

Students majoring in Materials Science & Engineering and taking the BMTE track need to take the above courses in addition to 09-106 and 09-221,

It is more difficult to meet HPP requirements for students with a second major in other traditional engineering disciplines, requiring up to seven extra courses.

 

 

Breakdown of the Requirements for Health Professions Program Relative to Biomedical Engineering (Classes of 2017 to 2019)

Courses Required by Biomedical Engineering and/or Engineering College

03-121 Modern Biology (BME Core)
42-202 Physiology (BME Core)
03-206 Biomedical Engineering Laboratory (BME Core)
21-120 Differential & Integral Calculus (CIt Common Requirement)
21-122 Integration and Approximations (CIT Common Requirement)
33-141 Physics I for Engineering Students (CIT Common Requirement)
33-142 Physics II for Engineering Students (CIT Common Requirement

Courses that Meet Engineering College General Education Requirements

76-101 Interpretation and Argument
76-xxx English course of the student's choice, typically 200-level or higher
85-102 Intro to Psychology or 85-241 Social Psychology
XX-xxx Introduction to Sociology (see HPP Director for course selection)

Biomedical Engineering Track Gateway Course

03-231/232 Biochemistry (BMTE and CMBT Tracks)

Biomedical Engineering Track Elective Courses

09-217 Organic Chemistry I (BMTE Track Elective) OR (not both) 09-218 Organic Chemistry II (BMTE Track Elective)

Courses Required by a Traditional Engineering Department but not by Biomedical Engineering

09-105 Introduction to Modern Chemistry (Chemical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering)
09-106 Modern Chemistry II (Chemical Engineering)
09-207 Techniques in Quantitative Analysis (Chemical Engineering)

Courses that Do Not Meet Any Engineering Requirements

09-208 Techniques for Organic Synthesis and Analysis
33-100 Basic Experimental Physics

Advice

Based on the analysis above, the shortest path to meeting HPP requirements is to be a Biomedical Engineering/Chemical Engineering dual major and select the BMTE track, counting either 09-217 or 09-218 as one of the track electives.  The student is then left with three courses, 09-208, 33-100, and 09-217 or 09-218, before fulfilling the HPP requirements.

Students majoring in Materials Science & Engineering and taking the BMTE track need to take the above courses in addition to 09-106 and 09-221,

It is more difficult to meet HPP requirements for students with a second major in other traditional engineering disciplines, requiring up to seven extra courses.

 

Revised 08/25/2016

Managing pre-med requirements on top of dual majors requires early planning, strong discipline, and hard work
Dual major students should work closely with both departments and the Office of HPP to ensure timely progress of multiple sets of requirements.
The shortest path for BME students to meeting pre-med requirements is to declare a Chemical Engineering major.
Students may consider finishing a BME Praticum-Option M.S. degree in one year before entering medical school, both to gain additional time for preparation and to enhance academic credentials.