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Difficulty of Biology and Biomedical Engineering Programs

8ball228ball22 Posts: 66Registered User Junior Member
edited December 2005 in Cornell University
Any current or past students that can comment on the difficulty of Biology undergrad major on things such as hours studying/doing work per night and the grading system (GPA and such)

also any current or past students of biomed engineering major that can comment on the same stuff as above.

Im looking to ty and get into med school to get my MD from ne of these majors (most likely BME)...
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Replies to: Difficulty of Biology and Biomedical Engineering Programs

  • eccecc Posts: 213Registered User Junior Member
    First of all, there's no BME major for undergrad yet. The closest thing to a BME major is the Biological Engineering major from BEE department. If you are set on going to medical school right after graduation, the biological engineering major might not be a bad thing. If you are hardcore about having a 4.0 GPA as a premed student, then I would recommend you reconsider majoring engineering (even BME or BE). While most bio majors are taking classes like developmental sociology 101 or american indian study 100 to get A+s, you might have to work your butt off to get B+ in engineering math and engineering distribution requirement.
    As a premed/BE senior at Cornell, I can tell you that you have to put in a lot of hours in order to get a decent GPA for medical school. If you are good at studying, then you might not need as many hours.
  • theslowclaptheslowclap Posts: 551Registered User Member
    What's the difference between a biology major and a biological engineering major? Which is easier to get a higher GPA?
  • 8ball228ball22 Posts: 66Registered User Junior Member
    bump...............
  • eccecc Posts: 213Registered User Junior Member
    It's harder to get a higher GPA being a biological engineering for sure. As a biology major, you have so much room that you can take easy humanity or social science classes to raise your GPA. As an engineering major, you will have to take those brutal engineering math/distribution courses, which tend to have B/B- median grade, while take all the premed courses (if you want to do premed). If you just want to get a high GPA as a premed, I would recommend you be a biology major. However, some people say that you get bonus point being an engineering major from med schoo. I have no way to confirm that. I think you should just major in something that interest you the most.
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