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UCF vs FSU (biomed engineering)

cole29cole29 1 replies1 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2 New Member
Hello, I am currently a senior in high school and have a passion for science and mathematics. I am deciding between majors concerning maths and sciences such as aerospace eng, biomed eng, physicians asst, and pharmaceuitcals. Most of these majors consist of the same or similar courses, and I know they will all be a challenge. I love to go out and have a good time but I also know what I got to do and do it, & I am planning on joining a fraternity. I honestly am having a dilemma between choosing FSU or UCF. I know both schools are great schools and I can't go wrong at either one. I just need some advise on what school to go to! UCF has better science and engineering programs, but I don't think its that much better where it'll make the difference in the long-term. FSU has great greek life and is a true college town ( which I love ). I have visited FSU and loved the traditional architecture but also have heard UCF is modern which I love too. I was leaning more towards FSU but my close friend brought up great points about UCF.
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  • Gator88NEGator88NE 6396 replies195 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 6,591 Senior Member
    FSU (and UCF) doesn't offer a BS program in Biomedical Engineering. FSU does offer Chemical Engineering, which would prepare you for a Master's in Biomedical Engineering.

    FSU doesn't offer Aerospace engineering, while UCF has a solid Aero program.

    In general, UCF does have a stronger engineering program. However, Chemical Engineering is only offered at FSU (while a few other degrees, like Aero, are only offered at UCF).

    FSU is better for Biological and Biomedical Sciences. It's also far better for the Physical Sciences (Chemistry, Physics, etc.).

    Both have solid health professions and related programs.

    In summary, UCF is better for engineering, with the exception of Chemical Engineering, while FSU is better in the other areas that you maybe interested in. If you do engineering, and it's likely Chemical engineering, then FSU would be the better choice. FSU does have better resources, a better student to faculty ratio, etc.

    Good Luck!
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  • HappyDad2HappyDad2 85 replies5 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 90 Junior Member
    Ucf does offer a dual bio medical sciences and engineering degree for those looking at Biomedical engineering as a pre med track. I do believe applications for next year closed on the 15th.

    https://today.ucf.edu/ucf-begins-double-degree-engineering-biomedical-sciences-pre-med/

    My DD and I came to the conclusion the bio medical engineering was an over subscribed undergrad major. Jobs in the field seem to really require graduate degree and even that seems over subscribed. The concense we came to is that it is better to get a mechE, chemE or EE degree and then specialize in grad school. She choose UCF FWIW.
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  • cole29cole29 1 replies1 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Thank you for the reply! What do you mean by over subscribed? Also I am not looking to do pre-med.
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  • Gator88NEGator88NE 6396 replies195 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 6,591 Senior Member
    I think @HappyDad2 is saying that too many students are earning BS in biomedical engineering, based on the number of jobs available. If you earn a BS in BioEng, you should be thinking about graduate school. That's counter to most engineering, where, historically a BS is viewed as being fine as terminal degree.

    Medical school is a popular goal for Bio engineering majors. However, many do go on to grad school, law school, etc.

    FYI: If you want someone to respond in a thread, please tag them, like I did above to HappyDad2. They will get a notification, much like you're getting as the owner of this thread (when folks are posting replies). :)
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  • HappyDad2HappyDad2 85 replies5 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 90 Junior Member
    @cole29 has it right. Spend some time on CC looking at threads BME vs MechE or should I major in bio medical engieering and you'll get the vibe. Here is one.. https://talk.collegeconfidential.com/engineering-majors/2020699-biomedical-engineering-majoring.html

    Guidance she recieve is that BME students at the under grad level suffer a bit as jack of all trades master of none. Unless the plan is grad school or medical school something more general like MechE or ChemE with some focused elective choices might be better option for some to consider. You can still plan to work in Bio Medical engineering with a different ABET degree. There has been a fair amount of media around the over abundance of BME PHDs. https://mobile.the-scientist.com/article/47732/addressing-biomedical-science-s-phd-problem
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