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Biomedical Engineering Vs. MechE

skatjskatj Registered User Posts: 837 Member
edited March 2008 in Engineering Majors
What are the differences between these two majors in terms of difficulty and job prospects?
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Replies to: Biomedical Engineering Vs. MechE

  • AmbitiousteenAmbitiousteen Registered User Posts: 893 Member
    lol... with mechanical engineering, you will learn the general concepts of machine theory and indepth analysis of classical physics-having a foundation of newtonian physics. then with mechanical engineering u can choose a concentration, for instance biomechanics... job wise a mechanical engineering can do anything from research, work for big industrial companies, robotics companies and other stuff... its kind hard to say with such a vague major stated, with multiple concentrations within that major.
    Biomedical engineering(generally speaking)- much harder depending on what concentration- biomed mechanical, biomed tissue eng, biomed instrumentaiotn, clinical. etc.. this is much more difficult due to the fact that ur dealing with microscopic level of molecular physics, physical chemistry, quantum subatomical physics and is a very new major... it is a branch of bioengineering so ud need to understand a variety of topics to keep upto par in this major... job wise is mainly the research field, occupational therapy field, and lots of jobs related to hospitals lol... most use biomed backround to enroll in med school(people in biomed score real well on MCATs, cuz they need to know indepth on all three subjects and take lots of communcations/ethics courses)
  • Mr PayneMr Payne Registered User Posts: 8,850 Senior Member
    Mechanical engineering is more difficult. The average GPA is higher in BioE/BME. Mechanical engineer has a defined skillset that many industries need. One can look to the defense, petroleum, high tech, biotech, & heavy industrial types of jobs. BME is pretty much cut for biotech exclusively.
  • MeresaMeresa Registered User Posts: 62 Junior Member
    It's easier to find a job for mechanical engineering than for biomech. engineering.
  • augmentedaznaugmentedazn Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
    thanks guys for this post
    it helped me clear up my decisions for BioE and MechE
  • AmbitiousteenAmbitiousteen Registered User Posts: 893 Member
    well meresa, its easy to find a job for mechanical engineering, cuz most biomech engineering students become doctors... and biomech is a growing major, and very new, so the only possibilites we have in this is very good, government/federal grants for research...
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