BioEngineering vs. IT BS

<p>So! hey guys, and i'm debating on IT vs. Bio engineering. Bio engineering is bio medical right? and i've been a computer geek forever. Biology is also alot of fun and i work as a volunteer at the hospital. I dont know what to choose.. so could anyone tell me what kind of jobs i'd get for an IT degree and the kinds of jobs id get for a Bioengineering degree (BS, i'll wory about grad school later haha)</p>

<p>It would be best to go to the engineering forum in order to ask this question (for BioEng vs IT). </p>

<p>There are a few things to note that are Mason specific, though.</p>

<p>The bioengineering major is new at Mason. They just made it into a major last year, I believe. The problem with that is that the program does not have ABET accreditation... yet. All the other engineering majors have this accreditation, so it is bound to happen. I don't know when, though. ABET accreditation is very important for most engineering majors, so I assume it would be the same for Bioengineering. Look into that some more.</p>

<p>ABET majors at mason:
Accredited</a> Programs details</p>

<p>In terms of the bioengineering look at the link below and see the classes you will have to take and read their descriptions.
Program:</a> Bioengineering, BS - George Mason University - Acalog ACMS?
It's quite clear that BENG has many classes that are related to electrical engineering.
The EE department (which is accredited) has a bioengineering concentration as well.
<a href="http://ece.gmu.edu/index.php?id=bio_track%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://ece.gmu.edu/index.php?id=bio_track&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>I can't say much about IT, but here a link to its requirements as well
Program:</a> Information Technology, BS - George Mason University - Acalog ACMS?</p>

<p>There is also another alternative. The CS department has applied cs bs degrees, one of which is a concentration in bioinformatics:
Program:</a> Applied Computer Science, BS - George Mason University - Acalog ACMS?
<a href="http://www.cs.gmu.edu/programs/undergraduate/acs/BSACSBinfBrochure.pdf%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.cs.gmu.edu/programs/undergraduate/acs/BSACSBinfBrochure.pdf&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>I guess what I said above doesn't matter much (ABET accreditation in BENG)
<a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/engineering-majors/225714-abet-accreditation-important-biomedical-engineering-majors.html%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/engineering-majors/225714-abet-accreditation-important-biomedical-engineering-majors.html&lt;/a>
^That thread goes over how it is not as important in bioeng.</p>

<p>Nonetheless, I found this on the BENG brochure:</p>

<p>"The bioengineering program will be submitted for accreditation by ABET, Inc. (formerly the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) at the earliest opportunity (expected in 2012 at the time we expect to have our first graduate)."</p>

<p>It says 18 months, so it should most definitely be accredited by the time you graduate. It's nothing I would loose sleep over given the above thread.</p>

<p>I"m thinking of doing IT!(: so.. how do i declare myself into that major? or do i have to wait until freshman year is over?</p>

<p>I was undecided when I went in, so if you didn't indicate it on the application it will work in either one of these ways</p>

<ol>
<li><p>At orientation you go to an adviser in the area that you want to major in. So you would go to the IT department adviser. You'll learn more on that during orientation. I would assume you could possibly declare it then...</p></li>
<li><p>If you went in undecided or as different major and it is the school year you have to go to an adviser in your current department (or office where they handle undecided majors) and get this form signed as well as a signature from the IT adviser. In fact, you may want to print the form if you want to declare it at orientation (don't know)...
<a href="http://registrar.gmu.edu/forms/CDAP.pdf%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://registrar.gmu.edu/forms/CDAP.pdf&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/li>
</ol>

<p>Anyway, it is very easy to change majors. You can still register for IT major classes while undeclared.</p>