BME to Pre-med

<p>How hard is it to go through the BME at Pittand get a good enough GPA for med school? do people do this?</p>

<p>A lot of people do bioengineering as a pre-med major at Pitt. However, when considering bioengineering, consider a few things.</p>

<p>Bioengineering is a very difficult major. It's known to be the "hardest" engineering major, and it does take a lot of work. In turn, this naturally makes it harder to get a higher GPA in bioengineering. Of course, it is possible, but you have to work hard for it. A lot of people like to spread out their 4 years of schooling over 5 years instead so that they can take their time with their major and maintain a good GPA. About ~25% of the BioE graudating class goes to med school, ~25% into industry, and the rest go to masters/PhD (and a few go to Law school and other ventures).</p>

<p>BioE is more difficult, but at the same time, you do cover a lot of high level courses that other majors may not. People say that once you get into med school with a BioE major, they do not struggle as much with the coursework as their peers. Plus, in my opinion, BioE is really interesting: it's a newer field, a growing field, and to me it's super exciting!</p>

<p>One thing you also might want to consider: do you want to become a doctor more or an engineer more? Some people who are pre-med and were BioE at the same time switched major because they simply did not want to deal with engineering at all. They usually switch to neuroscience or biology. Bioengineering includes life sciences AND engineering aspects- we do cellular biology and biochemistry, but also do statics & mechanics of materials and circuits. A lot of people realize that they really only want to focus on life sciences so it makes more sense to switch majors.</p>

<p>Just be sure when you pick your major, you are knowing what you want to do. A lot of people do BioE because it may sound spiffy, but don't understand what the major is really all about. However, if you know BioE is for you and it's the major you know you want to do, go for it. It's possible to get into med school and it does require a lot of work, but it all boils down to what you want and how hard you are willing to work for it.</p>

<p>Also a quick note, keep in mind that it is easier to transfer OUT of engineering than it is to transfer in. So you might want to consider starting out in engineering and seeing how it goes.</p>

<p>I hope this helps some! Good luck :)</p>