Double Major in same dept

<p>I've looked up some threads and found out that double majoring in 2 departments, such as engineering and business, is extremely difficult if not impossible. Is a double major, however, in aerospace engineering and biomedical engineering more feasible? Has anyone ever done it before and was successful? </p>

<p>If I decide to do biomedical engineering, does biomed engineering satisfy premed requirements? </p>

<p>Something unrelated here, but why is the biology department ranking so low when UVa has a pretty good school of medicine?</p>

<p>Thanks!</p>

<p>I plan on double majoring, international business/classics (specifically latin)</p>

<p>Supermanzzzz...our daughter will be starting this year, and she plans on double majoring in neuroscience and bio and minoring in psych (pre-med). I think it is certainly doable depending on your background and work ethic. She's walking in with a substantial number of APs so that helps diffuse some of the pressure as well. Good luck!</p>

<p>In engineering it is very difficult to double major even in the same school. Those two majors are just vastly different to be able to handle the classes in 4 years. </p>

<p>Double major in the college is definitely doable.</p>

<p>You could always do a minor in one
Biomed is close to pre-med reqs, just 1-2 extra classes I believe from what I have heard from my friends doing it.</p>

<p>Double majoring in the e-school is hard. It's near impossible for BmE and AeroE. The classes are so radically different, you take no similar classes after first year, and both are extremely tough. Something like BmE and ChemE, or Aero and MechE would be more doable. But even Aero/Mech is darn hard. Consider just getting a minor in Aero, but even that I think would be very hard. In addition, from what I heard, Aero and Mech are joining as one major again.</p>

<p>As for BmE, there's two tracks: premed and non-premed. If you go pre-med, you have to take Orgo+Lab and Pchem, and maybe one or two more classes. But they lay out your schedule for you and I know plenty of BmEs who did that route and it worked perfectly for them. BmE is a very up and rising field, it's a smart choice if you aren't totally sold on MedSchool but want to be in the medical field. I know one premed student who after working on prosthetics for his capstone project, has decided to become an orthopedic surgeon.</p>

<p>@jv40, neuroscience is in the bio dept tho right? Correct me if I'm wrong.</p>

<p>Thanks guys, I think I'm going to give up on that thought then... I've always been genuinely interested in space related stuff and engineering, which was why I was considering aerospace engineering. I guess I might go for a minor in aerospace eng then. If I live through it I'll share my thoughts in the future about the courseload...</p>

<p>@shoebox, will biomed engineering hurt my chances at med school, say, if i major in something in biology instead?</p>

<p>Can someone clear up the nanobiology juncture with biomedical engineering on the biomed homepage. It says something about a joint program I don't understand.</p>

<p>Btw, UVa's school of medicine is part of the grad school right?</p>

<p>Forgot to add, I thought hazelorb or Dean J mentioned that AP credits sometimes or usually do not satisfy premed requirements? So walking in with a lot of AP credits wouldn't actually be of a great advantage if one is planning on med school right?</p>

<p>AP credits give you flexibility. One nice thing about the BME program is that is easy to do research in a bio-related field that interests you. </p>

<p>Take a look at the BME student guide here:</p>

<p><a href="http://bme.virginia.edu/downloads/2011_StudentGuide.pdf%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://bme.virginia.edu/downloads/2011_StudentGuide.pdf&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>Supermanzzz..Like MechWahoo said, she feels as though all her APs will give her flexibility. Despite the fact she's made 5s on all of her AP exams, she currently plans on retaking or starting with the low level bio and chem for two simple reasons: to provide a VERY strong, reinforced base in these two disciplines to aid her when taking the MCAT, and to assist in establishing a high GPA which is critical (no pun intended) for med school. Who knows, her plan may change between now and the first of school, but I doubt it. Other humanities, foreign language, math, etc. APs will most definitely be utilized. It sounds like you're starting to figure it all out. I would suggest you speak to an advisor and enlist his/her input for pros/cons and whether or not your two engineering fields are manageable. Good luck!</p>

<p>I'm confused by you wanting to "major in biomed... major in something biology" -- in the eschool you can only major in biomed. bio is a college major. unless you want a dual major from both schools, and as you already thought i dont think that is usually doable. even though bio and biomed are similar, what would having both really add and is it even possible (usually only 2 classes can count towards a 2nd major so you would have to take a lot of new classes, typically a minimum of 18-30 new credits, even though the subjects are so similar).</p>

<p>To quote UVA's admissions, Admissions</a> Requirements

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AP Credits </p>

<p>The University of Virginia will accept AP credit in fulfillment of premedical science course requirements, provided your undergraduate institution awarded you credit towards graduation (not just exemptions) and those credits appear on your official transcript.

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<p>But UVA is more generous than some, some schools do not even accept AP credits at all for premed requirements. So you either have to take a higher level class or you have to waive your credit and take the class over. Or decide not to apply to any school that will not accept your AP credit (why would you limit yourself like that). That decision is, of course, up to you.</p>