Orientation/ENG Questions

<p>Hi, I'm an incoming freshman and I just have a few questions about orientation and the College of Engineering.</p>

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<li><p>What is the Writing Assessment (BUWA) that we have to take at orientation? Is it anything like the SATs or the AP English Exam? Or is it just essays? And, does everyone have to take it?</p></li>
<li><p>Is the pre-med program useful if I want to get a professional or doctoral degree in biomedical engineering?</p></li>
<li><p>What exactly is the ENGMEDIC program? It sounds interesting but I can't find much information on it.</p></li>
<li><p>Will the Engineering curriculum allow me to have a social life and do other clubs? Or is it super work-intensive?</p></li>
<li><p>If I get credit for the AP English Literature and Composition exam this year, will it satisfy the ENG writing requirement? </p></li>
<li><p>What teachers do you think are the best for the freshmen courses at ENG and why?</p></li>
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<p>I know its a lot of questions but I'd really appreciate your input! Especially on the last question :) Thanks!</p>

<p>Hi there! First off, congrats on getting in! I'm not in ENG, but I am in science, so I think I can help out with a few questions.</p>

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<li><p>I think that's only for people whose first language isn't English. I know my group all thought we had to take it at Orientation, but no one wound up taking it.</p></li>
<li><p>If you're majoring in BME, you're set. All my friends who are BME are in pre-med, but that's because the coursework is so similar there's no reason not to be. It looks better.</p></li>
<li><p>I've never even heard of it, but if it's anything like the MMEDIC program, it's a 7 year program where you start taking med school courses senior year and get your M.D. after three years of med school instead of four.</p></li>
<li><p>If you want to make it work, you can. It'll be very difficult, though - I'm talking 25 hours of class a semester. I'd recommend living on an engineering specialty floor; they all have the same work load, but they also go out a lot. I was best friends with 9B last year and they're awesome. Or, if you're a girl, you should apply for the WISE floor in Warren. I lived there last year and it was a great environment. (Not that you can't apply for the engineering floor as a girl - those are co-ed, WISE is women-only.) </p></li>
<li><p>Generally, yes. I'd recommend talking to the counselor you'll get, though. Also, grad schools don't like seeing AP credits, but since it's for lit I think you'll be okay.</p></li>
<li><p>I have no idea for most of the ENG courses, but for chem 101, take the night lecture. Especially Dr. White, if she's still teaching. If you're taking MA124, I really enjoyed Meuser. She even has ice cream parties.</p></li>
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<p>I hope this helped! If you have any other questions I could help with, feel free to ask.</p>

<p>Thanks so much! You were really helpful :)</p>

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<li><p>I didn't take it at orientation</p></li>
<li><p>The pre-med program is mainly geared to those who want to get an MD
If you look at the planning sheet(<a href="http://www.bu.edu/eng/records/pps/documents/BME2014.pdf%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.bu.edu/eng/records/pps/documents/BME2014.pdf&lt;/a&gt;) You can choose to take organic chemistry in your senior year as a professional elective. However, if you want to go to Med School you would have to take it during your sophomore year which moves your WR 150 and Social Science Elective to Senior year.</p></li>
<li><p>ENGMEDIC Program is an insanely difficult program that usually around 5 people entering their junior year (They apply at the end of sophomore year.) From what i heard from one of my friend who has an Resident Assistant in the program, they basically have no life.(Boston</a> University - College of Engineering)</p></li>
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<p>4.It will allow you to have a social life and do clubs depending on how time efficient you are with you work. In freshman year you will definitely have the opportunity to delve into many clubs and other opportunities. But you will eventually have to choose activities that fit your study/work schedule because the work load and difficulty will increase exponentially.</p>

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<li><p>I believe AP English Lit will fulfill your humanities requirement but not your writing requirement. I think the only way to have credit for the writing requirement is if you took a writing course at a community college</p></li>
<li><p>You don't have many ENG course in freshman year, but i would just check ratemyprofessor. Only take the opinion on there with a grain of salt. I had a calc professor who had OK reviews but it seemed like the complaints were due to the lack of understanding of basic calculus.</p></li>
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<p>Keep in mind that job prospects for BME is not very good even though it is a growing field. You will most likely need to get a graduate degree since you lack a specialization with just a simple BS (Recruiters from companies have said that they will not hire students with just a Bachelors). Try to get into research as early as possible because it will definitely help you if you want to go grad school.</p>

<p>really? I was planning on getting a professional degree anyway. if i hold at least a master's degree, is it still difficult to find work? and how early can I start research?</p>

<p>Well it will give you a better chance since it allows you to get a specialization, obviously it is not going to be handed to you on a silver platter. </p>

<p>You can start research from day one. You personally should go onto the BME website and look at the research that the professors are doing. Other ways of learning about research is by asking your own faculty adviser about research opportunities. After you find a research area that interests you, email the professor about any opportunity to work in his/her lab. This research experience will be vital to gain admission into a good graduate program for the future.</p>

<p>True, its like that with any job. And I'll definitely look into the research. Do you have any other advice that might be useful?</p>

<p>Haha Minthe, I lived on 9B - are you talking about 2009-2010? If you were talking about us this year - yes we were indeed a cool bunch.</p>

<p>To be more relevant to KMK3492's questions. I am a Biomedical Engineer and I just completed my first year so I can answer your questions very well. </p>

<p>asusomega answered your questions pretty well. I agree that you will want to get into research... </p>

<p>The only questions you don't have answered in depth are 4 and 6. Engineering is hard. Its hard at any university. You will have to work hard and prepare to spend some friday and saturday nights studying. Its not the most desirable thing and I make it a point on these forums to say that you really need to be passionate in order to succeed in engineering. Take a look at the engineering forum on College Confidential - those people really wanted to do engineering.</p>

<p>Second, in terms of ENG courses, which ones are you taking? EK 127 has only one teacher and EK 131/132 has multiple teachers (unless you take EK130). Be warned that Biotechnology is a difficult course and will definitely not be an easy A. Other than that, most people didn't really have too many complaints about the other courses, the classes aren't too difficult and will be a great way for you to meet your other engineering freshmen.</p>

<p>Any other personal questions, I would be glad to answer, send me a PM.</p>