Pre-medical or general track for a switch to Biomedical Engineering

I've recently decided to pursue a Masters in Biomedical Engineering after completing my B.S. in Electrical Engineering. As of now, I'm on the fence about which EE track I should take-premed or general. The premed track eliminates a few of the courses that are in the general track. Most masters programs require applicants to have taken so many credit hours of certain life science courses (organic chem, biology, chemistry,etc.) and I don't know it would be better to take the life science courses that are listed on the premed track or stick to the general track and wait until get to graduate school where I can take the life science courses the particular program specifies.

Your help will be greatly appreciated!
posted by Joslynn, Montgomery on November 14, 2013

Answer by Chi-An W. Emhoff

Hi Joslynn, 

Congrats on setting yourself up for a career with lots of opportunities!  Honestly, I think the general track will provide you all the prerequisite courses you'd need for a master's in Biomedical Engineering, and as you said, most graduate school programs will specify which life science courses you need.  However, I would just look up a few Biomed. Eng. masters programs and see whether they require the GRE-Biology subject test.  If they do, then taking the organic chem, biology, and chemistry courses will be helpful for that test.  If they don't (and they only require the general GRE test), then you should be fine with the general EE track.  My experience has been that "Biomedical Engineering" requires more of a solid engineering education primarily, and biomedical education is secondary.  Best of luck in your endeavors!

Chi-An