I'm currently entering college as undecided because, well, I am undecided as to what I want to do. The field of biomedical engineering has really sparked my interest, but I don't know if I'd be a good fit. Do you have any suggestions for classes I could take my freshman year of college to help me decide if this is the right path for me? I understand every college has different courses, but what kind of a class would give me insight into what I would be getting in to if I were to enter this field?
by Shannon, Oak Ridge
on December 5, 2013
You will probably be assigned an academic advisor in your first year. Hopefully, if you indicate your interest in engineering early you will be assigned someone from the engineering department. If so, this person would be the one to ask those types of questions. If not, you should still talk to you advisor about it, but also look through the course recommendations for first-year BME students. There may not be any specifically BME classes that first year, but there may be a seminar or general discussion class that all of the students take. That would be a good place to start. If there is a large required "everyone-takes-it" BME class scheduled anywhere in the first two years, I suggest you go to the professor who teaches it and ask about the class. There may be prerequisites that would keep you from taking it your freshman year, but if you explain that you are interested in the topic and want to get an idea if you would be a good fit, that professor would probably be a great person to help you. Good luck!