Choosing between Biomedical Mechanical or Biomedical Electrical?

I'm coming up on the end of my first year general engineering and am trying to decide between two engineering disciplines. I am very interested in the biomedical side of engineering and right now I have the option of going into a biomedical mechanical or electrical option. Through my first year my two favourite courses were a computer programming and a statics and dynamics course. Looking into mechanical engineering the one thing I am nervous about is some of the materials and fluid mechanics courses but it is the option that I have always been more interested in. In terms of the electrical option I feel like the projects I would be working on are more in the direction of what I would like to get involved with. My one con on this side is that I did not really enjoy circuit analysis in my first year but that may have been just because I wasn't good at it and did not but as much tie into that course as it deserved. Any advice you have would be much appreciated!
posted by Sarah, Vancouver on April 29, 2014

Answer by Selma Sabera

Hi Sarah,

The nice thing about school is that you can try different things and subjects and if you plan on continuing to grad school you really have some time to try different things out. It sounds like you want to make a decision weather to be more mechanical or electrical in your focus. My question would be, what do you like about biomed and bioengineering? When you imagine working in these fields, what do you think of? Is there a specific area you are interested in? For example, let's say you want to engineer pacemakers. Go online and look at journal papers on how pacemakers work. Then find institutions that make pacemakers and look at their job descriptions. If you do these two things, you will:

1. Figure out if pacemakers are really of interest to you

2. If they are, through job descriptions you will get a better idea of what the engineers who make pacemakers need to know. This will in turn guide you through the classes you need to take to get there. 

Apply these steps to the topic you think you are interested in and try a few different things. As far as classes being hard, engineering is hard :) but what makes it great is that you figure things out and you solve a problem. Engineering classes are a right of passage to solving problems and if you keep trying, eventually you get good at it.