Can I Get a B.S. in Chemical Engineering then a Graduate Degree in Biomedical Engineering?

Hello,
I am interested in pursuit a career in biomedical engineering, but I am not sure if I should pursue a more general engineering approach such as chemical engineering to acquire the skills employers look for (I heard that most employers prefer candidates with either a mechanical, electronic, or chemical engineering degree as opposed to a biomedical engineering degree). I am considering getting a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and then, pursuing a M.S. or Ph. D. in biomedical engineering. I love the idea of working in tissue regeneration, or any field related to healthcare. I love biology and math. Do you think I can get the skills necessary to work in the biomedical field by getting a B.S. in chemical engineering, and then, a graduate degree in biomedical engineering?
posted by Maria, Dallas on May 16, 2014

Answer by Tiffany Johnston

Hi Maria,

I would say that the industry employeers preference in undergrad engineering declines is not directly related to the career path you're considering. Chemical Engineers are often preferable to employeers because they have a broad curriculum that touches most other engineering displines. That said, Chemical Engineering curriculum does not usually contain any biology courses. To pursue a MS in Biomed, you would need to speak to your college advisor about which biology courses you would need to take in addition to the ChemE curriculum. My suggestion would be to find a good, accredited biomedical program for your undergrad!

Best of Luck,
Tiffany