Preparing to become a biomedical engineer

Hi,
I'm in ninth grade this year and I would really like to pursue biomedical engineering. I love math and science and I'm extremely good at both subjects. I also have a 4.0 GPA. I was just wondering what classes I should take this year to better my chances at getting into a good college for BME. I passed both Algebra 1 and Physical Science in eighth grade so what should I be shooting for this year?
posted by Janelle, Miami, FL on July 16, 2014

Answer by Lisette Manrique Miller

Hi Janelle,
It’s great that you have already identified a college major that’s of interest to you – congrats!  In order to best prepare for a biomedical engineering degree, I’d recommend taking a college-level prep course of any or all of the following:  geometry, trigonometry, calculus, physics, chemistry, biology and anatomy & physiology.  If your school offers advance placement courses (which can sometimes count as college credits), then it would definitely be worthwhile to take AP Biology & AP Calculus.  If AP Physics is available, that will surely help as well.  Most engineering universities are looking for well-rounded individuals, so while focusing on your math & science is good preparation for an engineering major, don’t completely neglect your humanities or arts classes.  If your school offers classes in Computer-Aided Design (CAD) I would strongly recommend that you check that out.  If they don’t offer it you can always download a free version, like Google SketchUp, in order to practice on your own at home.  

If you are eyeing a specific college, you may also want to check out their academic requirements for admissions.  For example, many colleges will require 4 years of math (including pre-calculus), 4 years of English, and at least 2 years of a lab science.  Your high school guidance counselor &/or the Math & Science Department heads would be able to help you figure out which are the best classes that are offered at your school to support your academic goals.  The science & math classes offered for freshman year might be biology or earth science, geometry or algebra II…any of these courses would be helpful for you; just make sure that you have the correct prerequisites to enroll.

Good luck in high school!  And remember to have fun!
Lisette