Cathia, Mesquite, Texas asked Chi-An Emhoff, Saint Mary's College of California

AddedFriday, July 4, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Transfer student problems
I thinking about switching from chemical engineering to mechanical engineering. I am about to start my junior year at a university (I am a transfer student). At first, I thought chemical engineering will help me to be more successful in biomedical engineering even though I am not passionate about it, I chose the chemical engineering path. But now, I am not sure if it is what I want. Lately, I have been thinking that mechanical engineering will be a better match for biomedical engineering than chemical engineering. I just would like to know your thoughts and some advice about mechanical engineering and her relationship with biomedical engineering. What kind of jobs would I be able to get if a choose the mechanical-biomedical engineering path? I am interested in working in medicine as I want to help others. Would I be able to work in medical field if I follow the mechanical-bio-medical engineering path? I appreciate all the help you are able to provide. Cathia
Related to Bioengineering/Biomedical, Chemical, Choosing a Degree, Graduate School, Mechanical, Preparation for College
  • Chi-An Emhoff , Saint Mary's College of California
    Answered Friday, July 4, 2014 at 6:31 PM
    Hello Cathia, 
    Absolutely!  A mechanical-biomedical engineering education will position you for many career opportunities within the medical field.  I myself completed a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering, then pursued graduate school in the Biological Sciences.  I attribute a lot of my current employment opportunities to the engineering training that I received as an undergraduate.  Mechanical engineering is especially relevant, as the medical industry is always looking for individuals with a broad understanding of biomechanics and/or medical devices.  It might be a good idea to explore in what aspects of the medical field you hope to contribute.  If you enjoy the clinical side (directly working with patients), then perhaps consider supplementing your engineering education with some human biology coursework and hands-on experience (internships or volunteering).  If you enjoy the technology side (designing and building), then definitely pursue some internship experience at medical device companies.  As for your current switch from chemical to mechanical engineering, not to worry, you'll be just as successful.  Good luck!!