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Biochemistry Undergrad to Bioengineering PHD

  1. Aug 11, 2015 #1
    So I graduated with a BS in Biochemistry and I was originally considering medical school but after studying the horrible mcat for 3 years, I decided I had enough of that. Furthermore, I really lost interest in any aspect of patient work.
    However what has always interested me since I was a kid was computers/engineering and my goal is still to cure diseases. I think biomedical engineering is the best path more me.

    Only problem is, I'm not sure if grad schools would take me with a Biochemistry degree.
    I have significant amounts of research during college and currently at NIH. But none of them are exactly engineering related they're all medical related. I did research in a sleep lab studying sleep apnea, then I researched in a neuroscience lab studying transcranial direct current stimulation, and then I researched in a lab modeling neurons with software, and finally I'm at NIH researching Rapamycin resistant cells and its application to the clinic.

    My gpa was 3.91 and my courses are bio/chem/basic physics I/II courses and so on. My calculus is up to Calc 2. I took a physical chemistry course and I got like 7 credits from high school for computer science (a years worth of java)

    I really would not like to go back to take more courses if not absolutely necessary due to monetary issues. Furthermore, I can learn these subjects much faster on my own.

    While in college and up to now, I've been continually studying electronics and engineering on my own for fun. I've been programming since I was 8 so that's no problem either. In the end, all of me says I'm a medical-engineer and I really want to just jump into the field if I can.
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  3. Aug 11, 2015 #2


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    I think you'll have a tough time convincing a graduate admissions committee in biomedical engineering to take you without an undergraduate degree in one of the engineering disciplines. Having taken first year physics won't cut it. Whether you can learn the material on your own or not is beside the point. You need evidence that you have learned it and something to show how well you have learned it in relation to your peers.

    That said, BME is a very broad and interdisciplinary field, so you may want to look around. There may be some places that do admit people with your background for specific projects.
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