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Should I add on a Chemistry Minor?

  1. Mar 14, 2015 #1
    Hi all, this is my first post on here so if it is in the wrong section, I'm sorry.
    I have been a physics undergraduate now for two and a half years and I'm at the point now where I have some electives I can finally choose. I already have a Math minor finished, but I'm thinking about adding on a Chemistry minor. I am strongly considering going to graduate school for biomedical engineering, more specifically neural engineering, so I figured that chemistry may be something good to know that would also make my application look better if I take some of the harder classes.

    So, my basic question is would it be better to add on a Chemistry minor or to take more upper level physics or math classes or something else even? (We don't have engineering classes at my university so that isn't an option.)
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  3. Mar 15, 2015 #2
    Biomedical engineering is engineering foremost, then biology. I doubt engineering problems are connected from physics, through chemistry, to biology, because that is really a hassle and in the end you are an engineer.

    Neurons in particular are a subject that has been approached from a physical-biochemical direction, and a biological/physiological direction. The problem often has been the disconnect between the two.

    Sounds like that rare engineering field that is 100% research, 0% application.
  4. Mar 15, 2015 #3


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    A chemistry minor would seem practical and valuable if one wishes to major in a biomedical/biochemical engineering. One should probably take classes in organic chemistry and biochemistry. One should research the requirements for a program/degree in biomedical engineering and perhaps biochemistry.
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