Pre-Med Q&ACategory: MajorsDouble Major CS + BME
AvatarAreeb asked 2 weeks ago

Has anyone tried doing a dual major with CS and BME and know the logistics of it? Would I be able to graduate in 4 years? I’ve completed 1 year already and I have eecs 203, eecs 280, MCDB 310, orgo 1 and 2 with lab, bio 173, physics 1 and 2, calc 1-3, diffeq, and linear algebra complete. Would doing the major requirements delay my graduation? Is there much overlap? I still need pchem to finish my premed reqs.

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AvatarLeen answered 2 weeks ago

Hi Areeb!
Unfortunately, none of our team members are majoring in BME or CS, so we are unable to tell you about the logistics. However, here are links to the BME requirements (as well as a sample schedule) and the CS requirements. I also found this guide that explains the overlap between College of Engineering majors, which you may find helpful. I would definitely recommend setting up a meeting with a College of Engineering advisor so that you can make sure you are still able to graduate on time. Overall, it seems like you are on the right track! Again, apologies for not truly answering your question, but I hope some of the links were helpful!
Let us know if you have any other questions!
Leen, PMH Advising Manager

AvatarHanin Elhagehassan answered 2 weeks ago

Hi, I’m pre-med and currently majoring in BME. A good chunk of BME majors are pre-med/pre-health as well!
Fortunately, there is quite a bit of overlap between premed requirements and BME requirements. And based on your current completed coursework, I’d say you’re on a good track to complete the dual major in two years. In this case, I’d suggest forming a 4-year plan and map out the general requirements for both majors to see if this is a path you find feasible. Leen already said this, but I cannot overstate the importance of reaching to an advisor and planning a schedule, because you may be able to overlap upper-level requirements for both majors. In the case of two engineering majors, if you want to complete them in four years, you need to maximize your time (i.e., which classes can you elect in spring/summer, which classes are only offered in F/or W).
Additionally, while I’m not sure how you performed this past year, both of the majors you’re completing are pretty rough and it may be difficult to maintain GPA along with studying for the MCAT, partaking in extracurriculars, volunteering, research, socializing, hobbies, and general pre-med activities. It’s also important to note that activities and classes are largely in-person next semester, so you may need to factor in commute time. Your GPA is definitely something you want to maintain if you can.
You probably know this already, but it’s worth emphasizing: you can major in whatever you want and apply to medical school, as long as you have the pre-med requirements completed. I was on a similar boat when I first entered the University (was interested in a double math major). I ultimately just ended up doing just BME and added classes I was interested in into my schedule!
On the note of your completed coursework, I believe you also still need 1 year of introductory bio (Bio 171, 172), at least one semester of upper-level biology coursework, a year-worth of writing/English courses in addition to pchem to complete your premed requirements. You can find more about scheduling under our blog posts tab!
I wish you the best of luck with your classes and hope this was of help! Feel free to respond with any more questions!
– Hanin Elhagehassan, PMH advisor

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