Okay, I was an BME undergrad, and I can tell you that a 3.5 is NOT solid. Anyways, adcoms do NOT care about your major. Further, your premed coursework is overall below average for med schools (and you can't blame that on engineering). So, unless you really do well on the MCAT (I mean above average because you WILL need to make up for the below-average preformance on your premed courses/below average GPA). You can call schools or email them and ask their opinions, but I think you should know the truth.My GPA is at a 3.5 at the moment. I am currently a junior, just finished fall semester. Major is biomedical engineering.
I heard 3.5 is a pretty good GPA for a biomedical engineering undergraduate major, is this true?
Anyways, my GPA stands at 3.5, and I have like 2-3 general classes in there, so my science GPA is probably at 3.44 or something. How do you think I stand? However....my grades in the important general science courses...OCHEM 1 = A- , OCHEM2 = B , CHEM 1 = A- ,CHEM2 = B, Physics for scientists I = B, physics for scientists II = B+ , Biology I = B+ , and cell biology = C+ (taken at a very rough time of my life where I was working and taking 19 credits, but I hope to get an A in biochem this spring to make up for it!)
I do not know what to think, because my GPA is alright, especially for the selected major, however those important class grades are not too good...and by the way, I am NOT interested in DO schools, only MD. Not taken MCAT, and will take it next fall. I think I can get my GPA up to a 3.6 and my science GPA up to a 3.48-3.55....I already got like 70 credits done so its hard to raise it now.
The last time I checked, getting mostly B's on pre-med courses wasn't considered "doing well." I like being optimistic, but he/she should also know what to expect.I am also a bioengineering major, it is definitely rough. Your GPA is not stellar, but it is solid, and I think if you couple it with a strong MCAT (which you likely will as a bioengineering student that has performed well) you will be juuuuust fine.
While a 3.5 GPA is acceptable, the individual grades the OP has in pre-reqs are not. Engineering is a challenging major (although in my case my engineering A's were much easier to earn then in my humanities courses), but the OP has recieved some low grades in PREMED courses, that have NOTHING to do with engineering. Also, for all engineers out there, make sure you NEVER make a big deal about your major to adcoms (in essays or interviews) because chances are the doctors reading your application were NOT engineers, and might think you are arrogant or insulting their UG majors. With that said, some MIGHT think engineering is more challenging, but you should never be the one to emphasize that.I think you're doing fine with a 3.5 in that major! I'm a Biological/Chemical Engineering major and I understand how hard the course work can be. But you should do your best to make sure you do as well as you can for the rest of your college career. There are plenty of people with that GPA that get into med school...you just gotta have something special about you!
Unfortunately they don't really care what your major is until maybe at your interview, so you (and I) may have screwed yourself over by not being a poli sci or physical education major lol
So if already got your answer then why are you asking us?Lol I wish some of you who have doubts were in the biomedical engineering field of a strong engineering school, and maybe then you would understand. I have heard from the University of Utah medical school advisors that the U of U med school actually favors biomedical engineering students (especially from the U) because of the load of course work that is required..
Not to mention I have always worked, I have over 300+ hours if community service already, and have already successfully finished a research project, and plan to do more research.
Lol, just because I have my own aspect on the situation(especially from what I know about the level of difficulty of going through a biomed. engineering bachelors), does that also mean I cannot ask for other peoples aspects as well?So if already got your answer then why are you asking us?
but the OP has recieved some low grades in PREMED courses, that have NOTHING to do with engineering. quote]
Actually, biomedical engineering requires more time committment and I found it a lot harder than the general premed courses. At the same time I have also been working 24 hours a week, so I generally never had time to committ myself to those other classes. I had to put more time into the engineering courses, and less into the general classes, which I thought I would do well, but that was not the case.
So to hear that the premed course grades have nothing to do with engineering, well that is totally wrong. Engineering required more time and were a lot harder, so more focus was put on those so I wouldnt fail those courses, hence it hurt my other classes.
You said you talked to advisors who gave you that advice so it's not just your own aspect you're going on. I would say advisors from the school you're interested would know more than us pre-meds. I would hope so.Lol, just because I have my own aspect on the situation(especially from what I know about the level of difficulty of going through a biomed. engineering bachelors), does that also mean I cannot ask for other peoples aspects as well?
I never expected certain people to be so oblivious towards how tough the engineering field is and that medical schools dont "care" about the major you select and the difficulty...