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What are acceptable undergraduate degrees to have before pursuing a graduate degree in biomedical engineering?

I am interested in pursuing a career in biomedical engineering, specifically research in regenerative medicine. I have received conflicting information on undergraduate degrees in this area. Some sources tell me that I need a biomedical engineering undergraduate degree from a high-ranking institution to get into a strong biomedical engineering graduate program. Other sources tell me that I can get an undergraduate degree from a regional university in an area such as biology or chemistry and have no problem getting into a graduate school with good scores. What is the best advice? #medicine #biomedical-engineering #medicine-research #biomedical-science

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Lama’s Answer

For me, I dont think that choosing chemistry or biology is a good idea.
When you study biomedical engineering you have to take biology, chemistry, physics, maths, electrical and mechanical courses.
The main reason to choose biomedical engineering because the regenerative medicine depends on tissue engineering, which is a branch of biomedical engineering that uses a combination of cells, engineering, materials methods, and suitable biochemical and physicochemical factors to restore, maintain, improve, or replace different types of biological tissues.

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Al’s Answer

Biomedical engineering is an area where when I received my degree, you took ever possible weed out class in biology, chemistry, physics, math, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering to obtain the foundation for becoming a Biomedical engineer. That being said, depending on the area of research you want to pursue, you would need to have a background in that area to be able to further your goal. Just having a BS in Biomedical engineering as an undergraduate is not the answer, so I would not put a premium on having the degree to further you goal in research.