As someone interested in building biomedical devices which would be better doing a major in Electrical Engineering or Biomedical Engineering?
I have wanted to be build medical devices in children's hospitals since I was 11 and as time has gone o my interest has expanded from initial just being fascinated in circuitry and wanting to focus on that side of medical devices to also having a love for coding. I know that I want to minor in Computer Science and I think that either of the majors would work for what I want to do but I wanted some advice. #computer-science #engineering #biomedical-engineering #electrical-engineering
Luis "Lou"’s Answer
Biomedical can be limiting. You can work on designing medical devices with an electrical eng. degree. A Biomed. degree will give you a better understanding of what you are trying to do, from the biology/medical perspective, but will not make you a better designer/programmer.
The broader Electrical degree might be best, unless you are committed to work in the biomedical industry.
If you love it, go biomedical. It's a field of amazing potential.
Now .. regarding the programming .. You can probably pick up some computer science electives or even code 'on the side' in your free time for the fun of it.
I was playing in the local library's 'creativity studio' where they have these cute little circuits you can write code for. (trust me, it didn't take a class to learn how to code the circuit).
The electrical engineering degree will make you a much more qualified engineer for device work, and you can prove your competency in the "bio" area of expertise by taking elective coursework in bio sciences and involving yourself in bio-oriented projects (particularly in a senior capstone project). A biomedical engineering degree will give you a great survey of the biomedical space and a smattering of loosely linked skills, but without significant additional effort and extracurricular work, you will likely not have the in-depth knowledge required to do real engineering work.