This table is designed for incoming students who are trying to decipher the difference between choosing to pursue a BioEngineering (BioE) or a BME (or BME-PKU) degree. You’ll have the opportunity to learn much more about each program at the recruiting event in March. If desired, you can change programs as late as the start of the first week of classes in August.
The BioE Program is an interdisciplinary program encompassing various schools/departments at Georgia Tech and Emory. BioE students enter via a “home school/department” with which they are connected for administrative purposes (e.g., AE, BME, ChBE, CE, CoC, ECE, ME, or MSE). BME is the acronym for both the department and primary Ph.D. program of Biomedical Engineering. Below are a few highlighted explanations:
|Curriculum||Pesonalized. Course selected based on student's research and interest.||Customizable based on broad research areas.|
|Emory Classes||Cannot be more than 15% of your total coursework, and can be taken any semester.||Unlimited. Typically 2-3 fundamental classes are taken at Emory|
|Degree Acquired||GT Bioengineering degree (regardless of home school)||GT and Emory joint Biomedical Engineering degree (one diploma with both seals)|
|Choosing Advisor||Preferences turned into BioE Program. Matching system. Note: Students can work with ANY BioE faculty, regardless of home school.||Preferences turned into BME department. Matching system. Choos from any BME program-affiliated faculty as described above|