In the life and times of a biomedical engineer, you take classes that cover multiple disciplines. Chem and bio are obvious staples of biomedical engineering, physics as well. Less well known, though is that as a biomedical engineer it’s a standard to learn a programming language called Matlab. It’s not as complicated as Java or C sharp or C++, but it’s still a programming language with all that entails (there are some pretty entertaining Matlab memes out there) and still teaches programming basics that can help you learn other languages. Labs are meant to simulate problems that BMEs will actually need to solve like chemical reactions and bacterial growth.
The technical aspects of the class, however, are not why it’s my favorite. For EE-150, I have the distinct pleasure of being taught by Professor Burke, who also teaches physics at SC. Burke is the most energetic professor I’ve had so far and definitely the biggest personality. A class that could be dry and boring isn’t because he’s just undeniably entertaining to listen to. At first his offbeat lectures are a little startling ‘cause they’re so different from all the rest of your classes, but once you get used to the rhythm of his lectures and his sense of humor, it’s ridiculously entertaining. It’s not the easiest material, but Burke definitely keeps you listening.