Sep 20, 2015
I'm a freshman and I'm thinking about being a CS Major. I think it would be useful in research when I become a doctor , but I'm a little worried that it'll end up being useless or too demanding. Should I keep the CS major?


2+ Year Member
May 2, 2015
Medical Student (Accepted)
Take a couple of CS courses and see if it encourages you to want to know more about CS. Only you can decide on what you want to do and if it really isn't your passion then don't do it

Donald Juan

7+ Year Member
May 22, 2011
Resident [Any Field]
I don't think it would be any more demanding than the bio/chem majors most premeds do. And you are right, if you know how to program and compute things you could potentially have a skill that many medical researchers lack. I say go for it if you're interested.


2+ Year Member
Jan 11, 2015
Medical Student
Take CS classes and see if you like it. I think that coding in general and the math classes you would need to take are all very difficult, but that's just me. Plus, if you like it enough and decide you don't want to be a doctor, CS is a great field to be in right now.


10+ Year Member
Mar 25, 2009
Peoria IL
Attending Physician
Going CS may actually be an advantage when applying to medical school. Applications are more about standing out and being memorable than anything else. Some schools will see several thousand applications for ~200 seats! In that game, a majority of your applicants are bio/chem/premed majors with good GPAs and MCAT scores and it is incredibly easy for any one of them to get lost in the mix. But coming through with a CS major, now you stand out as a canadate with more academic depth than the usual applicant. Most Universities offer a premed minor which locks up your premed requirements and also gets you in connection with your school's premedical committee for your applicaiton letters. I'll even go as far as saying that the worst thing you can do if you want to go to medical school is be a pre-medicine major for the reasons mentioned above and it is hard to define a non-medical career if health care doesn't work out (just my opinion).