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My gf is a psychology major with a minor in linguistics. She's creative and also has several courses of piano and dance. She took these because she genuinely wanted to learn them; she enjoyed them and she changed he rmajor a few times. She actually didn't take any science courses until her junior year because that's when she decided she wanted to go to med school. Do you think this will hurt her in med school applications?
 

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My gf is a psychology major with a minor in linguistics. She's creative and also has several courses of piano and dance. She took these because she genuinely wanted to learn them; she enjoyed them and she changed he rmajor a few times. She actually didn't take any science courses until her junior year because that's when she decided she wanted to go to med school. Do you think this will hurt her in med school applications?

I highly doubt it. If she does well in her science courses, adcoms shouldn't have to think twice about anything.

If anything will hurt it's if adcoms can somehow figure out that she's flip-flopped majors for so long. Might make it seem like medicine is just another major that can be replaced in a couple months... (is it?? :))
 
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no. major matters little in med school admissions as long as you do well in the premed requirements.
 
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I can't image so. I changed majors multiple times and ended up in psyc/english. I had to go back and take almost all my prerecs once I was done. Interviewers never commented on it other than to show interest. She should be fine. Wish her luck! :) :luck:
 

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I highly doubt it. If she does well in her science courses, adcoms shouldn't have to think twice about anything.

If anything will hurt it's if adcoms can somehow figure out that she's flip-flopped majors for so long. Might make it seem like medicine is just another major that can be replaced in a couple months... (is it?? :))

well actually I think her declared major before starting classes (she changed majors from when she was accepted, at orientation) has always been psych; then she changed to psychobiology. Otherwise it was more changes in career intentions, but mostly I think she didn't know what she wanted.
 

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I would think that as a Bio major having taken advanced level classes (cell bio, molecular bio, etc), it is an advantage because it shows how you handle such work.
As a group, bio majors actually have a lower acceptance rate when compared to many other majors (albeit there are far fewer applicants within these other majors): Majors and Acceptance Rates

This may also be of interest: MCAT and GPAs for Applicants and Matriculants by Primary Undergraduate Major, 2006
 

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You can't just look at a course or major and say it's easy. I have heard of introductory courses that were as hard as hell and advanced courses that were cake. I am sure med schools know this and just have to take it at face value.
 
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If she has finished her other coursework, she should be careful not to take too many science classes at one time.
 

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I would think that as a Bio major having taken advanced level classes (cell bio, molecular bio, etc), it is an advantage because it shows how you handle such work.

My friend, how sadly mistaken you are.

Major doesn't matter. Only having at least one semester of mostly science is semi important.

At top schools, they'd rather have someone who did something like dance and piano and show talent in other areas besides pure science.

The real importance is that she do well in whatever major and in her prereqs and MCAT and have a few decent ECs and good LORs and essays, etc.

She'll be fine.
 
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My friend, how sadly mistaken you are.

Major doesn't matter. Only having at least one semester of mostly science is semi important.

At top schools, they'd rather have someone who did something like dance and piano and show talent in other areas besides pure science.

The real importance is that she do well in whatever major and in her prereqs and MCAT and have a few decent ECs and good LORs and essays, etc.

She'll be fine.

I'm not sure if you were being sarcastic with this or not, but it's ridiculous to say it doesn't matter as you are saying it here. Every school has its own way of evaluating applicants, and many of them DO in fact look at the courses and major you take. Actually, your post is a little contradictory because you say major doesn't matter, but then talk about how they do take major into account (the piano bit) I agree that MCAT is probably still the most important factor, but seriously, AMCAS doesn't make you list all of those courses and grades for nothing.
 

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As a group, bio majors actually have a lower acceptance rate when compared to many other majors (albeit there are far fewer applicants within these other majors): Majors and Acceptance Rates

This may also be of interest: MCAT and GPAs for Applicants and Matriculants by Primary Undergraduate Major, 2006

That's only because they are the majority, not because adcoms prefer "diversity" of majors. In fact, major doesn't matter that much. Just MAJOR IN SOMETHING YOU LIKE. The End.
 
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I would think that as a Bio major having taken advanced level classes (cell bio, molecular bio, etc), it is an advantage because it shows how you handle such work.

Naw, you just described at least 1,200 of the 2,000 applications that the adcom had to sift through. Ditto for people thinking that graduate-level classes look good to adcoms.

I agree with baylormed.
 

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I'm not sure if you were being sarcastic with this or not, but it's ridiculous to say it doesn't matter as you are saying it here. Every school has its own way of evaluating applicants, and many of them DO in fact look at the courses and major you take. Actually, your post is a little contradictory because you say major doesn't matter, but then talk about how they do take major into account (the piano bit) I agree that MCAT is probably still the most important factor, but seriously, AMCAS doesn't make you list all of those courses and grades for nothing.

What part of my post did you not understand? I didn't say they'd have a leg up with piano/music. I just said implied it shows diversity.

A major does not give you a leg up. Schools want diversity and they would rather you have a 4.0 in major a then a 3.5 in major B just because major b catered more towards med school type of courses.

They may request 1-2 semesters of pure science but it doesn't mean that you need to be a science major to do that. You can do that by doing your prereqs as 12-15 credits for 2 semesters or take a few extra science classes on the side if you want.

And no major doesn't play a factor so much as the grades and MCAT score and Extra curriculars do. A 3.5 in Engineering isn't going to be looked at better then a 4.0 in psychology if both have an equal MCAT score and extracurriculars.

So you are the one who is sadly mistaken.

Now on the other hand I will agree that certain majors like engineering better prepare you for the mcat because the way they make you learn on a conceptual level and critical thinking level and those generally doing well in harder majors are generally the brigher of the bunch bc getting a 4.0 in a harder major isn't easy. But that does not mean that a person needs to be a certain major nor do I think being a bio major will help a great deal in med school because a lot of the classes you learn in undergrad teach it at a superficial level. They only help for like the first week or maybe even less then a week's worth of lectures. After that point its all mostly new stuff. The stuff we've covered in one semester of undergrad is like less then a week's material in med school.
 

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Naw, you just described at least 1,200 of the 2,000 applications that the adcom had to sift through. Ditto for people thinking that graduate-level classes look good to adcoms.

I agree with baylormed.

Yeah. :) There's a reason the prereqs are so light. Taking upper level science classes might look marginally good, but I don't think adcoms care that much. They know that there are have been tons and tons of successful music majors, english majors, spanish majors, etc. in medical school.

Also, schools do like people with interests outside of getting into medical school, so engaging in artistic endeavors is probably viewed in a positive light.
 

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Thank you all for your responses. I didn't mean to imply these majors or courses were easy, this the quotes around the word easy. I just know plenty of people on sdn that feel that way. So I could see it going either way for her during the application process. She certainly took a diversified program of classes. She took the courses because she always wanted to learn them and thought college was a good opportunity. She is also quite artistic and hopes to be able to use her skills in some of her ECs, etc. We're hoping it will pay off in some sense but you neve rknow.
 
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