Double major An Advantage???

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    Hey everyone, i was wondering if double majoring is an advantage for acceptancebecause I am A chemistry major, and im taking so many bio classes that i could easily finish a bio degree as well with an extra year of school.
     

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      UCDavisdude said:
      Hey everyone, i was wondering if double majoring is an advantage for acceptancebecause I am A chemistry major, and im taking so many bio classes that i could easily finish a bio degree as well with an extra year of school.

      It might be an advantage, but a very nominal one. Unless your GPA needs a boost from extra classes, your application will probably be better served if you use the extra year to do some solid research or other health related EC.
       
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        I highly doubt that it would matter. Unless you were applying to a joint program of some sort. Then it actually could play a role. An MD/MBA program would probably favor some who has shown an interest in business in undergrad.
         

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          bull****, it totally helps your application. although in your specific case not as much as you would hope. the overwhelming majority of applicants (and acceptances) are bio majors, with chemistry far behind.

          the students who seem to get the most bump from a double major are science/non-science types.

          and just generally, why don't people bother to search the archives? this questions has been asked, oh i don't know, about 50 million times over the last 2 years. there are plenty of other threads about this.
           

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            UCDavisdude said:
            Hey everyone, i was wondering if double majoring is an advantage for acceptancebecause I am A chemistry major, and im taking so many bio classes that i could easily finish a bio degree as well with an extra year of school.

            Better go ask the advising office. My friend who was a biochem major wanted to double up on Chem. But they said he can't do that since they are "too similar" in nature so the university doesn't want to grant him two BS. BTW, he went to UCD also and I am an alum.
             

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              Uegis said:
              Better go ask the advising office. My friend who was a biochem major wanted to double up on Chem. But they said he can't do that since they are "too similar" in nature so the university doesn't want to grant him two BS. BTW, he went to UCD also and I am an alum.

              I agree, that would be pretty silly.
               

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                UCDavisdude said:
                Hey everyone, i was wondering if double majoring is an advantage for acceptancebecause I am A chemistry major, and im taking so many bio classes that i could easily finish a bio degree as well with an extra year of school.

                What I was hearing is a double major isn't really helpful but I think the OP was referring to a double degree - or maybe I'm reading that wrong.

                Is that more helpful?
                 

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                  I doublke majored and I don't think it helps at all. I mainted a 3.6 and had a 33 mcat and applied to 25 schools and still haven't got in anywhere so... If I had to do it again, I would just major in bio and put all my effort into that and try to get a 3.8+. If you can do that, you're way better off than double majoring.
                   

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                    bbaek said:
                    double majoring in science = pretty pointless

                    double majoring in science and non-science = better chances of not being pointless


                    im a double major in biology and psychology....ummm..i dont know if it helped..it may have some, just by the fact that im doin a double major in 3 yrs, a lot of people are surprised.
                     
                    japhy said:
                    bull****, it totally helps your application. although in your specific case not as much as you would hope. the overwhelming majority of applicants (and acceptances) are bio majors, with chemistry far behind.
                    Relax, chief. If it helped so much, I guarantee that half of SDN would be doing it. But they're not.
                     

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                      i double degreed in a social science (public policy) and a science (interdisciplinary environmental science) and i think it helped. but i actually have 2 degrees, and they are in very different things, and i was able to write meaningfully about them both.
                       

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                        What annoys me about this thread is that its topic only concerns the double major in respect to admissions without consideration of personal enrichment. I realize that because of the competitive atmosphere of MD admissions it's difficult to take such an attitude but I think when it comes to minor admissions affecting decisions like what and how many majors you take it's much more important to go with the one that sounds enjoyable. I took an Organic Synthesis class last semester that wasn't required for my major or for Medical School. I took it because my friends were taking it and because I enjoyed synthesis. It was a really fun class and its allowed me to become a much more effective tutor. I'm really grateful that I took the class rather than go with the admissions safe decision of not taking adding extra difficult units to my schedule.
                         

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                          hmmm... some good points.

                          I doubled in math and molecular bio so, for me, I would have been doing biomath wether it was in the biology dept, in the math dept, or both. Getting certified by both departments was really more of a formality than anything.

                          I guess that if you like both subjects then double major, if not then dont. Point is that its certainly not a guarenteed or magical in, so you should only do it if you would enjoy doing it. (In which case its really fun :))
                           

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                            Uegis is right, once again. I went to UCD and from what I have been told, the double major is usually granted to someone getting a BA and BS but for two BS degrees, I don't think they will do it.

                            I was a BioSci major at UCD and when I considered going back for a second baccalaureate, the only options for me were non-science bachelor's because I already had a BS.

                            Honestly, I'd say that while having the two degrees certainly won't hurt, I wouldn't say it would help any more than going out and volunteering or getting some 'life experiences' under your belt. I was only a foreign language requirement away from getting my second major in Political Science but the College of Letters and Science kicked me out when I reached the 225 unit limit, so that's another consideration. Because my primary major was nearly complete, they said that the second major was less critical and in the interest of getting my butt out of there, I didn't finish it.

                            It is possible to have an area of interest outside your major and not get a second degree in it. If you really feel like you need the second degree, get a minor in BioSci.
                             
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