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Hi.

I decided not to major in science since you don't at all need science as a major for premed. I'm actually considering economics and maybe minoring in poli sci.. still unsure.

Is econ a good major for pre-med? Is it hard? I'm either going to UCLA or berkeley. I'm torn between both. But I keep hearing Berkeley is hard to maintain a GPA.. and I know you need a good GPA for med school.

Btw, does anyone know what the requried or GPA most common for getting into a medical (graduate school)?

Is there a statistics link at the AMA website that shows what percentage of students got accepted to what major?

Thanks. I appreciate it :)
 

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I dont think its harder than any other major, but it shouldnt matter if thats what you enjoy.

As far as average GPA...I would say 3.7-3.75 for caucasians and asians.

The only thing with a major like economics you might get grilled a little more in interviews with the question "why medicine?" but this realy shouldnt bea concern.
 
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Average GPA is about 3.7

Just to let you know ... they take into account the difficulty of your major. I keep hearing people say that its best to major in history or something else that is thought to be easy, but Adcoms are not stupid, they are people like you and me and they have been to college too. They know what classes are harder then others and what majors are harder then others.
 

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Hi.

I decided not to major in science since you don't at all need science as a major for premed. I'm actually considering economics and maybe minoring in poli sci.. still unsure.

Is econ a good major for pre-med? Is it hard? I'm either going to UCLA or berkeley. I'm torn between both. But I keep hearing Berkeley is hard to maintain a GPA.. and I know you need a good GPA for med school.

Btw, does anyone know what the requried or GPA most common for getting into a medical (graduate school)?

Is there a statistics link at the AMA website that shows what percentage of students got accepted to what major?

Thanks. I appreciate it :)

This question has been asked a million times. So you can major in anything you want as long as you enjoy it enough to scores A's in it.

Good luck!

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The above advice is good. Makes A's in your History courses, make A's in your medical school prerequisites...either way you show academic consistency. The real problem is when your overall GPA is markedly higher than your science (BCMP) GPA. If you perform well academically in all types of courses and have a strong MCAT score then your choice of major is irrelevant to medical school admission committees.
 

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Just to let you know ... they take into account the difficulty of your major. I keep hearing people say that its best to major in history or something else that is thought to be easy, but Adcoms are not stupid, they are people like you and me and they have been to college too. They know what classes are harder then others and what majors are harder then others.

You got somethin other than anecdote to back that up?
 

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actually, i believe many med schools don't take your major into account when looking at your gpa... the physics major with a 3.4 doesn't stand up to the [insert easier major here] with a 3.8. this is "common knowledge" in the sense that many get-into-med-school reference books mention it and it's consistent with my exposure to admissions committees.

my impression of econ is that it's middle of the road as difficulty goes. i was an econ minor.
 

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The average GPA these days is about a 3.7. You can major in whatever you want as long as you get that GPA. Some majors do have a lower average GPA, so if you want to go to med school you probably want to avoid those majors. Unfortuantely these often seem to be the majors (like engineering) which offer the best chance of getting high starting salary if you don´t get into medical school, or the majors (like the fine arts, or harder liberal arts) which you might find the most interesting (I´ve never met anyone who was facinated by a communications major).

Also you need to do the premedical prereq courses. If you do a major like Ecom, this can mean an extra 30 credits. If you do Biology or Biochem the prereqs are built into your major.

What major you choose will be based on your interests, the amount of financial security you want, and how many credits you can afford to take.

Good luck
 

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Btw, does anyone know what the requried or GPA most common for getting into a medical (graduate school)?

Is there a statistics link at the AMA website that shows what percentage of students got accepted to what major?

Grab an MSAR. It might cost a decent amount, but it'll have all the information you want and more!
 
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Hi.

I decided not to major in science since you don't at all need science as a major for premed. I'm actually considering economics and maybe minoring in poli sci.. still unsure.

Is econ a good major for pre-med? Is it hard? I'm either going to UCLA or berkeley. I'm torn between both. But I keep hearing Berkeley is hard to maintain a GPA.. and I know you need a good GPA for med school.

Btw, does anyone know what the requried or GPA most common for getting into a medical (graduate school)?

Is there a statistics link at the AMA website that shows what percentage of students got accepted to what major?

Thanks. I appreciate it :)

Who majors in economics?
 

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So does it follow that your choice of major is relevant if your gpa is below the mean?

Possibly, it would be a factor that an admissions committee might refer to if a student has indications that they could perform well in the medical school curriculum. If you had a 38 MCAT and a 3.3 GPA then there is a high chance the committee would refer to your application and see what you majored in. However, in most cases borderline numbers equal borderline consideration regardless of how "difficult" your major might be.
 

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i know an asian dude with a bullsht psych major who's currently at harvard med.
 

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I know this sounds stupid.. but what major can you get the highest GPA in for pre med? Besides psychology.. Is there a website w/ stats?

And do i also need to have a higher science GPA than overall?

Thanks everyone! :)
 

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I know this sounds stupid.. but what major can you get the highest GPA in for pre med? Besides psychology.. Is there a website w/ stats?

And do i also need to have a higher science GPA than overall?

Thanks everyone! :)

Your question indicates that you think to be pre-med you only have a few options for majors. "pre-med" means absolutely nothing. It is not a major. It is not a designation. It is an imaginary idea. You can major in any subject you wish. You just have to take gen chem, orgo, bio, physics, sometimes a math, and sometimes an English if you want to go to medical school. That's all. As to what major is easiest to do well in, that all differs by institution and also depends on your own skill set.
 

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I know this sounds stupid.. but what major can you get the highest GPA in for pre med? Besides psychology.. Is there a website w/ stats?

And do i also need to have a higher science GPA than overall?

Thanks everyone! :)
O lordy......
 
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I know this sounds stupid.. but what major can you get the highest GPA in for pre med? Besides psychology.. Is there a website w/ stats?

And do i also need to have a higher science GPA than overall?

Thanks everyone! :)

Now you're starting to think the right way...
 

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I know this sounds stupid.. but what major can you get the highest GPA in for pre med? Besides psychology.. Is there a website w/ stats?

And do i also need to have a higher science GPA than overall?

Thanks everyone! :)
You can probably obtain the highest GPA in a major like biomedical engineering, aeroscience engineering, or something of that sort....

You also need to make As in all your science classes, and Cs in all your gen ed classes...If not, they may ask you "so it looks like you do well in English, we think you should be an english teacher, sorry."

You should strive for atleast 3 first author publications. Also make sure you get in good with all you're professors: bring them cookies, cupcakes, Vodka, Rum...whatever they like..
You should also come up with a way to cheat on the MCAT..a 45 would look really nice, but I think as long as you get a 42 you are fine.

If you do this...you will be the ultimate premed
 
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I dont think so. It's info you can find on the AAMC website, so I was just stating the obvious.

holy crap you're right, I never even noticed that on the website.

man it's tough to be asian/caucasian/foreign/no-race-respond
 

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holy crap you're right, I never even noticed that on the website.

man it's tough to be asian/caucasian/foreign/no-race-respond
Lol, lets not turn it into one of those threads;)

I think this thread is absurd enough, with some senior in hs asking us what he should major in.
 

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Lol, lets not turn it into one of those threads;)

I think this thread is absurd enough, with some senior in hs asking us what he should major in.

No thread os "absurd enough," this is SDN remember? :D

but okay i'll be good :)
 

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um. i'm never going to ask another question again. haha. if you don't want to answer a question just ignore this thread.
 

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No, by all means ask questions, just make sure to utilize the search function first:D
 

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Average GPA is about 3.7

Just to let you know ... they take into account the difficulty of your major. I keep hearing people say that its best to major in history or something else that is thought to be easy, but Adcoms are not stupid, they are people like you and me and they have been to college too. They know what classes are harder then others and what majors are harder then others.

What you're having tea parties with Adcom's now
 

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What you're having tea parties with Adcom's now
You can read the MSAR, they say similar things. BUt! it would be much better to have a 3.8 in history then a 3.5 in aeronautical biochemicalwippeedippe engineering. The reason why ppl say to major in what you like is because you tend to do significanly better in something you enjoy as opposed to something you are just using as a stepping stool to med school.

Also, According to the MSAR they take into account the difficulty of your undergrad, and for some schools that they are unfamilar with they tend to weigh the MCAT slightly more.
 

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You can read the MSAR, they say similar things. BUt! it would be much better to have a 3.8 in history then a 3.5 in aeronautical biochemicalwippeedippe engineering. The reason why ppl say to major in what you like is because you tend to do significanly better in something you enjoy as opposed to something you are just using as a stepping stool to med school.

Also, According to the MSAR they take into account the difficulty of your undergrad, and for some schools that they are unfamilar with they tend to weigh the MCAT slightly more.

Aeronautical biochemical engineering? Geez you've got a point there, what can I say. I hear they make the best doctors.
 

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Aeronautical biochemical engineering? Geez you've got a point there, what can I say. I hear they make the best doctors.

Yeah, im sure they do.
But hey, If you dont want to believe me, dont. Im just telling you what I read and that is they may take into account the difficulty of your major and institution.
 

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Yeah, im sure they do.
But hey, If you dont want to believe me, dont. Im just telling you what I read and that is they may take into account the difficulty of your major and institution.

Well if you're into statistics, then you'll know according aamc, that humanity majors do better on the biology section of the mcat then actual biology majors, and in my humble and personal opinion it really makes no difference what you major in.
 

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I know this sounds stupid.. but what major can you get the highest GPA in for pre med? Besides psychology.. Is there a website w/ stats?

And do i also need to have a higher science GPA than overall?

Thanks everyone! :)

Most majors are graded on a 4.0 scale. However, if you major in either polish, theatre, or women's studies you can actually get a 4.35 gpa.

You GPA is the average of your grades in every class. In each class, you receive a grade on a 4.0 scale, regardless of what major you are in.

Hope that helps

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