Many MD/PhD programs prefer your degree is in a science, and a few require it, but not all.Originally posted by whodenie
I was just wandering if there is anyone else out there who is applying to MSTP and does not have a BS. I have a BA in philosophy. Just curious to see if I am the lone wander.
Originally posted by TheRock
I believe the issue at hand was whether or not non-science majors can apply to mstp programs, not considering what field one enters into for a phd. With this in mind, I have never heard of a program requiring a science major for their entrance into mstp... name some if they exist as I would be curious to know. Moreover, it is my personal opinion that students who strictly major in science miss a liberal arts education.... assuming thats the purpose of college (to receive a liberal arts education). I feel sorry for individuals that spend 4 years in school, yet have not read classical literature and cannot even dialogue about ideas and philosophies that have shaped our world today. I think modern educators are relatively lazy in that greek and latin are no longer required in one's education, along with studying plato, aristotle and socrates. Anyways, thats all to say that a friend of mine used to work at the U of Chicago admissions office and said "admission officers crave non-science majors applying for mstp." There are few, but their presence is known in graduate programs.
Originally posted by DoubleDoctor
I agree with you sluox because although I thoroughly enjoyed many of the classics and humanities that I took, I really don't see how they benefit me greatly thus far. I use my science background every day.
You might not see how this background helps you now and I also didn't "see" how the BA I have in Religion (concentration in Easter Philosophy) would help me either when I was your age and I'm assuming you under 30 (I'm thirty something).
I can tell you without a doubt now that I'm older, that having a non-science degree has helped me both professionally and personally. As others have mentioned, a nonscience background makes you a well-rounded individual and as you get older and have other life experiences you'll begin to see other pluses. For example at job related functions, you'll to be able to comment on something intelligently other than science which I can assure you will impress your boss even if they never acknowledge it. It will also be useful on the verbal section of the MCAT. I can also tell you from personal experience having talked to adcom members at Harvard and other schools, this particular school is definitely interested in students that stand out from the crowd. Finally on every interview I've had since earning my degrees, my nonscience education always comes up and makes it easier for interviewers to remember me. Talking about it takes the "edge" off the interviewing process.
These are just a few of the many advantages having a nonscience background has helped me. You might not see it now but believe me you'll see it one day and see that it is/was worth the extra effort.
PS- I'll be an MSTP applicant next year.