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opinions on my major?

Discussion in 'Nontraditional Students' started by futureme, Apr 25, 2012.

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  1. futureme


    Apr 18, 2012
    I am fairly early on in the process and am trying to decide which route to take. I have been planning on a BS in Biochem, minor in biology. Recently, I've been thinking that maybe a different major other than the usual biology and chemistry might help set me apart. I've always been interested in Anthropology so I've been thinking about majoring in that while also being sure to have all the prereqs complete as well. Any thoughts?
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  3. Chip N Sawbones

    Chip N Sawbones Ship's Carpenter 5+ Year Member

    Jan 19, 2011
    Below sea level
    All majors have similar acceptance rates. Lots of non-science majors get accepted, so becoming an anthro major won't be unique enough to help you much. Major in whatever you are interested in and can do well in, as long as you get the prereqs and recommended classes in. Keep in mind that if you change your mind about medicine, an anthropology major won't help you much when you try to find employment after college.
  4. PMPMD

    PMPMD 4G MD 10+ Year Member

    Oct 15, 2001
    I would not change for that reason
    If you think you're more likely to get a better GPA in the subject because you're more interested in it, then that would be a better reason to change. But as stated above, think about what you would do with a degree in anthropology if you don't match.

    Also, I wouldn't overstate the value of a different major. I don't see the adcoms jumping for joy when the see an anthro major vs a bio or chem major. It's interesting, but not THAT interesting (from an adcom perspective). It will not make up for mediocre grades/scores/lack of research/lack of ECs, etc.
  5. Only Zool

    Only Zool 2+ Year Member

    Mar 7, 2012
  6. futureme


    Apr 18, 2012
    Thanks for your feedback. I wouldn't be majoring in Antropology just becuase I thought it would look better, but because I'm very interested in the subject. I don't really need to worry about if I don't get in as I'm already an RN. Still not sure what my plan is at this point, they are both interesting fields.
  7. ShoTyme

    ShoTyme We're going STREAKING!!!

    Jul 25, 2011
    Dallas, TX
    If you do what interests you, there is a better chance you will study more... so there's a better chance you will get A's. The more A's you get, the better your resume is.... the better your resume, the better chance of medical school. Seems like an easy solution to me.
  8. wholeheartedly

    wholeheartedly SDN Administrator 7+ Year Member

    Aug 8, 2009
    Beyond the Wall
    So my vote is also do what interests you, your performance is likely to be better when you're engaged with the material.

    Here's my caveat though, I think you should also pick something that offers employment opportunities if you don't go to medical school right away or wind up not getting accepted when you hope.
  9. dmf2682

    dmf2682 Banned 2+ Year Member

    May 29, 2011
    Rocket Scientist
    This is sound advice. Though, op is already an rn correct? Nontrads already have backup careers!
  10. gonnif

    gonnif Only 1107 Days Until Next Presidential Election Lifetime Donor 7+ Year Member

    Jul 26, 2009
    The Big Bad Apple
    Actually various majors have widely differing acceptance rates. However, what is common across all majors is the tight range grade/scores of matriculating 1st year medical students with sGPA = 3.6, cGPA = 3.7 and MCAT or 30.

    link to Acceptance Rate by Major
  11. Chip N Sawbones

    Chip N Sawbones Ship's Carpenter 5+ Year Member

    Jan 19, 2011
    Below sea level
    There isn't enough variation to worry about. Except for specialized health majors there's only an 8% difference in acceptance rates. Such small variation isn't enough to worry about when choosing a major.
  12. MemberName345


    Apr 14, 2012
    I bet that minor in biology will be more helpful to you as an anthro major than if you're already majoring in biochem.
  13. sebass

    sebass 5+ Year Member

    Jan 2, 2012
    Indeed. I'm an anthropology major myself but now that I've turned pre-med I wish I had minored in biology and took more biological anthropology courses like osteology and methods in skeletal biology. If you're going with the biological anthropology route, a biology minor compliments it well.

    An anthropology degree might make you stand out a tiny, tiny bit, but most of all I would recommend majoring in whatever interests you the most and therefore allows for you to perform better academically.
  14. Buttafuoco


    Mar 9, 2012
    LOL funny thread for me as I actually have degrees in both anthropology and biochem. I can tell you this- my biochem program was a LOT tougher in every way.

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