BACKGROUND i'll be applying 08 for 09 matriculation... taking mcat in april/may of 08. my overal GPA now is 2.8, and my science is about a 3.2 my first 2 years of community college i didnt know i wanted to do medicine, so i just sleazed along and got a 2.4, i transferred to a California state university and my 1st year there was a 3.7 (dean's list, and also these are the requirement classes, the 2.4 was in general edu. such as theatre arts, history, etc). that pulled up my accumulative GPA from 2.4 to a 2.8. i was originally going to apply this year, but my current stats are way too low, so i'll apply next year, that way i have another year of A's contributing to my GPA along with a superb upward trend... 2.4 ---> 3.7, and i'm planning to rock the MCAT, i want to get ATLEAST a 30. i'll take it in april or even may, apply early in june, VERY broadly, to about 25 schools (starting from the bottom up, plus all CA schools) along to D.O schools. I'm a BIOLOGY major BTW EC's: Volunteer Lifeguard Instructor, CPR instructor, possible research for 1 year. Working exp: ER tech for 2.5 years at time of matriculation, ambulance emt for 8 months, lifeguard + swim instructor Awards: dean's list a few times, and "distinguished service award for rescuing and reviving a non-breathing patron at ______ pool on july 21, 2004" << so proud of myself ! MY PLAN originally to apply this year, i was cramming in my upper division bio electives into 17 units per quarter to grad summer 08 and get into medschool fall 08. but since i wont be matriculating till fall 09, i'm planning to ease up my course load... as in taking 1 or 2 science classes per quarter along with cushion classes (easy low level classes, non science to boost my GPA), + research for 1 year (starting junish 08 till graduation summer 09). So basically i'll have a higher GPA (cause of easy A's in lower division classes), research, and higher BCPM cause i'll have had another year of science classes (with A's). OR should i do this: still maintain science courseload 1 or 2 classes per quarter till graduation AND a double major (since i'll have 2 years to complete it) in another non-science field that interests me... such as ________. This way i'll have 2 majors: biology and _______, but NO research, still increashed GPA. Which option would help me most?