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questioning my undergrad major...

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by lina123321, Apr 17, 2007.

  1. lina123321

    lina123321 ralph: im a unitard 5+ Year Member

    Jun 20, 2006
    over the rainbow
    i wish i majored in business as an undergrad b/c now, as a biology major graduating this may, i have realized that this may be a viable career interest. don't get me wrong, i've always wanted to be an MD, but since middle school, i've been on the science track. i went thru highschool and college w/the premed focus and mindset...

    But now, w/no acceptance to a med school ( a few Wl's, but nothing to hold my breath for), and the prospect of having to find a job w/a BA in Bio (i'm not interested in pursuing a PhD), im bummed out. i really wanna go to med school, so im gonna have to apply for 2009 (mcat retake later in 2007), so that's 2 yrs out of thinking: "what if?"...what if i majored in business...i'd have at least a prospective career path that i could live well on (>60K)..what am i gonna do w/a bio major?...(lab tech..approx 30K..livable, but really, is this what 4yrs of undergrad is worth?)

    idk...:confused: :confused:
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  3. kronickm

    kronickm even par. 2+ Year Member

    Feb 20, 2007
    <------------ Philosophy Major.
  4. bbabul01

    bbabul01 5+ Year Member

    Aug 5, 2006
    Go to grad school. Having a bachelor nowadays is equivalent to having a high school degree when our parents were our age. You prob wouldn't make $60k with a bachelors in business anyway, so don't worry about it. Work for a few years, figure out what you really like, take some more classes, figure out more of what you like, then go to grad school. Good luck.
  5. RowaH

    RowaH 2+ Year Member

    Apr 13, 2007
    Illicit business practises? Insider trading on the stock market?
  6. <----Psychology/Medical technology major with minors in foreign languages
  7. eternalrage

    eternalrage Even Kal has bad days... 10+ Year Member

    Jun 22, 2005
    Long Island, NY
    I took two years off after undergrad. It's no big deal. Depending on what type of residency you end up doing in the future, you might even be done with everything before some of those who went straight out of college.

    In terms of other things you can do with a BA in biology - if medicine ends up being a no-go, you can do pharm, dentistry, PA, nursing, public health. You are not limited to just biology.
  8. sirus_virus

    sirus_virus nonsense poster 2+ Year Member

    Nov 6, 2006
    Now that you have seen the light, do the smart thing and switch majors. DO NOT GET A MASTERS in something that could potentially be valueless to you. There are lots of profitable fields out there, choose one. I don't really know why people major in biology if they plan on going to medschool. If you really like biology and you are not planning on going to medschool, then I might understand. It just doesn't make sense to waste an opportunity to diversify on your way to medschool. BTW, it is never too late. I held off medschool for a few years and pursued an MBA for the purpose of diversifying.
  9. mechie

    mechie 2+ Year Member

    Mar 14, 2007
    You don't need a business degree to get into business. It takes a bit more effort, and some creativity, but it's definitely possible to make yourself marketable for a career in business.
  10. Schaden Freud

    Schaden Freud MiSanthrope II 2+ Year Member

    Apr 23, 2006
    If you decide against the MD, an MBA can be an excellent option.

  11. xucardsfan08

    xucardsfan08 2+ Year Member

    Jun 8, 2006
    Having a science degree does NOT limit you to a career in the sciences.

    Actually, in some cases, a business/corporation would hire a science major preferentially over a business major b/c you know that if you graduate with a science degree, you are intelligent. Graduation with a degree in marketing isn't anything special. Aside from specialized jobs catered toward certain majors (accounting or finance), you can use your science background to your advantage.

    Much of what you learn in business classes is common sense anyways (less accounting/finance) with a fancy term attached to it. (Law of diminshing marginal utility = i'll be less satisfied after eating the second hamburger then the first, and so on...)
  12. kakashi74

    kakashi74 2+ Year Member

    Oct 8, 2006
    I don't know about other people, but for the longest time I thought you had to major in biology to go to med school. But then again that was when I wasn't even thinking about med school. It was only after I graduated, and decided to switch into medicine did I look into the requirements. I was surprised how little requirements there were. Most of the requirements overlap with other science majors so it's not like you need an extra 2 years of undergrad.
    If I had known this earlier, I would have definitely done the premed in addition to my major.
  13. thirsty4chicken

    thirsty4chicken New Member 2+ Year Member

    Aug 20, 2006

    Last year, I was in your shoes with no acceptances. The difference is that I was a business major (Econ actually, as my university doesn't offer a business major). And, the funny thing is, I regret it. I wish that I would have been a bio or chem major.

    My advice to you: reapply and work in a lab for a year or something (this is what I did, and it worked in getting me in). Once you're in med school, there are lots of doors open to you. Just because you're an M.D. doesn't mean that you have to strictly go into medicine. Lots of people go into business/consulting later. You could even get an MD/MBA if you're gung-ho about it.

    Good luck on getting off those waitlists.
  14. I don't know.....judging by some of the bio majors I've dealt with I think you're suffering from observational bias.
  15. OncDoc19

    OncDoc19 MS4 7+ Year Member

    Feb 6, 2007
    Definately. I would say that I have really yet to meet a bio major who impresses me with their intelligence. Usually I just chuckle to myself as they tell me how hard their major was (+pity+) and how, as a consequence, their GPA sucks but if they can just keep it above 3.25 (the in-state school's cutoff) then they will rock the MCAT and get in anyway. :laugh:
  16. Yeah....I have a good laugh about that....."I was a calculus based biochemical nuclear genetic engineering major, so I have a low GPA, but ADCOMs add a full 1.0 to the GPAs of people with my major, so I'll have a 3.4 and I know I will rock the MCAT so I'm sure to get in!"

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