Questions about majors!

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  1. nysegop

    nysegop Banned

    Apr 15, 2012
    Somewhere Cold...
    I have some questions about majors and your recommendations.

    1. Which is better? A B.A. in Biology or a B.S. in Integrated Biology.
    2. Which is better? A BA/BS in Biology or a B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science.

    This is assuming that person in question is:
    A. Participating in Pre-Medical program.
    B. Wanting to become a doctor.
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  3. Doesn't matter nearly as much as you might think.

    Major in what you like. Do well in prereqs. And it might also be worth thinking about majoring in something that might be useful for grad school and/or other careers if you decide you don't want to be a doctor.
  4. I'm No Superman

    I'm No Superman Crushin' scones 5+ Year Member

    May 7, 2011
    Ann Arbor
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  5. niblet

    niblet 7+ Year Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    Medical Laboratory Science is generally vocational. It is meant for those who want to work specifically as a medical laboratory scientist post-graduation. It wouldn't be the best option for someone dead-set on pre-medicine; although, it may be an appealing option if you aren't definitively pre-medical.

    The BA vs the BS: First of all, admissions committees do not really care what your major is, so your guiding principle here should be which you would enjoy more, as neither will have an impact on your application. I would go with the BS if you are interested in science as a discipline, i.e. biological basic science research. Put another way, do you want to perform research at some point during your college career? If so, I'd go with the BS. If that's not something that interests you, BA might be the way to go.
  6. Poetic Silence

    Poetic Silence Banned 2+ Year Member

    A BA/BS in any major you can get good grades in.
  7. nysegop

    nysegop Banned

    Apr 15, 2012
    Somewhere Cold...
    People say "any major is good". So does that mean despite MLS (Medical Lab Science) being sort of vocational it still works for premed? By the way, the MLS department website says it's a good premed major. Do you believe this to be true or just advertising?
  8. mmmcdowe

    mmmcdowe Duke of minimal vowels Gold Donor SDN Moderator 7+ Year Member

    Sep 12, 2008
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    I wouldn't do it.The other options you listed are fine.

    Edit: Looking at Purdue's version of MLS, I see an awful lot of medical school-esque courses. There is plenty time to learn that stuff in medical school, and the fact that they would have a yearlong class on serology and another one on urinalysis implies to me that this is a very technical major that focuses on students planning to be involved in ancillary services rather than physicians. Use college to explore other interests.
    Last edited: May 22, 2012
  9. nysegop

    nysegop Banned

    Apr 15, 2012
    Somewhere Cold...
    I see, thank you!

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