2+ Year Member
- Aug 21, 2016
I know this topic has been posted ad infinitum in these forums, and so much advice has been given. I've used the search function but something is still eating at me to the point where I'm now posting instead of lurking. I love psychology. Ever since I took AP psych in high school i've fell in love with everything associated with psychology. I'm going to be working in a psychoneuroimmunology lab this upcoming semester. I want to major in psych. However, when I first came to college I wanted to major in neuroscience or chemistry. I would like to do neuro but it's pretty bio heavy, and I'm not really a bio person. If my aim is med school I'm going to be doing plenty of bio there anyway. I am an analytical thinker, and the kind of learning that comes with chemistry not only suits my learning type but it's a subject that I'm fascinated by. AP chem opened that door for me. I've been debating whether or not I should pursue a double major in chem and psych because I love both of those disciplines, or whether I should just choose one and minor in the other. I am a math/science oriented person and I enjoy working through math & chemistry problem sets (once I can get myself to sit down and start, that is). I was talking to my roommate about my conundrum. He works in a private practice, and a lot of the doctors in that practice have their bachelor's in psych, and he brought up the point that, "why don't you just major in psych if you love it so much and maybe minor in chem?" He was telling me that the point is to try to get into med school, not to overstretch and be the most overachieving quadruple major you can be. I know that adcoms don't really care if you're a double major, and that being a double major won't increase your chances. That's not why I want to though; I'm interested because I love both of those fields. I've done well in my chemistry courses but as a major I know it would be more difficult to maintain a high GPA in chemistry than it would in psychology, and I don't want to sacrifice my GPA for something extra. I don't really think I have a single question, but I'm just trying to debate the pros/cons between the choices I have available as I've given this a lot of introspection and I just want to hear any advice that you guys might have. Thanks.