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Undergrad Major???

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by rmsgolfer, May 14, 2007.

  1. rmsgolfer

    rmsgolfer 2+ Year Member

    Feb 8, 2007
    Just wondering what ppl are doing for undergrad majors. Ive searched and there is limited info on the subject. Im a Health Fitness major at a liberal arts college and ive only seen a handful of other Health Exercise Science people on here. Also, if you are, does it seem like you are at a disadvantage for not doing bio/chem.
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  3. Animus

    Animus I won't deny it... 7+ Year Member

    Apr 16, 2007
    5th floor
    I honestly do not think it matters. I was a pysch major and I got in first time applying. I have heard that they like people who are not cookie cutter bio/chem majors but have not personally seen any data.

    I found this on the cornell applying to med school FAQ's. It should help.

    The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has stated that, "admission committee members know that medical students can develop the essential skills od acquiring, synthesizing, applyintg and communicating information through a wide variety of academic disciplines... Choosing science based primarily on enhancing one's chances for admission to medical school is not in a student's long-term best interest."

    Despite statements like the above, many students believe that medical schools actually prefer one major over another. AAMC's national data, however, refute this. In 2005, 45% of biological sciences majors, 50% of physical sciences majors, 52% of humanities majors, and 48% of social sciences majors applying were accepted to medical school. The variation in percentage of acceptance by major is not significant and major cannot be used to predict acceptance to medical school.
  4. Halligan

    Halligan 2+ Year Member

    Jan 5, 2007
    I asked a doctor this same question - he said that he had majored in Spanish Literature, because it interested him. On his interviews, he related it to medicine.
    The post above gives great advice. Especially the statistics and quote from Cornell.
    I'm no doctor, but a pre-med just like you. I've got a B.S. degree in Public Safety - yea, I know, Who's heard of that, right???
    So take what you want from me:
    Pick something that interests you, as if you don't, you'll probably hate your classes and be miserable in your undergrad. Whatever you do and while you go through it, contemplate on why it fits into your life and how it's going to relate to you beginning a career in medicine.

    If Health Exercise Science is what interests you, then do it. If basket weaving interests you, and your school offers it, then do it. Whatever it is, make sure you are satisfied.
  5. rmsgolfer

    rmsgolfer 2+ Year Member

    Feb 8, 2007
    I started out bio my freshman year and i think i would have rather had my nuts kicked every hour for a week. I just didnt enjoy it so I switched to where the more anatomy/phys/nutritional classes were. Great info guys, please keep it coming.
  6. Dr.Inviz

    Dr.Inviz Banned Banned

    Oct 1, 2006
    Major in what you're good at and enjoy. Don't major in something because it "may/may not" give you an advantage for med school.
  7. Dr JPH

    Dr JPH Banned Banned 10+ Year Member

    Feb 4, 2000
  8. bkpa2med

    bkpa2med 10+ Year Member

    Jun 26, 2004
    Like others have already stated, major in something where you enjoy it and can keep your GPA up.
  9. emaj1n

    emaj1n M1 2+ Year Member

    Oct 16, 2006
    I majored in English and psychology. I chose English because I wanted to write gooder, and I knew undergrad was my only shot. And I really enjoyed psychology courses.

    If I could do it over again, I'd try to squeeze in philosophy, too.
  10. Personally, I'd major in something that I could see myself doing in case the medical thing didn't work out.
  11. DrVanNostran

    DrVanNostran 10+ Year Member

    Mar 19, 2006
  12. DrVanNostran

    DrVanNostran 10+ Year Member

    Mar 19, 2006
    I always wished that I spent an extra year in college and completed two majors. Hell, I wish I applied to guarantee programs out of high school :oops:
  13. Dr. Gangrene

    Dr. Gangrene AZPOD 2011 Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Aug 4, 2006
    Valley of the Sun
    If you feel deficient in the sciences, make sure you do a major or minor in the sciences (but something that interests you)
    If you are good there, study whatever and do the normal pre reqs.
    Like other posters said, if you think it sucks, you won't study, wont do well, adn will lower gpa.

    Personally, I was weak in sci, so did micro because it intersted me.
  14. SunshineNYC

    SunshineNYC SunshineNYC 2+ Year Member

    Jan 30, 2007
    Psychology with a concentration in Neuroscience
  15. Kappy1

    Kappy1 Bleach and Glass Cleaner 5+ Year Member

    Feb 28, 2007
    In my Imagination

    Honestly, you can major in any degree that will give you a BS or a BA. I was a political science major and a chem minor. I really wanted to major in basket weaving but it wasn't offered in my school. (kidding) Just make sure you complete all the pre-med requirements of Bio 1 and 2, chem 1 and 2, orgo 1 and 2, and physics 1 and 2. This includes labs as well. Most schools would also would recommend you take A and P, Biochem, Cell Bio, Microbio, Calculus, Genetics, Statistics. You don't need to take all of these but taking a few of these will make you a better applicant. Traditionally most physicans were bio, biochem, or chem majors and some schools still have a signifigant number of those majors. However, by majoring in something other than a science you are showing ADCOM's that you are a well rounded person. Do what you like otherwise undergrad becomes a pain. With good overall and science gpa's(3.5+) you should be fine. Good Luck with the application process.
  16. VYTillIDie

    VYTillIDie 2+ Year Member

    Feb 6, 2007
    Biomedical Engineering, couldn't do Differential Equations, switched to Biology. If I had to do over again, it would have been American Studies, Health Promotion and Fitness or something else. Not Biology. Thinking back, though, there is no way I could have known that I would have liked something else better. I hated history in high school, but took a few American Studies classes here and didn't EVER want class to end, except for one time when after class we left Austin for Dallas and Texas-Oklahoma weekend.
  17. Vee

    Vee 10+ Year Member

    Dec 13, 2006
    New England
    i was a spanish major. i absolutely love the language and the culture, and now i'm bilingual. i use it a ton in my work as an emt and i spent time studying abroad in spain during my junior year. i couldn't have made a better choice, and the people who interviewed me thought so too!
  18. dr.kicia

    dr.kicia Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 11, 2003
    where the heart is***
    i was an architecture major and then switched to art history :D
  19. Punchap

    Punchap Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Mar 4, 2003
    Choose the major that allows you to take the most courses that interest you...for me that was medical anthropology and public health. No use being stuck with something you hate because it "looks good." In the end, it really doesn't long as your GPA and MCAT are good.
  20. DiverDoc

    DiverDoc KCUMB 2012 10+ Year Member

    Molecular science major here. Not to look good, but I enjoy it.
  21. Dr.Inviz

    Dr.Inviz Banned Banned

    Oct 1, 2006
    Quite the irony: wish to study English as a major to write "gooder" ... :laugh:
  22. rmsgolfer

    rmsgolfer 2+ Year Member

    Feb 8, 2007
    i chose my health fitness major because it dealt with more human/anatomy/physiology/assessment type concepts. We spend countless hours working in our human performance lab and i feel i have learned a lot regarding client patient relationship and professionalism. Its nice to hear many others are outside the typical 'science majors'. I am just finishing up my junior year and will be applying and taking the MCAT this summer. YIKES. Thanks for all the info guys/gals. CHEERS :banana:
  23. mommy2three

    mommy2three PGY-1 10+ Year Member

    Dec 13, 2005
    i have a dual degree...i have a bs in biology and a bs in psychology :)
  24. t-funk

    t-funk The Road Less Traveled 5+ Year Member

    Mar 18, 2006
    Lincoln, NE
    BS in Geology and BA in Anthropology with a Math minor.

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