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Undergraduate Schools and Majors

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by cataractattack, Mar 2, 2007.

  1. cataractattack


    Mar 2, 2007
    I know this seems like a sort of dumb quesion, but Im only about to apply to undergraduate school, and I was wondering is it better to declare pre-med as my major or to major in somthing like biology? Advice/help would be much appreciated,
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  3. Robizzle

    Robizzle 1K Member 2+ Year Member

    May 28, 2006
    Boston & NYC
    This needs to be next on the sticky list.

    And here is the million dollar answer:

    It doesn't matter what you major in as long as you do well in all your classes, especially the prereqs.
    Majoring in "premed" is actually a pretty dumb idea IMO because imagine you decide you don't want to be a doctor in 3 years (very likely). Then you go for job interviews and tell 'em you majored in premed and see what they think :). Plus, most schools don't even have a major called "premed", it's just a track you take by fulfilling prerequisite courses. Maybe you're getting this confused in your school too.
  4. cataractattack


    Mar 2, 2007
    Thank you! Thats really good advice, so i huess im majoring in biology.
  5. Droopy Snoopy

    Droopy Snoopy 7+ Year Member

    Apr 3, 2006
    The Alamo
    Yeah I'd imagine most schools don't have a premed major. At most a minor, and my undergrad didn't even have that, it was just an emphasis area. Majoring in biology or biochem is what at least the plurality of applicants do, in part because (duh) they're interested in biology and in part because this major will cover all the prereqs without having to take them as "extra" courses. Plus it prepares you well for the MCAT. But any major is fine, and something like anthropology or art history may well help you stand out provided you do well in the prereq courses (they are of a fairly standard, known quality to the gatekeepers who may or may not know how easy/hard say anthropology courses are). Off the top of my head I can think of five engineers (two chemical, one mechanical, one civil, one biological), a lawyer, a pharmacist, a West Point grad, a PA, and more than a few humanities majors in my class of second year med students. Do what makes you happy and have a back-up plan. Like Robizzle said, a whole herd of premeds decide to do something else along the way, and in any given year a fairly large percentage of applicants don't get accepted anywhere.
  6. archaic


    Mar 2, 2007
    It doesn't even matter what you put up on your application right now(atleast thats how it was at my school) just make sure you study something you like, do it nicely and have good ECs.. imho
  7. Northerner

    Northerner Coquettish Haberdasher 10+ Year Member

    Aug 1, 2002
    Fish in a barrel.
  8. Critical Mass

    Critical Mass Guest

    Feb 23, 2007
    :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

    Old Testament was one of my favorite classes even though I'm not really a Christian.
  9. PEN15

    PEN15 Member 5+ Year Member

    Jan 25, 2005
    in one ear and out the other... I'm sure this question will be asked again sometime later on this week... or even today.
  10. Bernie3144

    Bernie3144 7+ Year Member

    Jul 22, 2006
    Depends on your undergrad.... but....

    Don't go premed.... just take the required courses, take the MCAT, do well, and keep up your GPA. I went premed, took the courses needed to graduate, and hated life. Take what you need, and do it well. Keep up your research and activities! You will be golden.

    Also, don't take AP exams, enjoy high school, and take the intro courses during freshman year. The great grades you obtained in high school do not transfer, just the credits... totally not worth it, if you want to go to med school.

    Unless you want to be a gunner and go balls out/not have an undergrad life/do anything fun before building up 100-200K in debt, do not go premed, do not test out of intro courses, and do not spend your undergrad life in the library.

  11. samgeez

    samgeez 2+ Year Member

    Feb 5, 2007
    i majored in chemical engineering and finished with a 2.9 UG (3.5 in the MS program), so I am sure my choice of major did factor in when my GPA was evaluated at the schools i got acceptances from. I think you should pick a major that you will enjoy so you can do the best in your courses as possible (assuming you are more likely to do well when you enjoy your coursework). I am personally against pre-med as a major because if (God-forbid) you dont get in to med school, you limit your options professionally.
  12. Khanal007

    Khanal007 Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 20, 2005
    in response to "don't come back on sdn till junior year":

    well, come back on SDN a little earlier and go to the MCAT forum. it is really helpful.
  13. TMP-SMX

    TMP-SMX Senior Member Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Jun 12, 2006
    You mean Jewish? I guess that's besides the point anyway. And yes I know that Islam and Christianity include the Old Testament as they are all Abrahamic religions.


    Major in whatever you can do well in and enjoy.
  14. Critical Mass

    Critical Mass Guest

    Feb 23, 2007
    Got me on that one! I had a Jewish boss once, and I once said that they used the Old Testament. He went off on me. I guess that they call it Tanak with the Talmud as a supplement.

    Really I never called myself a pre-med. I never cared for the associated stigma.

  15. koercive

    koercive Industry HE&OR, Large Cap Pharma Partner Organization 10+ Year Member

    Apr 12, 2005
    New Jersey
    SDN Partner
    i'm not a bio major. one of the best decisions of my life.

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