7+ Year Member
May 26, 2009
Hey guys, I made a similar post before but this is a big decision for me so I just want to be completely sure before taking action.

I have read countless times that the undergrad major doesn't matter. I've heard this from this site, the medical careers advisory committee at my school, a book, admissions boards, etc..

So I planned on switching from psychology to health and exercise science, but I had some concerns about not being taken seriously as a health and exercise science (HES) major, because there is definitely a stereotype that it is an easy major. My worries seemed to be abated from what I read but when I emailed a previous chem professor for a recommendation he seemed very surprised and explained that he saw HES as a fallback major. He also sent me this link http://www.colorado.edu/aac/table1.pdf and http://www.knox.edu/statistics.xml

and although the "major doesn't matter" trend seems to follow for almost everything, "health related professions" majors seem to be significantly lower. What is the reasoning, does it matter then? It seems like "Health and Exercise Science" would fall under that category.

Before I was thinking how it's probably more correlation than causation (i.e. the people who are health majors on average aren't as prepared or smart as bio majors and I just wouldn't fall into that average) but nursing and physical therapist majors from what I can tell definitely aren't "dumb" so what's the reasoning?? I want to switch, and I would still have a bio minor, but there's definitely a nagging feeling now after looking at those statistics.