"weak" undergrad major: "strengthen" with legit minor or focus elsewhere?

  • Pharmacy Job Market Webinar

    Are you considering applying to pharmacy school but are concerned about job prospects when you graduate? Join us on Wednesday, July 28th at 8 PM Eastern to hear from three PharmDs about their experiences and options outside of retail pharmacy.

Scean

whats a goon to a goblin?
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Jan 2, 2007
435
0
Status (Visible)
  1. Medical Student
I'm at somewhat of a crossroads. I am an exercise science major because that’s what I enjoy, I'm a cpt, love studying the body, muscles, how it all works etc. My main objective is medicine of course and given that at my school (UGA) the exercise science program is a B.S.Ed. degree, maybe it is everywhere I haven’t really checked, I thought maybe a cellular biology minor would strengthen my academic background. I would only need a few more classes. Its essentially 14-15ish hour vs. 17ish hour semesters the rest of the way, but that’s time I could well spend ensuring a solid gpa and good ECs. Just curious what the general opinion would be.

I did search minors on here but didn’t find much.

also, do you think being a cpt (certified personal trainer) is a good EC, I kinda have a choice of whether or not to devote alot of time to it but i see it as a good experience with clients/"paitents" helping them improve their quality of life etc etc.
 

DropkickMurphy

Membership Revoked
Removed
10+ Year Member
Sep 13, 2005
9,731
25
A bar room in Mombasa drinking gin
Status (Visible)
  1. Other Health Professions Student
:laugh: From what I hear (from a buddy of mine who has a master's in exercise physiology) UGA has a pretty good ES program (according to Tim it's one of the best in the country). I don't think you should worry about a "weak" major. Med schools don't care what you major in......
 

Robizzle

1K Member
10+ Year Member
May 28, 2006
2,831
10
Boston & NYC
Status (Visible)
  1. Medical Student
also, do you think being a cpt (certified personal trainer) is a good EC, I kinda have a choice of whether or not to devote alot of time to it but i see it as a good experience with clients/"paitents" helping them improve their quality of life etc etc.

I talked about this in my PS, and a great deal at every interview. Being a personal trainer (a good one) means that you can work with different types of people and can accomodate for different needs. Shows that you (hopefully) enjoy helping others achieve their goals. Shows that you have basic knowledge of muscle anatomy and nutrition.

Definitely a good extracurricular... Probably my strongest one.
 
About the Ads

TleilaxuMD

Membership Revoked
Removed
10+ Year Member
Feb 18, 2007
167
0
Status (Visible)
Perhaps think about either double majoring or at the very least minoring in Neuroscience or Molecular Bio or Biochem. As you indeed predicted it will make your application both stronger and filled up.:thumbup:
 
C

Critical Mass

The MCAT has gotten heavier on the genetics-type stuff, so I would have a hard time disagreeing with your premise.

I wouldn't worry about major/minor selection. Just know that the MCAT will be the first thing that adcoms look at.
 
C

Critical Mass

Man, I miss the little guy. Wonder who he's lurking around here as now?

:laugh: good Q! FYI I am not my old self, but I haven't run across a new Genetics either. :D

His interest in genetic counseling would have definitely gotten him a 15 on the biological section of the MCAT.

OP, have you considered genetic counseling as a career?
 

Scean

whats a goon to a goblin?
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Jan 2, 2007
435
0
Status (Visible)
  1. Medical Student
thanks for the replies, im still not completely sure but ive got some time to weigh it all out
 
About the Ads
This thread is more than 14 years old.

Your message may be considered spam for the following reasons:

  1. Your new thread title is very short, and likely is unhelpful.
  2. Your reply is very short and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  3. Your reply is very long and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  4. It is very likely that it does not need any further discussion and thus bumping it serves no purpose.
  5. Your message is mostly quotes or spoilers.
  6. Your reply has occurred very quickly after a previous reply and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  7. This thread is locked.