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    lillianlillian
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    Is it better to declare a certain major for undergrad? Some say Biology, others say pre-med, etc. Which looks favorable for medschool? Is there a major that will allow me to change to another field of graduate major after acheiving the undergrad/bachelor’s degree? :boggled:

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    SisleySisley
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    Just my 2 cents as I’m not in medical school, but I read somewhere here or somewhere else that liberal arts majors do better on MCATs than science majors. I personally think it’s important to choose a major that develops your critical thinking skills and your ability to express yourself. However, liberal arts majors are not known for being that great when you are looking for a job. I’m speaking as an English major grad. So there are pros and cons. But the more subjects you expose yourself to, the more you are able to bring a fresh perspective to medicine. And you want to choose a major that you’ll get good grades in because bottom line they look at your G.P.A.

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    RPCRPC
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    Lillian-
    Pick a major that interests you and one in which you can get a good GPA. I am a first year medical student and I graduated 7 years ago with degrees in Psychology and German. I don’t think my degrees hurt me at all, in fact it was a good conversation starter in interviews.
    I would estimate that only about 60% of my classmates have science majors.
    I hope this helps! Good luck.
    RPC

    #22659
    UCLABruinUCLABruin
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    You should major in whatever you enjoy. Many pre-meds major in biology, but this is partly because several of the medical school requirements are the same as the biology requirements.

    #22660
    MelissaGrayMelissaGray
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    Gotta agree with everyone else–pick something you like. Just be sure that you complete all of the prereqs for the med school(s) you plan on applying to.

    #22661
    lillianlillian
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    Thanks for all the advice. Do med schools prefer one undergrad major to another? Or are they looking for gpa?

    #22662
    efex101efex101
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    Most medical schools are first looking at GPA, the bottom line is to study something that you are passionate about *and* can do well in. For example if you love math but do not do extremely well in it, then I would reconsider some other major. Just my 0.2

    #22663
    lillianlillian
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    I am going to toward a Lib Arts degree…it seems to fit me well. The pre-requisites don’t have much science requirements. Should I take them even though I don’t have to? Would that be helpful in Mcats?

    Thank you all for your replies!

    #22664
    MelissaGrayMelissaGray
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    You’ve got to have 1 year each of biology, general chemistry, physics, and organic chemistry to take the MCAT so you definitely have to take those. Med schools have additional classes that they either require or recommend. You should check with the med schools that you’re interested in to see what additional classes you should consider.

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    macca26macca26
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    Molecular Pathology – I wanna be a HIV/AIDS specialist preferably in Paediatrics eventually.

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