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What are good majors for students with medical aspirations?

I'm currently considering biochemistry, psychology, and sociology, but I don't know which majors are the best for medical aspirations. #majors #college #college-major #medicine

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Ashley’s Answer

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Hello Ashley! The type of major that you pursue should align with the type of medical aspiration that you plan on pursuing. As an example, a Biology or Pre-Med major would be the best fit if you were going to pursue medical school since these majors provide you with the required pre-requisites for consideration into medical school. On the other hand, if you wanted to be a Pharmacist and go to pharmacy school, you would want to consider more of a Chemistry major to meet the pre-requisites for pharmacy school. If your goal is something along the lines of becoming a veterinarian, you would want to pursue an Animal Sciences degree to meet those requirements. I would suggest determining your long-term medical aspirations, looking at the steps to reach them (i.e. medical school, veterinarian school) and then looking at the requirements for each step to help you determine the best major!

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Determine your long-term medical career goal (i.e. doctor, pharmacist, veterinarian).
Once you have decided your long-term goal (i.e. doctor) look into the steps to become a doctor (i.e. medical school) and determine which major would meet the pre-requisites of that career path (i.e. extensive biology coursework in undergrad degree for acceptance to medical school).
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Richard’s Answer

Pick a major that interests you so you don't mind devoting a majority of your hours to studying. You will need to get good grades in college in order to apply for medical school. At the medical school I attended, the average GPA is reported to be 3.85, so even one or two B's can hurt your chances of acceptance.
Aside from this, any major is acceptable as long as you complete the prerequisite courses. I chose to major in biochemistry because there was overlap with the premed requirements and I wanted to complete my degree in 3 years.
Typical medical school prerequisites include:
Biology: Lecture – 4 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
General Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Organic Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Biochemistry: Lecture – 1 semester
General Physics: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Math: Statistics – 1 semester
English: Rhetoric (Composition) and Literature – 2 semesters