If I’m interested in going to medical school is the only major I can get a biology degree?
People have to me that if I didn’t go to medical school that with a biology degree, I could only teach biology. So can I get a different degree and still go to medical school? #medical-school #majors #biologydegree #medicine #med-school
You can major in anything! (As long as you complete, and do well in, your pre-med courses.) At some schools once you finish your pre-med courses, you are only a few classes away from a B.S. in Biology, so it is natural to get that degree. However it is not necessary at all. I double majored in Biology and Philosophy. Medical school interviewers were actually much more interested in my philosophy background than my degree in biology.
I agree with the above answer and would like to add that even if you chose not to pursue medicine there are many opportunities outside of teaching for someone with a biology degree. I myself decided not to pursue medicine (even though I was Pre-Med) and went into Pharmaceutical R&D, which has proven to be a great career path for a scientist.
Aside from this, any major is acceptable as long as you complete the prerequisite courses.
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