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What is the best undergrad degree when pursuing a Medical degree?

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Richard’s Answer


Pick a major that interests you. 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.

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

I chose biochemistry because it overlapped well with premed requirements and I was able to graduate college in 3 years.
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Estelle’s Answer

Any major works as long as you get good grades. Try to find a major for which you have a passion. You need to have a high GPA and a high MCAT.
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James’s Answer

Years ago was told not to be a classic premed student. Take required science courses, usually biology, physics, chemistry, organic chemistry. Then focus on liberal arts courses, you will receive enough science in med school. Get an education in undergraduate school. Found that was excellent advice. Research what science courses are required by medical schools you are interested in attending. Also get involved in extracurricular activities.

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Rachel’s Answer

Major in whatever field interests you and will allow you to maintain an excellent GPA. I majored in Spanish literature and had no trouble with my med school applications. You do need to complete the pre-med requirements, preferably with A’s. These include at least a year of biology, 1 year inorganic chemistry, 1 year organic chemistry + labs, physics, calculus, and biochemistry. Your junior year, you will need to take an MCAT study course prior to taking the MCAT. With a solid GPA and MCAT score, you should be a competitive applicant.
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