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what should you major in if u wanna go for premed?

like should it be molecular biology or something else? #major

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Hi Layne:

There are several possible options you can investigate regarding taking a major in Premed. You do not necessarily need to major in Molecular Biology, you can do something else if you wish. I know there might be individuals steering you towards that particular major, but the fact is that medical schools have specific admissions requirements regarding the needed admissions courses and other academic standards. There is not one specific major you should consider, there is in fact many possible options.

For example, one of my physicians majored in History and another in Physical Education, but they ended up going to medical school because took and did well in the classes required for medical school admission, met all the needed academic requirements and scored well on the medical school admissions exams (MCAT).

The most common majors for individuals enrolled in medical school are in the physical sciences, social sciences, humanities and the biological sciences. So what you major in does not matter as much to the admission committees as your overall GPA. There are specific areas that medical schools do look at as far as courses. These include the ones in biology, chemistry, physics and math. The best choice of major is one that will allow you to maintain high academic standards, and allows you to meet the course admissions standards of the medical school. The best pre-med major for you is something that truly interests you (something that you can excel in), rather than merely what you think med schools want to see.

Paul recommends the following next steps:

Review the medical school admissions standards and determine which courses you will need to complete successfully in order to gain admission.
Familiarize yourself with the basic prerequisite classes for medical school.
See you academic advisor and determine which majors and classes would allow you to successfully complete a bachelors degree and meet the standards for medical school.
Research the Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR) and determine when would be the best time to take the MCAT.