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Any advice on how to pick a major/minor?

I want to become a doctor in the future, so I've heard that the best thing to do is major in biology/sciences, however, if I were to choose to major in something like english instead, how much would that impact my future career/education/graduate school experience?
Also, what are your general tips and advice on how to pick a major and minor?

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Richard’s Answer

In the US, to apply to medical school, you need a bachelor's degree. Any 4-year university should suffice.
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 biochemistry because there was overlap with the premed requirements and I wanted to complete my degree in 3 years.

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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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Kendra’s Answer

The best thing to do is to think about what you are good at, what you want to do and if you enjoy it.

Make sure that you aren’t majoring in something you aren’t good at. Example: I am horrible at math so I made sure I wasn’t in a major that has a lot of math classes. Make sure that your looking up salary’s and finding out requirements.

Prepare to do extensive research and make sure that’s what you need to fulfill the job you want.



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Brittney’s Answer

While majors/minors can be changed, it is important to look at the requirements at your university and the requirements for the program you would like to attend and your future career. It is also important to look at a few other alternatives as pre-requisites can differ by program. In terms of how it would impact to change majors, it depends on where you are in your undergrad completion and the timeline to graduate and apply to programs. There are times where adding a minor fits in with a schedule and provides an area of passion outside of science courses and other times where it may take an additional year to complete the minor. It is important to evaluate the cost and time to extend completing these courses and what your direct goals are. College counselors are great resources to help plan for career paths and provide details on the course work and provide a future look at your requirements and schedule.

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Anthonia’s Answer

You can do any course you are interested in during your 4 year college. However, different med school have different prerequisite, so I will advise that while in college, research on the med school you want to attend and complete their prerequisites.

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