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Everyone says major doesn't matter for med school, but don't you need to learn science?

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Sydney’s Answer

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Hi! Good question. You are correct in thinking that you have to study science to go to medical school. Actually, there are specific classes you have to take to get into any med school. They are generally biology 1+ lab and biology 2 + lab, physics 1 + lab and physics 2 + lab, English 1 and English 2, general chemistry 1 + lab, general chemistry 2 + lab, organic chemistry 1 + lab and organic chemistry 2 + lab. The thing is, you can take these classes no matter what your major is. In college, you don't have to major in biology to take biology classes, and you don't have to be a science major to take any of these classes. It is a little easier to take all of these classes if they are part of your major curriculum. It is also more affordable to fit these classes in to your major. But, if you want to major in something totally unrelated to science, you can! And you can still take all of the required classes for medical school.

Let me know if you have more questions!
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mijeong’s Answer

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Richard's answer is one way to look at it. However, I met people who have sociology, psychology, and history major with their degree and mostly with a competitive GPA take prerequisite courses to apply for med schools. It will certainly longer than staying in Biology, Chemistry, or Biochemistry major which hard to maintain a higher GPA.
As long as you fulfill with med school prerequisite courses, you will be fine.
Also, there are schools to choose from 50 states, please do not be discouraged by a mediocre GPA.
I heard probably 10% of each class are those 4.0 students and the rest will be above 3.5.
Whoever shows the most interest, do the research, and pursuit will eventually be accepted.
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Richard’s Answer

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Pick a college that suits your personality and 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

You'll need to review those science again for the MCAT
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Estelle’s Answer

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Science is important. You will get a lot of science fulfilling the pre-med requirements. As a side note, most kids in med school are in fact science majors in undergrad.
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