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For a pre-med track, which major would be more helpful: General Biology, Human Biology or Molecular Biology?

I was considering switching from a Molecular Biology to General Biology major before selecting my schedule and was wondering if any on biology major would benefit me most. #college-major #biology #pre-med


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Yvonne’s Answer

Hi Andrea,


Determining the best undergraduate major for pre-med depends on what school you are interested in attending or currently attending. Different schools have slightly different requirements for their majors. If you talk to a career/guidance counselor, they will be able to sit down with you and compare the different majors to make sure you are getting your required courses. Most likely, no one major will hit 100% of the requirements, so you'll need to supplement your major with electives that will help you check off all the required courses. Based on my experience as a Zoology/Biology major, you will probably be fine with any of those majors. I would also recommend you make an appointment with a counselor at the medical school you'd like to go to to determine if there is a certain major they like to see and just what their requirements are in general.


Good luck!


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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Andrea! You can be any major and apply to medical school. The majors should interest you however, so I would research more and pick an option that best suits you. General biology is good and I think it will prepare you overall for medical school and the MCAT but Molecular or Human Biology may give you more integration of the academic knowledge for medical school and provide a more complex foundation that may be more helpful in the long run. Just be sure to study well for whichever major you take!

Best of luck!

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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 that vary from school to school. 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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Estelle’s Answer

Any of these fields will benefit you in your medical path. General is probable the most interesting, but human or molecular will prepare you the best for medical school. Just make sure that you choose a major that really interests you so that you make great grades and get good letters of recommendation.

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Richard’s Answer

Pick a college 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.

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