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Does my major matter for med school?

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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.

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

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Kathleen’s Answer

Many med schools seek out those with diverse backgrounds, including higher education in any major or having worked after their college degrees. Over 25% of my class had a prior career and many had not even taken the prerequisites during their formal undergrad or graduate studies. Individuals can even take the preparation classes after graduation, including through a "post-baccalaureate" (1 year intense studies) program. In fact this makes the US medical schools somewhat unique in allowing these diverse groups of people to enter physician training at different stages of life. So follow your interests but eventually you will need the prerequisites when you apply for entrance.

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Claire’s Answer

One thing to consider when choosing a major is what you are good at. The most common undergraduate major is biology. Choosing another major can also set you apart from everyone else who applied to medical school. So keep that in mind. However, that can also mean that you will have to take prerequisite courses for medical school that do not apply to your major. I was a psychology major and that set me apart, giving me something to talk about during interviews.

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Valerie’s Answer

You can be any major and still apply to medical school. There was one person in my med school class that were art majors! However, you have to take all of the prerequisite classes (physics, biology, calculus, etc.) You can find the required classes on any of the medical schools webpages. I was a biology major, as were most of my friends, because this incorporated all of the classes we needed to apply for medical school.
Good luck!