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Is biology a good major to get into medical school?

I want to have a career as a surgeon and i want to be able to know what i should major in to have more chance to get into medical school
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Estelle’s Answer

Yes! Biology is a great spring board to medical school. Your major is not as important as your undergraduate grades, your MCAT score, your letters of reference, and your personal statements on your medical school application. For now, just focus on finding a major that really interests you in college.
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Rachel’s Answer

I would say major in whatever field most interests you and will allow you to have a very high GPA. You will take the pre-med requirements regardless of whether you major in science or not. Most med schools will not give you any bonus points for majoring in biology.
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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Evelyn! I agree with previous answers! Any major works, as long as you complete the pre-reqs. I have heard of individuals who were English majors, Literature, and History as well. Biology can help you become more integrated as you take more classes that resemble the MCAT and medical school more but if you have another major that interests you, you can also choose that as well. Make sure to just take the prerequisites and study hard and do well in you GPA and MCAT score in addition to obtaining experience in clinical areas like volunteering and shadowing as well as nonclinical. You can also complete a minor in Biology; I was a Psychology major but got my minor in Chemistry because I had taken many courses for it!

Best of luck!
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Herman’s Answer

Hi Evelyn,

Biology is a good choice as a major if you want to go to medical school. Medical schools ultimately does not require a certain major, but many of the students they accept studied the sciences. However, you can major in anything and still go to medical school. I once met a doctor who studied political science, and I had a classmate who majored in Art who is currently in medical school.

Studying biology will definitely help you be more prepared than a non-science applicant though. For one, you have the science background, which is also tested on the MCAT.

Hope this helps.

Best of luck!

Best regards,
Herman
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Richard’s Answer

Biology is a great major for premed.

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 to major in biochemistry because there was overlap with the premed requirements and I wanted to complete my degree in 3 years.
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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