Can I get in med-school or dental school with a biochemistry degree?
I'm considering in getting biochemistry for my major, but I'm not sure of what I want to study. I want to be a dentist, but I'm also interested in cardio thoracic surgery and I haven't decide what to do yet. I'm also thinking in not declaring until my sophomore year in college.
Shannon Routch, A.A., D.D., C.P.T.
Be open to new experiences, and don't be afraid to change your mind. I was myself considering becoming a periodontist, but I decided only during my general practice residency that it probably wasn't for me. And I know of an orthodontist who after practicing several years went to law school and became a malpractice attorney, while keeping his orthodontic practice!
Don't be rushed into a narrow career path too early, and good luck!
Until then, a biochemistry major is going to have some foundational coursework, which should help you refine your choices of what you want to do. You will also have professors and teaching assistants you can ask. The world of biochemistry is getting pretty big these days, meaning there are lots of ways to use this degree. I would imagine you definitely could get into med school with this degree. Good luck, and great job being proactive.
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