If I want to become a doctor, what is the best major for me?
A lot of the colleges I'm considering don't have a "pre med" major, so I'm looking into majors such as biochemistry, biology, and chemistry. Do medical schools have a preference? #medicine #major #college #college-major #healthcare #hospital-and-health-care #biology #chemistry #academic-advising
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
I chose biochemistry because there was overlap with the premed requirements and I wanted to complete my degree in 3 years.
Hi Sabrina! You are right, many colleges do not have a "pre-med" major because that is considered a track. By that I mean that you can pick any major as long as you complete the pre-med track requirements. While taking a science is a great option, many med schools appreciate the diversity of majors as it shows you are skilled in a field outside of the typical STEM majors that pre-med students take. I don't have a great level of experience in this area as I was not pre-med myself, but consulting with your school's pre-med advisory team would be a great idea.