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What should I major in college to become a doctor (Guadalupe Andrade)


In the United States, you can technically major in anything to enter the medical profession. You have to take the pre-med courses as pre-requisites into the medical school programs. However, most people I know focus on sciences such as biology, neurobiology, biochemical engineer, chemistry, and physics. The core classes under these disciplines align with pre-medical courses and so it's easier to achieve a degree in these areas. With that said, I know a number of students who also majored in English, philosophy, math, or even linguistics enter into medical school. As long as you meet the pre-med course requirements under these other majors, you can apply to medical school. YK K.

Major in whatever would help you out to be in the field that you want. Depending on what part of the medical field you want, try to study something that has to do with it. Shannon D.

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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, preferably with A’s. 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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Richard’s Answer

Pick a 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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Emily’s Answer

There are multiple options as your main major! Anything in the sciences or medical field (i.e. pre-med) are great options! I'd recommend Biology as a great one!


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