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Biology Majors, why are there so many people doing biology major?

bjt223bjt223 Posts: 482Registered User Member
edited March 2009 in College Life
Hey guys and girls, I was wondering why there's so many people wants and does biology major. Everywhere I go and everyone I talk to want to do something related to medical or research and most of the people I talk to are biology majors. What's about biology major that make a lot of people goes crazy for? Thanks.
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Replies to: Biology Majors, why are there so many people doing biology major?

  • molly4190molly4190 Posts: 1,288- Senior Member
    Well Bio is obviously a great choice for pre-meds and naturally many of them study this in undergrad (of course you can study anything and go to med as long as you take the required classes). I guess Bio is simply an interesting topic.

    I'm interested in Neurobiology and intially came to college thinking of double-majoring in NeuroScience and Econ (quickly realized it wouldn't be possible, they're too different and have too many different requirements for it to work). Anyway I can't speak for Bio majors, but I always thought NeuroBio was so interesting, especially studying the brain and its functions and how it controls the body and behavior. cool stuff. even though i'm no longer double-majoring, i'm still fascinated and plan to take lots of Neuro classes. another reason I eventually decided against it is since i'm not so good with Chem, but I love the Bio stuff.
  • augustuscaesaraugustuscaesar Posts: 395Registered User Member
    MD is a good job with good pay. Recession-proof as well. You wouldn't study physics to be a GP.
  • SingDanceRunLifeSingDanceRunLife Posts: 1,787Registered User Senior Member
    ^ If that were the reason, why aren't more people going into nursing? (I am, but actually not for the reasons of good job, good pay and recession proof)...
  • aphoticmelodyaphoticmelody Posts: 468Registered User Member
    Really, if you plan on going to med school/other professional schools your undergrad major doesn't matter one bit. You could major in biology, physics, or gender studies, and as long as you complete the pre-reqs, you're fine.

    One of my majors is biology, and I plan on pursuing a PharmD/PhD after graduation, to go into pharmaceutical research/industry. The two are unrelated though; I've been intrigued by biology ever since I was a little girl.
  • War ChantWar Chant Posts: 2,341Registered User Senior Member
    If you ask those bio majors if they want to become doctors, you'll get a yes at least 75% of the time.
  • Venkat89Venkat89 Posts: 7,327Registered User Senior Member
    Bio is the path of least resistance to fulfilling med school requirements. Usually you need a year or 2 of bio, a year of gen chem, a year of orgo, a year of physics, and a year of math. To fulfill a bio major you need many semesters of bio, a year of gen chem, usually a semester or two of orgo, and probably some math or statistics. A huge chunk of the major requirements fulfill premed requirements. Also, research looks really good for med school and it is easier to get positions doing life science research as a bio major than as a history major. My school has a lot of premeds and most do Bio, Bioengineering, or Biological Basis of Behavior. BBB is really popular because it really is the path of least resistance for premeds. The topics are interesting, it's like neurobiology light (though still pretty tough), and almost all of the premed requirements can be counted towards your major.
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