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Major in Economics, medical school possible?

indy787indy787 Posts: 238Registered User Junior Member
edited February 2005 in Pre-Med Topics
For undergrad, I just want a major that I will enjoy and do well in so I can get into a good medical school. If I major in economics, will I still be able to do the pre-med requirements on the side? I would really prefer this subject rather than biochemistry or something. If this is a possibility, then why don't more students do this so they can have a backup in case they don't get into med school?
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Replies to: Major in Economics, medical school possible?

  • MediterraneanMediterranean Posts: 260Registered User Junior Member
    Many people do non-science majors and then take pre-med courses on the side. Of course, you can also take pre-med courses after you graduate at any university's Post-Bacc. program.
  • indy787indy787 Posts: 238Registered User Junior Member
    Are there any negatives to taking this path?
  • MediterraneanMediterranean Posts: 260Registered User Junior Member
    I would think there are only positives, since most majors are science majors and med. colleges like non-science ppl. Also, you have a backup if you don't get into med school, which in the case of economics is business school or a job in finance.

    One downside i can think of is a lack of research (which science majors do), and also you may have difficulty studying up on science in post-bacc, since it would have been 4 years since you last studied science.

    I myself am probably going to do a non-science.
  • IM4TYDEIM4TYDE Posts: 11Registered User New Member
    Indy - I had plenty of non-science majors (including 2 engineers who left their "real world" jobs to go to med school) in my med school class. As long as you take the basic prerequisites, your major can be in anything else. My class also included an Art major and a French major. A non-science major helps make your "well-rounded" case to the med schools. The only down side is the Biology majors are more likely to have taken upper level college biology courses (e.g., Anatomy, Histology, Biochemistry) that will help them out with med school courses.
  • ort30ort30 Posts: 56Registered User Junior Member
    Economics allows you to do many things. It teaches you how to make effecient, satisfying choices. I don't necessarily think that you will have a lack of research. You could combine economics with medicine and engage in an interesting type of health-economics research experience.
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