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Chemistry vs. Biology vs. Biochem major?

highachiever793highachiever793 Posts: 287Registered User Junior Member
edited November 2010 in Science Majors
Which is the best back up for someone interested in the PharmD program?
How about for pre-med?
Which of the 3 majors is the hardest? the easiest?
If you have experience with any of the three majors, which one do you think is the best?

Also which is better? A BA in chemistry or a BS in chemistry. Is there a real difference?

Thank you! All opinions welcome!
Post edited by highachiever793 on

Replies to: Chemistry vs. Biology vs. Biochem major?

  • LastThreeYearsLastThreeYears Posts: 480Registered User Member
    saying you want to be a doctor is like saying you want to be Michael Jordan in the NBA. of course, there are NBA superstars, and they exist, just as doctors exist. Can you be that NBA superstar? Most medical school applicants are rejected to every school they apply to; even more simply don't bother applying.

    just take chemistry, it's the safest degree and gives much more job opportunities than Biology or Biochemistry (because biochemistry is mostly bio and not enough chem; the chemistry useful in the working world is organic synthesis and instrumental analysis, and biochemistry doesn't prepare you for that). You can either take alot of biology in chemistry, or you can completely skip biology and take chemical engineering/material science/computer classes to build up a different set of skills, or even get deeper into the useful aspects of chemistry like become an expert on 1 type of machine.
  • belevittbelevitt Posts: 2,005Registered User Senior Member
    You don't need to be a superstar to be accepted into medical school. According to AMCAS (the organization that people apply to for medical schools, in order to send their apps to specific schools) there were 123,992 applicants between 2007 and 2009. 55,402 of these applicants were accepted making for a success rate of about 44%. FACTS: Applicants, Matriculants, Graduates, and Residency Applicants - Data - AAMC Granted not every person who was accepted was accepted to most or even many of the places they applied. 44% acceptance rate is a bit better than NBA superstar competition.

    If we contrast this to acceptance rates into the NBA, we see that there are 546,000 high school basketball players of which 156,000 are seniors that are eligible for going into NCAA basketball. There are 4735 NCAA freshman positions available making for a success rate of about 3 percent. Of the 3682 seniors in NCAA basketball programs, 44 were drafted into the NBA. That means that the success rate of high school basketball players going into the NBA is about 0.008%. [url]http://www.collegesports*****************/percentage-high-school-athletes-ncaa-college.htm[/url] Just because somebody made it to the NBA doesn't guarantee that they will be superstars, but since I can't estimate rates of superstar, I will leave my calculations at that.

    Ergo, I don't think that being accepted to medical school is as unlikely as being a superstar in the NBA.
  • aStyleaStyle Posts: 973Registered User Member
    ^ I think LastThreeYears was exaggerating on purpose. Wow, you actually looked up statistics to discredit his remarks (which weren't even serious). Medical school is hard we get the gist.

    Anyway, Pre-med > PharmD, Chemistry > Biology in relation to difficulty. Although you shouldn't always choose the most difficult one with the highest salary. Choose the one you enjoy Highachiever793.
  • phagocytosisphagocytosis Posts: 47Registered User Junior Member
    I majored in biochem. My opinion is that biochem>chem>bio if you want to go into pharmacy school. The majority of people in my major went on to med school, a few went on to pharmacy school, and a couple went on to grad school (my plan). For pharmacy school, I think biochem makes the most sense. But you should really choose the major that you think you will do best at. I forget if BA or BS is better. Pre-meds only need to get a BA, those going for a Ph.D. definitely want a BS. There is a big difference - as a BS, I took the basic chem and math classes with the engineering majors and I was required to take more math, physics, chem, and biochem courses. A BS is definitely harder than a BA.
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