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Pre-med majors?

KoreanBoi92KoreanBoi92 Registered User Posts: 1,248 Member
I know theres no such thing as a pre-med major, but any major intending to go to medical school.

My Cal Poly isn't great at all (like 3.4 at the highest)
Act isn't good, 29 at most.
job 20 hours/week

I don't think I could get in as a bio major. Which major out of the agriculture college would be best suitable for medical school prerequisites. Also, would it be somewhat easier to maintain a higher gpa in the agriculture department (like a 3.7+)?
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Replies to: Pre-med majors?

  • KoreanBoi92KoreanBoi92 Registered User Posts: 1,248 Member
    plus,IF i get in as a bio major, would cal poly be a good place for pre-med because here, you start your major classes your first year?
  • OopOop - Posts: 266 Junior Member
    You can do Pre Med for any major.. You could be an Art major, who could be Pre Med. All you need is

    A year of Freshman Chemistry along with the appropriate laboratory courses
    A year of Organic Chemistry along with laboratory courses
    A year of Biology along with laboratory courses
    A year of Physics along with laboratory courses
    A year of English
    A year of Calculus or other advanced math classes, including Statistics

    ALSO Biology is really easy to transfer to at cal poly. http://www.csmadvising.calpoly.edu/major_change.html#biosci

    All you need is to: Complete at least one course in the major with a grade of C or better. Course must be taken at Cal Poly. Typically, this course is either BIO 160 or 161. • Have a Cal Poly cumulative GPA of 2.2 or higher. • Make an appointment to meet with the department chair, Dr. Chris Kitts (756-2788)

    Intend your major as Crop Science or some easy ass major, then change after a couple quarters..

    WARNING: If your not smart enough to get accepted into Cal Poly's Biological Sciences major, you probably wont last in the major. Were talking like 4 hard biology classes a quarter, and 4 hard biology finals.. Go to Chico State, or UC Merced where you can actually get accepted.

    PEACE
  • kevdokevdo Registered User Posts: 185 Junior Member
    the above post applies for only students that are currently enrolled in a major within the college of science and math....
  • KoreanBoi92KoreanBoi92 Registered User Posts: 1,248 Member
    to Oop,

    I know I could succeed in school. This is a common excuse, but I seriously didn't even hear of the world college until my junior year. I had no freaking clue how important high school grades were for college admission. Now, I heavily regret not studying my freshmen and sophomore years.=/. But I have been getting A's in all my science classes.

    I seriously can't wait to leave my crappy city. Everything about it makes my academic life harder. Oh well.
  • OopOop - Posts: 266 Junior Member
    Nice koreanboi92, im sure you'll do fine if you are good at science. Many people dont realize what it takes to be a doctor tho, it requires about 10 years of education, and 2 additional years of training. Also getting into Medical School is pretty rough, but good luck. Commitment is the highest priority.
  • KoreanBoi92KoreanBoi92 Registered User Posts: 1,248 Member
    yep. 4 years of undergrad, 4 years of medical school, 3-5 years of residency. But in the end, it'll be worth it.
  • Maxwell1864Maxwell1864 Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
    Excellent grades and test scores and some volunteer work (preferably patient related) are prerequisite, but to get into medical school you must do well in your interview. I do not mean you must know interviewing tricks. I mean you must have a compelling story to tell and you must find a way to tell it during your interview. In my view, a compelling story begins with a passion for something - anything - and builds to productive success based on that passion. Interviewers want to see caring and commitment and success despite the odds. Find something you really care about and devote serious time and effort to it during your undergraduate years. Actually, this is probably good advice even if you DON'T want to go to medical school. Good luck!
  • KoreanBoi92KoreanBoi92 Registered User Posts: 1,248 Member
    Cool advice. I think Cal Poly is a good place for Pre-med because of its upside down curriculum. For biology majors, you actually take a lot of bio and chem classes your first 2 or 3 years. Then take most of your GE's junior and senior year.
  • KoreanBoi92KoreanBoi92 Registered User Posts: 1,248 Member
    I know any major can be a pre-med, but I've been looking into the Ag Department and was wondering which majors are most related with the medical school requirements. I know nutrition is one of them.
  • OopOop - Posts: 266 Junior Member
    Animal Science is for sure...
  • KoreanBoi92KoreanBoi92 Registered User Posts: 1,248 Member
    from reading on here, I hear animal science is just as competitive as nutrition??
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