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is accounting more rigorous than biology??

jac0625jac0625 Registered User Posts: 109 Junior Member
i'm asking this cuz i've heard that med schools tend to accept students who have mastered in difficult areas, and that's why mathematics graduates have the highest acceptance percentage in med schools, followed by biology...

and cuz i'm really not a thinker, but i do like math, i'm thinking about taking accounting as my major.

anyone have any opinions???? plz???
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Replies to: is accounting more rigorous than biology??

  • ecapeecape Registered User Posts: 1,189 Senior Member
    I feel like someone who's not a thinker is not going to do well in med school or at being accepted, but that's just my idea
  • midwesternermidwesterner Registered User Posts: 1,920 Senior Member
    Accounting is a great major. It will give you one of the highest starting salaries of any 4-year degree, if you decide against medical school.
  • mominvamominva Registered User Posts: 3,010 Senior Member
    The difficulty of a major is such a personal issue. One of mine would much prefer to spend hours on multiple problem sets in engineering classes than write one 5 page social science paper. Another could read something and respond from the gut quite comfortably in the hour just before the class meets. Major breakdowns would ensue if each were asked to do the other's workload!
  • taxguytaxguy Registered User Posts: 6,629 Senior Member
    Well, if you are going to med school, you probably should major in biology or something related. However, I took both biology, physics and accounting. Frankly, I thought accounting was harder than biology. In fact, depending on your memory, biology can be a cinch with good recall.

    Accounting is a very tough major and is design to be a weed out major.Usually as many as 75% of the kids who are accounting majors either drop out of flunk out.
  • warblersrulewarblersrule Super Moderator Posts: 10,100 Super Moderator
    Actually, neither biology nor math is that good for acceptance to medical school at all (both with rates of around 40%). Chemistry and physics each have rates of about 46%.

    The majors with the highest acceptance rates are interdisciplinary (59%), history (53%) and philosophy (52%).

    These #'s come from the Medical School Admissions Requirements published by the AAMC.
  • cangelcangel Registered User Posts: 4,127 Senior Member
    In my med school class, music was the best major (100% acceptance). Humanities majors generally have very high acceptance rates, because they are often exceptionally well rounded students applying to med school (they may have majored in history, but they still made an A in organic).

    My recommendation to my daughter who is thinking about pre-med is major in something you love to learn about, and can excel in. Plan to minor in bio or chem. If you are the kind of person who cannot switch learning gears easily (going easily from memorizing to writing papers to working problem sets), consider applying after college graduation, and put the science classes off until the last couple of years of school or even do a post-baccalaureate year. This allows you to concentrate on the "paper-writing" if you are interested in history or philosophy.

    Probably your most important "job" as a pre-med is to get some experience about medicine, and ask hard questions about whether or not it is for you. You have to pursue "getting in" with some of the same all-out passion of trying for Ivy League admission, and the stakes are much higher. No life is harder if you're unhappy or more rewarding if it is right for you.
  • WS17WS17 Registered User Posts: 663 Member
    Music majors are the most likely group of college grads to be admitted to medical school. Physician and biologist Lewis Thomas studied the undergraduate majors of medical school applicants. He found that 66 percent of music majors who applied to med school were admitted, the highest percentage of any group. For comparison, (44 percent) of biochemistry majors were admitted.

    Sources: "The Comparative Academic Abilities of Students in Education and in Other Areas of a Multi-focus University," Peter H. Wood, ERIC Document No. ED327480
  • ecapeecape Registered User Posts: 1,189 Senior Member
    That's b/c a whole lot more science majors apply to med school than music majors. -and humanities majors are more likely to have good interpersonal skills. -so yeah, if you want to be selected for being something unusual, go for it.
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