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Neuroscience major?

Ampfh17Ampfh17 Registered User Posts: 25 New Member
edited November 2012 in College Search & Selection
a few questions about neuroscience major. i want to become a doctor so i'm looking into majoring in neuroscience and minoring in biochemistry?

1. what is it like? is it hard, moderate?

2. if i didn't get into medical school, is there much i could with that degree?

3. any inexpensive school recommendations?

4. would majoring in this put me ahead for med school? (i've read mixed reviews but don't worry i am truly interested in neuroscience so i would probably major in it regardless unless i would be put at a significant disadvantage which would make me quite sad.)

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Replies to: Neuroscience major?

  • Cens10Cens10 Registered User Posts: 732 Member
    I don't know much about neuroscience, but I'll tell you this. From what I have researched and seen on CC, it is a difficult major, and it won't put you ahead. You can major in ANYTHING for med school. Do what you're passionate about; what you enjoy or are interested in. If that's neuroscience then sure, but don't put yourself on one-path because maybe you'll go to college and not like it. A lot of people change their minds. Just my 2 cents.
  • bonadurgbonadurg Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    It isn't necessarily any harder than any other science major. I am majoring in neuro and molecular bio, and neuro is by far easier. Majors are completely overrated in med school applications; they mostly don't care.
  • Ampfh17Ampfh17 Registered User Posts: 25 New Member
    thank you bonadurg. if you don't mind me asking, where do you go to? also thank you cens10.
  • CreeklandCreekland Registered User Posts: 3,541 Senior Member
    Middle son is deciding between neuro and brain & cognitive science as his major at the U of Rochester. He's doing quite well (still a freshman, but all As so far) and loves the field.

    Different schools can treat the neuro major differently (whether physical or cognitive, etc). Make sure you look at each school to see what they do with it. Part of why my guy picked URoc is because they offer both neuro and cog + have plenty of research opps for both.
  • tesIIItesIII Registered User Posts: 129 Junior Member
    Yeah, it matters very little for med school apps, or so I understand. There are hard things about it, but I don't think it's any harder than any other science.

    Know this though: if your med school plans change, you need to realize this about neuroscience: you are basically majoring in art history. It is a subject that attracts abundant human curiosity and has no industrial applications. The research faculty job market for advanced degree holders is as big of a nightmare as it is for art historians. The degree itself is as useless for getting a typical "after-college" job as art history.

    A neuroscience major.
  • PhilovitistPhilovitist Registered User Posts: 2,739 Senior Member
    Agh. You're killing me.
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