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Is it possible to get into medical school with a Political Science Major?

hostiletakeoverhostiletakeover . Posts: 245 Junior Member
edited June 2010 in Other College Majors
Hi, I am currently deciding over my major in college, and am looking to go to medical school after college, I am very much leaning towards biology because of the high acceptence rate of that major, and it seems most people in medical school were biology and chemistry majors. my question is, my real passion is for political science would it be possible to major in political science and still get into medical school? And beyond it being possible, is it probable?

Does anyone know what percentage of successfull premeds are political science majors?
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Replies to: Is it possible to get into medical school with a Political Science Major?

  • TorrancecaliTorrancecali Registered User Posts: 2,152 Senior Member
    don't know about percentage but just do all your pre-req and do well on your MCAT u will be good!
  • ChedvaChedva Super Moderator Posts: 28,519 Super Moderator
    Yes it is possible. In fact, today, many successful medical school applicants are not science majors. Don't worry about the percentages - you only care about you. And by majoring in something you're interested in, you're more likely to do well enough to get into medical school.
  • pinnipottopinnipotto Registered User Posts: 717 Member
    It's perfectly possible.
  • BigredmedBigredmed Registered User Posts: 3,731 Senior Member
    One of my best friends/med school classmate has a BA in Poli Sci.
  • CountingDownCountingDown Registered User Posts: 12,415 Senior Member
    My kids' pediatrician was a polisci major (and got a graduate degree in Intl Relations). He is an absolutely fantastic doctor and human being.
  • hostiletakeoverhostiletakeover . Posts: 245 Junior Member
    I know its acually POSSIBLE, but its it likely, if you major in basket weaving its POSSIBLE according to the admissions offices, but is it likely? would they view a degree in polisci in the same way as they would a degree in Biology?

    And also, since the MCATs is a science test, woulden't someone majoring in Bio or chem or physics tend to do alot better than a polisci major, seeing as thats there major? oro is the MCAT not really advanced science and just basic.

    Thanks for your help
  • ChedvaChedva Super Moderator Posts: 28,519 Super Moderator
    Yes it is also likely. Medical schools are seeking to attract students with people skills nowadays (those who can write clearly and articulately, and can speak the same way), and majoring in poli sci will help you with those skills. Search these boards; I believe there were some previous threads that showed that the majority of those who were accepted to medical school didn't major in science.

    And no, those majors do not necessarily do better on the MCATs than non-science majors. Sometimes, in fact, they know too much for the tests. ("This experiment doesn't prove anything! None of these answers are right!")
  • TorrancecaliTorrancecali Registered User Posts: 2,152 Senior Member
    I'm psych/soc major and planning on dental school! G luck for both of us!
  • invision_salesinvision_sales Registered User Posts: 63 Junior Member
    I talked to an admissions analyst in person for about 45 minutes. I'm currently majoring in bio, but she told me that majors don't matter. In her words, "If you are interested in psychology or philosophy, by all means pursue it. We look for a wide variety of students, and your major will not prove help or hinder your application."

    I'm still a bio major :b
  • smdur1970smdur1970 Registered User Posts: 885 Member
    Current Newsweek addresses this very issue!


    When D was visiting colleges last year, many made a point of this (but couldn't tell how much it applies to vet school)
  • s1185s1185 Registered User Posts: 174 Junior Member
    You will be looked more favorably by adcoms (when you interview) by majoring in a subject you like. Just make sure you nail the prereqs and take an upper div science class or two.
  • hostiletakeoverhostiletakeover . Posts: 245 Junior Member
    thanks for the help everyone
  • CindyBoSsCindyBoSs Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    Ok so I get that you can be a different major to get into medical school as long as you do your prerequisites and do well on the MCAT but what exactly are the prerequisites needed?
  • nepatsfannepatsfan Registered User Posts: 33 Junior Member
    Yes, as long as you do the pre-requisite courses. The pre-requisite courses for most medical schools are:
    1 year of biology w/lab
    1 year of chemistry w/lab
    1 year of organic chemistry w/lab
    1 year of physics w/lab
    1 year of English Composition
    1 year or 1 semester of Calculus (Depends on which medical school you are applying to)
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