Welcome to College Confidential!

The leading college-bound community on the web

Sign Up For Free

Join for FREE, and start talking with other members, weighing in on community discussions, and more.

Also, by registering and logging in you'll see fewer ads and pesky welcome messages (like this one!)

As a CC member, you can:

  • Reply to threads, and start your own.
  • Post reviews of your campus visits.
  • Find hundreds of pages of informative articles.
  • Search from over 3 million scholarships.

Philosophy/Nutrition for Pre-Med

MDdoc1993MDdoc1993 Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
edited May 2011 in Pre-Med Topics
Do you guys think philosophy is a good major while taking pre-med (planning on becoming a doctor, D.O.) I am very interested in both Philosophy and Nutrition. Which one do u think will benefit me and help me on the MCAT. I am having a hard time choosing. thanks
Post edited by MDdoc1993 on

Replies to: Philosophy/Nutrition for Pre-Med

  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama Posts: 84,077 Forum Champion
    Others may differ...but...I think that a Philosophy major helps develop one's critical thinking skills and deductive logic skills. That said, since I've never taken the MCAT, I can't speak to how that major will specifically better your chances taking the MCAT. Maybe others can. :)

    Of course, regardless of your major, you have to take the pre-med pre-reqs...which I'm sure you already know.
  • kristin5792kristin5792 Registered User Posts: 2,068 Senior Member
    Some guidelines for choosing a major, in order of importance:

    --What subject you like and are passionate about. This could change over the course of your college career. This is the most important because you're much more likely to excel in classes that you care about and find fascinating, and you definitely want to excel in academics if you have plans to apply to med school.

    --What subject will prepare you best for your future. And for premeds, the answer is...just about anything, except vocational things like nursing, health professions, nutrition (especially if it's something like Nutrition & Fitness or dietetics), maybe engineering

    --What will allow you to become to best thinker/learner/writer/etc. This is really just my opinion, but I think thinking, learning, and writing are some of the most important skills to hone in college. And apparently, they're relevant to med school too.









    --What will help you for the MCAT. You'll do most of your MCAT prep through a class or by self studying with guide books. You might be finishing up your premed prereqs while studying (eg, I was taking physics II the same semester I was preparing, which was helpful), but by and large, MCAT prep doesn't draw from your major.




    --What you think might look better to med schools. Because the truth of the matter is...med schools just don't really care that much.
  • Colleges00701Colleges00701 - Posts: 1,790 Senior Member
    Philosophy is fine. Don't do Nutrition, most med. schools don't like that as a major.
This discussion has been closed.