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Which major for Medical School?

PharmacyStudentPharmacyStudent Registered User Posts: 213 Junior Member
What should I major in to get admitted to medical school?

Replies to: Which major for Medical School?

  • tlf123098tlf123098 Registered User Posts: 109 Junior Member
    whatever interests you
  • PharmacyStudentPharmacyStudent Registered User Posts: 213 Junior Member
    @tlf123098 but what is needed for that field.
  • newguy14newguy14 Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    @tlf how about Physics?
  • i_wanna_be_Browni_wanna_be_Brown Forum Champion Brown Posts: 8,218 Forum Champion
    The only required courses are the pre-reqs. As long as those are done you can major in any academic discipline.
  • GumbymomGumbymom Forum Champion UC Posts: 23,485 Forum Champion
    Here is a list of Medical School pre-req classes:


    Required Pre-med Courses and Degree

    Coursework

    All medical schools pretty much require the following pre-med coursework:

    General Chemistry with lab: 2 semesters
    Organic Chemistry with lab: 2 semesters
    General Physics with lab: 2 semesters
    General Biology with lab: 2 semesters
    English: 2 semesters
    Calculus: 1 semester

    Note that some medical schools require courses such as Biochemistry or additional Calculus, for example. Other special non-science courses may also be required by some medical schools. A few examples: The University of Nevada in Reno requires one upper-division behavioral science class or something like it (and they are very specific about which ones will cover this requirement) and University of Utah requires a "diversities" class such as Women Studies, Gender Studies, or some sort of minority studies. Harvard requires 2 semesters of Calculus instead of just one.

    A Bachelor's Degree

    Most medical schools require a completed Bachelor's degree, but not all schools do. Some schools only require completion of the pre-requisite courses, as listed previously, and at least 92 completed credits (you are a senior at that point). Overall, most US MD and DO medical schools require the 4-year degree, but most US Podiatry and Caribbean schools only require the 92 credits.

    Since most pre-req's are science based, many applicants will major in Biology/Chemistry/Biochem etc.. which helps with their major requirements but like all the above posters stated, major in anything you like.
  • tlf123098tlf123098 Registered User Posts: 109 Junior Member
    what brown parent said. As long as you meet the pre required courses for medical schools, you can major in anything (even non science fields). Chemistry, biology, and physics are very popular since they overlap with the pre reqs
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