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A good fallback pre-med major?

Malina_MisaMalina_Misa Registered User Posts: 22 New Member
I would really love to major in something biology-related, but I'm aware job prospects with only a bachelor's are very low. Like any pre-med, I need a fallback in the event I don't get into med school or I change my mind. I feel like I don't have many options, though. I SUPPOSE I'm decent at math, but I resent it. I can do well if my grade depends on it, but otherwise I really dislike math. My mom is pushing biostatistics and biomedical engineering and other math majors, but I really don't think I could enjoy that. I suppose I could pull it off if there's nothing else, but I'd be miserable. She also wants me to do a math/science major, so accounting and business are out of the question.

Is there ANY good fallback major I can do?

Replies to: A good fallback pre-med major?

  • umcoe16umcoe16 Registered User Posts: 699 Member
    I think engineering or computer science are your best bets. Biomedical engineering will also not really be able to get you a job if you do only an undergrad. If you do engineering and want to get a job right out of college, you have to do a more traditional discipline.
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 35,481 Senior Member
    edited July 2016
    I agree bioengineering would be a poor fallback choice because it's the one engineering degree that requires grad school.
    All in all engineering is a very bad choice for a premed because it's a field that suffers from grade deflation* and it's harder to fit the premed core due to the heavy, sequential requirements of engineering majors. Industrial or organizational engineering may be exceptions to this but you'd have to look into it more carefully for eah'ch school.
    If you're logical and good at math, but don't enjoy pure math, CS may be an option.
    Biostats or bioinformaticsbare in high demand, and bioinformatics actually matched your profile well.
    Economics is the other traditional major with direct job prospects.
    However, all in all, traditional majors aren't vocational. You acquire a set of skills which you are expected to apply in professional settings (IE., positioning yourself in such a way that you demonstrate those skills through internships or course choices or on campus jobs or leadership roles is crucial.) So, a very good Political science major or Art history or French or anthropology major may have excellent job prospects... Or abysmal ones. Your college 's career center will thus be crucial (and, to a certain extent, the college's alumni network in size and loyalty, and how much of a brand your college is either locally or in rh specific environments you 'ready looking at. IE., Barnard and Ohio State don't have the same circle of influence but both have excellent reach.)

    * engineers would tell you it's not so much that they suffer from grade deflation, but rather that every other field suffers from grawe inflation. :)
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