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Notre Dame Business PreMed

jdennenjdennen 2 replies1 threads New Member
Hello!

High School Senior here. Was admitted to Notre Dame College of Science REA last winter and will probably go there next year. I have always wanted to go to med school to become a doctor, but I really am not 100% sure yet and did not want to be stuck with a bio major in case I change my mind. Notre Dame has a great finance program, which I am really interested in and could 100% get me to my MBA after graduating and a sold job after that. After talking with my AO, if I let her know soon she can try to help me switch into the more competitive business college without a separate application.

Notre Dame also has a major called Science Business in the Science College which incorporates both, but the requirements for it are too general for me (for example, I would have to take geology and accounting even though I am interested in neither.) I know majors in finance and something related to neuroscience are exactly what I am interested in, thus I want to take specific classes that interest me besides the prereqs.

I'm good at science, but I think I'm even better at math/business related classes. I know that GPA is very important when applying to med school and think I could get a better GPA in the business school. Now even though business (particularly finance) is a good fit for me, I still have the dream job of being a doctor. So my question to you guys: Would it be too difficult to major in Finance and do the PreReqs for med school and possibly a double major/minor depending on AP Credits etc or should I sacrifice and take some classes that don't interests me and go on the traditional(ish) Science Business route?

Does anyone have experience with a business major and going to med school? Anyone from Notre Dame know how hard this would be?

Thank you all
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  • oldlawoldlaw 324 replies14 threads Member
    Know plenty of ND premeds who went to medical school, but all were science majors-that doesn't mean you have to be a science major, though, just make sure you take the required courses. And double-major, minors, etc make liitle or no difference in medical school applications; it's GPA/MCAT, etc etc. From ND website:
    https://science.nd.edu/undergraduate/majors/preprofessional-studies/
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  • GoldenRockGoldenRock 1827 replies5 threads Senior Member
    @jdennen

    If you Finance / Business anchors your interest just go with that Major. You can get in to MD with any major. But ensure to complete all your -pre-med reqs and also not to drain your GPA (which is harder to repair). In 3 or more years decide, what is your calling and apply for MD or go your Finance / Business career. Or even for for MD/MBA.

    But be open minded (specific to a line in your post). You will learn from anything but you don't realize when that will help.

    Few years back one finance executive commented when my C responded to his question and told she plans to apply for History major for her UG. He told I wish I knew how history has played a greater impact and success for him than his Accounting major (as a parent I was still concerned since not sure what job she will get to take care of her life!).
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  • WayOutWestMomWayOutWestMom 10901 replies232 threads Senior Member
    edited March 29
    1) Make sure that students in the College of Business are able cross-enroll for classes in the College of Science. (Some schools allow this; some don't.)

    Be aware that students from other Colleges may be low priority for getting a seat in science classes, esp labs.

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    In general med schools do not care about what your degree is in so long as you have completed your pre-reqs. However you need to be prepared to answer why you majored in finance/business instead of a science. (And adcomms will ask. HINT: I'll get a better GPA is not an acceptable answer.)

    Also remember that when applying to med school, you will have 2 different GPAs-- a cumulative GPA that includes all classes you take at the college level; and sGPA that includes all bio, chem, math and physics classes. For med school, sGPA is more important.

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    AP classes are problematic for fulfilling med school admission requirements. Many med school do not accept AP credits for pre-reqs. Those that do strongly recommend (in med school speak strongly recommend = require) all science & math AP credits be supplemented by and equal number of upper level science and math credits in the same department.

    IOW, if you received 4 credits for AP bio, you will still need to take 8 credits of bio classes at ND.
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    I suggest that you look at ND's course catalog and plan out a sample 4 year schedule using a spreadsheet. See if your schedule will accommodate a double major (finance + science) and if a Science Business major will cover all your med school requirements. (bio w/ labs, gen chem w/ labs, ochem w/ labs, biochem, physics w/ labs, biostats/stats [business stats is not an allowable substitute], 2 semester of English comp, sociology, psych, calc 1)

    edited March 29
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