Business and Psych Double Major

<p>I admit, I tried googling this for a while but was unable to find exactly what I wanted, so posting here! Sorry if this has already been asked.</p>

<p>So I really really really want to take up medicine, so I will definitely be fulfilling pre-med reqs. However, I don't want to major in a lab science. My plan currently is to major in Psychology and fulfill pre-med reqs if I get accepted to a liberal arts school, or to major in Business and complete pre-med reqs.
Now, I'm the first in my family going to college and I'm not at all familiar with how this process works. As I understand it, "pre-med" itself is not a major in most schools, correct? So it would be fine to major in something totally different and go to med school? Is it feasible, then, to double major in Business and Psychology while still fulfilling pre-med requirements? Or would it make more sense to choose one over the other? I really want to take classes in both Business and Psychology, along with the requirements for pre-med.
The schools that I'm applying to are: UT Austin (McCombs), Texas A&M (Mays), Rice (Liberal Arts- Psych), University of Washington (Psych/ Foster), University of Chicago (Liberal Arts- Psych), Emory University (Goizueta), Boston University (Psych/ SMG), and University of Michigan (Ross).
For the schools with prominent business programs (ex. Emory) or ones that offer only a liberal arts education (ex. UChicago), what would be the best way of incorporating both Business and Psych?
Can someone also explain what a minor is and how that works?
And for places like UChicago/ Rice, if I decide later that I want an MBA, would it be better to take Econ along with Psych? </p>

<p>Thank you!! And sorry this turned out so long :D</p>

<p>You're correct about only needing to take the pre-med courses in order to be eligible for med school. Double majoring in business and psychology whilst still fulfilling the pre-med courses would likely be too much. You could do it but maybe not in four years. </p>

<p>A minor is usually about 18-21 credit hours of courses in another field apart from your major. They're intended to give you a concentration in something that would set you apart from others. A lot of people don't do minors; they're by no means required. You could probably easily have a biology minor (or close to it) by taking the pre-med courses you intend to take.</p>

<p>You should keep in mind that there are a lot of different fields of business: accounting, econ, finance, marketing, MIS, management, to name a few. Sometimes econ may or may not be located in the business school depending on the curriculum, as it can be geared more as a social science in the humanities department or a more applied version in the business school. You should probably think about what field of business you're interested in. Keep in mind that several of those I listed above and others are not considered worthwhile by many (management, marketing, general business administration). </p>

<p>If you want to go for an MBA, you don't have to have an undergrad degree in business. Depending on the source, you might find that not having one may help your chances of admission, but I've heard conflicting reports about that. A lot of the material you cover in an MBA program will be advanced versions of your general undergrad business curriculum. So if you undergrad in business, then go for an MBA, you could expect it to be a rehash to some extent.</p>

<p>If I were you, I'd pick one of the two you're considering double majoring in (psych or some business major) and minor in the other while taking your pre-med courses. That would probably be doable in four years on a heavy course load (all depends on your school's exact requirements).</p>

<p>Definitely pick business or psychology, and I think that once you start taking classes it'll become more apparent which one you'll prefer.</p>

<p>Just out of curiosity what is you thought process combining those three fields? Is it something your doing just because your interested or do you see an advantage of having a medical degree, a business degree, and a psychology degree, for your career?</p>