What are good major choices for med school?

<p>I'm a junior in HS right now, and I'm looking at colleges that grabbed my attention; however, I am not sure what major I want to pursue. The only thing I am one hundred percent sure is that I want to became a physician. </p>

<p>So what are good major choices for med school? Or putting in a better way, what major would prepare me better to get accepted in a medical school?</p>

<p>Underwater Basket Weaving
Halo III
Mandolin Performance
Tae Kwon Do
College Ranking</p>

<p>From what I've heard on here, all of the above are good majors as long as you make good grades, complete premed classes, and do well in the premed classes as well.</p>


<p>But yeah, phonyreal is correct.</p>

<p>A major in science would probably prepare you best.
Biology, chemistry, or something of the sort.
But I've read that medical schools like potential students to major in something they're passionate about.
I plan on becoming a psychiatrist and I know I'm not going to major in science, no way, no how.
As long as you take the required science courses, get good grades, and do well on the mcat it doesn't matter what you major in.</p>

<p>Major in whatever you want, don't worry about preparing for medical school. Medical school prepares you to become a doctor, not your undergraduate institution (in other words, don't major in something in planning for med school).</p>

<p><a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/pre-med-topics/214387-what-should-premed-major.html%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/pre-med-topics/214387-what-should-premed-major.html&lt;/a>
<a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/pre-med-topics/205486-what-major-should-i-do-would-best-med-school.html%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/pre-med-topics/205486-what-major-should-i-do-would-best-med-school.html&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>And this recent gem...;)</p>

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<p>1.) It's unreasonable to ever by 100% sure of a career path. Especially when one is 17 years old. I'm in my second year of medical school and even I'm very careful never to tell people that I'm definitely going to be a doctor. You just never know what the future might hold. Especially because 80%+ of "premeds" in college never end up in medical school.</p>

<p>2.) We used to tell people that "any major is fine." Then we started getting all kinds of ridiculous suggestions (like the joke you see in post #2) so now we say: any serious, academic major is fine. A liberal art. Biology, Chemistry, Math, Economics, Sociology, English, etc. All fine. Engineering is also fine. However, do not major in something vocational. That's a bad idea.</p>

<p>How is underwater basket weaving not a serious academic major? :-p</p>

<p>Would computer science be a good major because i am undecided between becoming a doctor or working with computers.</p>

<p>major in whatever you want. I will major in neuroscience</p>

<p>I've heard that although any (serious-academic) major is fine, some majors, such as Pre-Med./Biology/Bioengineering/Chemistry/Neuroscience/Neurology/Anatomy
Biochem./ et cetera... offer more chances for medically relevant research + publication, which is a big factor for getting into med. schools, and that a BS is going to (better) overlap with the required coursework for medschools (1 yr biology/chemistry/physics/and math) than a BA might (so if you go with a BA, you may end up having more required coursework). </p>

<p>Just some thoughts... someone let me know if I'm crazy ;p</p>

<p>The difference between BS/BA varies from school to school and major to major, so any generalizations there are incorrect.</p>

<p>Do not major in "pre-med." The others you listed are all fine.</p>

<p>Non-science majors generally have plenty of chances to do research, especially after they've landed their first research job.</p>

<p>Why is everyone here so-against the premed major, for schools that offer it? Is it because they are less useful (harder to get a job with) if you dont go to medschool? Do graduates have lower medical-school acceptance rates? Are you only against general 'premed' majors, or premed majors such as the Bioengineering: Premedical major at UCSD, where it is a bioengineering major that has essentially just had the medschool req. courses (BCPM) tacked on?</p>

<p>If there is a thread where this has already been addressed, please post a link.

<p>Yes and yes. If you can possibly avoid the tag, then avoid it. You don't want to get labeled with a pre-professional major if you can possibly help it. If UCSD won't let you take organic without the tag, then you have to do what you have to do.</p>

<p>(Note for ^above^) </p>

<p>UCSD will let you take the courses (ie. Org. Chem.) they just aren't part of the major-reqs. for any bioengineering degrees, except for BioEng.:Premed., so you'd end up taking more courses. (Just so people looking into UCSD as a school aren't confused by what I had meant.)</p>

<p>Yeah, you want to avoid the tag if you possibly can.</p>

<p>I know the thread title doesn't sound relevant, but a discussion of major starts in post #3 and onwards: <a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/pre-med-topics/465249-what-some-strong-activities-year-off-between-college-med-school.html%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/pre-med-topics/465249-what-some-strong-activities-year-off-between-college-med-school.html&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>