What if you major in math (finish 4 undergrad years) and then want to be a ....


<p>can you?</p>

<p>Ny0rker - </p>

<p>Of course you can. My college roommate was a math major and went so far as to get his PhD in math, but then shifted gears, went to med school and became a psychiatrist. You will need to choose your undergrad curriculum with care but it can certainly be done.</p>

<p>This of course begs the question: why major in math if you do not have career ambitions in that direction?</p>

<p>If you want to be a psychologist you will be competing for graduate school with people who have prepared for that field. Certainly, having good math skills is helpful if you plan to do research, but if you have inadequate preparation in psychology I doubt that it will help you get in to a good grad program. So something approaching a double major would probably be more likely to achieve the desired result.</p>

<p>Clinical psychology programs are very, very competitive. It depends partially on what you mean by being "a psychologist": there are PhDs, MSWs, and various licensed therapists that people think of as falling within that descriptor.</p>

<p>Now, if you want to be a psychiatrist, you have to go to med school. You can major in math and take the required med school admissions courses.</p>