Majors for undergrads who want to go to medschool

March 31, 2016

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If you plan to become a doctor, you may think you have to major in biology during your undergrad years. But in reality, medical schools do not require a particular college major.

According to research conducted by the Association of American Medical Colleges, about half of those accepted into medical school in 2012 were science majors. But that means the other half were non-science majors. Although you can major in anything, you have to incorporate certain science classes into your studies to meet admissions requirements.

Even though there is no right choice for everyone, you may want to consider some of the following areas as your major:


Years ago, students who planned to apply to medical school majored in biology. Some schools even listed “premed” as a major. But times have changed, and many students choose a different major. But if you have a keen interest in science, such as biology or chemistry, don’t discount it. If you major in science, you will have a firm foundation before you get to medical school. It should also be easy to incorporate your required science classes into your major.


Technology majors, such as computer programming, software engineering and information technology, may be good choices for students interested in going to med school. Technology and medicine often go hand in hand. Developing skills in software programming and computer technology are valuable skills you may use down the road in your medical career. Keep in mind; technology majors can be challenging, so pay close attention to your grades.


There are many different business majors you can choose from including business administration, marketing and finance. Whether you own your own practice, or work for a hospital, having good business sense can be beneficial.


There are several types of engineering majors undergraduates can choose from. Biomedical engineering may be one of the best choices for students who are considering going to medical school. Biomedical engineering majors can expect to take classes in chemistry, genetics, biology and biomechanics. Many of the classes you take as a bioengineering major are the same ones a biology major takes.

Social Sciences

Social Science majors may include psychology and sociology. Working as a doctor means interacting with all types of people on a daily basis. Majoring in a social science field, such as psychology, may provide you with valuable insight. Social science majors are also often involved in research classes, which can prepare you for medical school research projects.

Tips for choosing your major

  • It is essential to remember, what you major in is not as critical as how well you do. Majoring in biology and barely passing will not score you any points with medical school admission panels.
  • Select a major that challenges you and you are interested in. You are more likely to do well and to enjoy your four years of college if you like your major.
  • Consider what you want to minor in. Certain minors, such as a language or psychology, may help you as you continue your medical career.
  • Whatever major you decide on, work hard to maintain a high grade point average.

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