Choosing a Major

Students typically choose majors in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, or bioengineering because many of the pre-med requirements coincide with requirements for the major. You may choose to major in any field of study, provided you also fulfill the admission requirements for all medical schools to which you apply. This requires careful planning, particularly if you are a non-science major. Many freshmen with pre-medical aspirations will later elect not to pursue a medical career. Therefore, you should choose a major based upon a strong personal interest with an eye toward the varied career paths for which that major prepares you. Science majors are encouraged to select courses in humanistic studies and fine arts and in the social and behavioral sciences that reflect the interest and accomplishments of a well-educated person. Professional schools recognize the value of a liberal arts education as well as a candidate’s proficiency in the sciences.