Choosing a Major

It is most important to major in a field in which you have a genuine intellectual interest.

Although selecting a major is not done until sophomore year, you should give some thought to possible majors so that a tentative schedule can be planned. While you must do well and demonstrate your ability in science and math, remember that you can major in any field you choose, inside or outside the sciences. Choose a major based on what you love, not what you think the medical schools expect. Remember that it will need planning to fulfill the major requirements and the college’s distribution requirements along with the prerequisites you will need to take for your graduate program.

Some of the goals of your undergraduate years are to enjoy learning and embrace intellectual pursuits, explore and develop new interests, and broaden your understanding of yourself and the world. Do not let your interest in preparing for advanced study in a health profession narrow your focus or cause you to obsess about high grades. While students interested in the medical professions should be excited by science and able to demonstrate their interest and strength, they should be enthusiastic about non-science areas as well.

If you major in a non-science, be sure to take more than just the basic science requirements.  Take a couple of upper level courses, such as Biochemistry (in the Chemistry Department) and/or upper level biological sciences courses and make sure you have at least a couple of semesters with more than one laboratory science course at a time.