I explore which pre-med major has the highest acceptance rates and MCAT scores.
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For anyone who just roaming and doesn't know how to get into med school : 1.) Get a bachelors in ANY major ya feel like (music, sciences, arts, etc) please enjoy it BTW :)
2.) School should offer something for pre med to get to medical school and prepare you for MCAT (basically ACT for medical schools to look at) then take MCAT
3.) Boom you ready to apply
4.) Good luck everybody :)
Since you offer such a detailed account of empirical data, I believe that you would have fun in statistics. In fact, based upon your knowledge and research, I would also guess that you probably would have already fullfilled your math requirement.
However, it might be somewhat erraneous to think like since freshman and sophomores can obtain this information just as easily as you have; however, freshman still are probably getting themselves aquainted with their surroundings. Therefore, my reasoning is somewhat flawed since it's based on assumptions rather than empirical data. Yet, I wouldn't be surprised if my assertion was correct, since it is evident to me that you probably have the skills, knowledge, and mannerisms attributable to a successful college student, which you have thusly shown by the way you present your discourse on this subject by offering empirical data and analyzing it. In every day discourse, the general population does not engage in this matter, which i have observed through my own personal daily ethnographic ways of learning how society works around me. And thusly, some incoming freshman probably are unable to present an argument the way you did, avoiding all instances of non-scientific assertions, opinion, and non-credible sources. There's nothing wrong with opinionated writing! However, when people present arguments with just opinion, then their argument becomes more " Feely-toucjy" blog style rather than academic discourse. Since I believe you have already obtained these skills, I believe you already have completed your basic general education.
Secondly, that's why I also think you would also like taking statistics, if you haven't taken it already. Science + statistics = empirical. Empirical + humanities + GE = well rounded student.
I'm a drama major. However, I'm taking precalculus trigonometry just to be a well rounded student. A seperate trigonometry course may be hard to find in college. However, at my community college , it is called Precalculus II rather than Trig even though Precalculus II only covers trig. When colleges lump everything into 1 quarter, such as the University of Washington, then students mat not be able to grasp all concepts in 10 weeks! But when trig is taught the way we do it, then any college student like me can climb the ladder from elementary algebra.
P.S A lot of students nay not know what College Algebra or Precalculus is. You might consider doing a video for this to clarify this information for future students.
College Algebra also known as Precalculus 1 (at my school) or Math for Business and Social Sciences, which is a college algebra coursed aimed at business and social sciences. If there is a prerequisite of precalculus or college algebra, then it's a calculus course instead.
It covers Transformations, a review of functions and domain/range, a continuation of some toolbox functions square root of X, x^2, x^3, 1/x^2. It also covers optimization parabolic word problems and reviews parabola transformations as well. It also includes graphs of iverses as well as what a composition is and how to decompose a function. It also includes an algebraic intro to rates of change. That's what college algebra is. While intermediate algebra introduces parabolas, it does not get into transformations nor does it touch on the value of e or e^x. Nor does it cover radioactive decay. That's all college algebra..
Intermediate algebra is the study of rational expressions, square roots, work word problems, quadratic equation, vertex form, formulas, distance formula, and 2 variable equations.
What's precalculus and how does it differ from Math for Social science and business majors? Bottom line: specific business and science applications of algebra that does not teach trigonometry. Precalculus: college algebra AND trig including polar coordinates, intro to vectors, and parametric equations. Unlike high school precalculus, intro to limits are generally NOT COVERED due to time constaints on a quarter system and is up to the teacher and thusly is reserved for Calc 1. Conic sections may or may not be covered in a precalculus course. In Washington state, conic sections are generally skipped in a community college precalculus course. But there are no guarantees if your college professor will teach Conic sections in a precalculus course. In California, conic sections and mathematical induction is included in Precalculus. In Washington state, mathematical induction may or may not be covered in precalculus. At my community college, precalculus II is just trigonometry. At Seattle community colleges, it covers induction but still no conic sections. I have asked my teacher about comic sections and summation, and I was told that calculus sections will review that material and generally is not reserved for precalculus. So that's how college precalculus can be different from high school. High school has a full year to cover everything,, whereas most colleges teach it in 10 weeks, 2 quarters broken up, or a 16 week semester.
I totally went off topic!
Results skewed more ppl in bio want to be med students from the beginning so despite them being lower overall that’s due to people who are not competent enough for the mcat trying to apply despite not having the best grades
This is very interesting because, back-in-the-day, they made it seem like the people that excelled in the humanities and social sciences weren't logically-minded thinkers. Now that they have changed the model for how math is taught in many schools (Common Core, more conceptual - seems to benefit "humanities and social science people" the most.
I read that the highest acceptance rate is actually dance majors. Obviously there aren't many of those applying though. It is a mentally and physically demanding major that shows dedication I guess. Early morning and long days as well.
I'm a premed and my major is biochemistry. On a serious note, I got scared when I saw that 50% of people in med school were in biological sciences but then the acceptance rate for each made me feel a lot better. Thanks!
3:40 Well humanity sciences may have the highest acceptance rate, but look how much more people majored in biology. Then seeing that nearly 40% of the majors of biology were accepted makes it clear that most people accepted still majored in biology.
I was going to same thing as well. They have a higher acceptance rate because there are a fewer amount of applicants that get accepted overall. BUT, they do score higher than bio majors. And that is something that is universal for all majors: MCAT score.
I mostly do not agree with your assessment. biology, physics, math will give a more competitive application compare to other majors. other majors need to score higher on the MCAT compensate. of course there is many different ways to get into med school but if you want to guaranty yourself a spot, the real game here is to be the most competitive applicant. one needs to give oneself an edge over the other applicant, and the truth is majors are not weighted equally. well there's much more to say about getting into med school or dental school but I'm just gonna stop here. Agree or not just think about what I'm saying.
one of my hypotheses for bio students doing “worse” is because a lot of more bio students applied so the group of people applying is probably more diverse? idk and as for other majors, i feel like they applied because they knew they knew they could get in? since usually they wouldn’t go for medicine?
I can’t explain how much this video helped me😭 I’m currently in high school and I swear I’m giving myself anxiety always worrying about what I need to major in in college. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR POSTING THIS❤️❤️
L humanities majors have those nice easy classes to give them that GPA boost, which is kinda meh if you ask me. Of course everybody has to take the same pre-reqs but a nice GPA boost from your actual major doesn't hurt. Just my personal opinion, every humanities class I've taken in college was 10x easier with 5x less work then any bio/chem/phys
Honestly, my premed trackway is crazy. My major is Chinese language. ... haha, As a trilingual I really have a knack for languages so I can focus on the science classes and have a balance with it. But, being Mexican immigrant, it is quite hard due to immigrational stuff, so I am stuggling a bit, but I am determined!
Hi jamie!! I didnt take additional maths, chemistry, or physics in my junior ans sophomore years of high school ( i only took biology), byt i really wanted to go to medical school, do you think its still possible for me to go to medical school?
For med school you are going to need exceptional chemistry, Good biology, Good Physics and good Mathematics. And on top of all of that you will need to be gifted academically and a good worker.
Now if you are average academically you can still make it if you are very very dedicated and put in all the hours and hours of fine practice.
Being a doctor is like a professional athlete in that it made up of the best of the best and it probably would be easier to be a professional athlete.
I wish this had been explained to me in detail during my freshman year. I started undergrad a bio major with hopes of going pre-med. Graduated with a degree in Communications, and recently found out that there is no particular major necessary to get into med school. Sooooo now I am pursuing a 2nd Bachelor's in Psychology and will later being going to med school.
I majored in humanities but I did not take premed courses. Is there any way for me to take those courses now. Can I take courses and earn credits without registering to the college? By the way I am in Turkey and I need a remote education option if such a thing is possible. How can I complete Pre-med courses?
I want to mayor in health science. Just if I can’t get accepted to medical school I can precede a career in nursing — I heard biology mayor wouldn’t give you much jobs unlike a health science/nursing degree that you can go into nursing school after.
I know Humanities major is a good major for medical school, which is even better than Biology, but I really really love Biology. So I'm doing Biology even if it's a risk. Would it be a great idea to minor in Humanities?
Majoring in chemistry is a sure win for medical school. Everyone majors in biology and biological sciences because it's extremely easy. Majoring in chemistry (and maintaining a 3.7+ GPA in chemistry) shows the admissions board you can handle hard courses and that you're ready to go for medical school. A good route would be a chemistry major with a concentration in biochemistry, perhaps a biology minor as well. Plus, if you don't get in you're good to go for pharmacy school since foundational knowledge in upper division chemistry courses is required for pharmacy school.
I didn't know you could major in neuroscience, that's awesome! I'm heavily interested in thatand I'm actually wanting to work with neurology during my career. Currently going for LVN then BSN, so it's good to see that nursing majors have a chance.
Hi Jamie, Thank you for the video. I am an undergraduate Biomedical Science student and want to get into medical school. Could you please tell me the route to go to medical school for undergrads. Your reply will be much appreciated.
I'm so happy I watched this video. I go to the University of Washington and a majority of popular pre-med majors here are competitive or capacity-constrained. My current major is Biology which falls under that "competitive" category, but watching this video put me at ease!! Thank you:)
Im MTS If you want to be a physician's Assistant it is recommended to do complete a two-year master's physician assistant program. Of course do some more research on this though to see which option is best for you
I am a 5th year student of Industrial Engineering and now im a graduating student is it possible to continue med school since my major is all about statistics, Improving process, simulation ,methods study and also we have ERGONOMICS which deals with the structure of the human body?
This is the very FIRST video I've ever commented on! And I want to say that this video was extremely informative, eye-opening, and relevant. You dug into a lot of things I continuously wonder and this ONE video answered about 70% of my questions about majors (if you can believe). Anywho, thank you.
Hello beautifull, i'm from Brasil and right now i'm living in Portugal taking a biochemestry major in Porto University, my dream has always been to study in US, but unfortunally because of money and health issues with my family i could not acomplish that, now i'm 23 and would like to know if i could apply for a medical school or my age and background make this path impossible, by the way great editing!
I'm want to go to Physician Assistant School and my major right now is biochemistry for my undergrad. Your videos really help me decide which direction I wanted to go. You are really informative. Thank you!
Hi Jamie, thanks for this video! I'm from Venezuela and i want to study med in USA, but i'm a little loss about the process, because a i've seen that i have to study a 4 year degree before med, in other sides i've seen that i can study a 2 year degree, can you help me please?
I’m very surprised that students who majored in specialized health sciences had the lowest acceptance rate. These majors are related to health and medicine more than humanities, for instance. I wonder why is it like this...
Great video btw! You did such a good a job on graphs
Elizaveta Azeeva it's because there is a larger amount of ppl that major in biology and other health science related courses than humanities, when applying to med school, so naturally there is going to be a bigger difference in the success rate of the ppl majoring in bio than humanities
Hey Jamie, my mom went to Med School and she said that great doctors/surgeons tend to have a little bit of OCD, which I don't think I have, and then I see how meticulous you are in some of your videos, and I was wondering if that statement was kind of true?
The Biology majors probably do better in medical school and in the actual profession; can't compare the rigors of that major and all-round balance to and 'english literature major'; that's just asinine. Being a good test taker and studying material over 3-6 months is one thing; delving into it and many of it's discipline in 4 years is another.
Hi, I just wanted to point out that when you did your percentages for med-school majors and acceptances the total wasn't 100% it was actually 80.5. You mentioned that half majored in biology and the others majored in something else but you forgot to 19.5% of the applicant's majors which I think is pretty big. Just wanted to point that out.
Graphs are misleading. The acceptance rate of Humanities is so high because only 4% of applicants majored in it. Let's say 50 people who majored in Humanities applied and of those people 25 were accepted, then that's 50% acceptance. On the contrary, the pool of people who major in Biological Sciences is much larger so obviously less people will be accepted and the average MCAT score will be more "diverse" with so many more people taking it under Bio major. Biological Science majors make it simpler to take your required courses but the trade off is that it'll be harder to differentiate yourself from the large pool. Humanities on the other hand makes you stand out simply by your major but makes fitting in all your major classes with "pre med" classes much more stressful.
Jengel I agree with you! These statistics are heavily skewed, as is so easy to do. I’m not sure that it’s wrong to say some groups do better on the subject that they studied, but the fact that most pre meds go with a biology major leads it to having a more diverse population and thus is more likely to contain more people not fit for medical school. Also you’re completely right that it’s harder to juggle a different degree and the medical school pre requisites. I just think that too many variables confound any deductions to be made here. In my opinion biology is still probably one of the best ways to go if you commit to it, with chemistry as a close second. Although congrats to the crazy mathematician MD’s.
Can someone explain what makes you a pre-med major/student? I'm currently majoring in natural sciences with the intent of applying for medical school. I don't want to go around saying I'm a pre-med student if I'm not 😕
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