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Question by emma: med school perspective with a spanish and biology degree?
i’m in undergrad pursuing a degree in both spanish and biology (a double major.) i’m having a hard time in my biology classes (no c’s, but lots of b’s) and my current gpa is a 3.47. i haven’t taken the mcat yet, but i’d like to get into a decent medical school, maybe university of tennessee at memphis, university of alabama at birmingham, or university of southern florida. can anyone tell me how much it helps to have a language degree? i’m told that bilingual students, and especially students who hold a degree in a foreign language, have a good shot at med school because of it. please be honest; i want to get a good idea about how much i’m going to get out of all this hard work. only kind (but truthful) answers please. i know none of you can say if i will or will not make it into med school, and not knowing an mcat score makes it harder too. but thank you very much!
Answer by RoaringMice
You don’t need to major in a science. You can major in anything you’d like, including Spanish, and get into med school. So if being a bio major isn’t helping you out… don’t be a bio major.
It’s important that you do complete all the med school pre-req classes, which are:
– 1 year bio w. lab
– 1 year gen chem w. lab
– 1 year organic chem w. lab
– 1 year physics w. lab
– math through stats, ideally through calc
– 1 year English
– other science classes – certain med schools want specific classes beyond what I’ve listed.
So long as you do that, you can major in Spanish, no problem.
I see no real advantage to having a Spanish degree instead of, say, music, or English, or history. But it’s certainly different from the sea of bio majors med schools normally see, and that can be a good thing. In addition, being bilingual Spanish/English will certainly help you once you start to practice medicine, and can help you find jobs. It’s an advantage.
I would like you to bring your overall GPA up to around a 3.6 to better your chances at med school. I also want you to increase your science GPA by quite a bit. Get tutors if you need to – it’s that important. Your 3.47, with Bs in your science classes, is not good enough to get you into a US med school right now.
Do physician shadowing, health-related volunteer work, other volunteer work that involves helping people (serving soup at a soup kitchen, etc.) If it interests you and you have the opportunity, get involved in a professor’s research on campus.
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