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Pre-Med Emphasis

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Philosophy is an excellent primary or secondary major for students interested in going to medical school. Despite the common belief that a major in the biological sciences is required for admission to medical school, only half of students admitted to med schools followed this track. A philosophy major may help the pre-med applicant stand-out among the crowd. In fact, admitted humanities majors have slightly higher MCAT scores than those from the sciences. Majoring in philosophy for pre-med provides students with critical thinking and analytical abilities valued by medical schools for admission. These intellectual skill sets are a crucial foundation for a successful career in medicine. The philosophy major at UC Davis is flexible to accommodate a pre-med student’s enrollment in prerequisite science courses for admission to medical school. Indeed, the course offerings in the philosophy department provide an excellent complement to those in the sciences. Such courses include bioethics, appraising scientific reasoning, and philosophy of biology.

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