Choosing a Major

  • Pre-health professions (pre-medical, pre-dental, etc.) are not majors at UNH (or at most universities)
  • There is no single "best" major for gaining admission to health professions schools

  • Health professions schools seek to build diverse classes and accept students from many different majors

  • It is most important to choose a major based upon interest and aptitude

  • Students have been admitted to health professions programs from majors in all five colleges at UNH

  • Some examples include the natural sciences such as the biological or physical sciences, or mathematics; and the social sciences and humanities such as psychology, sociology, philosophy, history, classics, arts, and political science


Science versus non-science major

  • The specific major is of minimal importance to an admission committee

  • Courses required for application to these schools can be integrated into the curriculum of most majors

  • For non-science majors, it is important to demonstrate an ability to handle the rigor of multiple lab sciences in the same semester

  • For science majors, it is important to incorportate courses in the humanities and social sciences



Statement from the Association of American Medical Colleges

 “Medical schools recognize the importance of a strong foundation in the natural sciences—biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics—and most schools have established minimum course requirements for admission. These courses usually represent about one‐third of the credit hours needed for graduation. This approach deliberately leaves room for applicants from a broad spectrum of college majors, including those in the humanities and social sciences. No medical school requires a specific major of its applicants or matriculants. Admission committee members are aware that medical students can develop the essential skills of acquiring, synthesizing, applying and communicating information through a wide variety of academic disciplines. Nevertheless, many premedical students choose to major in a scientific discipline. Ideally, they do so because they are fascinated by science and perceive that such a major can be the foundation for a variety of career options. Choosing science primarily to enhance one’s chances for admission to medical school is not in a student’s long‐term best interest. Medical school admission committees seek students whose intellectual curiosity leads them to a variety of disciplines and hose intellectual maturity assures that their efforts are persistent and disciplined. In fact, practicing physicians often recommend that, during their college years, premedical students take advantage of what might be their last opportunity for the study of non‐science areas (music, art, history, and literature) that might become avocational interests later in life.” From Medical School Admission Requirements, 2010‐2011.