Choosing a Major

One of the most frequently asked questions by premedical students is "What is the best major for medical school?". With respect to medical school acceptance, there is no best major.  As an applicant, you must fulfill the minimum requirements specified by the individual medical schools, prepare for and perform well on the MCAT, have a strong record of volunteering and health profession experience, and otherwise present a strong application. The choice of major should be based on what you enjoy learning about. The majority of medical school applicants are biology majors, and it is important that an applicant knows and likes biology, but there is no evidence to suggest that any particular major provides a strategic advantage. 

The best choice of a major is an area of study that interests you and that you will do well in. It is not necessary to immediately decide on a major as a first-year student unless you intend to enroll in the College of Engineering, which has a more structured program. Taking your first year to explore your options may benefit you.  We encourage you to see academic and premedical advisors and an advisor in the University of Arkansas Career Development Center to discuss your choice of major.

Below are links to the various University of Arkansas degree programs.

Degree Programs at the University of Arkansas

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B.S. (Bachelor of Science)


Biological and Agricultural Engineering*, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

*Areas of Concentration

Biotechnology Engineering, Ecological Engineering