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A Physics Degree Can Be an Excellent Springboard to Medical School!

Are you simultaneously interested in a medical career and in sub-atomic to cosmic explorations of our world? Consider majoring in physics! Such a degree will help distinguish you from the more common backgrounds of medical school applicants, amplifying your quantitative reasoning and problem-solving skills-handy things for an entire medical career (and also for MCAT Day).

No doubt you care about the three main practical issues:

  • Research Opportunities: Many of our physics faculty specialize in biophysics research, applying a physicist's demand for theoretical and quantitative rigor to cutting edge biological questions.
  • Class Flexibility: Emory offers lots of non-physics (but still useful!) classes for medical school applicants: biochemistry, genetics, human physiology, etc. A Bachelor of Arts physics degree leaves lots of room for such courses. More rigorous Bachelor of Sciences physics programs are available.
  • Personal Growth: Physics majors have ample opportunity to develop their leadership, communication, and service skills too!

The Pre-Health Advising Office (PHA) provides students with information to plan their course sequences carefully and thoughtfully, and to assist students toward achieving their health science professional goals. Pre-Health includes interest in the health care field such as attending medical school, dental school, nursing school, veterinary school, physician assistant school, and many others.