Choosing a Major

One of the most frequently asked questions by premedical students is "What is the best major for medical school?". There is no simple answer to this question, because the answer depends on the student. While the majority of applicants are Biology majors, any major can be competitive, as long as the proper steps are taken to have a strong application. Regardless of 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 what to major in comes down to you and what you enjoy learning about.

According to data collected by AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) for 2014, the majority (53%) of students entering medical school majored in some area of biological sciences (biology, cell and molecular Biology, microbiology, physiology, or zoology). The next highest groups of majors were the physical sciences (12%), (chemistry, biochemistry and physics), followed by the social sciences (10%), humanities (4%), specialized health sciences (2%), and mathematics (1%), with the remaining matriculant majors (17%) in the broad “other” category, which includes art, business, engineering, music, etc.
(Source: AAMC Data)

The best choice of a major is an area of study that interests you and that can also lead to other “back-up” or “parallel” career options in that field or discipline. It is not necessary to immediately decide on a major as an incoming freshman (unless you intend to enroll in the College of Engineering, which has a more structured program), so taking your first year to explore your options may benefit you. Of course, many students certainly do know what their major will be before enrolling in college, but many students need time to explore different disciplines and determine where their strengths and interests may lie. Choosing a major should be a thoughtful process. We encourage you to see an academic counselor, a premedical advisor, or an advisor in the University of Arkansas Career Development Center to discuss deciding on a major. Below are links to our degree programs.

Degree Programs at the University of Arkansas

Fulbright College Website

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)
B.S. (Bachelor of Science)
B.F.A. (Bachelor of Fine Arts)
B.M. (Bachelor of Music)


Anthropology, Art, Biology, Chemistry, Classical Studies, Communication, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Drama, Earth Sciences, Economics, English, French, Geography, Geology, German, History, International Relations, Journalism, Mathematical Sciences, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish.


*African American Studies, Anthropology, Art, *Art History, Biology,*Business, Chemistry, Classical Studies, Communication, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Drama, Earth Sciences, Economics, English, *European Studies, French, *Gender Studies, Geography, Geology, History, International Relations,*Latin American Studies, Mathematics, *Medieval and Renaissance Studies, *Middle East Studies, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, *Religious Studies, *Russian Studies, Social Work, Sociology, *Statistics.

*offered as a minor only in ARSC

Bumpers College Website

B.S.E. (Bachelor of Science in Education Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences)
B.S. (Bachelor of Science in Human Environmental Sciences)
B.I.D. (Bachelor of Interior Design)


B.S.A. Agricultural Business; Agricultural Education, Communication and Marketing; Animal Science; Crop Management; Environmental, Soil and Water Science; Food Science; Horticulture, Landscape, and Turf Sciences; B.S.H.E.S. Apparel Studies; Food, Human Nutrition and Hospitality' General Human Environmental Sciences; Human Development, Family Sciences, and Rural Sociology B.I.D. Interior Design


Agricultural Business; Agricultural Education; Agricultural Systems Technology Management; Animal Science; Crop Biotechnology; Crop Management; Entomology; Environmental, Soil and Water Science; Equine Science; Food Science; Global Agricultural, Food, and Life Sciences; Horticultural Production; Human Development and Family Sciences; Human Nutrition; Journalism; Landscape Design and Urban Horticulture; Pest Management; Plant Pathology; Poultry Science; Turf Management; Wildlife Habitat.

  Walton College Website

B.S. B.A. Bachelor of Science in Business Administration


Accounting, Business Economics, Finance, General Business, Information Systems, Management, Marketing, and Transportation.

Areas of Concentration

Business Economics; International Economics and Business; Banking; Financial Management/Investment; Insurance; Real Estate; Personal Financial Management; Human Resource Management; Small Business and Entrepreneurship; Organizational Leadership; Marketing Management; Retail Marketing.

  College of Education and Health Professions Website

B.S.E. (Bachelor of Science in Education)
B.S.N. (Bachelor of Science in Nursing)


B.S.E. in Childhood Education, Communication Disorders, Health Science, Kinesiology, Recreation, Middle-Level Education, Secondary Education.

Areas of Concentration

Business Education; Exercise Science-Exercise Physiology/Biomechanics, Fitness Specialist, Pre-Athletic Trainer, Pre-Professional; Family and Consumer Sciences Education; Technology Education; Vocational Education

  College of Engineering Website

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