Choosing a major
Virtually any major, along with a strong science emphasis, can prepare you for successful admission to medical, pharmacy, veterinary, and allied health professional schools.
So what to choose?
Well, it's entirely up to you. Professional health schools don't give preference to any particular major.
The most important thing is to choose a major you enjoy and can do well in.
With WSU's dedicated pre-health advising, you can turn any major into a path toward the professional school of your choice. Advisors in the Pre-Health and STEM Advising Office will help you create your individual path to professional school admission.
Not sure where to start?
If you're not sure what you want to major in, here are four things that can help you get started.
- You don't have to declare a major right away. You can get started on basic science prerequisites and general education requirements while you explore your options.
- Look at majors that fit your personal interests. It's better to work professional school prerequisites into a schedule packed with things you enjoy than to suffer through a program you don't like.
— Consider a science major. Most science-based majors can be easily adapted to the requirements of pre-professional study; some even have specialization tracks built on professional school prerequisites.
— Consider a non-science major. The pre-health advisors can help you work professional school prerequisites into nearly any major — and most professional schools place high value on degrees that include study in areas like language, the arts, social sciences, education, business, and so on.
- Go to the Pre-Health Advising Office for help. The advisors there can help you find a major that fits and help you keep your professional school prerequisites on track while you're exploring your options.
Remember, there are no restrictions on what you can study. As long as you fulfill the prerequisites for professional school — and of course, get good grades — any major you choose will be fine.
SUCCEED IN PREMIER PROGRAMS
Health science programs at Washington State University are among the best in the nation. When you graduate from WSU, you're fully prepared to be a health professional.
WSU gives you extensive opportunities to experience the front lines of the health-care industry — you can “try on” your chosen profession through internships, service learning, and volunteer work.
Year after year, graduates of the University's programs in veterinary medicine, pharmacy, and audiology have nearly 100 percent pass rates for licensure or certification, far exceeding the national average.