Choosing your Major

Successful applicants to professional school can major in any area that interests, excites and appeals to them. Health professions programs do not require a major in a science field—students are encouraged to explore their options and settle on a major that works with their strengths and academic goals.

The most common major among pre-medical students is Biological Sciences or a related area.

  • According to AAMC data from the 2019, 2020, and 2021 application cycles, 58% of applicants majored in a Biological Sciences field as an undergraduate.
  • Among UConn students from the 2021 application cycle, roughly 68% of health professions applicants held a primary major in a Biological Sciences field. The most common majors were Physiology and Neurobiology (27%), Biological Sciences (22%), and Molecular and Cell Biology (19%), respectively.
  • Among UConn students from the 2022 application cycle, roughly 65% of health professions applicants held a primary major in a Biological Sciences field. The most common majors were PNB (26%), MCB (24%), and BIOL (15%), respectively.
    • The percentage of Allied Health Sciences majors increased 1.5 percentage points between the 2021 and 2022 cycles from 8.5% to 10%.

However, UConn's pre-health applicants make up a wide array of primary majors, including Allied Health Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, and Chemistry, as well as Anthropology, Economics, Individualized majors, and more (click here to see information on health-related individualized majors).

  • Approximately 16% of applicants from the 2021 and 2022 application cycles also pursued a secondary major—examples of some of these areas of study include Spanish; Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and Healthcare Management.

Having any secondary major may be possible, provided that students meet the necessary requirements; the Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Advising Office suggests coordinating with your academic advisor and our advisors (see here to find the basic double major requirements for CLAS and CAHNR). Students may also consider adopting a minor in an area of interest.

If you would like to discuss your major or academic interests, we urge you to set up an appointment with one of our advisors to discuss your course plan!

Jerry Gargano

“I wish I wasn't so scared to change my major early on or seek advice on changing my career path if I was not interested in the coursework for my particular major.” –Jerry Gargano, Post-Bacc c/o 2019, University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine

Raven Vella

“I wish I had taken a diverse course load. I think in some ways I was afraid to challenge myself with unfamiliar material, but now I wish I had learned more about the humanities and art along with all the science.” –Raven Vella, c/o 2020, The Ohio State University College of Medicine