Medical School and Law School Placement

Admission in Medical Schools

Students with a Bachelor's degree in Physics typically perform very well on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and stand an above than average chance of being admitted into Medical Schools.

The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) has three sections of standardized multiple choice questions (total of 219 items) with an additional writing sample comprised of two essays. Scores of 9.5 to 11 in each section are considered 
competitive by most medical schools. Source: Association of American Medical Colleges, Data Warehouse http://www.aip.org/statistics
Average MCAT Scores by Selected Majors (2009)
Discipline (Major) Physical Sciences Biological Sciences Verbal Reasoning Number of Applicants
Biomedical Engineering 10.9 10.7 9.6 1,005
Physics 11.1 10.3 9.6 207
Electrical Engineering 10.9 10.5 9.4 195
Economics 10.4 10.5 9.7 566
Neuroscience 9.9 10.6 9.5 1,066
Mathematics 10.3 10.1 9.6 374
English 9.4 9.9 10.3 434
Biochemistry 9.9 10.3 9.1 2594
Chemistry 9.8 9.9 9.0 2,091
Microbiology 9.0 9.9 8.7 775
Psychology 8.8 9.4 9.1 2421
Biology 8.7 9.0 8.7 12,705
Premedical 8.3 9.0 8.4 663
All majors 9.2 9.8 9.0 41,487

Note: Admission results vary from year to year but the above statistics are considered representative of the various fields applying for admission at Medical Schools across the nation.


Admission in Law Schools

Physics bachelor’s receive higher scores on the LSAT than other undergraduate majors and are highly regarded by law schools.

Average LSAT Scores by Selected Majors (2009)

Discipline (Major) Mean Score Number of Applicants
Physics 161.5 180
Mathematics 159.7 336
Economics 157.4 3,047
Electrical Engineering 156.3 546
Mechanical Engineering 156.0 427
Chemistry 155.7 355
English 154.7 5120
Biology 154.7 1,055
Computer Science 154.0 682
Political Science 153.0 14,964
Psychology 152.5 4,355
Pre Law 148.3 1,078
Criminal Justice 145.5 3,306
All majors 152.6 81,530

Note: Admission results vary from year to year but the above statistics are considered representative of the various fields applying for admission at Law Schools across the nation.