Think majoring in physics is an odd way to get to medical school? Think again!

About 5,000 students earn bachelors’ degrees in physics at American colleges and universities each year.  According to the American Institute of Physics (AIP), 228 physics graduates – about 5% of the annual total – applied to medical school in 2012.

This group of physics graduates and medical school applicants was particularly distinguished.  Their average score on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) was 31.3, giving physics majors the second highest average score on the MCAT.  (The maximum score on the exam is 45)  The only major ahead of physics was Economics, at 31.5.  Biomedical Engineering, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering were close behind.

Biology, the traditional premedical major, was far behind at 27.4.

You can read more details in the AIP report, which you can get by clicking here.