12-06-2007, 07:17 AM
I am going back after I finish my masters to do the required pre-reqs to get into med school. I just spoke with the advisor at my school who said I would have to take a course on Botany and on Evolutionary Principles.
Has anyone else had to take these classes (other than BIO majors/minors)?
Will they at all help with the MCAT & Med School?
Or is this guy just trying to extract more money from me?
12-06-2007, 07:42 AM
No, those are not required for any medical school that I know. I don't think they will help at all for MCAT. You need two semesters of biology, and in some cases, Biochemistry. That's it as far as biology is concerned.
12-06-2007, 08:33 AM
Botany and ecology are topics typically covered in first year biology. And no, they're not on the MCAT. See http://www.aamc.org/students/mcat/preparing/bsprep.htm.
This adviser, like many pre-health advisers, isn't being helpful. I suggest the Iserson book "Getting into Med School, a Guide for the Perplexed" as a good source of information.
12-06-2007, 08:40 AM
These courses are required if you want to bore yourself the **** to death.
As for the MCAT, there will be no botany, and you may get like 1-2 questions on evolution. But it will be simple, like based on that equation that I can't remember anything about. No phylogenic trees or anything. Not that I can remember, anyway.