1. ntgsheeld

    Questions for USUHS and their MCB PhD

    After speaking to a representative on the phone and scanning this forum a bit, I have a few questions I'm hoping someone can kindly answer. To begin, I am a new Army LT (1 year post ROTC), and I utilized the Green to Gold Active Duty Option. As well, I worsened a progressing bilateral leg injury...
  2. C

    TBR or EK?

    Hi, I hope everyone is doing fine. I am close to start studying for the MCAT which I am planning to take on April 2023. I got my hands on used books from TBR and EK thanks to some friends who passed them down to me. I was wondering which ones would be better to use for content review. For now my...
  3. A

    Feralis vs. Bootcamp for bio???

    My test is on August 3rd and so far I have been studying bio using the pre made bootcamp anki decks. However, I've heard so many good things about the Feralis deck that it has made me consider using those instead. I'm a bio major so I feel like I have a good chance at scoring highly on that...
  4. X

    What counts as general biology?

    When I went to college, I started out at an online university for two quarters before transferring to an in-person university. I took General Biology I at my online school, but obviously didn't have a lab since the courses were online. My college doesn't require a second semester of general...
  5. H

    No Biochemistry Offered At My School?

    I go to a community college and there are no other colleges/universities in my area (for at least 90+ miles). My college does not offer biochemistry! I am really frustrated since I know I could take it online at another university, but that doesn't look great for admissions from what I've heard...
  6. williamsmateo

    How hard is my semester?

    Hello, I am a pre-dental student. I am entering my 3rd year and I am taking Ochem II, Genetics, and Analytical Chemistry. How hard is my semester going to be, ball park? I passed Ochem I with a C and struggle to understand the material.
  7. S

    How to effectively review bio practice tests

    Hi everyone! I was wondering if anyone could share how they reviewed their biology practice tests? Was your method effective and did you notice an increase in your scores? I need all the help I can get and just reading through the correct answer option is not helping much, neither is writing out...
  8. S

    DAT in less than a month, just took my first full length on DATBooster

    So my DAT is in less than 4 weeks and I just took my first full length test on DATBooster. I was using DATBootcamp towards the beginning of my studies, but it expired and I decided to try out DATBooster. I'm honestly feeling defeated after my FL, as my scores really haven't improved in the last...
  9. T_Huene

    Application Check

    So I’m looking for fair and straight criticism on the main points of what will become my application hopefully in the coming couple years. I graduated high school with just below a 3.0 and then continued onto the Honors College of Lewis and Clark Community College in Southern Illinois for an...
  10. H

    Need Advice: Research Assistant vs Postbacc

    I am about to graduate in December and I am going to pursue a career in research. I just began applying for research assistant jobs that interest me when I got some discouraging advice. My current plan is this: 1. Be hired as a research assistant starting as soon as January. 2. Work as a...
  11. N

    Biology Prerequisite Minimum Requirement

    I am a Canadian student and took 1 full year biology course with lab in first year but I got less than a B-. However, I took a third year animal behaviour course (a biology course) that was a year long with lab and I got an A. I also took two other biology courses in first and second year where...
  12. L

    General/Basic Biology material on the OAT

    Quick question, How prevalent is material from the first year of basic biology on the OAT? I have taken a year of fundamental bioengineering courses that cover at least some of the material, and I will study using additional OAT material to prepare for the OAT, so is taking those specific...
  13. DITKI

    MCAT Free Trial + Save 25% on Draw it to Know it MCAT Test Prep - use code SDN25

    Our MCAT Biology & Biochemistry Test Prep course is perfect for students who need more than Qbanks! If you're looking for a true review of (or introduction to...) key concepts in biology and biochemistry for the MCAT, Draw it to Know it is the perfect solution. Draw along with our narrated...
  14. purplecrayon12

    Transcript Exception

    Hello everyone, I'm transferring this Fall 2020 and deciding between two FL universities. I went to Nursing school in the Philippines (3 years) but didn't finish, moved here in 2010, joined the military, got out in 2017, and my major now is Molecular & Cell Bio. UNF asked for my foreign...
  15. A

    Is it bad to be a Bio major?

    Hello! I'm currently a freshman at a liberal arts college and I plan on going to medical school! Right now I'm majoring in English and completing the pre-med requirements on the side, but I've realized recently that I don't love English as much as I thought I did. One of the many reasons I...
  16. K

    How bad is a C+ in Biology II?

    I messed up this semester I got a C+ in Bio II. I'm only a sophomore right now but this C has me bugging. I took A&P 1 this semester as well and managed an A- and in the other pre reqs I've taken I've gotten at least a B. I know that I have time to make up for this, but how bad does a C+ for bio...
  17. Perchperkins

    Is it okay to do research in psychology if you're on the pre-med track?

    I'm a freshman on the premed track and I was looking at research opportunities for next year or next semester. I'm deciding between majoring in psych or bio. I wanted to do research in either of those fields. How do med schools feel about research in psych? Are there any preferred fields?
  18. BradyJV

    Considering an online, one-year masters in nutrition during my gap year

    Hello, everyone. Long story short - My grades, LOR's, extracurriculars, etc should be decently competitive for medical school and wouldn't use this masters in a way to try to "boost" my application. I decided to pursue medicine after dietary and lifestyle changes that helped me tremendously. I'm...
  19. Perchperkins

    Being Pre-med and Having a Social Life

    Hey so i’m a freshman on the premed track. Whenever I say that I’m premed I hear people say that premed students have no social lives. I understand that choosing a career in medicine requires sacrifices and dedication. However, I still want to be able to have time for fun, family and friends...
  20. meowhello

    Is Chemistry and Physics harder than Biology? How can I prepare?

    I completed my Freshman year with all A's in my Biology courses: Intro to Biology, Anatomy & Physiology 1/2 and Microbiology so I'm thinking about skipping the introduction classes to Chem and Physics and jump right in to Gen Chem and Phys 1 Sophomore year (this fall).
  21. TheGroove

    Online after finishing all prereqs, some research, etc. Advice needed

    Hi, everyone. SDN lurker for a while, but decided to make an account for a question I have. I’ll be graduating a small state college soon with an Associate of Science in Biology. I’ve taken all my prerequisites, have good LOR’s from professors, was a college ambassador, have shadowing...
  22. Perchperkins

    Is a Psychology as a pre-med major a bad idea?

    Hi guys! Well I’m a senior in high school and I’m going to be a freshman in college next semester. I’m going to be a premed student so I dwindled down my major options to either Psychology or Biology. I’m leaning towards psych though since it’s a tad more interesting. I know that people say you...
  23. 3

    Hist, Bio1, + internship summer?

    I was recently thinking about taking General Biology 1 and U.S. History 1 over the first six week summer semester along with participating in a internship/shadowing program for all of this period. Does this seem manageable? I don’t think these courses would be difficult for me as it is mainly...
  24. C

    Bit of a sticky situation... Should I switch colleges or stay where I am and adjust?

    Hello, all. I'm in a bit of a weird situation and seeking some advice. I was attending a very small state college while attending a technical college. One was for my undergraduate degree and one was to become a licensed EMT for clinical experience. The state college (3 weeks into classes) denied...
  25. chemdoctor

    LOR from a professor you got a C with?

    Does it look weird to do this? What if the professor knows you and you worked with him on projects?
  26. DocSherman

    UCSD Extension Nutrition BIOL Courses: Would they count in BCPM gpa?

    Hello! I have a question for the forum. I was looking at taking some Nutrition courses through UCSD Extension. I noticed that some of their nutrition courses have the BIOL moniker by them (Foundations of Nutrition I: Introduction to Nutrition Science). Since they have that moniker by them...
  27. S

    Soul searching

    Hey everyone, New to the forum here. 27 years old junior getting my bachelors in Bio. Had a bunch of life twists and turns and couldn't finish my degree when I was younger. I didn't do well in a couple of my earlier classes due to certain circumstances but have retaken them and gotten As but...
  28. alphinerpoke

    PCAT Anatomy

    Hey guys, I'm taking the PCAT in February and was wondering if there would be any specific naming of anatomical parts? For example: A diagram points to the arm of a human figure, and the correct answer is the bicep? If it's not on the test, would it still be useful to know these anatomical...
  29. C

    Does super small state school REALLY not matter?

    So, I know this question gets asked a lot, but I’m attending a *really small state school. There were a total of 17 students last year who graduated with a Bachelor’s in Biology last year. Overall, though... Great staff, small classes (good for getting to know the professors), guaranteed...
  30. K

    Spring Semester Class Schedule

    Hello, I'm a current freshman, and I'm looking for some advice on what classes I should enroll in this spring. The two options I'm thinking of are.... Linear Algebra (2) Chem 2 (5) Physics 1 (3) Differential Equations (3) English (3) For a total of 16 credit hours or Replace Differential...
  31. ElyssaGabrielle

    B.A vs B.S in Biology for Optometry School

    Hello! I recently switched to a B.A in biology due to my hours accumulated in Spanish and because I have interest in taking some business courses and this would allow for it. I currently have a 3.45 GPA and will be taking the OAT this summer and start applying. I was wondering if there's any...
  32. A

    Biology II vs. Biochemistry II

    Hello all, I am planning on taking the MCAT next summer (2019) and am trying to decide whether I should take bio 2 or biochem 2 before I take the MCAT. I have already completed all of the classes that are suggested to take before the MCAT, except for biology 2. The reason I am concerned about...
  33. N

    Should I take extra classes so I can apply to more schools?

  34. S

    Study habits for Biology

    So, I just received my scores back for the first biology midterm (1 of 3 exams in the course) and I didn't do too well. Are there any other study habits or ways that I could adapt to, to finish off the class with a decent grade? I'm reading the materials, taking notes, and even asking other...
  35. chemdoctor


    Hello everyone. I want to find out if some courses will count towards my science GPA. I understand that this goes based on the course catalog description at my college as opposed to the course code but there are some courses that I was told by my advisor and fellow premeds that count towards my...
  36. C

    Will this look bad?

    So, I was originally going the PA route and decided against it and to pursue med school. I’m attending a bigger name college online (think Penn State, Arizona State, University of Florida, etc) for Biologicall Sciences but some of my labs are virtual - which I know will look bad when applying...
  37. F

    Am I good Enough?

    Hey all. I'm feeling a little discouraged about my grades. I am trying to do the best that I can and I usually do well I just struggled in a few classes and I want to know your thoughts on whether or not I can still get into medical school. This isn't a GPA thing... it's just a matter of whether...
  38. bsneuroscience

    Stats & Biostatistics

    Hello all, I am currently taking a statistics course as a freshman student, and I've heard medical schools and medicine in general use A LOT more of statistics than calculus. Should I take biostatistics next semester or take calc 1 and be done with my math prereqs? The biostats class is geared...
  39. D

    MSAR help needed - finding programs that accept online coursework

    I can't figure out how to use the MSAR to see which medical schools accept online prerequisites/coursework. Can someone help? Yes, I already know the stigma with online classes and whatnot. I'm not looking for someone to offer advice that I should do X at a community college or retake Y at a...
  40. E

    C Grades in Two Courses. What now?

    Hi, I’m sure this kind of stuff is posted all the time, but lately I’ve just had a lot of thoughts and anxiety running through my head and could use some clarity. I am 3 weeks into my sophomore year currently the University of San Francisco but my concern is with my freshman grades. For my...