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A single psychology class useful in the long run?

Augmentation

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BLUF: Is it worth it to take a basic psychology class if you have the opportunity/interest? Anyone feel like they benefitted well from a single class before continuing on to MCAT/Med School/Beyond? For anyone who didn’t do you think you were at a disadvantage in any way? If so, was there something you did to mitigate?


Hi all,

I’m currently registering for my last semester at a CC before transferring to a nearby University. There is a shortfall of classes I want to take because of the situation with COVID. Basically put, the shortfall of science classes has me pretty much maxed out on every class I need that will transfer as well. This leads me to having a 9-credit hour semester coming up (which includes two math and a writing class). I feel like this would be an opportunity to take a psychology class if I did want to take one – but I already know that it won’t transfer toward the B.S. degree I want. The cost isn’t an issue, I’m more concerned with if I’ll get anything useful out of it in the long-term. I mean, I don’t think it would be a hinderance given everything I’ve got going on, but I’m not sure I see the benefits. I’ve taken brief looks at some MCAT materials for the behavioral sciences and I’m concerned that I would just get more yield by learning it on my own later down the line (which also could be better used for other things). I don’t have any credible local resources so I figured I’d ask to get some perspective on this. Most of the schools I have interest in have psychology listed as recommended on the MSAR - but I'm operating under the assumption that not having a single class is not a deal breaker on applications.

The classes available to me include Introduction to Psychology (1000 level), Abnormal Psychology, Child Psychology, Adolescent Psychology and Forensic Psychology.

Thank you for your time.
 

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BLUF: Is it worth it to take a basic psychology class if you have the opportunity/interest? Anyone feel like they benefitted well from a single class before continuing on to MCAT/Med School/Beyond? For anyone who didn’t do you think you were at a disadvantage in any way? If so, was there something you did to mitigate?


Hi all,

I’m currently registering for my last semester at a CC before transferring to a nearby University. There is a shortfall of classes I want to take because of the situation with COVID. Basically put, the shortfall of science classes has me pretty much maxed out on every class I need that will transfer as well. This leads me to having a 9-credit hour semester coming up (which includes two math and a writing class). I feel like this would be an opportunity to take a psychology class if I did want to take one – but I already know that it won’t transfer toward the B.S. degree I want. The cost isn’t an issue, I’m more concerned with if I’ll get anything useful out of it in the long-term. I mean, I don’t think it would be a hinderance given everything I’ve got going on, but I’m not sure I see the benefits. I’ve taken brief looks at some MCAT materials for the behavioral sciences and I’m concerned that I would just get more yield by learning it on my own later down the line (which also could be better used for other things). I don’t have any credible local resources so I figured I’d ask to get some perspective on this. Most of the schools I have interest in have psychology listed as recommended on the MSAR - but I'm operating under the assumption that not having a single class is not a deal breaker on applications.

The classes available to me include Introduction to Psychology (1000 level), Abnormal Psychology, Child Psychology, Adolescent Psychology and Forensic Psychology.

Thank you for your time.
Some schools do want psychology or other social sciences as a pre-req so I think it would be beneficial.
 

Chelseadagger

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I hear what you're saying about waiting to study psych when you really buckle down for the MCAT, but you might consider that it can sometimes be easier to relearn stuff rather than from scratch. I don't know how you study and learn best so that's up for you to decide. In any case, I think most people find psychology interesting so it could just be a fun class to take this semester. Not everything has to be for med school. It's good, and recommended, to branch out and try new things.
 
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